A Concise Feature – Study in Germany – Part II

Posted on March 8, 2013 by Akshay Study Abroad in Study Abroad

Requisites of studying in Germany

The medium of instruction is English as well as German. German Language – is not a criterion for admission but it’s advisable to achieve a basic level of German language A1 or A2 proficiency. Ways to prove the language ability is through – 1. DSH – German Language test for foreign students. 2. Test Daf  – Central, standardized test for German as a foreign language. 3. ZOP of Goethe Institute. 4. Minimum IELTS score – 6.0+ or Minimum TOEFL score – 79 or 80. A student needs to have above 65% – 60% to prove academic capability. GRE is needed for good and high ranked universities – 290+ is considered a good score.

Process involved

Two Intakes to German universities are: Summer – March / April and Winter – September / October

The following timelines would give you an idea as to how you must go about the preparations.

Summer – March / April intake

The deadlines for the summer intake start from 15th October to and last up to 15th January. One must get over the processes in this way:

IELTS/TOEFL                                                     –           May last week

Score of IELTS/TOEFL                                       –          June

Search & Selection of Universities                      –           July

Applying to Universities –                                    –          July end

Getting Offer from Universities                            –          October or November

Preparing for funds                                              –         December

Applying for the VISA                                           –         Minimum 6 – 8 weeks,( by Jan 2nd week)

Visa Approved                                                     –         March

Winter                 – September / October intake

The deadlines for the winter intake start from 1st May up to 15th June. One must get over the processes in this way:

IELTS/TOEFL                                                     –              January last week

Score of IELTS/TOEFL                                       –              February

Search & Selection of Universities                      –              Feb/March

Applying to Universities                                       –              March/April

Getting Offer from Universities                            –              June or July

Preparing for funds                                             –              July

Applying for the VISA                                           –             Minimum 6-8 weeks (i.e.by Aug)

Visa Approved                                                     –              September/October

NOTE: Applicants are required to open an account in German Bank (Deutsche Bank) before proceeding to the visa.  A personal interview of around 10 – 15 minutes will be there with the German consulate while submitting the visa application personally.

Approximate costs involved

Germany is not as expensive as compared to other European countries. Most of the universities are public or government owned. There are no tuition fees in some states. The approximate costs come to about € 500 for second degree or prolonged study duration. And it is € 500 even for the first university degree in some states. As there is no tuition fee or a nominal tuition fee, universities do not provide any scholarships. But International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organizations such as DAAD etc.. The approximate fees is € 500 for second degree or prolonged study duration and approximately € 500 even for the first university degree in some states. However, MBA is a paid course in Germany and it costs nearly 20,000 Euros to 30,000 Euros for a course of 12 to 18 months.

Financing Studies

As there is no tuition fee or a nominal tuition fee. Universities do not provide any scholarships. But International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organizations such as DAAD etc.. Primarily, there are two ways of financing the studies:

  1. Part time jobs: International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year provided it does not exceed 20 hours a week during the lecture period. Typical the student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour. Student could work in campus or outside the campus.
  2. Paid Internship:  Many courses have a mandatory internship. Internship period could be between 3 months to 6 months. Students may apply for internship to companies in their field of study. If internship is part of the course curriculum and is explicitly mentioned to be mandatory then the student could do an internship in addition to part time job during the same financial year.

Prospects after education in Germany

Non-EU students are allowed to stay up to 1 year after the completion of the study to search for a job. With a robust economy and world leading position there is a constant demand for qualified and skilled labour force in Germany. Since Germany is home to many of the fortune 500 companies like Volkswagen, Audi AG, BMW  Bentley Motors Limited, Škoda Auto, Siemens, etc., one can find good openings especially the ones that require technical or engineering prowess in these companies. According to “The German engineer’s association (VDI)”, vacancies for engineers had risen over the past year by nearly 30 percent.