Germany, officially Federal Republic of Germany, German Deutschland or Bundes republic Deutschland, country of north central Europe, traversing the continent’s main physical divisions, from the outer ranges of the Alps northward across the varied landscape of the Central German Uplands and then across the North German Plain. The total area of Germany comes up to 357,104sqq; km. Its capital and largest city is Berlin but other large cities include Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Germany is one of the most populous countries of the European Union and it has one of the largest economies in Europe. It is known for its history and cultural heritage.
Germany has a moderate climate with good rains throughout the year. Extreme temperature lows and highs are rare.
Germany’s standard of living is among the highest in the world. The distribution of wealth compares favorably with that of other advanced countries. Germany is the largest exporter in the world. Others include the fact that the official currency of Germany is the Euro; it has a low fertility rate. There are a lot of well-known brands from Germany these are Adidas, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen
General Facts of Germany
1 Euro = Rs.79.00
Cities: Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Bonn.
Religion: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism.
Population: 81.8 million
ISD Code: 49
Ethnic Groups: German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish)
Climate: Moderate climate with good rains throughout the year
Study in Germany
International Academy is an authorized recruitment consultant for many German Universities and many students’ benefits from our service each year. Indian students prefer German universities mostly for Management, Engineering studies in bachelors and masters level.
Germany has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. Germany offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Students are advised to enroll in courses approved by the German ministry of education. These courses meet international standards and are recognized world-wide.
In Germany, the average starting salary for medical graduates is higher than in any other field of study and currently lies at around €49,000 a year. On average, doctors in Germany are paid more than graduates of any other academic discipline.
Starters with a degree from a university of applied science in, for example, electrical or building engineering can expect to earn, on average, between €36,000 and €45,000 a year. Incomes rise with each year of service, reaching levels of around €50,000 to €64,000 after 10 years. For university graduates, average earnings in some fields can rise to over €70,000 a year.
Average starting salaries for STEM graduates are between €35,000 and €40,000 a year. After 10 years of professional experience, salary levels rise to an average of about €70,000.
Why Study in Germany
The universities and the obtained graduate degree are well-known all over the world and show the future employer that the student had a firm basic education and also got further knowledge. At German universities the practical part of the studies has an important part to play. Internships have to be done in many programs of study and every professor recommends doing one. The big industry and especially the large cities provide many opportunities for these internships. One can absolve them in the most different kinds of disciplines and companies.
The universities in Germany are of very high standards in terms of reputation and international acclaim. Many of the technical universities such as TU Darmstadt, TU Karlsruhe, RWTH Aachen etc., rank very high in the list of “World ranking for the best technical institutes”.
Low tuition fees and many benefits and facilities available to students notwithstanding, the combined costs of living and studying in Germany can be considerable – various scholarships and part-time work during studies are the most common ways of coping for students, and should be duly considered as means of funding. The living expenses on an average comes up to 400€- 600€ per month, which is inexpensive when compared to other European countries.
The world class facilities that reach the German universities root from the benevolent funding provided by the German government. The laboratories and the research facilities meet the international standards.
The policies drafted by the German government to attract talents to teach in the universities are laudable. The industry “big shots” and technical experts are easily available and hence most of the universities boast of an excellent faculty. Also since the internationalism itself has a very great effect on the German universities, the partnerships and tie-ups also yield eminent visiting faculties from various countries to come to Germany and deliver their knowledge.
Germany is known for its technological innovation. When one tries to sit and dig deep into the roots of this innovation, it points out to just one fact, i.e., The German universities! Ever since the dawn of modern engineering, the technology that rooted out of the German soil is considered to be one of the best in the world. Be in any discipline of engineering (Electronics, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and Electrical etc.) German companies are just on the top of the list not only nationally but also internationally.
Most of the courses offered by the German universities are predominantly German taught. However, due to the growing demand and huge in-flow of foreign crowd, the universities have switched to English taught courses. Today there are more than 350 English taught courses in various universities across Germany. These courses offered in variety of disciplines (engineering, medicine, natural sciences, law, arts etc) are internationally recognized. This eliminates the fear in most of the young minds who are skeptical about their degree earned in Germany.
Since the education system is split into “practical oriented” study and “industry oriented” study, many German universities offer a 3 semester Masters course (1.5 years). Alternatively, there are also 4 semesters Masters Course (2 years) offered by many technical institutes. This is a huge advantage to people who would want to complete their Masters as soon as possible and head directly to the German industry to work.
The German universities are usually located in such strategic locations where the industry concentration predominant and the research hubs are easily reachable. This helps the industry-university interaction grow further and eventually to make the learning environment bidirectional. Eventually, it also helps the students who look for jobs after their Master Degree to stay and work in the same city.
The learning experience in Germany is not restricted only to the class room interactions. The Germans are of the opinion that, a lot of learning comes not from the Professor-student relationships but also peer-peer interactions. Hence the university selection committee in every university strikes a perfect balance to have students from all countries and all backgrounds.
One of the major advantages of studying in Germany is the “highly subsidized tuition fee” and scholarships offered. Students with high grades (80-90% of marks for 12th or bachelors) are eligible for 100% scholarship. Admission will be limited to the students with higher grade from the total application. For those who have marks less than 80% will also be eligible for scholarships where they have to only pay only lesser tuition fees. Foundation programs are available for the Bachelors and Masters Programs entry (students with lesser grade and do not eligible for scholarship entry can enroll for the foundation program and on completion of the program the college will assist to get scholarship admission in government universities.
Germany is known for its industrial hub (Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Hannover, Bonn, etc.) Many world famous German companies such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Siemens, Bosch, SAP etc, provide excellent career opportunities to one and all, irrespective of their nationality. Thousands of supplier companies to these big giants also keep their doors open to the international talents.
Depending on which area in Germany one decides to study, there are numerous activities and journeys to do and go in the free time or on holidays. During this traveling one can see the different areas of the country and all its faces. The wide range of leisure activities and pastimes offered by the universities and colleges are complemented by numerous opportunities outside the university grounds. Sport, culture or simply having a good night out – something is offered for each and every taste.
Once you complete your bachelors or PG from any university in Germany you will be able to look for job options in 26 other countries, as you will be having a schengen visa, which is valid for travel all this countries.
One of the benefits of applying to Germany is that there is an assurance that you will get admission in the colleges even if you have relatively scored less.
If the student did not get admissions for the required course due to low grades, then he/she can enroll for foundation programs which are available in the various fields of health, I.T, engineering & management. After the completion of the course the students will become eligible for admissions in Masters/ Bachelors in the required field. During the foundation program students will also be able to learn German.
The total expense for these programs will come up to only 6000€ – 7000€ per year. Also the students who enroll for foundation programs will get an option to study further at a reduced tuition fee.