Free Education in Germany

 Free Education in Germany

German universities have an outstanding reputation throughout the world. Each year they produce significant, internationally recognized advances and innovations. At present, there are almost 2, 50,000 young people from around the world studying and researching at German universities. They comprise 12.4 percent of all students in Germany. In fact, there are very few countries that can boast a higher percentage of foreign students.

TYPES OF UNIVERSITIES:

 
There are only two types Universities in Germany:
•    Technical Universities ( TU )
•    Universities of applied sciences ( FH )
Studying at a Technical University is a good idea if you are interested in a scientifically-oriented education. Universities offer a broad range of courses and subjects. Universities of Applied Sciences are ideal if you are looking for a more praxis-oriented education. These institutions provide students with a scientifically based education, tailored to the demands of professional life. The degree programs generally include internships and a practical module. This enables students to apply their knowledge on the job at companies and businesses.

HIGHLIGHTS
•    Germany has been named as the most supportive country for overseas students in the year 2011, according to a survey conducted by British Council’s Global Gauge survey.
•    Between 2010 and 2013 German government is spending EUR 12 billion on educations and research.
•    Germany has 55 universities among top 500 universities of the world in a recent ranking list compiled by Webometrics.
•    Germany has 14 universities among top 200 universities of the world in a recent ranking list compiled by Times Higher Education.
•    Germany ranked at 2nd place in Research & Development and has produced 102 noble laureates of the total 840 noble prizes issued till date.
Features of Study in Germany?

•    World's 3rd largest economy, Germany is second to none in exports and R&D.
•    Excellent Academic Standard   The world-renowned tradition of German Universities dates back to the 14th century and ensures an outstanding level of education and research. Products of German companies, especially machine tools, motor vehicles and electrical engineering products are leading in the international market.
•    Huge demand for Engineers and IT professionals especially in Germany. Hence, assured placements in Germany after Master’s program.
•    Starting annual salary Euro 40,000 (Approx Rs. 27 Lacs).
•    Universities are state-funded, therefore, mostly no tuition fee is charged. You only need to bear for your living expenses, such as accommodation, food, transport and health insurance.
•    International exposure   Attracted by international study programmers’ and excellent research opportunities, each year more than 2, 50,000 international students (12 % of all the students at German universities) come to Study in Germany and for research.
•    Internships   Germany is arguably the only country in the World where completion of study programs in Universities is smoothly followed by paid internship in top MNCs that eventually lead to full-time placement. Close ties with companies like Daimler-Chrysler, SAP, Siemens, BMW, Bosch, Volkswagen, AMD, Adidas, Audi, Porsche
•    Allianz and several others will increase your career prospects.
•    After completion of study programs, students are allowed to stay further and look for work.
•    The cost of living in Germany is cheapest in Europe i.e. approx. Euro 600 per month.
•    German Immigration option also opens since Jan 2005.
•    Hassle-free minimum documentation visa process and generally minimal financial documents required.

