Why Study in The Germany?
- Unlike many other countries, no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate degrees at public universities in Germany.
- Studying in Germany not only comes for free, but you can also do it in English if your German language skills are not so good. .
- Studying at a German university could be your first step towards a career in Germany. Because German companies are looking for university graduates in a variety of sectors – especially in the fields of engineering, medicine, the life sciences and information technology
- Technical universities or hochschule, as Germans call them, focus mainly on technology and engineering valuing not only the art of theory but also the art of practice. In fact, the emphasis in these institutions is on the practical skills their students will gain during their studies.
- Life in Germany is very good. You will not only find Europe’s most dynamic economy. Germany is also a very safe country, with a high standard of living, a rich cultural history and a very diverse population.
- Student life in Germany thrives on adrenaline and curiosity. German people are friendly but give you privacy; mutual respect and order are part of the daily routine; and cultural diversity is worth exploring in every inch of the country, as it makes you feel part of one entity rather than a total stranger.
- Finally, after studying in Germany, you’ll have the chance to stay on and seek work after you graduate. The law allows international graduates to stay for an additional 18 months to seek work, and you may even end up staying longer, if that is what you wish.
- There are 3 German Universities in the top 100 list of QS world ranking 2023
- Universities in Germany also have multicultural environment as many students from different countries visit them
- Part-time job up to 20 hours a week during semesters
- It will be very advantageous for students if they learn German before visiting the country.
Living in the Germany
Traditions & Culture: German culture has spanned the entire German-speaking world. From its roots, culture in Germany has been shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular. Christianity is the dominant religion, with 65 to 70 percent of the population identifying themselves as Christian. Germany celebrates many of the traditional Christian holidays, including Christmas and Easter.
Food: Germans love rich, hearty cuisine, though each area of Germany has its own definition of what a traditional meal looks like. Pork is the most consumed meat, according to the German Food Guide. Bratwurst, a form of sausage, is closely associated with German food. Cabbage, beets, and turnips are commonly incorporated into meals, as they are native to the region, and potatoes and sauerkraut are also stars of German cuisine. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage, and the country is known as the birthplace of a number of beer varieties, including Pilsner, Weizenbier (wheat beer) and Alt.
Safety: There are many reasons why you can feel at home in Germany: It is recognized as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Germany has largely been untouched by serious natural disasters. Obviously, every city and every neighborhood are different, and broad generalizations may not reflect your personal experience or your feelings of safety. However, as a whole, Germany is a country with a low crime rate, and an even lower one if you are only looking at violent crimes.
Welfare: Welfare services provide information and advice in relation to students’ social and economic situations. They offer guidance and help students make decisions, and thereby help achieve socio-political and educational policy goals. 46 Studentenwerkeis on such organization which offer social welfare advice for students.
Health: Germany’s healthcare services and social security scheme have a good reputation. Healthcare in Germany is divided into two sectors, the gesetzlicheKrankenversicherung (public health insurance) and the private Krankenversicherung (private medical care).All Germans and legal residents of Germany are entitled to healthcare. In fact it has become illegal not to be insured, and having some sort of medical insurance is thus a requirement when planning to study in Germany.
Transport: Germany’s rail system is operated almost entirely by Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.com), with a variety of train types serving just about every corner of the country. Also, long-distance bus is a pretty new way of travel in Germany. The two biggest companies are MeinFernbus/Flixbus* and Postbus*, both offering Berlin–Munich starting from 22 EUR / 17 EUR. The travel time is a bit longer, though: 8 hours.And finally, the probably fastest way: flying. Also not necessarily the most expensive. Ryanair just opened a new base in Berlin-Schönefeld, offering a direct flight to Cologne, then there is Air Berlin with many national routes and also Germanwings.
Religion: Germany is a Secular country. In comparison to the 27.7% Roman Catholic Christians and 25.5% Protestant Christians, 37.8% of the population said they were atheists.1 9% of the population claimed to practice some other religion, including other Christian denominations. The largest non-Christian minority religion in Germany (5.1% of the population) is Islam.
Sports: Sports is very huge in Germany and especially football as the German national team has won 4 world cups making the country ranked 2nd when it comes to winning world cups. Other achievements include- 3 European titles
Germany is known for its free education. Public universities in Germany don’t charge anything. Private Universities charge between 11,000 Euro to 25,000 Euro.
There are certain institutions which offer Freshman year for the undergraduate students.
Tuition Fees for freshman year: € 15,000 – € 17,500
Apart from tuition fees international students must have 934 euros per month for living costs.
Living cost estimates
- Food- Euro 150-300 per month
- Accommodation- Euro 400-700 Per month
- Health insurance- EUR 100 – EUR 115
- Transportation- EUR 50 – EUR 150
- Personal expense- EUR 50 – EUR 200
- Utilities- EUR 150 – EUR 300
- A valid passport
- Confirmation of application from the university (applicant visa) or the notice of admission from the university (student visa)
- Evidence of previous qualifications and work experience
- Proof of adequate funds for living expenses (proof of financial resources)
- Health insurance coverage
German Blocked Account for a Study Visa
If you have received an offer letter from a German University, you will require a Block account for a Germany Student Visa. A Blocked account proves that you have enough funds to study in Germany.
A German blocked bank account is a special student bank account created by international students going to study in Germany. This account acts as proof that they have enough funds to survive the first year of study in Germany.
Documents needed to create a German Blocked Bank Account
- University Acceptance Letter
- Passport copies
- Passport-size photos
- Bank statements of the account the amount is transferred.
Deposit in German Blocked Bank Account
All Indian students applying for a Long Stay Student Visa in Germany should submit an APS Certificate. An APS Certificate for Germany is proof of the authenticity of their Indian academic documents and is an essential requirement for your German Study visa application. The APS Certificate Germany simplifies and fastens your student visa application.
