Germany is respected the world over for its engineering skills. Not only in engineering, but the German mindset of discipline and diligence stands the country in good stead in all fields of work. It is no wonder, therefore, that German educational institutes are also highly regarded worldwide.

Why Germany?
There are several distinct advantages that an education in Germany provides, and some of them are :

  • High quality of teaching, and substantial opportunities for doing research
  • Every field of study is covered in the wide variety of courses that are offered
  • The syllabus contains a healthy mix of theory and practice
  • Adequate opportunities for students to fully realize their personal as well as intellectual potential
  • Germany enjoys a leading role in the world politically, but the country is politically and economically stable, therefore no fear of disruptions to courses

How Much Would It Cost?
This is the best piece of information for an aspirant for German education. The majority of higher education is government funded, so bachelor’s courses and most post graduate courses do not charge any tuition fees. So you will need to only worry about the living expenses while you are there. There is only a ‘semester contribution’ that needs to be paid, which covers social fees and services. This comes to about INR 20000 per semester. But the good news is that in most cities, the receipt of this semester contribution can get you free rides on public transportation in and around your university. The second mandatory expense is health insurance, if your own country’s health insurance doesn’t cover Germany. It costs about INR 1600 per month for the first 14 semesters if you are below 30, and doubles thereafter. Now coming to the living expenses, house rents are the major portion of that. You can consider a rough estimate of INR 80000 per month, considering a rate of INR 80 per Euro, depending on which city you are staying in.

Requirements Before Applying
There are six requirements that one must fulfil before enrolling for any course at a German university :

  • Pass the aptitude Test called TestAS, which consists of on screen language test, a core test and the subject specific test
  • A knowledge of German is required, unless you are enrolling for an international degree
  • You would need to qualify in a University Entrance Qualification test. If your secondary school certificate is considered insufficient then you would also need to pass a foundation course
  • An entry visa is required for all international students
  • You must provide adequate proof that you are financially capable of supporting yourself. The condition is to have almost INR 7 lakhs at your disposal for the year
  • Health insurance is mandatory, which we have already covered above

There are 2 institutes set up in Germany where you can send in your applications, apart from at the university itself where you are applying : Foundation for Admission To Higher Education, University Application Service for International Students. Which of these you need to correspond with depends on your choice of subject. The following documents would be required while making applications –

  1. Certified copy of higher education entrance qualification
  2. Certified transcripts of all your subjects and grades
  3. Certified copies of previous higher education certificates, if any
  4. Passport sized photograph
  5. Copy of passport
  6. Certified copies of certificates of language proficiency

When You Are There
After you reach Germany, there are two important things for you to do. First, you need to register with the local Resident Registration Office as soon as you have found a place to stay. This opens the doors for you to apply for a residence permit. Second, you need to formally enroll at your university before the start of classes. The certificate you get after doing this is very important for you, so keep it carefully. After the enrolment, you would also be issued a student ID.

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