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What is the application process for Germany?

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Each and every student applicant from abroad must apply for admission to studies. This goes for first-year students and undergraduates as much as it does for graduate students or even doctoral students. You cannot study in Germany without a letter of admission. The admissions process requires you to meet the necessary requirements for your desired degree programs. This includes the proof that you are adequately proficient in the German language, your school-leaving certificate or any academic achievements already gained in the home country. These must be recognized as equivalent to the respective German qualifications. However, it is also possible – depending on the university and degree program – that you may be required to meet further admission conditions. So contact your chosen university as early as possible (we would advise at least one year before the studies are scheduled to begin) to find out the requirements you may have to meet and the documents required. Contact the staff of the International Offices or Student Advice Offices for information and advice.

How much does the Germany education cost?

At some universities you don't need to pay tuition fees. While some charge around 500 euros per semester. Whether you have to pay fees or not depends entirely on the federal state and at the university you are studying. Costs that you will certainly have to pay each semester are the semester contribution and the health insurance premiums (around 280 euros). The semester contributions are due when you register (matriculate) at the university and then each semester when your re-register at the Student Office. Depending on university and federal state, these can amount to between 50 and 250 euros. At some universities, this sum includes a Semester ticket. This allows you to use local public transport in and around your university town without any extra costs.

What academic degrees do German universities offer?

You can gain the following academic degrees at most of Germany's universities: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma, Magister or a doctorate. All German universities meanwhile offer the regular international degrees: Bachelor's and Master's. The plans even aim to completely replace the traditional German degrees "Diplom" and "Magister" with these new ones by 2010. Until then, it will still be possible to gain a "Diplom" or "Magister" at many universities. Please contact the International Office or Student Advice Office at your university direct to find out which degrees the university currently offers.

How can I find a place to live in Germany?

The first point of contact when looking for a flat or a room is the Student Services organisation at your university. Student Services operate their own halls of residence that offer value-for-money accommodation for students. They also maintain a file with the addresses of private landlords and landladies. They additionally offer a particularly interesting service for international students: Many Student Services sell Service Sets for foreign students. These sets can be booked via the Internet before you come to Germany. In general, a Service Set will include accommodation, meals and health insurance. This guarantees that you have a place to live when you arrive in Germany.

How are the living expenses in Germany?

An international student, besides the education expenses, will have to meet the monthly living expenses. This expense can be around 630 euros on average. One third of this is spent on house rent. This differs according to the place where you live

Can I work while am studying?

Earning money and studying at the same time is a part of everyday reality for many students in Germany. However, international students are only allowed to work to a limited extent in Germany. In addition, they generally need the approval of the Employment Agency before they can take up a job.

Are Scholarships available?

There are many organizations in Germany that award scholarships and grants to international students. For example, the DAAD specifically funds advanced students, graduates and postgraduates, i.e. doctoral students. Besides public funding organizations, there are also many private initiatives offered by business and industry, media and politics that are committed to supporting young international academics and researchers.

Can I stay in Germany after completing my studies?

The new Immigration Act has been in force in Germany since 1 January 2005. It aims to enable highly-qualified people from abroad to enter the German employment market more easily and to offer them longer-term prospects. For international students who have completed their studies in Germany, i.e. graduated, as per the act, after ending their studies, they can extend their stay and spend up to one year looking for a job in Germany that is appropriate to the qualifications. Highly-qualified foreigners who have a job offer in Germany, can receive a (permanent) Settlement Permit without the need for any labour market checks or the approval of the Federal Employment Agency.

 

 

Germany Life and Culture

Germany is a well-developed industrialized nation with a strong political, economic and social structure. For a person searching for something different to the norm, Germany is a goldmine of adventures. The country is the product of a long history of division. For this reason alone, it is a country of remarkable diversities. The clearly evident cultural diversity makes the modern Federal Republic. It is a mix of history and nature, fine arts and youthful rebellion. It is known as ‘land of poets and thinkers’.

