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STUDY in GERMANY

Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally, and one of the world’s main economic powers. Known around the world for its precision engineering and high-tech products, it is equally admired by visitors for its old-world charm and “Gemütlichkeit” (coziness). If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its many historical regions and local diversity.

Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide. German higher education is one of the best in the world! You can benefit from Germany‘s long and famous university tradition especially in the fields of engineering and science.

History

The roots of German history and culture date back to the Germanic tribes and after that to the Holy Roman Empire. Since the early middle ages Germany started to split into hundreds of small states. It was the Napoleonic wars that started the process of unification, which ended in 1871, when a large number of previously independent German kingdoms united under Prussian leadership to form the German Empire (Deutsches Kaiserreich).

The year 1933 witnessed the rise to power of the nationalistic and racist National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party and its Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the Nazi dictatorship, democratic institutions were dismantled and a police state was installed. It was “Stunde Null” or zero hour. Germany and much of Europe was destroyed. By April of 1945 Germany was in ruins with most major cities bombed to the ground. The reputation of Germany as an intellectual land of freedom and high culture (Land der Dichter und Denker) had been decimated and tarnished for decades to come.

In the late 1960’s a sincere and strong desire to confront the Nazi past came into being. Germany was reunited peacefully in 1990. The re-established eastern states joined the Federal Republic of Germany on the 3rd of October 1990, a day which is since celebrated as the national holiday, German Unification Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit).

Economy

Germany is an economic powerhouse boasting the largest economy of Europe, and is in spite of its relatively small population the second largest country of the world in terms of exports.

The financial centre of Germany and continental Europe is Frankfurt am Main, and it can also be considered one of the most important air traffic hubs in Europe, with Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa known for being not just a carrier, but rather a prestigious brand, though its glamour has faded somewhat during recent years. Frankfurt features an impressive skyline with many high-rise buildings, quite unusual for Central Europe; this circumstance has led to the city being nicknamed “Mainhattan”. It is also the home of the European Central Bank (ECB), making it the centre of the Euro, the supra-national currency used throughout the European Union. Frankfurt Rhein-Main International Airport is the largest airport of the country, while the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) is the most important stock exchange in Germany.

Climate

Germany’s climate is moderate and has generally no longer periods of cold or hot weather. Northwestern and coastal Germany have a maritime influenced climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters. In addition to the maritime and continental climates that predominate over most of the country, the Alpine regions in the extreme south and, to a lesser degree, some areas of the Central German Uplands have a so-called mountain climate. This climate is characterized by lower temperatures because of higher altitudes and greater precipitation caused by air becoming moisture-laden as it lifts over higher terrain.

Especially in fall and winter strong atlantic low-pressure systems can bring gales and uncomfortable weather with showers, thunderstorms and heavy rain, especially in the western coastal parts and the mountainous regions of Germany; in summer times weaker low pressure systems can cause showery weather, and sometimes even (severe) thunderstorms.

Culture

Being a federal republic, Germany is very much a decentralised country, which embraces the cultural differences between the regions. The annual Oktoberfest is Europe’s most visited festival and the world’s largest fair. Today most Germans as well as their neighbours support the idea of a peaceful reunified Germany and while the eastern regions still suffer from higher unemployment and of brain drain, the reunification process is overall seen as a success. October 3rd is celebrated as “German Unification Day”.

Cars are a symbol of national pride and social status. Germans natives are generally friendly and accept people from all communities.

Food

German food usually sticks to its roots and a typical dish will consist of meat with some form of potatoes and gravy, accompanied by vegetables or salad. Modern German cuisine has been influenced by other European countries such as Italy and France to become lighter. Dishes show a great local diversity which is interesting to discover.

Since most bigger employers have a canteen for their employees, you will find relatively few sandwich shops and takeaways, and eating-out culture in Germany is dominated by the Gasthaus/Gasthof and restaurants.

Job Market

For many foreigners, Germany has amazing working conditions. German employees enjoy some of the highest salaries in the world, generous benefits and state-mandated job protection. The country has also held up a lot better throughout the ongoing global recession than many of its European and Western counterparts. As of July 2013 it has an unemployment rate of 6.8%, which is just over half the European average of 12.1%.

There are large regional differences in the German labour market. Employment levels are higher in the West of Germany than the East (with the exception of Berlin and the South of the former German Democratic Republic). Traditional German heavy industries such as mining, construction and ship-building have high structural unemployment, while jobs are more plentiful in service industries.

Tourism

Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world, with a total of 407.26 million overnights during 2012. This number includes 68.83 million nights by foreign visitors, the majority of foreign tourists in 2009 coming from the Netherlands, the United States and Switzerland. Additionally, more than 30% of Germans spend their holiday in their own country. According to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Reports, Germany is rated as one of the safest travel destinations worldwide.

In 2012, over 30.4 million international tourists arrived in Germany, bringing over US$38 billion in international tourism receipts to the country. Domestic and international travel and tourism combined directly contribute over EUR43.2 billion to German GDP. Including indirect and induced impacts, the industry contributes 4.5% of German GDP and supports 2 million jobs (4.8% of total employment).

Facts

  1. Full name: Germany
  2. Population: 82,652,256 (2014 estimates)
  3. Capital: Berlin
  4. Largest city: Berlin
  5. Area: 357,168 sq km
  6. Official languages: German
  7. Major religion: Christianity
  8. Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 83 years (women)
  9. Monetary unit: 1 Euro ( € ) = 100 cents
  10. Main exports: Most of the country’s exports are in engineering, especially machinery, automobiles, chemical goods and metals.
  11. Internet domain: .de
  12. International dialing code: +49

Germany is a land of ideas. Education, science and research play a central role here and is thus considered to be one of the most preferred countries by international students. Not only is it known for its remarkable beauty and stunning natural sites attracting tourists from around the world, but is also recognized as a hub for cutting-edge international research and a constant source of new patents. Germany currently has more than 300 institutions of higher education that include 82 universities, 132 such institutions that offer shorter and practically oriented courses, and other institutions. With being one of the most highly developed industrial nations in the world and, after the USA and Japan has the world’s third largest national economy, it has a lot to offer academically to foreign students.

