Germany, over the years, has gained popularity as a study-abroad destination for several reasons, the prime ones being affordability and quality of education. Indian students, in particular, have been looking towards countries other than the USA or UK, to fulfil their study-abroad aspirations, and Germany has proven to be a very viable option. Here we outline a few things students should know about Germany, its education system, and student life, before making it their final destination!
In several ways, education in Germany is more analytical than in other countries, with professors spending more time lecturing. Students receive marks at the end of each term for their final review, as well as for speeches, assignments, and practical projects. Heidelberg University, Technical University of Munich, Free University of Berlin, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the Humboldt University of Berlin are among the most common student destinations in Germany. Many of the country’s renowned research institutes are located in Berlin.
The number of Indian students in Germany has increased significantly, with a 13 per cent increase from 2015 to 2017. As of 2017, Germany’s universities enrolled 13,740 Indian students, up from 13,740 in 2015-2016. Engineering, Business Studies, IT/Computing, Tourism & Hotel Management, and Visual Communications are among the most common courses taken by Indian students in Germany.
Summers in Germany are mild, and winters are cold and rainy, but rains are erratic and common during the year. The average winter temperature is 3°C, and the average summer temperature is 22°C. Maximum temperatures usually exceed -10°C in the winter and 35°C in the summer. Germans believe in keeping a global perspective. The Germans enjoy socialising and engaging in stimulating interactions. Throughout the year, one can participate in a number of festivals that are celebrated with great zeal.
Students wishing to enrol in an undergraduate course in Germany must also go through a one-year bridge programme to compensate for the 13-year schooling requirement in Germany vs the 12-year system prevailing in India. Moreover, students from India must have a basic understanding of the German language in order to be considered for this bridge course. September is the primary intake season for all German universities. As a result, the deadlines for various courses and colleges will range from February to May. A few colleges also offer admissions in March. This intake’s deadlines will be from November to January.
Education in Germany is relatively inexpensive, with some institutions charging no tuition at all. The majority of German universities are funded by the state government, and only a small amount of tuition will be expected. The tuition fee rate is determined by the position of the institution since each federal state has the authority to set its own amount.