APS certificate is not required for short-term courses (less than 90 days). However, for courses having a duration longer than 90 days, an APS certificate is mandatory. Co-ordinated by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS India), it ensures a hassle-free admissions process for Indian students to German universities by validating their documents.
APS Certificate Germany Fees
The APS Certificate Germany fee is INR 18,000.
Visa processing time: For visa varies from 4-6 working weeks.
Dependents information: Not allowed on student VISA
Immigration on Arrival: Your passport will be checked when you arrive at the airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.
Eligibility for German student visa
- Offer letter from your desired German institute
- All academic transcripts (previous report cards, mark sheets, certifications, etc.)
- IELTS score of minimum 6 and nothing less than 6 in any subject
- No criminal records
- Visa Application form filled
- Visa application form
- Passport-sized photos
- Proof of purpose of travel
- Travel itinerary
- Proof of accommodation
- Travel health insurance
- Financial means proof
- Employment or business-related documents
- Proof of marital status
- Birth certificate for minors
- Language proficiency certificate (if applicable)
- Criminal record clearance certificate
- Proof of payment of visa fee
- Student visa application cost- Euro 75 source
How to Apply:
AEC Experts will help you.
Arrival & Accommodation
Planning & Housing: When planning to study in Germany, you have to take into account that Germany is a different kettle of fish altogether. Dormitories in Germany aren’t administered by the universities themselves. Instead most universities in the country work closely with different housing providers to house the students.
- Student Dormitories: 150-600 EUR per month for a shared room, depending on the location and facilities.
- Shared Apartments (WG/Wohngemeinschaft): 300-800 EUR per month for a room in a shared apartment
- Private Apartments: 600-1500 EUR per month for a one-room apartment
- University Housing: Some universities in Germany offer on-campus or affiliated housing for students, which can vary in cost depending on the location and facilities.
- Guesthouses or Hostels: These are temporary options and can cost around 20-60 EUR per night or 400-1000 EUR per month, depending on the location and type of accommodation.
- Homestays- Living with a German family. It costs around 500-1000 euros. The best of it is that you are living with a family so cooking food on your own is not a hassle
Restricted items to bring to Germany. The import of certain plants is prohibited into Germany (i.e. potatoes, vines, wineleaves etc.). Import of fresh meat and meat products from certain countries is not allowed.
Welcome week: Welcome Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.
Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is shuttle service available. Else, you may chose to travel by trains or buses.
Opening a bank account: In order to open a bank account in Germany, you’ll need the following documents:
- Your Passport
- Student Registration
Can you work? Yes
What kind of work can you do? Many companies hire international students with no questions asked, especially if you are looking at retail, hospitality, tourism, agriculture, and administration jobs. You could also get an apprenticeship with a tradesman, or you may even be able to find a job at the university that you are attending. Germany is home to many famous automobile industries like- Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, etc.
How many hours can you work? 20 hours per week during studies; 40 hours per week during vacations.
Do you need prior approval when you work? No
About Tax? One pays income tax on all the income for one calendar year. Filing for taxes can be advantageous for students too. The negative tax can be used later to get a tax rebate. Several items like tuition fee, travel allowances, mobile bill etc can also be claimed!
Successful graduation at a German university opens a range of opportunities in the German job market for international graduates. Before your resident permit expires, you have to take the next step that is to apply for a resident permit, which will allow you to stay and then work in Germany. Once you have the permit, you are ready to explore the innumerable possibilities that await you in the country.
Type of Visas.
Residence Permit for work after study in Germany:
Non-EU students are eligible for residence permits that would enable them to find a job matching their line and level of studies. Students need to follow two steps for the permit:
Step 1 – Residence permit while you are looking for a job: Once you are done with your studies, you may not find a job almost immediately. This permit will allow you to stay in Germany for a period of up to 18 months during which you can find a job that mirrors your qualifications. You can take up almost any job to support yourself and sponsor your job search.
Step 2 – Residence permit to take up employment: When you get a job offer in your chosen field of study, you have two options before you: (a) apply for a German resident permit or (b) opt for the EU Blue Card. Both the permits are meant for a special purpose and you have to select carefully.
How to find a job?
University services: Many of the 400 or so universities in Germany offer career services which will help you get a foot on the career ladder. These usually supply advice on choosing a career or help with how to apply, but may also provide seminars on public speaking, presentation skills or self-assurance. If you are not sure what documents you need to apply for a job in Germany, you can discuss your application directly with a member of staff of the career service. In addition, career services frequently broker contacts with companies by holding job fairs or recruiting days. Some universities also work with the local employment agency when advising graduates. Some of these local agencies offer a range of services specially geared to academics.
Local employment agencies: The employment agency in the town where you study will help you in your search for a job vacancy. In addition, you will be able to find out all kinds of information about the world of work in the agency’s professional information centre. It is also a good idea to register directly on the Federal Employment Agency’s Job Exchange.
Tips on job-hunting: Various strategies could be of help to you in your search for a job:
Get active yourself and look for job offers that suit you: you can also submit your profile to the Federal Employment Agency so that interested employers can contact you. You will also find job offers in newspapers or on the Internet.
The Job Listings will provide you with an overview of job vacancies in Germany.
Came across an interesting employer while hunting around? Don’t hesitate – apply for a job speculatively.
Internships or trainee posts offer you the advantage of getting to know a company and acquiring your first professional experience.
The Federal Employment Agency Job Exchange is not the only place where you can hunt for internships or trainee posts; you might also find some in other job portals or on company Web sites. Whatever the case, it is always an advantage to build up networks of contacts in your specialty during your studies which you can then look to when hunting for a job.
€35,000- €45,000 per annum
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