Europe has quickly attained the top spot for being a viable study-abroad option for many Indian students. Out of the European countries, Germany has quickly grabbed the attention of many, mainly due to the low cost of education, coupled with well-established and acclaimed universities.
Germany offers students a well-rounded University experience, with large and buzzing metropolitan cities like Munich and Berlin offering the glitz and glamour, while towns like Frankfurt and Stuttgart offering a taste of the rich history and cultural diversity for which Germany is known. While each city has an impressive story to tell, students will also particularly benefit from the fact that Germany is one of the most fundamental economies of the EU, and therefore sees a lot of trade activity and job openings.
A new DAAD report has brought forth a new trend. While there has been an increase in scholarship applications for master’s in Germany, there has been an equivalent, if not higher, rise in the number of students from Germany wanting to study abroad.
DAAD president Joybrato Mukherjee elaborated on this,” The current situation due to Covid-19 gives rise to a paradox: The pandemic strongly restricts international academic exchange, while at the same time there is a massive increase in interest to perform a stay in Germany or abroad,”.
Talking about the increasing number of German students wanting to enroll in exchange programmes, he added, “On the one hand, German students do not let the coronavirus, or political developments in the world, dissuade them from wanting to gain cultural experience and to engage in exchange with other student… On the other hand, it shows that Germany’s reputation as an academic location has improved further.”
Doctoral candidates in Germany are eyeing the US, France and UK as their favoured destinations to undertake a postgraduate degree abroad. Master’s program applications have seen a 70% rise.