Study In Germany

Higher Study in Germany

Study in Germany

Germany, a land of innovation, invention and ideas is the most preferred destination for foreign students. International standards in education, science and research play a central role in making the country one of the knowledge hubs of Europe. The country has one of the world’s best and most extensive school and university systems. Internationally recognized qualifications and comparatively lower costs of education are the two key factors that allure students from all corners of the world.

Internationally, Germany is one of the most popular countries (along with the USA and the UK) for students from all over the world to take admissions. The Heidelberg University, University of Berlin, University of Bremen, University of Leipzig, Frankfurt University, etc. are some of the best centers of education in the world.

As per the Basic Law or the Constitution, the education system in Germany is the responsibility of the individual state governments. Thus, German universities and institutes are run by the individual federal states. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is the body in charge of educational planning, research promotion and the entire system of higher learning. It acts as a sponsor for young academics, talented persons and also for the exchange programs for trainees, students and academics.


Industries & Research

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), a genius, who emigrated from Germany in 1933, gave a new dimension to the concept of space and time by his theory of Relativity (E=mc²). In 1995, it was the Germans who made the dream of MP3 player become a reality. A team at the Fraunhofer Institute, under Karlheinz Brandenburg, developed this method of audio compression. The country also has to its credit a total of 76 Nobel Prize winners till date, 65 of whom have won the prize for their contributions to the natural sciences or medicine. The very first Nobel Prize for Physics went in 1901 to Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen for “a new type of ray”. Robert Koch, Max Planck , Albert Einstein, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Horst L. Störmer, Herbert Kroemer, Wolfgang Ketterle, Theodor Hänsch, etc. are some of the German winners of this prestigious honour.

Companies in Germany have created the German economy to be the largest in all of Europe. This economy, in fact, is the third largest in the world. Billions of Euro in investment money come into Germany each year. To maintain the high standard of living in Germany takes a lot of hard work. German companies contribute to this high standard of living in the quality and popularity of their products and services. And they do this by excellent manufacturing and engineering.

Of the world’s 500 largest stock market listed companies measured by revenue, the Fortune Global 500, 37 are headquartered in Germany. In 2010 the ten largest were Volkswagen, Allianz, E.ON, Daimler, Siemens, Metro, Deutsche Telekom, Munich Re, BASF, and BMW. Other large German companies include: Robert Bosch, ThyssenKrupp, and MAN (diversified industrials); Bayer and Merck (pharmaceuticals); Adidas and Puma (clothing and footwear); Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank (banking and finance); Aldi, Lidl and Edeka (retail); SAP (computer software); Infineon (semiconductors); Henkel (household and personal consumer products); Deutsche Post (logistics); and Hugo Boss (luxury goods). Well known global brands are Mercedes Benz, BMW, Adidas, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, DHL, T-Mobile, Lufthansa, SAP, and Nivea.

Life style

Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan country distinguished by its openness, a high standard of living and multi-national diversity. Freedom of worship and the separation of church and state are the cornerstones of the legal system. The German way of life is characterized by a colorful culture offering diverse opportunities for leisure activities and encounters.

Listening to music and enjoying the comfort of home are Germans favorite leisure activities, and some like to read a book or a magazine at the same time. Socializing is also popular: spending time with friends, receiving guests and activities with the family are all high on the list of preferred leisure pursuits.

In Germany there is a comprehensive range of culture offered by private and public institutions. Almost all theatres, museums and libraries are funded with public money so that as a rule entrance fees are affordable. In addition to the cultural centers, smaller towns and communities offer various cultural and sporting events.

The Degrees are

  1. Bachelor
  2. Masters
  3. Diploma
  4. Doctoral
  5. Post Doctoral


Semester Offer

Semester Can be Started from Every Month.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Program

  1. Academic
  2. At least 12 years of education (HSC equivalent).
  3. Language Proficiency

If the medium of instruction of your target university is German:

  1. Required German language proficiency test taking by TestDaf or DSH
  2. The DSH test can only be taken at a German university, while TestDaf can be obtained in a multitude of center’s around the globe.
  3. Course Length
  4. Bachelor Degree: Can be 3 to 4 years


Requirements for Master’s Program

  1. Academic
  2. Most universities accept 4 years of Bachelors degree & few universities accept 3 years of Bachelor degree
  3. So, at least 15-16 years of education is needed for Master’s program.
  4. Language Proficiency

If the medium of instruction of your target university is German:

  1. Required German language proficiency test taking by TestDaf or DSH
  2. The DSH test can only be taken at a German university, while TestDaf can be obtained in a multitude of centers around the globe.
  3. Other Test
  4. It depends on universities. Sometimes it requires GRE, GMAT etc.
  5. Course Length
  6. Master programs: Can be 1 to 2 years


Subjects and Disciplines for Bachelor’s & Master’s Program

Architecture, Site Engineering, Plant Operations and Manufacturing of Wood Products, Paint Technology (TE), Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Landscape Planning, Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science, Civil Engineering, Computational Engineering, Geodesy and Geoinformatics (Surveying), Economics and Management, Industrial Engineer, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering / Technical Informatics, Electrical Engineering (TE), Mechatronics, Adult Education / Extra-Curricular Youth Education, Catholic Theology Education, English and American Studies, German Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science (Politics), Protestant Theology / Religious Education, Religious Studies, Social Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Special Needs Education / Social Education, Sport, Technical Education, Textile and Clothing Engineering, Vocational Education, Law, Mathematics, Mathematics / Computer Science, Mathematics / Mathematics Computational Science, Meteorology, Physics, Physics / Technical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Metals Technology (TE), Production and Logistics, Analytics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Food Science (TE), Geography, Horticultural Science, Life Science, Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry, Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry, Nutrition, Home and Institutional Management (TE), Plant Biotechnology etc.


