There are no study fees in Germany. A constitutional court decision in early 2005 made it possible for universities to start charging fees. Depending on the university and state at which they study, students can expect to pay around 500 Euros per semester. The universities in Germany are open to students from all countries. Currently in Germany there are about two million enrolled students, 250,000 of them are international students.
Students who intend to study in Germany may receive an entry visa valid up to 90 days that can be transferred into a residence permit by German immigration authorities after taking up the studies. It has to be extended by the authorities in Germany within three months of your stay in Germany. Extension is given for one year at a time till the end of the course.
University education in Germany is not centrally coordinated. Each of the 16 states* has its own higher education laws and guidelines. German Universities are largely self-regulatory, which means that not all rules apply to every university.
Since October 2014, all state and government universities in Germany have stopped charging national and international student’s tuition fees for undergraduate programs.so; even international students can get the best degrees without paying any tuition fees. However, the other expenses such as food, transportation and accommodation have to be incurred by the students.
World class Education
German higher education is one of the best in the world! It is one among the best study destination for those who aspire to be an automobile engineer. The World’s biggest automobile manufacturers like BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, all started out of Germany.
Affordable Living Expenses
In comparison with other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is reasonable. The cost of food, housing, clothing and cultural activities are equivalent to the EU average. There are also a number of concessions available to students. Students can receive discounted prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions just by showing their student Identity card.
Study in English in a German Environment
A lot of courses and degree programmes are offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level. So, German Language is not a problem at all.
Around 12 % of students at German universities are from other countries.You can make friends from around the world, become acquainted with different countries and expand your horizons. Many mentoring programmes are availabele at the universities to support your start in Germany as easy as possible.
A Safe Country
Germany is a safe country on an international scale. Whether you live in a big city or in the country- side, you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions. The police are reliable and help you in every situation.
Broaden your Scope
As an international student you can take not only the degree, rather learn an extra language and broaden your scope. Knowing a foreign language also looks great on a résumé! German is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world. Some 185 million people worldwide can speak German.
Heart of Europe
Germany is a diverse country with many facets! Living in Germany means living in the ‘Heart of Europe’ surrounded by many other countries. Whether you’d like to visit Paris, , Rome or Copenhagen or Stockholm, you have a wide range of destinations to choose.Within a couple of hours by train or plane, you can experience an entirely different culture and language. Weekend trips are no problem and affordable.
No matter what your country, subject or status, you’ll find a scholarship that matches your requirement.As an international student with outstanding academic achievement, you have good chances of receiving a scholarship to finance your studies in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the largest scholarship organisations in the world and offers countless scholarship programmes.
Germany has state-run universities and colleges, private universities and cooperative universities as well as other schools offering a wide range of courses through full-time and part-time participation. To obtain a Bachelor’s degree you must have 12+01 year of education. The duration of your course may be a minimum of 3 years. A one or two year study program equals 120 ECTS points. A student must have a bachelor’s degree to apply for a master’s program. A master’s degree is equivalent to a German ‘Diploma’ or ‘Magister’ degree. You can apply for Ph.D. after completing your master’s program.
Cost Of Education
In Germany Education system is divided mainly into two parts; paid and free education.Most of the universities offering masters Program have free education for international students. Some universities offering paid education have fees ranging from 15000 to 25000 Euros per year.
German universities accept applications with all the academics and certificates of German and English Language Proficiency. Student needs 6.0 to 6.5 bands in IELTS to prove their English proficiency. German language level A1 and A2 may be needed to be completed to secure the admission.
If you wish to study in Germany as an International student, you may have to apply to different universities as per the guidelines provided by each university. There are two main intakes in a year, summer and winter; the student has to plan the admission process well in advance to meet the application deadlines of each selected university. Once the applications are made, the student will get response from respected universities till admission confirmation.
Germany provides many scholrships to international students. But, yto avail those, one must show academic excellence. There arew many government –funded, non-government funded and university specific Scholarship facilities. Following are the most popular Scholarships.
DAAD Scholarships – The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels. Click the link to view the DAAD scholarships database.
Erasmus+ – The largest provider of scholarships for study in the EU, Erasmus+ is led by the European Commission, funding international students to study in Europe. It provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange program to study in Europe.
Various accomodation facilities are available in Germany for International students. The student can avail the rooms in student halls of residence provided by the university near the campus. Student may rent a room or an apartment as per his / her choice and budget.
Admission to the programmes in the German University/ Colleges, are granted on the basis of previous academic record. However, for some management courses a GMAT is required, and some engineering programmes require a GRE score. The IELTS/TOEFL is a standard test required for programmes that have English as a medium of instruction.
Two application forms with one recent passport-sized photograph each, one additional picture. All questions have to be answered, incomplete forms cannot be accepted.
Valid passport or travel document with a validity of at least one more year, original and two copies.
Citizenship certificate, original and two copies.
School leaving certificate and Mark-Sheets- original and two copies.
Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate and Mark-Sheets original and two copies.
Proof of the admission to the relevant university or institution or scholarship certificate, original and two copies.
Proof of previous studies in the relevant area (e.g. Bachelor Degree, Transcripts) if applicable, original and two copies.
If required by the university for the respective course: proof of knowledge of the German or English Language (e.g. "Zertifikat Deutsch," TOEFL), original and two copies.
Proof of Adequate Financial Resources for at least the first year or scholarship certificate, original and two copies.
Health insurance valid for Germany and covering at least the first three months of the stay in Germany, original and two copies (to be submitted only after the visa is approved).
Evidence that you intend to return to Nepal at the end of your studies.
Evidence of your personal economical and social situation (e.g. properties, marriage certificate, work contracts), original and two copies.
(Please note that these are minimum requirements. Additional documents may have to be presented on request.)
There are possibilities to earn money during your studies. Students can find job advertisements on the “Schwarzes Brett” (notice board) on campus or on the university’s website. Knowing German can significantly increases chances of finding a part-time job. International students are allowed to work a maximum of 120 full days or 240 half days in year.
The student can apply for an 18-month residence permit from local foreign nationals’ registration office to look for a job as per relevant qualification. During these 18 months, student may take up any kind of employment to support him / her and fund job search.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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