Study in Germany

Germany and the higher education opportunities!

A country of knowledge, ideas, and also known for valuing other’s time and teamwork! Why should not one choose Germany for post-secondary or post-degree studies? 

As a bonus, universities in Germany are nothing less than world-class in terms of quality of education, especially from an international student’s perspective. 

There are 350 universities out of almost 450 in Germany that are publicly funded or state-owned. This fact may sound strange to students from most developing countries as privately owned colleges do better than state-owned ones back at home!

Germany has 100 Technical universities – all publicly funded. German technical universities are famous for innovative education that prepare students for research studies and offer direct PhD programs. 

Whereas a country like India has just 23 Indian Institute of Technology – IITs for millions of students who aspire to better education. 

In addition to the above-mentioned technical universities, Germany has another 200 applied sciences universities that provide practice-based education. Universities of applied sciences are the primary source of skilled graduates for German industries. 

Universities in Germany, including technical universities, collaborate well with the industries for two reasons;

  1. To maintain the curriculum of the courses updated as per the requirements of industries, nationally and internationally.

  2. To offer direct industrial and business internships for at least a semester or two to students as part of the syllabus.

Germany has won many Nobel prizes for arts and literature. Germany’s 50 universities and colleges of fine arts and literature offer various courses that attract students worldwide.

The opportunities to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Germany


Bachelor of degree programmes is six semesters in Germany. Some courses are seven semesters long.

However, high school leavers from India and other similar countries with a national certificate issued by a state or central board will require attending a foundation year course in a studienkolleg in Germany before qualifying for their direct admission. 

The foundation course consists of the German language and basic subjects relevant to the bachelor’s degree course of the University conditional admission. 

There are different pathways according to one’s overall background and plan. 

Option No. Foundation type Language level required Language studies in Germany
1
Direct
A2 Level
Within the foundation course
2
After Language
A2 Level
B1 level before Foundation
3
After Language
Not mandatory
A1-B2 before Foundation
4
After Language
Not mandatory
A1-C1.1 before Foundation
5
After Language
Optional online
Partial or no language before Foundation
6
Direct
Nil
Direct Foundation in English

Cost of language course and foundation in Germany

Course No. Language course fee. Foundation course. Blocked account.
1
N/A
23,700.EUR
N/A
2
2200. EUR
4400. EUR
10,332.EUR
3
6250. EUR
Free / 5000-7000.EUR
10,332.EUR
4
2700. EUR
Free / 4700.EUR
10,332.EUR
5
N/A (English taught)
9000. EUR
10,332.EUR

In all the above,  no tuition fees need to pay for the bachelor’s degree course to study in a public university except in one state where the universities charge 1500.EUR per semester. Please contact us for more information.

Those who qualify for direct admission to a bachelor’s degree need to learn German up to C1 level for a German taught course. An English taught course will require a 6.5 overall score in an IELTS test conducted in the academic module. German language skills are not mandatory to apply for an English taught course unless it is bilingual. 

To qualify for direct admission, one should have completed at least two semesters of a degree course already in the home country and provide the mark.

Accordingly, a Cambridge or American syllabus and A-Level/IB diploma will also qualify to apply to German universities directly. Conditions apply. Get in touch with us for further information.

National certificate holding high school leavers also qualifies for a bachelor’s degree course directly, but it is scarce!

Those who pass with the highest marks in the aptitude test; TestAS will qualify for direct admission to a bachelor’s degree course in a few universities. The German language proficiency level is crucial after qualifying with acceptable scores in the TestAS.   Please contact us for further information.  

International students have various options of a topic, study areas, and courses to choose from to study in a public university. 

Qualification course

Engineering Natural Sciences Medicine, Health Sciences
Aerospace Engineering

Architecture

Bioengineering

Building Services and Supply Engineering

Chemical Engineering, Process

Technology

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Engineering and Management

Engineering Physics

Environmental Protection and Disposal Technology

Food Technology

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronics, Systems Engineering

Mining

Optical Technologies

Power Engineering

Printing Technology, Media Technology

Safety, Disaster Prevention / Management, and Relief

Ship Engineering, Nautics

Spatial Planning

Surveying, Geodesy

Technical Health Systems

Vehicle and Traffic Engineering
Computer Science

Environmental Sciences

Nanosciences

Neurosciences

Nutritional Sciences

Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Engineering

Physics, Astronomy
Art Therapy

Dental Medicine

Health Economics

Health Management

Health Pedagogy

Health Science

Human Medicine

Music Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation Sciences

Speech Therapy

Sports Therapy

Therapies, Miscellaneous

Veterinary Medicine
Business, Economics, and management Social Sciences / Humanities Cultural Studies Design, Music, and Art
Accounting, Taxation, Controlling