  1. Tuition Fees in (?) Euro
  2. German institutes of higher education did not charge tuition fees. However, they are planning to impose tuition in 2007.
  3. Universities in some states has already imposed tuition fee.
  4. Tuition fees up to 500 Euro per semester. In different cases additionally, 40 Euro will have to be paid for administration plus about 40 to 70 Euro are due for student social services each academic term.
  5. For student support detail download German higher education file.
  6. Applicants should check with his desired university for accurate tuition fee.
  7. Living & Other Expenses in (?) Euro

A student spends about 500 to 750 Euro per month including food, clothing, transport, telephone, accommodation, books etc.

  1. Health Insurance in (?) Euro
  2. Your first priority when coming to Germany should be health insurance. Medication, doctors and hospitals are extremely expensive, so you must make sure that you are covered for sickness and emergencies.
  3. The health insurance cost is approx. 50 euro per month
  4. In addition, you will usually not get a residency permit without proof of adequate insurance. Health insurance is also mandatory for all employees and students in Germany, so you will not be able to start working or studying without it.


Supporting Documents

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. English version of your all educational documents including mark sheet.
  3. School/College leaving certificate.
  4. Application fee payment document.
  5. German/English language test result.
  6. Photocopy of your passport.

How to Apply to The University

  1. Check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
  2. You should write directly to the Institution’s Admission Office for detailed application information and forms.
  3. You can also download application form from university website.
  4. Some universities have an on-line application facility.
  5. Admission Office will inform you about the documentation, translation, and visa requirements.
  6. You should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.
  7. The decision of the institution is usually announced within approximately six to eight months of the application deadline.


  1. Living in Germany is expensive. A German ends up paying half of his wages towards rent. If you don’t want to trust your luck, you can consider several possibilities in looking for accommodation.
  2. Offers of accommodation are available in local newspapers, usually in the Wednesday and weekend editions. You can also advertise that you’re looking for a room. Classified newspapers specialize in advertisements. You could also find accommodation at your university. The ?notice-boards? are usually crammed with offers of accommodation scrawled on bits of paper. For those who arrive in Germany alone, flat sharing in so-called ?WGs? (Wohngemeinschaften), is a good way to get to meet people.
  3. Many university cities have shared-living centers (Mitwohnzentrale) which help you find accommodation for limited periods on a commission basis. University residences also provide accommodation. Anyone looking for a flat through an estate agent must bear one thing in mind: two months? rent as advance is usually required. That is a lot of money and is not worthwhile, particularly for a short stay. But if you’d rather deal with an an estate agent, it’s important to remember that the agent should be a member of the Ring of German Estate Agents (RDM).
  4. The rooms here are indeed often very small, but on the other hand the cheapest available. Many dormitories now have bigger rooms and even offers for couples. The student services furnish addresses and information on the admission procedure for the student dormitories.


Other Information

  1. Language in Germany:
  2. Generally a working knowledge of the

German language is necessary, unless you select an international course of study. A lot of courses are offered in the English language; take a look at the homepages of the universities to find an overview of courses available.

  1. However, if you can speak or have learnt to speak German, you can prove your language proficiency both in Germany and your home country.
  2. The German-run Goethe Institute offers German language courses all over the world. You can take the language diploma examinations there. These are of a sufficient standard for you to be admitted to an institution of higher education in Germany.
  3. An alternative would be to attend one of the international summer courses available at universities in Germany. The courses are designed in such a manner that people of the same age group have a chance to learn the German language and about the country.
  4. Working in Germany
  5. Foreign students may work in Germany. Students who are not citizens of the European Union, or are from the ten new EU member states, can only work for a limited period per year. They are allowed to work for 90 days or 180 half-days every year without a work permit. Students are allowed to work no more than 20 hours a week
  6. In many Federal States, you can only work in the summer vacation. The office for foreigners may authorize an additional working period of 10 hours per week with the approval of the local employment office.
  7. Jobs in Germany
  8. The job areas are: Pizza delivery boy, Cleaner, Bartending/waiting tables, Health Care Services, Computing, Trades, Fruit Picking, Hospitality & Food Service Jobs etc.
  9. The average hourly rate in this case is around 8 euro per hour.
  10. Credit Transfer Facility
  11. Students may apply for credit transfer program at undergraduate or postgraduate level in Germany.
  12. The maximum amount of credit that may be granted normally is not greater than 50% of the course.
  13. Most of the German universities consider minimum “B” grade for acceptance.


You have to submit the following documents to your target university:

  1. Your application form for the Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program
  2. Official copies of your academic transcript
  3. Also include an official letter from head of the school/department of your university, from where you have already completed the courses.
  4. Detailed course outlines (Official Copy) including subject descriptions, methods of teaching and assessment, reading lists, number of hours of teaching etc.
  5. The academic level you are studying (e.g. First Year, Second Year etc.)
  6. How many credits you have completed
  7. An explanation of the grading system used at your institution.
  8. Information on the total units of study requirement ( i.e. how many credits are required) for the completion of the degree.
  9. Scholarships
  10. There is a huge number of scholarship available on the International Scholarship Database of VarsityAdmission.COM site.
  11. DAAD Scholarship
  12. German Reutlingen University