One of the world’s best education systems in the world, Germany’s education structure is a comprehensive and absolute. The numerous choice of higher learning institutes and universities in Germany offer education to abundant number of Germans and foreign student-aspirants, every year. Germany is becoming an increasingly attractive study destination for students across the world. Not only the absolute number of foreign students at German universities is on the rise, but also the overall population of students has risen to almost double in the last two decades.
Generally, there are two different kinds of educational systems existing in Germany that are as follows:-
2-Vocational Education (or dual education)
To acquire any type of student visa to enter Germany, international students must have the following:–
A valid passport, to provide documental proof of financial means to cover the expenses for your entire period of study in Germany, and to have either university admission or at least a confirmation of your status as an applicant.
In order to receive your visa for Germany in right time, international students must submit their application with all associated documents at least couple of months before they plan the trip to Germany.
After the step-by-step processing of the student-visa formalities, the international students may be issued one of the following three types of student-visa for Germany (according to the requirement of the students and the conditions and satisfaction level of the visa officers): –
Student applicant visa
Letter for participation in a language course
Why Study in Germany
Germany is world’s 3rd largest economy, and ranked at second place in export and R& D. The country is
having more than 300 institutions of higher education; it is one of the top most countries in the field of
research, science and technology.
Outstanding Academic Standards
The world-renowned of German Universities long back to the 14th Century and promise an outstanding level
of education and research. Germany offers the best and the most cost effective study options for aspiring
international students. Most of the universities are state-funded, so most of them charge no tuition fee
from students. Students only need to bear their living expenses, such as accommodation, food, health
insurance and transport.
Attracted by international study programmes, excellent research opportunities and low tuition fee more than 2,
50,000 international students come to there to study. Study in Germany also gives you a wider exposure
and experience of being an part of highly qualified academic community.
Plenty of Internships
Germany is the only country in the World where completion of study programs in Universities is normally
followed by paid internships in top MNCs that ultimately lead to full-time placement. The close ties with
leading companies such as Daimler-Chrysler, SAP, Siemens, BMW or Bosch will increase your career
Some special features
Students are allowed to stay for one year after the completion of the study program. Your work permit could
be further extended by that employer.
Country’s strong economic position has also led to the use of German as the preferred language of commerce
in a number of Eastern European countries.
Learning German language will open the doors to various cultural centers of Europe: Berlin, Vienna, Geneva,
Zurich, Frankfurt and Munich.
Permanent Residency permission within 5 years of working full-time in Germany.
German Immigration option is also valid for international students.
Minimum documentation required for visa process and no financial declaration documents required.
Part-time jobs allowed 20 hours per week making learning and living conditions within the reach of the
Life in Germany
German Events and Celebrations
Germany is probably the country with the most festivals in Europe; almost all towns and villages, big or small. The most famous
German festival is undoubtedly the legendary Oktoberfest from Munich, but Carnival and the Christmas holidays are
among the most highly regarded in Germany. There are also a large number of music festivals, from opera to open-air jazz
and rock concerts.
Health in Germany
The medical care service in Germany is extremely good and has excellent facilities and medical professionals. For more comfort
and safety, private clinics are an alternative option, however, a rather more costly one.
The best thing to do in this case is take out health insurance, which will allow students to benefit from medical services free of
charge in most cases.
Every student should join a health plan. It is actually a prerequisite in order to sign up at a German university. If the applicant
has a similar health plan in his or her home country, it may be acknowledged in Germany. Evidence of membership
to a health plan is obtained through the E109 or E111 form, which is issued in the home country and is acknowledged by
other health insurance organizations which also issue an insurance certificate.
If students are unable to come by adequate health insurance, they must join a health insurance plan in Germany. The only
exceptions to this rule include Studienkolleg students, those taking part in a language course for German as a foreign
language (DAF) and students over the age of 30 years, who are not covered by such a plan, nor are these rules applicable to
Safety in Germany
Violent crime is rare in Germany, although incidents may occur, especially in high risk areas in large cities as well as in and
around train stations.
For a quiet, trouble free stay it may be a good idea to follow some basic rules:
The best way of dealing with money is through the use of traveler’s cheques. You can go changing these as you need money.
If possible, leave all valuable items (jewellery, traveler’s cheques, credit cards, airplane tickets, etc) in a hotel safe or security box
at the place you are staying. Another option is finding businesses that offer safety deposit boxes and security services.
Don’t leave luggage in an unwatched car. Take out a traveler’s insurance policy to cover any losses from robbery or
Working while you study in Germany
Earning money alongside studying is a way of life for many students in Germany. Students from the European
Union and the EEA stand practically on equal terms with German students and have free access to the
German job market. However, for students who do not come from the EU or EEA countries, work is
restricted; you are only allowed to work 90 full or 180 half days in a year. To do this you do not need
authorization from the Employment Agency, i.e. the German authorities.
All overseas students have the possibility of working during their university studies in Germany.
Overseas students who come to Germany on a student visa may work for 90 whole days or 180 half-days per
year, even during the language course preparing for university studies. This is equivalent to
approximately 20 hours per week.
After successful completion of your full-time university studies in Germany, you are, as an overseas academic,
entitled to remain in Germany for one year after graduation in order to look for regular employment in a
Furthermore, after three years it is possible to apply for a long-term residence permit if the employer
specifically advocates the same and the employee is also in agreement.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR A DEGREE PROGRAM IN A GERMAN UNIVERSITY?
IT DEPENDS ON THE COUNTRY WHERE YOU OBTAINED YOUR SCHOOL-LEAVING DIPLOMA.
FOR SOME COUNTRIES IT IS ENOUGH TO HAVE A SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA TO START
STUDYING DIRECTLY IN GERMANY. FOR SOME COUNTRIES YOU NEED TO JOIN THE
“STUDIENKOLLEG” BEFORE YOU CAN STARTING STUDYING IN GERMANY.
WHAT IS STUDIENKOLLEG EXACTLY?
THE STUDIENKOLLEG IS A PREPARATION COURSE WHICH YOU HAVE TO JOIN IF YOUR
SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO THE GERMAN SCHOOL LEAVING
HOW DO I GET ADMITTED TO ANY UNIVERSITY IN GERMANY?
IF YOUR SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA OR YOUR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION IS EQUIVALENT TO
A GERMAN SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA. IN SOME CASES YOU NEED FURTHER
QUALIFICATIONS. THIS COULD BE LANGUAGE SKILLS OR JOB EXPERIENCE. FURTHER
YOU SOMETIMES NEED MORE DOCUMENTS FOR EXAMPLE A LETTER OF MOTIVATION OR
A RECOMMENDATION LETTER. USUALLY THE FURTHER QUALIFICATIONS ARE SET BY
WHY DO I NEED AN ENTRY TEST TO BE ADMITTED?
SOME UNIVERSITIES WANT TO KNOW IF YOU FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CHOSEN
STUDY PROGRAM. FOR EXAMPLE THEY WANT TO TEST IF YOUR MATHEMATICS
KNOWLEDGE IS ENOUGH TO STUDY MATHEMATICS.
IF I AM NOT GERMAN, CAN I APPLY FOR THOSE MASTER’S PROGRAMS WHICH ARE NOT LISTED
THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN CHOOSING STUDY
PROGRAMS. AS FAR AS I KNOW YOU CAN APPLY FOR EVERY STUDY PROGRAM
OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY.
I HAVE COMPLETED THE EQUIVALENT OF AN ABITUR IN MY COUNTRY. HOWEVER, I HAVE ALSO
DONE ONE SEMESTER OF UNIVERSITY. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO APPLY SIMPLY BY
SENDING IN AN OFFICIAL REPORT CARD FROM MY UNIVERSITY INSTEAD OF MY
COMPLETION OF SECONDARY STUDIES?
YOU USUALLY HAVE TO SEND YOUR SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA TOGETHER WITH YOUR
TRANSCRIPTS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REPORT CARD IS NOT SUFFICIENT. BUT IF YOUR
SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA IS EQUIVALENT TO THE GERMAN SCHOOL LEAVING
DIPLOMA, IT IS NOT NECCESSARY TO SEND YOUR STUDY TRANSCRIPT. WE ONLY NEED
YOUR SCHOOL LEAVING DIPLOMA.
I STUDIED IN A UNIVERSITY BEFORE BUT I DIDN´T FINISH MY DEGREE. I ALSO WORKED FOR A
YEAR IN A GERMAN COMPANY OUTSIDE OF GERMANY. DOES THAT EXPERIENCE
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