Germany is a country with a long and diverse history. Tradition, religion, political upheaval, war, and reformation are all factors that have influenced the evolution of the German culture today. Germany is home to some of the finest academic centers in Europe. Some famous Universities include those of Munich and Berlin, University of Tübingen, University of Göttingen, University of Marburg, University of Berlin, Heidelberg University, Mining Academy Freiberg and Freiburg University, among many others.

Throughout the world, patrons are familiar with Germany’s theatres, opera houses, special institutions, music schools, etc. Almost every city can boast of their libraries, museums and art collections. Germany’s mark is permanent and unquestionable.

As the world’s third largest economy, Germany understands the important role that immigration plays in sustaining its development. However, its policies remain both restrictive and selective in terms of who will be allowed to immigrate there.

Germany Education

The educational system in Germany generally follows the European model of free public education and offers a variety of secondary schools for academic and vocational education. Education in Germany is a function of the states. There are differences in operation and curriculum between each state. A strong history of excelling in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering areas, but also in business and economics, law, social sciences and the arts.

Germany has different types of higher education institutions including Universities, Private Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Education, Colleges of Art, Film and Music, Church-maintained Colleges, and Universities of Cooperative Education.

Several notable German higher education institutions offer numerous courses geared to international students. Students may not even need to know how to speak German prior to enrolling, depending on the university and program of study chosen, but will probably find it useful to take classes. Upon successfully graduating, students are generally given one year to find a position appropriate to their qualification. Graduates must receive a residence permit in order to continue looking for employment after the permitted time is over.


Working While Study at Germany

Earning money while studying is a way of life for many students in Germany. Students from the European Union and the EEA stand practically on equal terms with German students and have free access to the German job market. However, for students who do not come from the EU or EEA countries, work time is restricted; they are only allowed to work 90 full or 180 half days in a year. To do this you do not need authorization from the Employment Agency, i.e. the German authorities. There are exceptions also so it is needed to check employment regulations before taking on a job.


Getting Around Germany

The Germans are extremely skilled at getting people (and things) efficiently from Point A to Point B. Its world-class transportation system is one of the most commendable things about the country. The road, rail, and air systems are all extensive and well-maintained and public transport in cities is also remarkable. The local transport system provides lots of options like buses, cars, trams, light trail, subways commuter rail, taxi, etc.

Driving in these cities is generally more of a trouble than a necessity, especially with the excellent public transportation available. Nearly every town and many rural areas have scheduled local bus service. In larger towns and cities, lines crisscross the city. Where local rail service is offered, buses complement those services. Most medium and large cities have a streetcar (tram) system, sometimes fairly broad. Trams are especially prevalent in many eastern German cities.

Some cities, most notably Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hannover, Cologne, and cities in the Ruhr region, have relatively new light rail systems known as a Stadtbahn. Generally, these systems function very much like a regular U-Bahn system (subway) with wide-gauge tracks, longer trains, and high platforms. A few of Germany's largest cities have a full-fledged subway system, or U-Bahn.


Germanian Fast Facts

Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Area: 357,050 sq km
Population: 82,438,000
Capital: Berlin
Currency: Euro
Largest city: Berlin
Religion: Christianity-67.07%, Islam-4%, Jews and others-28.93%
Official language: German
People: Germans-94.4%, Others- Danes, Turks, Spanish, Italians, Greeks, Slovaks, Serbs
Major industries: Aircraft, Agriculture, Cement, Chemicals, Ceramics, Computers, Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Food Processing, Forestry and Fishing, Glass, Iron and Steel, Machinery, Mining, Motor Vehicles, Non Ferrous Metals, Optical Equipment, Petroleum Products, Precision Instruments, Railway Equipment, Textiles, Tools

Climate

Germany has a continental climate in the western regions of the country with strong Atlantic influences in the northwest causing the winters to be mild but stormy. Further inland the winter temperatures are lower and the summers are warm with slightly higher temperatures in the southwest. A temperate climate is experienced in the eastern regions with an Atlantic influence giving rise to mild winters and cool summers. Average annual precipitation in Berlin is 592 mm (23 inches) and average annual temperature ranges are from 0.5 degrees Celsius (31 degrees Fahrenheit) in January to 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) in July.

 

 

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