GERMANY
Germany is world’s 3rd largest economy, and ranked at second place in export and R& D. Germany is also India’s most important EU business partner, especially for machinery, automobiles, chemical and electrical products as well as IT. The country is having more than 300 institutions of higher education; it is one of the top most countries in the field of research, science and technology. Outstanding Academic Standards, The world-renowned of German Universities long back to the 14th Century and promise 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.

There are 409 officially recognised institutions of higher
education in 165 towns and cities throughout Germany. In total, German universities and colleges offer more than 14,500 degree programmes.
 
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Why Study in Germany?
Strong Economy : As the 3rd largest economy and strong engineering Hub Germany offers the best and the most cost effective study options for aspiring international students. Most of the universities are state-funded, so most of them charge no tuition fee from students.

Strong Academic & International Exposure : Attracted by international study programmes, excellent research opportunities and low tuition fee more than 2,50,000 international students come to there to study. Study in Germany also gives you a wider exposure and experience of being part of highly qualified academic community.

Internships Advantage: Germany is one of the very few countries in the World where completion of study programs in Universities is normally followed by paid internships in top MNCs that ultimately
 
lead to full-time placement. Srong industry and the close ties with leading companies such as Daimler-Chrysler, SAP, Siemens, BMW or Bosch and many more increase your career prospects.

If you are interested in a scientifically-oriented education then studying at a university is a good idea. Universities offer a broad range of courses and subjects. Some schools specialise in certain disciplines, such as advanced technology, medicine and education.

If you are looking for a more praxis-oriented education then Universities of applied sciences are ideal. These institutions provide students with a scientifically based education, tailored to the demands of professional life. The degree programmes generally include internships and a practical module. This enables students to apply their knowledge on the job at companies and businesses.

Most universities and colleges in Germany are public, i.e. they receive funding from the federal government. Some are also financed by the Protestant or Catholic Church. In addition to these subsidised institutions, there are now more than 100 private universities and colleges which confer officially recognised degrees. A majority of these are universities of applied sciences.
   
How much it will cost? 
One of the Greater advantages of German education is that fact that it is almost Free. There are no study fees in Germany and at the moment only three out of 16 Federal states still charge tuition fees. German institutions of higher education welcome students from all nationalities. Students however have to arrange for living expenses on their own.. However recent changes do allow institute to charge a very nominal Fees ie :

Long term tuition fees: Some universities request approx. 500 Euros each semester from those students, who need three to four semesters longer then their fellow students to complete their programme.

Graduate studies:
In most cases you need to pay for Master's programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. Regardless of these tuition fees, each students has to pay a certain amount of money as a semester contribution to the university.

( Attention! Please do not mix up tuition fees with semester contributions. The semester contributions have nothing to do with the tuition fees and vise versa. The specific amount of money depends on each university. This money covers parts of the administration costs of your university as well as social contributions to the ASta and the Studentenwerk. In addition, many universities finance your semester ticket with this money. It allows you to use public transport facilities throughout the semester.)

Universities also award scholarships. There are two forms of scholarships – financial and non-monetary scholarships – both of which are often coupled together :

In the case of financial scholarships, the recipient is awarded a fixed amount, paid out on a monthly basis over a defined funding period. These types of scholarships are often full scholarships, i.e., they generally cover the applicant’s entire living expenses. Recipients of partial scholarships, however, are required to secure additional financial support to cover their living expenses. When awarded a full scholarship, recipients are generally not permitted to receive funding from other scholarships simultaneously.

Living Costs - Living cost for international students is around 7000€ – 8000€ per year, however this could vary depending on individual lifestyle. This cost covers basic expenses like : accommodation, Food and basic Travel within city or campus.
   
  Accommodation Information
UOn Campus :
hall of residence
students can buy a "Service Set" for between 158 and 358 euros per month and so secure yourself a place in a hall of residence (or dormitory). Depending on the university in question, the Service Set can additionally include health insurance, semester contribution and a Semesterticket for using local public transport. Most rooms in hall are already fully furnished and often have TV and internet connections.
 
Off Campus :
Renting a house or apartment
Studnets can also opt for more popular options a Private shared flats (called Wohngemeinschaften in German, or just WG). Several students look for a flat together and each has their own room, while sharing kitchen and bathroom. The occupants also share the rent. Depending on where you study, you should reckon with 150 to 350 euros per month.

Temperoray Accomodation / Hotels : You can also choose to initial stay at Local hotel or Motel close to the campus for temporary period, costs of such hotel single occupancy vary from 50€- 150€ per night.
   
Process to Apply
  Application – Admission to Undergraduate Studies
Typically, Students applying for an undergraduate course in Germany have to undertake a one year bridge program. This is to compensate for 13 years of school education in Germany compared to 12 years in India and other South Asian countries. In order to be eligible for this bridging course,
students from India are required to have an excellent academic record up to Senior Secondary Level (10 + 2), and must have basic knowledge of the German language (G III Level ).

After completion of the bridge program, students are required to pass an assessment test in order to get admission into a German institution for the equivalent of the Bachelors degree.

Admission to Postgraduate Courses
German universities have recently introduced international courses leading to a Master’s degree. Some courses begin with English as a medium of instruction. Students need an Indian or equivalent undergraduate degree to qualify. Some universities also accept the three years Indian Bachelors degee.

Entrance Requirements
Admission to programmes in Germany 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. You will need to check the requirements of the university you are applying to.

The TOEFL is a standard test required for programmes that have English as a medium of instruction.

Applying for Admission
The filled applications have to be sent back to the university along with documents required to be attached. The attached documents must normally be authenticated copies of your certificates. You will also have to include authenticated copies of certificates confirming your knowledge of German, if required.

When do I apply?
Two dates you should mark red in your calendar: January 15th and July 15th. If you wish to begin your studies in the winter semester (October) the submission period is from the beginning of June to 15th July. If you rather prefer to start your studies in the Summer semester (April) the submission period is from the beginning of December to 15th January.
  Visa - Student interested to take up full time study in Germany are required to apply for a student visa. It is initially granted for a period of three months. 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. All International students must leave Germany on completion of the course of study.
   
 
 
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