A Concise Feature – Study in Germany

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Akshay Study Abroad in Applications, GRE, IELTS, Study Abroad, TOEFL

Did you know that one hundred years ago half of all students studying abroad were actually studying in Germany? At that time, Germany was a magnet for all those keen on getting top-class education and training. And the country can indeed look back on a long university tradition. Even today, Germany is considered highly by students seeking higher education in technical fields.

What makes Germany special

One of the G8 countries in the world, Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan country distinguished by its openness, a high standard of living and multi-national diversity. Germany is famous for the high-performance and high-quality cars made by Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi AG, BMW   Bentley Motors Limited,  Škoda Auto, Siemens etc.. The strength of German business and industry is growing and the global activities of German companies and corporations are increasing. The wide range of leisure activities and pastimes offered by the universities and colleges are complemented by numerous opportunities outside the university grounds. Sport, culture or simply having a good night out – something is offered for each and every taste. Germany also houses internationally renowned art museums.

Specific reasons for studying in Germany

Education in Germany is one of the oldest and best in the world. With more than 300 higher education institutions across the country, Germany has a density of universities which is practically unequalled around the world. Most of the Universities or colleges are state funded. So there is no concept of buying a degree as practiced in other favored education destinations. Merit is the only criterion for admission and there is no doubt about it.

German education guarantees practical knowledge in addition to solid theoretical foundation. Moreover, Germany provides a platform to launch a career by making internships and Bachelor/Master thesis in an industrial environment compulsory. It is not as expensive as other European countries because most of the universities are public or Government owned and therefore, there is no tuition fees charged in some states and in many places the fees is quite nominal.

Types of Universities in Germany

There are 500 officially recognized institutions of higher education in 165 towns and cities throughout Germany. Universities in Germany are categorized into four groups:

  1. University/Universitat                           2. Technical University / Technische Universität 3. Universities of Applied Sciences/ Fachhochschule     4. College of Art, Film and Music

 

  1. 1.      University/Universitat: University offers more theory oriented degrees such as Bachelor, Master and Doctorate. Research plays an integral part of the study. Faculties include Education, Law, Medicine, Social and Cultural sciences, Business Management.
  2. 2.      Technical University / Technische Universität: A technical university offers courses only in engineering and science. Degrees offered include Bachelor, Master & Doctorate. Research plays an integral part of the study.
  3. 3.      University of Applied Sciences / Fachhochschule: A university of applied sciences offers more practice oriented courses. Bachelors programs in general are offered. Some institutions also offer Masters Program. Though research is gaining importance but the focus remains at application oriented study. A student has excellent job opportunities owing to the university’s close tie up with industry.
  4. 4.      College of Arts & Music: College of Music offer courses in composition, directing, training on an instrument, voice, jazz, music theater, stage dance, and music education. College of Arts offer courses in Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture and Art education, Architecture, Stage Design, Ceramics, Glass painting, Restoration work, and Art media. To get admission one should demonstrate ability and exceptional talent.

 

Popular courses / streams in Germany

Germany is renowned especially for the following courses:

MS in Mechanical (GRE Mandatory for some courses)

MS in Electronics and Communication

MS in Computer Science

MS in Biotechnology

MS in Electrical

MBA

MA in Finance, Business Studies, Economics and International Relation

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