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Indian Students Are Going To Germany In Large Numbers: DAAD Survey

According to a poll conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the number of Indian students studying in Germany for the current winter semester has increased.

The study, which was conducted among 160 German universities, showed unexpected results, as summer enrollments in 2021 were expected to drop significantly owing to foreign travel limitations.

Germany has 3,30,000 overseas students. In reality, in Germany, over 75% of first-semester students are currently taking a combination of online and face-to-face classes. In Germany, the number of first-semester students has climbed to 72,000 and is expected to rise further.

As per DAAD President Dr Joybrato Mukherjee, this equates to a 13 percent increase beyond expectations, which he attributes to the collective efforts of committed member academic institutions and the DAAD in luring international students.

“The survey of our member universities allows us to look forward to the new year with hope,” Dr Mukherjee says.

It’s worth noting that the increase in international students is coming from India, Turkey, Iran, Italy, and France. A record of 29% of higher education establishments (HEIs) reported an increase of more than 10% in the number of new admissions from India.

In reality, Indian students are the third biggest group of international students at HEIs in Germany. Engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, law, economics, and social sciences are popular courses among Indian students.

The reasons for this increase in international students, including those from India, are an increase of guest and exchange (mainly non-degree) scholars at HEIs, as well as a considerable increase in the number of master’s students.

Germany is also quickly becoming a popular destination for international students because university education is frequently sponsored by the state government, it has outstanding university facilities and infrastructure, and its degrees are worldwide accepted.

Additionally, there are university programs taught in English, which is advantageous for individuals who do not speak German fluently.

Moreover, because German is a widely spoken language throughout Europe, it is beneficial to learn it for ease of communication when studying in Germany. Being fluent in the language can help you get a better career.

Furthermore, students from non-EU member countries are permitted to work 240 half-days or 120 full-days per year, either during the school year or during vacations.

Germany is known for its friendly and welcoming nature towards international students. As countries around the world remain in the grip of a pandemic, particularly with the emergence of the novel Omicron type, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state leaders have decided to limit restaurant and bar outings.

The quarantine durations have been reduced to 10 days, and individuals having booster vaccinations who have come into contact with COVID-infected patients are exempt from isolation. Universities in Germany have certain admission and eligibility criteria, Indian students should thus keep in mind before applying. These include:

  • Having a list of your previous qualifications (not all foreign qualifications will be accepted, so be prepared to do bridging courses)
  • Grade transcripts
  • Language proficiency test (almost all undergraduate courses are in German – on the other hand, many postgraduate programs are taught in English)
  • Be prepared to take additional standardization tests like the GRE or GMAT
  • Prepare a motivation letter and a CV

The university’s acceptance letter, university entrance qualification (if you have a high school diploma from India, you will most likely need to enrol in a four-semester preparatory course and pass the final examination), proof of finances, and health insurance coverage (to be purchased before coming to Germany) are all required for a visa.

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