Why study abroad in Germany

Are you aspiring for higher education abroad? Wondering whether to opt for study in Germany instead of US/ UK/ Australia / Canada/ Singapore etc.? This article provides you with several reasons for study abroad in Germany. I am sure this article will be an eye opener for you and may help you to take an informed and judicious decision about study abroad in Germany. Join me in reading this article.

In case you are looking at study abroad options across the world, and are thinking beyond US, UK, Australia and keep your mind open to Germany also. Being a land which breathes and delivers quality, studying in Germany has many advantages if chosen as a study abroad option by Indian students in terms of quality of education, financials, future prospects and imbibing a quality conscious attitude. In case you are planning to opt for higher education abroad, then this article may be worth reading. Read further to know more about Germany.

About Germany

Germany is located in the centre of Europe and it shares borders with Denmark-north, Poland and the Czech Republic-east, Austria and Switzerland-south, France-southwest and Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands-west. Germany has temperate seasonal climate and is green, has ample forests and people are very much conscious of preserving the environment. The people culture in Germany is friendly, orderly and respectful. The public transport is safe, fast and efficient and you can travel anywhere in the city with a travel card. The cities have ample parks where you can spend your time calmly or you could opt for any of the sports like jogging, hiking, cycling, skiing etc. Countryside is beautiful and is worth roaming around.

Study in Germany

There are many reasons for studying abroad in Germany. A few of the major ones are described here:
  • No tuition fees: One of the most important factor and which is very relevant to Indian context is that higher education in Germany is state funded and free for all nationalities. Tertiary education in Germany comprises of 400+ institutions. The university portal will provide you the exact amount of fee for semester contribution (social fees, library insurance, student union contribution, semester ticket for public transportation) which you may have to pay. This amount will vary for university and program.

  • Living costs: Apart from the tuition fees which are nominal an international student has to bear the basic living expenses, which include rental, utilities, internet, mobile, health insurance, food, and other expenditure.

  • Scholarships: Universities do not provide any international students scholarships but you can apply to DAAD (for undergraduates, post graduates and research scholars ) and foundations for scholarships. You can check out the eligibility criteria and apply directly to the corresponding websites. DAAD stands for The German Academic Exchange Services and is an independent organization of higher education institutes in Germany. It is publicly funded and provides financial support to 120,000 students and faculty annually for international research. This funding is based on academic merit, feasibility and quality of the research proposal and the impact of the applicant and the application as a complete entity.

  • Part time Work openings: Apart from the free tuition fees students need to bear the living costs which are quite high and comparable to other European countries. German economy supports ample jobs and majority of the international students end up getting a decent job. International students can work for 90 full days or 180 half days in a year as long as it does not exceed 20 hours a week during academic sessions. This allows students to earn while they learn without hampering their studies. Student could work in campus as a tutor or as a teaching assistant or outside the campus.

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Quality higher education

As you must be aware that Germany is a land of ideas and is known for Quality. It is also called the land of Ideas. Higher education in Germany is also known for its quality and are recognized worldwide. Germany has produced 100+Noble laureates and a multitude of inventions like Aspirin, diesel Engine, Electromagnetic radiation, Gauss, Ohm, Automobile, Xray etc. Higher education institutions in Germany are Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences and Technical, Art, Film and Music Colleges. German education systems follow the Bologna reform, which guarantees that all students get an internationally recognized degree like bachelor's, masters or PhD. Admissions are on merit and as per government norms universities cannot discriminate persons on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity. The universities are known for their world class education and have excellent infrastructure and relevant and modern curricula which encourages innovation and international cooperation. The curriculum is designed to be a balance of solid theory and practical knowledge, and includes a mandatory internship in both undergraduate and post graduate programs. The practice oriented universities have agreements with industries for providing internship to students of graduate and post graduate programs. The internship period is between 3 to 6 months and the student can intern in a company of choice. Many companies also sponsor project work of undergraduate and post graduate students. Programs are taught in English. It becomes easy for the student in a new country and a new university. You can learn conversational German language to get along on the day to day basis in this new country.

Work opportunities

Once you graduate German law allows international students to stay for up to 18 months and look out for work. There are more than fortune 500+ companies housed in Germany. Ample jobs are available because of ageing population and market diversification.

In conclusion

After going through the above article, I am sure you find it worth keeping Germany as a study abroad option in your list.

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Author: Kailash Kumar28 Oct 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 0

Under the sub-heading 'education in Germany', the author has discussed 'No tuition fee' and 'tuition fee' both which appears contradictory. Also as far as medium of education is concerned, all universities do not offer courses in English medium. The students may therefore check this aspect carefully before proceeding ahead. The website of German Embassy in India has rich resources about studies and scholarships in Germany.

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