Business Administration

Business Management, Organization Management

Economic Sciences, Economics

Economics

Educational Management

Environmental Management, Energy Management

Financial Management, Insurance Hotel, Catering, Tourism

Human Resource Management

International Business Administration

Logistics, Transport, Transport Management

Marketing, Distribution

Media Management

Public Management, Social Management

Quality Management

Sport, Event, Culture Management

Sustainability Sciences (Economic)

Technology Management

Trade and Industry
Biological Psychology

Business, Occupational, and Organisational Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Gender Studies

Neuropsychology

Personality Psychology

Psychology

Social Economics

Social Psychology

Social Work

Sociology, Social Science

Sport

Sports Psychology

Sports Science

Sustainability Sciences (Social)
Ethnology, Anthropology

History, Ancient Studies

Indo-European Studies

Journalism, Publishing Studies

Library Science, Documentation

Media Studies

Modern European Philologies, Miscellaneous

Philosophy

Romance Studies

Slavic Studies
Communication Design

Design

Fine Arts

Graphic Arts

Graphic Design

Industrial Design, Product Design

Jewellery Design

Media Design

Multimedia Design

Painting

Photography

Restoration

Sculpture, Plastic Arts

Stage Design

Textile Art

Textile Design

Higher education has two intakes in Germany;

 

  • Winter for universities  – October
  • Winter for Studienkolleg – September
  • Summer for Universities – April 
  • Summer for Studienkolleg – March

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Pursuing a Master’s degree in a German public university


Germany is popular among the international student community for master degree studies for since long. Germany has world-class universities for international students to learn from master and well-matured business and industry internships and work experience.

Pursuing a master’s degree course in Germany, especially in a public university, can prepare a person for his career in future; 

Research studies/direct work opportunities.

Those who start with a preparatory programme of German course will benefit a lot later. Knowing better German helps to follow the programme well and support themselves even when looking for a part-time job to make some extra money. 

Skilled Immigration Act, 2020 of Germany makes it easier for international master degree students in Germany to look for a job while studying and switch over to work from studies if they want. Here what helps them most is the German language proficiency. 

Germany has introduced English taught programmes for international students, and therefore they are called international programmes. A direct international programme saves time and money. However, after the course, they find going ahead not easy without German language skills and integration. Communication skills are essential in an international workplace in the present world of globalisation. Hence graduates from international programmes generally find it hard in terms of getting employed.

On the contrary, students for German taught master’s degree programmes to have a chance to get employed as soon as they achieve B2 Level skills in German or while on the Master’s degree course. If not, they stand qualified for receiving multiple employment offers while or on completing the course. All credits go to German language proficiency!

German public universities accept applications with a minimum mark of 50% for master’s degree studies. In contrast, universities offering English taught courses to experience tight competition from qualified students worldwide. Since universities in Germany maintain a fair admission system, they accept applicants meritoriously by considering those with a higher percentage of marks in their bachelor’s degree examination.

German universities teach ninety percent of their courses in the medium of German and just ten percent in English, numbering to one thousand five hundred courses. A course may accept three or four students from a country like India per intake.

Below are the options for pursuing master degree programmes in Germany.

Option No. German/English taught Prior language Skills Language course in Germany
1
English
IELTS 6.5
Nil
2
Bilingual
B1 in German & IELTS 6.5
Nil
3
Bilingual
A2 German & 6.5 in IELTS
Nil
4
German
C1 Level
Nil
5
German
B2 Level
DSH/TestDAF prep. Course.
6
German
B1 Level
B2-C1 level
7
German
Nil
A1-C1 Level

The preparatory programme of language teaching costs EUR 2700 to EUR 10,000 depending on the course duration and the institution in which the student attends the course. The master degree course we refer to is offered in public universities, not charging any tuition fees or just EUR 1500/semester.

German public universities offer thousands of courses in many different subjects. One can always find the desired course in a German university.

A sample list of subjects in which one can study a  master-level course!

 

Engineering Natural Sciences Business & Management, Economics, and Law
Aeronautical Engineering

Architecture

Automation Technology

Automotive Engineering

Beverage Technology

Bioengineering

Biomedical Engineering

Bionics

Biotechnology

Brewing

Building Services

Ceramics (Materials Engineering)

