I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Hyderabad. In my 3rd year I was scouting for post graduate courses abroad. Following my seniors advice, my search narrowed down to Germany. From over 500 universities in Germany, I found a few universities which had courses of my interests.
Universities in Germany are divided in 3 categories:
The Universität is top among them, whereas next two stand on same level.
The top 5 Universities according to International rankings.
University of Munich
University of Göttingen
University of Hiedelberg
Humboldt University of Berlin
International Courses in English:
Not all colleges in Germany offer English courses, but most of them do on select programmes. One of the reasons being the need for International students. However the Universities offering International Degree Programmes (IDPs) in English do have foundation programmes for the German language for International students
Eligibility fo Masters:
As a bachelor degree holder from India, your degree is treated at par with a German bachelor degree and most universities will consider you eligible for masters provided you fulfill other criteria.
German language skills:
Universities will ask for very good German language skills in case you want to take up a programme / Studienkolleg in German medium. In such cases, your knowledge of German needs
to be certified through examinations like the TestDaF (http://www.testdaf.de).
The process of applying to German Universities:
Germans follow a really high standard of selection. At the same time German Universities have a bad reputation of responding really slow. they may take up to 3 months. I got my responses almost after 5 months!! And it is not possible to apply for all as it would be futile and expensive.
The application process is still the old school model here. Everything goes on paper*. Fill in the application, attach two references from your professors, write a CV, as you write for a job and a “Letter of Intent” stating why you chose Germany, why the particular course and college. The hard part about getting to Germany is securing the admission. There is almost 100% success rate for student visas.
Editor’s note: This has since changed – you can apply online to most Universities.
My visa interview happened in Chennai consulate. Before that, we need to open a blocked account in Deutsche Bank in Germany and transfer the an equivalent amount of 8040Euros for our living and get that confirmation to the visa interview. They wont accept any other documents as your financial proof !
Initially, as student you’ll be given a 3 month visa, which later needs to be extended after coming here. You’ll need a mandatory insurance, without which your admission may be cancelled. It may be bought here in Germany or can be an international health insurance.
Students will be issued a Semester ticket which is like a semester pass for travelling in all public transports and to travel to near by places for free. Germany is a very safe and peaceful country as I find it. The Turkish, Sri Lankan and Pakistani communities are very well established here. I see a lot of Indians coming here on on-site and for higher studies.
Advantages and disadvantages:
The advantages you find here are, the germans are really kind hearted, helping and honest people. As I mentioned earlier you have a lot of advantages regarding jobs. Also, the german degree is highly values all over the world. The amount of learning you can get here is enormous. Also, on your visa, you can holiday in countries around you like France, Spain, Italy, etc. You’ll find holidays cheaper.
The disadvantages, however, are there as with anything else. The primary disadvantage is language. The northern part of Germany speaks English where as the southern, you’ll rarely find people speaking English. This also becomes a barrier while finding jobs as most MNCs and many companies prefer candidates speaking German. Most of the companies are situated in south, hence making it difficult for people to survive without knowing German.
One can pursue his Bachelors in Germany, but the number of colleges / universities offering an English course are few. It’s advisable for Indians to do their Bachelors in India.
However there are few bachelor programmes in Arts, Humanities, Science, Computers, History, Languages offered by select Universities.
Eligibility to apply for a bachelor degree course
In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study programme has its own set of criteria for admitting students.
In principle you are eligible to apply for a bachelor programme if you fulfill one of the following criteria:
I. Successfully completing the first year of a bachelor programme from a recognized university in India in the relevant subject field.
II. Successfully clearing the IIT Joint Entrance Examination for admission to courses intechnology and natural sciences.
III. Passing the qualification assessment examination in Germany, called Feststellungspruefung. The Feststellungspruefung is an examination conducted by universities that assesses your
proficiency in subjects that are crucial to your chosen degree programme, and also in German language. This is not necessary if you fall in the Ist or IInd category.
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