Technology

Germany is renowned for its technological innovations. The technology that roots out of the German soil is considered to be one of the best in the world. Be in any discipline of engineering (Electronics, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical etc.) German companies are just on the top of the list not only nationally but also internationally

Top Ranking Universities

The universities in Germany are of very high standards in terms of both their, reputation and international acclaim. Many of the technical universities such as TU Darmstadt, TU Karlsruhe, RWTH Aachen etc., rank very high in the list of amp;#8220;World ranking for the best technical institutes”.

International Degree

Most of the universities in Germany have switched to English taught courses. Today there are more than 350 English taught courses in various universities across Germany. These courses offered in variety of disciplines and are internationally recognized.

Course Duration

Many German universities offer a 3 semester Masters course (1.5 years). Alternatively, there are also 4 semesters Masters Course (2 years) offered by many technical institutes. This is a huge advantage to people who would want to complete their Masters as soon as possible and head directly to the German industry to work.

University Locations

The German universities are usually located in locations where the industry concentration predominant and the research hubs are easily reachable. This helps the industry-university interaction grow further and eventually to make the learning environment bidirectional.

World Class Facilities

The world class facilities that reach the German universities root from the benevolent funding provided by the German government. The laboratories and the research facilities meet the international standards.

Subsidized Tuition Fee

One of the major advantages of studying in Germany is the highly subsidized tuition fee”. Earlier the German higher education was free of cost (the complete tuition fee was waived off to every student). However, in the recent days the universities have started to charge a very nominal tuition fee (which ranges from 200 to 600 Euros per semester) in order to improvise the existing facilities and provide much better quality education.

Excellent Job opportunities

Germany is known for its industrial hub (Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Hannover, Bonn, etc.) Many world famous German companies such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Siemens, Bosch, SAP etc, provide excellent career opportunities to one and all, irrespective of their nationality.

Entry Requirements / Eligibility

Degree/ Program Levels/ University Types Entry Requirements / Eligibility
Undergaraduate
  1. 13 years of Education is mandatory (12 + 1year from University)
  2. If not then students can go via 1 year Foundation Course
  3. 10 year Education + 3 year Diploma
  4. Ielts – 6.0 overall or Toefl – 80 points (IBT)
Masters Program
  1. 15 & 16 year Education with 75% or 2.75 GPA.
  2. IELTS – 6.5 overall or TOEFL – 85 points (IBT)
MBA / Management Courses
  1. 15 & 16 years of Education with Relevant Subjects
  2. IELTS – 6.5 or TOEFL – 85points (IBT)
  3. Work Experience 2 – 3 year at managerial level GMAT – 550
  4. GMAT – 550 (exceptionally required)
Entry requirement for TU9 University
  1. 15 & 16 year Education with 75% or 2.75 GPA.
  2. IELTS – 6.5 overall / TOEFL – 85points (IBT)
  3. German language upto 200hrs
  4. GRE – 1300

TYPES OF DEGREES

Types of Degree Description
Bachelors Degree
  1. Purpose – Bachelor degree study programmes lay the academic foundations, provide methodological skills and lead to qualifications related to the professional field.
  2. Time Duration – The Bachelor degree is awarded after 3 to 4 years.
Masters Degree
  1. Time Duration – Master is the second degree after another 1 to 2 years.
  2. Levels – Master study programmes may be differentiated by the profile types “practice-oriented” and “research-oriented”.
  3. Second degree programmes (Master) lead to Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Laws (L.L.M.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Music (M.Mus.) or Master of Education (M.Ed.). Master study programmes which are designed for continuing education may carry other designations (e.g. MBA).
Integrated “Long” Programmes (OneTier)
  1. An integrated study programme is either monodisciplinary (Diplom degrees, most programmes completed by a Staatsprüfung) or comprises a combination of either two major or one major and two minor fields (Magister Artium).
  2. Purpose – The first stage (1.5 to 2 years) focuses on broad orientations and foundations of the field(s) of study. An Intermediate Examination (Diplom-Vorprüfung for Diplom degrees; Zwischenprüfung or credit requirements for the Magister Artium) is prerequisite to enter the second stage of advanced studies and specializations.
  3. Time Duration – Integrated studies at Universitäten (U) last 4 to 5 years (Diplom degree, Magister Artium) or 3 to 6.5 years (Staatsprüfung).
Doctorate
  1. Universities as well as specialized institutions of university standing and some Universities of Art/Music are doctorate-granting institutions.
  2. Formal prerequisite for admission to doctoral work is a qualified Master (UAS and U), a Magister degree, a Diplom, a Staatsprüfung, or a foreign equivalent.

Document Required

  1. 10th onwards all mark sheets, transcripts, consolidated marksheet, provisional & Degree
  2. English proficiency test Score card- IELTS or TOEFL
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Two Letter of Recommendations (one from university & one from employer-if available)
  5. Updated CV with Education years & marks
  6. Extracurricular certificates & language certification (German, French etc) if available GMAT & GRE Score cards
  7. Passport copy
  8. Ten passport size photograph
NOTE-
  1. All academic documents, IELTS-TOEFL & GRE-GMAT & passport-front & back should be Notary Attested.
  2. LOR’s should be in sealed Envelope.