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Clothing Engineering

Communications Engineering

Communications Technology

Country Planning

Design Engineering

Disaster Prevention

Disposal Technology

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Power Engineering

Electronics

Engineering and Management

Engineering Physics

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Protection Technology

Facility Management

Food Technology

Foundry Engineering

Geodesy

Geotechnical Engineering

Glass Engineering

Health Technology

Hearing Technology

Historic Preservation

Humanitarian Aid, Disaster Relief

Hydraulic Engineering

Information Technology

Interior Architecture

Landscape Planning

Laser Technology

Manufacturing Engineering

Marine Engineering

Materials Engineering

Materials Science

Materials Technology

Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronics

Media Technology

Medical Engineering

Medical Physics

Metal Engineering

Microelectronics

Microsystems Technology

Mine Surveying

Mining

Nature Conservation Planning

Nautics

Nuclear Technology

Occupational Safety

Ophthalmic Optics

Optical Engineering

Optoelectronics

Packaging Technology

Paper Engineering

Photonics

Plant Engineering

Plastics Engineering

Power Engineering

Power Plant Technology

Precision Engineering

Printing Technology

Process Technology

Production Engineering

Radiation Protection

Regional Planning

Renewable Energies

Renewable Raw Materials

Safety

Safety Engineering

Sensor Technology, Measurement Technology

Ship Engineering

Ship Operation Engineering

Space Engineering

Spatial Planning

Steel Construction

Supply Engineering

Surveying

Systems Engineering

Textile Engineering

Timber Construction

Traffic Engineering

Urban Development

Urban Planning

Vehicle Engineering

Waste Management
Analytical Chemistry

Anthropobiology

Anthropogeography

Applied Computer Science

Applied Mathematics

Astronomy

Astrophysics

Biochemistry

Bioinformatics

Biology

Biophysics

Botany

Business Mathematics

Chemistry

Computer Engineering

Computer Science

Domestic Science

Ecology

Engineering Informatics

Environmental Science

Experimental Physics

Food Chemistry

Geoecology

Geography

Geoinformatics

Geology

Geophysics

Geosciences

Human Biology, Biomedicine

Hydrology

Information Systems and Management

Inorganic Chemistry

Macromolecular Chemistry

Marine Biology

Mathematics

Media Informatics

Medical Informatics

Meteorology

Microbiology

Mineralogy

Molecular Biology

Nanoanalysis

Nanochemistry

Nanoelectronics

Nanomaterials

Nanosciences

Nanotechnology

Nature Conservation, Environmental Protection

Neuroscience

Nutritional Science

Oceanography

Organic Chemistry

Palaeontology

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Pharmacy, Pharmacology

Physical Chemistry

Physical Geography

Physics

Practical Computer Science

Software Engineering

Statistics

Sustainability Sciences (Ecological)

Technomathematics

Theoretical Chemistry

Theoretical Computer Science

Theoretical Physics

Zoology
Accounting, Taxation, Controlling

Business Administration

Business and Economics Pedagogy

Business Consultancy

Business Management, Organization Management

Commercial Law

Economic Sciences, Economics

Economics

Educational Management

Environmental Management, Energy Management

European Law

Financial Management, Insurance


Hotel, Catering, Tourism

Human Resource Management

International Business Administration

International Law

Jurisprudence, Legal

Logistics, Transport, Transport Management

Marketing, Distribution

Media Management

Private Law, Civil Law

Public Law

Public Management, Social Management

Quality Management

Sport, Event, Culture Management

Sustainability Sciences (Economic)

Tax Law

Technology Management

Trade and Industry
Agricultural Social Sciences Design and Fine Arts
Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Science

Agriculture

Agrobiology

Aquaculture, Fisheries

Arboriculture

Environmental Design

Horticulture

Husbandry

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Conservation

Landscape Design

Viticulture
Administrative Studies

Biological Psychology

Business, Occupational, and Organisational Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Curative Pedagogy

Development Co-operation

Developmental Psychology

Gender Studies

International Relations

Neuropsychology

Personality Psychology

Political Science

Psychology

Social Economics

Social Pedagogy

Social Psychology

Social Work

Sociology, Social Science

Sport

Sport Pedagogy

Sports Psychology

Sports Science

Sustainability Sciences (Social)
Ceramics

Communication Design

Design

Fine Arts

Glass

Graphic Arts

Graphic Design

Industrial Design, Product Design

Jewellery Design

Media Design

Multimedia Design

Painting

Performances

Photography

Restoration

Sculpture, Plastic Arts

Stage Design

Textile Art

Textile Design

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How to apply for a visa to pursue a course of higher education in Germany?


The standard and mandatory requirements to apply for a visa to study in Germany are;

  1. Passport with enough validity period.
  2. Letter of admission from the German education provider.
  3. Evidence for the required language skills.
  4. Academic documents that match with the entry requirements of the proposed course.
  5. Deposit confirmation for EUR.10,332 in a blocked account or a guarantee to cover living costs in Germany. 

 What to do next?

  • Contact us for information.
  • Discuss with us; the current profile and previous academic studies desired course of study in Germany and the plan.
  • Let us choose a course and the university.
  • Provide all relevant information and documents to proceed further.
  • Pay the university application fees, if any.
  • Wait to hear from the university.
  • Receive the admission offer letter if the application is successful.
  • Start preparing to apply for a permit to arrive, enrol and start attending the course.

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