With over 370 universities offering a wide variety of courses in various disciplines to over 240,000 international students among others, Germany is all set to add that extra element to your professional life. We hope that the information we provide you here help you in making a decision that will lay a solid foundation for your career. Happy reading! What is the German university system like? There are mainly two types of institutions of higher education in Germany:
- Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) are research-oriented and offer a wide variety of subjects. These can award doctorate degrees.
- Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), on the other hand, are practice-oriented and offer courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design. These have strong links to the industry and offer possibilities like joint supervision of the professor and a company for a master thesis. Fachhochschulen do not award doctorate degrees, however as a master degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is in principle eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a University. Your interest and inclination should define which of the two kinds of institutions you choose!
Which is the best university in Germany? The German answer to this question is: There is no “best university”, neither in one subject and certainly not across all subjects. What Germany offers instead is a multidimensional ranking, considering various criteria like student and staff judgments on quality of teaching, atmosphere at the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduations, third party funding etc. Several tables based on these considerations give you a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university on www.university-ranking.de Here you can find your program by selecting a subject, a university or even a city in Germany! Also Check here: How to search Course, University Profile and Ranking
What kind of master programs does Germany offer? There is wide range of study programs with i. German as medium of instruction ii. English as the sole or primary medium of instruction, called International Degree Programs (IDPs). A database of such programs is available at http://www.daad.de/international-programmes.
Am I eligible to apply for a master’s degree course? In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study program has its own set of criteria for admitting students. So please check the university website, and specifically the course you are interested in to find out the exact admission requirements. Some generalization is, however, possible and one can say that as a bachelor degree holder from India, your degree is treated at par with a German bachelor degree and most universities will consider you eligible for masters provided you fulfill other criteria.
Some universities may ask for your TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT scores, depending upon the subject you choose to study. For example, GMAT may be asked for if you want to study economics or law.
January – March: Contact the selected university. This will be your most important source of information as far as exact details about eligibility, course duration, fee, application procedure etc. are concerned.
September – October: Arrive in Germany at least a week before your course begins. Contact the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of your university for guidance.
October – December: Get your residence permit within the first three months of your stay in Germany from the Foreigners’ Registration Office (Auslaenderamt). As you can make out, this timeline refers to courses beginning with the winter semester (October – March). In case you find a course that begins with the summer semester (April – September), just calculate the months accordingly and proceed! Here we would like to reiterate that you should necessarily check the website of / contact the chosen university for exact course details.
A complete list of scholarship programs for Indian candidates can be viewed at www.daad.de. To get a comprehensive overview of various funding possibilities, please visit www.funding- guide.de Can I work in Germany – as a student and later as a professional? As an international student, you are permitted to work for up to 120 full days or 240 half-days in a year. This will help you in getting a bit of extra pocket-money! After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay on in the country for up to one and half (18 months) year to look for a job that is in keeping with your education.
Once you find a job, the residence permit issued to you for the purpose of studying, can be converted into a residence permit for taking gainful employment. Germany has always had a very strong industry-academia linkage. A lot of scientific research is funded by the industry as well. During your studies you can get the opportunity to do internships with German companies, which can open new vistas for your professional career. We hope that with this information you have a fair overview of higher education in Germany and what you have to do to get there. If you want to know more about universities and student life or read what other international students have to say about Germany, surf on www.study-in.de and www.bsaagweb.de. …And we must mention, that your reading of this document is not complete unless you have also visited the websites we have provided you with! Source: DAAD Regional Office New Delhi, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka