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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.

Germany universities combine age-old traditions with modern technologies. More than 300 universities are featured on Campus Germany: from time-honored institutions offering students the classical repertoire of subjects such as Medicine, Law, English and German to innovative new institutions of higher education with interdisciplinary study programs. German universities are open to anyone who fulfills the prerequisites and academic freedom is one of the basic principles of the German university system.
Universities here combine research and study. They’ve been the scene of many groundbreaking discoveries and they’re internationally renowned. German universities attract faculty and students from around the world. Modern German universities also combine theoretical work with its practical application. They both educate and train – basic research is augmented by applied research. Interdisciplinary cooperation is common and many of them cooperate closely with multinational firms and with other research institutes in Germany and abroad. In the end, this increases the graduates’ chances on the job market.
Many of today’s students no longer want a purely theoretical education. A variety of universities of applied sciences in Germany offer balanced academic training necessary for a professional career. Practical experience in regional companies is often part of the curriculum. German companies are interested in attracting well-trained graduates from abroad. And in many cases, these former students can continue to work for the company as a foreign spokesperson once they return home.
For the international student an important feature of most German universities is that they do not charge tuition fees. University education in Germany is federally funded.
Courses & Degrees in Germany
From Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering to Zoology – study courses at German universities are legion and German students can choose from a variety of over 11 000 different degree courses.
Degree programs – These basic study courses lead to a first university degree such as Bachelors, Diploma, or even a Masters or State Exam. The entrance requirement is the general qualification for university entrance (“Abitur” or equivalent) but some specialized degree courses may have additional requirements such as pre-study work experience or entrance exams.
Special Graduate study programs usually require a relevant first degree and/or work history. They are aimed at students wishing to further qualify in specific areas of their first degree.
Masters – 15/16 Years Eduction

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.

Entrance Tests
German Colleges and universities require that all their applicants take one or more standardized tests. These tests include the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Additionally, applicants who are not Americans also need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS (Most standardized tests are designed to measure a student’s skills, rather than a student’s amount of knowledge). The questions in these tests evaluate your ability to solve problems, not your knowledge of facts (such as important historical dates or parts of the human anatomy).
The function of standardized tests is to give colleges a way to evaluate all their applicants on an equal level. Comparison of grades received in courses or on exams is not always enough because different schools have different academic standards. An admissions counselor at a university has no way to determine how challenging the business or economics course you took was. By comparing your score on a standardized test to the score of another student who took the same standardized test, the counselor has a better idea of how the two of you compare.
International Graduate students applying for an arts or science program will be required to take the TOEFL / IELTS and, usually, the GRE. Graduate students applying to a business program will be required to take the TOEFL or in some cases the IELTS and, usually, the GMAT. Find out directly from the schools to which you would like to apply what tests are required.
Some Schools will accept you even without any of these tests and will grant you an I-20 based on your prior education & work experience alone. However, Visa officers may ask you for your test scores as it demonstrates your seriousness about studying in the Germany.
A brief description of each of these standardized tests is given below:
In most parts of the world, TOEFL is a computer-based test. In some areas, paper-based testing is also available. Paper-based tests are administered on predetermined dates; computer-based tests can be taken on an appointment basis. The test consists of mostly multiple-choice questions. An essay question is also required.The computer-based test contains four sections:
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

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.

Funds Required

The client must deposit €8000 in DCB (Deutsche Central Bank) and he/she will be having access of €500 every month.

Tuition Fees

Tuition is free in most universities, however, there may be other registration fees & other costs to be borne. These vary between universities & states.

Visa Fee

The current application fee for a Student Visa is EUR60 (currently approx. Rs 3800/-). The fee is subject to change without notice.

Air Ticket

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.

Germany Student Visa

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.

Talk to a Y-Axis consultant about Germany Study Visa Services which include assistance with your application, documentation advice & more.

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.

Your Dependents

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.

Talk to a Y-Axis consultant for details on the program you wish to pursue. Email campus@y-axis.com to find out more about studying overseas.