Why Study in Germany?
1.8 million students around the world go abroad to attend a university. Nearly one tenth of those students choose to come to Germany. Germany has a lot of offers for foreign students, be they first-year students or postgraduates.
Bachelors -10+2 Years Education
GRE / GMAT – Some schools will require these tests. It is advisable to do them as you are competing with students all around the world.
TOEFL / IELTS – These are required unless you get a letter from the University saying it has been waived for you.
Work Experience – Students with prior work experience are given preference in good business schools.
German is not a requirement but is recommended.
To find out more about the TOEFL test, including how to register, where to take the test, and how to obtain preparation materials, visit www.toefl.org We strongly recommend that you have some sort of experience with a TOEFL test prep program before you sit for the TOEFL exam.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.4 million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system.
IELTS tests are held in over 500 centres with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality. You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale. To help you prepare, IELTS provides test samples and Official IELTS Practice Materials. You are not limited in how many times you can sit the test.
For more details on IELTS visit www.ielts.org
The GRE General Test evaluates your mathematical and verbal abilities. It is designed to measure your reasoning skills, rather than your knowledge of any specific subject matter. Subject matter testing is done with the GRE Subject Tests. These tests should be taken by students who have a bachelor’s degree (or very extensive training) in that subject. They cover eight different subject areas: (1) biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; (2) biology; (3) chemistry; (4) computer science; (5) literature in English; (6) mathematics; (7) physics; (8) psychology. The GRE also offers a Writing Assessment test that asks more challenging questions than the General Test. It measures your critical and analytical thinking skills. It is usually optional, so you should check with the schools to which you are applying to find out if it is required. The General Test and the Writing Assessment are both computer-based, while the Subject Tests are paper-based. To find out more about the GRE tests, including how to register, where to take the tests, and how to obtain preparation materials, visit www.gre.org.
The GMAT is designed to assess your mathematical, verbal and analytical writing skills. Again, it measures your ability to apply knowledge, rather than the amount of knowledge you have. It is a computer-based test and contains both multiple-choice and essay questions. For more information on the GMAT, including how to register and prepare for the test, visit www.mba.com.
Entry Dates & Admission Deadlines
German universities are very particular about deadlines. Any application reaching late is not processed, no matter how impressive. The deadlines are as follows:
- Winter Semester (October)
- Summer Semester (April)
In case you need to send your applications for central assessment first, then the deadlines are as follows:
- Winter Semester (October)
- Summer Semester (April)
After your qualifications are cleared, you have to then apply to the respective universities before the above-mentioned deadlines.
It is recommended to apply 6-8 year in advance and no later than 3 months if you have all your test scores in order. Please keep 8-12 weeks for visa approval.
The client must deposit €8000 in DCB (Deutsche Central Bank) and he/she will be having access of €500 every month.
Tuition is free in most universities, however, there may be other registration fees & other costs to be borne. These vary between universities & states.
The current application fee for a Student Visa is EUR60 (currently approx. Rs 3800/-). The fee is subject to change without notice.
It depends where you fly from & how early you book your ticket.
Proof of Funds for Visa
You will be required to show that you can pay for your tuition & living expenses while you are in Germany.
Any international student who intends to undertake full-time study in a course at a registered institution of higher education in Germany needs to obtain a Student Visa. The Visa, which is granted initially for a period of up to three months by the German Embassy/Consulates General, permits the holder to enter Germany. However, it will be extended by the competent Foreigners Registration Office (Auslanderbehorde) when the student duly registers himself/herself within the first three months of his/her stay in Germany. The extension is done for one year at a time, up to the duration of the course. A Student Visa is valid for multiple entries. Also note that the study permit holders cannot apply for the dependants. You will need to go in person for the visa interview.
Working on your Student Visa
Germany is an attractive place to study for foreign students. A student may stay for a maximum of nine months. Foreign students are allowed to work, however, they need to have good language skills in German and can work for up to 90 days each year, or 180 half days.
Certain individuals are able to work freely without having to apply for a work permit. This includes foreigners married to a German citizen who resides in Germany.
In general, spouses are given the same rights as the spouse is already in Germany. Therefore, if the spouse in Germany has the right to work, the spouse who comes to join him or her will also have that right. But also note that only work permit holders can apply for the dependant visas.
After you Graduate
Foreign students may work in Germany for up to one year after graduating; however the job must be related to the field of study. Germany is a country which highly values education and vocational training, research and the sciences. The country has produced Nobel Prize winners, high-level scientific work is undertaken here, international projects are promoted, and students from all over the world study here.