This is for your reference regarding the job prospects in Germany.
The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce expects 400,000 additional jobs
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UNIVERSITIES IN GERMANY
•    RWTH Aachen
•    Technical University of  Berlin
•    Technical University of  Braunschweig
•    University of Bonn
•    Technical University of  Darmstadt
•    Technical University of  Dresden
•    Leibniz University of Hannover
•    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
•    Technical University of  M√ľnchen
•    University of  Stuttgart
•    University of Frankfurt
•    University of Duisburg
•    University of Hamburg
•    University of Siegen
•    University of Hannover
MASTERS PROGRAMS:
•    Computer Science
•    Information Technology
•    Electronics & Communication Engineering
•    Electrical & Electronics Engineering
•    Power Engineering
•    Instrumentation & Control Engineering
•    Civil Engineering
•    Mechanical Engineering
•    Automobile Engineering
•    Automotive Engineering
•    Chemical Engineering
•    Mechatronics
•    Aeronautical Engineering
•    Robotics
•    Marine Engineering
•    Material Science
•    Metallurgy
•    Biotechnology
•    Biomedical Engineering
•    Bioinformatics
•    Genetic Engineering
•    Biochemistry
•    Microbiology
•    Molecular Life Sciences
•    Botany/Plant Sciences
•    Zoology
•    Environmental Science
•    Agriculture
•    Food Technology
•    Dairy Technology
•    Nutritional Sciences
•    Textile Technology
•    Fashion Design
•    Physics
•    Chemistry
•    Pharmacy
•    Mathematics
•    Business Administration
•    Physiotherapy
•    Education
•    Veterinary Science
•    Health Sciences
•    Public Health
BACHELOR PROGRAMS:
•    Computer Science
•    Electrical Engineering
•    Electronics & Communication Engineering
•    Electrical & Electronics Engineering
•    Civil Engineering
•    Mechanical Engineering
•    Business Administration
•    International Business
•    Biotechnology
•    Environmental Sciences
•    Chemistry
ENTRY/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admissions to programs in Germany are granted on the basis of previous academic record. However, for some management courses a GMAT is required, and some engineering programs require a GRE score. You will need to check the requirements of the university you are applying to.
The TOEFL or IELTS is a standard test required for programs that have English as a medium of instruction.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT TO STUDY IN GERMANY
The language of instruction for most of the international degree programs in Germany is English. Learning Basic German language for a student is good, as most of the population speaks in German language. Every German below the age of 40 possesses the ability to converse in English. According to a list of countries by English-speaking population published by Wikipedia, 60% of Germans are fluent at speaking English where as only 15% of Indians have fluency at English. About 95% of faculty members working at German higher education institutions possess the ability to teach and converse in English. Most of the international
Master programs offered by German Universities will be taught exclusively in English. Many German universities offer free-of-charge German language courses to International students.
Visa for Studying in Germany
International students from a country within the European Union or Australia, Japan, Canada, Isreal, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino do not need a visa to apply to study in Germany. However, if you are from a country not included in the above you will need to apply for one of the following visas. Make sure that you apply for the right visa; a tourist visa can for example not be converted into a student visa.
1. Language course visa: valid only for the duration of the course.
2. 3-month study applicant’s visa: valid for those who have not yet been admitted to a university. Upon admission, it must be converted into a resident permit for student purposes at the office for foreigners’ affairs as quickly as possible.
3. Visa for study purposes: valid for one year. Student must provide proof of admission and financial support for the duration of study to receive this visa.
•    Required documents to apply for a student visa:
•     Valid passport
•     Passport photos
•     Entitlement to university admission, as recognized in
  Germany (usually a high school diploma or graduation
  examination certificate)
•     Evidence of previous academic performance
•     Proof that complete financial support for one year is
  guaranteed
These documents should then be submitted at the German Embassy or the German Consulate in your country of residence together with your visa application.
Working While Studying 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. There are exceptions, so please check employment regulations before taking on a job.
COST / FINANCING:
COST OF EDUCATION IN GERMANY
The tuition Fees in Germany is very less when compared to other countries like USA/ CANADA/ AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND/ UK etc. Universities are state-funded, therefore, mostly no tuition / minimal fee is charged.
COST TO LIVE IN GERMANY
You only need to bear for your living expenses, such as accommodation, food, transport and health insurance. The cost of living in Germany is approx. Euro 650 per month according to the official standards, but unofficially an Indian, studying in Germany would not spend more than 350 Euro / month on an average. It is difficult to say exactly how much money a student in Germany needs per month. The cost of living varies from city to city. Generally students can live on less money in smaller cities than in large cities. And, of course, the amount of money you will need greatly depends on how economically you live.

Average monthly expenses for rent and utilities
Room in a student hall of residence: € 200
Room in a shared flat: € 245
Flat by yourself: € 315
FINANCING YOUR STUDIES WITH A SCHOLARSHIP
Depending on the country you come from and which subject you would like to study in Germany, there are different options for funding. Scholarships are offered by different institutions.
TYPES OF SUPPORT
There are two forms of scholarships – financial and non-monetary scholarships – both of which are often coupled together.

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