Every year, over 2, 50,000 international students choose to study in Germany. That is more than 10% of the entire student population attending German Universities. Whether you plan to visit Germany as an exchange student or enroll on a full-time degree, you will benefit from low tuition fees and quality German education. 409 officially recognized universities and colleges offer more than 14,500 international degree programs.
There are three main types of higher education institutions to choose from in Germany: universities, universities of applied sciences and specialized universities.
Universities mainly focus on research and are the traditional German education institution. Many of them are technical universities or colleges of technology.
Universities of applied sciences are more practically oriented and are connected to major German companies.
Specialized universities concentrate on specific subjects such as arts, music, film, theatre, etc.
Teachers usually require mandatory attendance. Students who miss classes may not take the final examination at the end of the semester.
A great deal of academic work in Germany is done in groups. Students often get together to revise for exams, write papers and work on class assignments.
Most degree programs require compulsory internships. Students have the opportunity to get accustomed to the industrial environment well before starting their career.
Presently, only two federal states charge tuition fees: about 500 € per semester (Bavaria and Lower Saxony). All other federal states do not charge tuition, though a semester fee of 150 to 250 € is usually required.
Industries sponsor bachelor and master students. Students attending industry relevant master programs may receive around €600 to €800 per month from companies for a period of 6 months.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships to international students and researchers coming to Germany. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) also hosts a site dedicated to scholarships in Germany.
Germany is home to many top international companies such as BMW, Volkswagen, Deutsche Telekom, Adidas, Bayer, Deutsche Bank and many more.
The German economy has great demand for qualified & skilled labor force. Vacancies for engineers have risen over 30 percent in recent years. Companies are always looking for German language skills. So, don’t forget to learn German.
NOTE: The above views/statistics are indicative. Opinions and experiences may vary from person-to-person.