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GERMANY

GERMANY

GERMANY AT GLANCE


• The Fed. Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe.
• Germany shares its borders with 9 countries: Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
• Area: With 137,858 square miles.
• Population: 82 million, 7 million foreign citizens
• Major Cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Essen, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Bremen, Hannover, Duisburg, Aachen, Trier. Heidelberg.
• Capital-Berlin –with 4 million inhabitants, Various landscapes.
• Major Rivers: Rhine, Danube, Mosel, Elbe, Weser, Saar, Neckar, Main.
• Climate: Germany has a moderate climate with temperatures ranging from 35 to 20º F in the winter and from 68 to 76º F in the summer. pleasant climate: Up to 100 sunny days
• Germany has the 3rd strongest economy and is the No 1 export nation in the world.
• Germany is the economic powerhouse of the European Union.
• Germans have been world champions in export: cars, machinery, industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals, household goods. Apply for World Class Education in Germany
Germany officially called as the Federal Republic of Germany. Germany situated in center of Europe & sharing its border with 9 countries. It is one of the important G8 countries in the world. Deutschland , the world's third largest economy and world leader in the field of Engineering, Science & Technology German engineering is a brand by itself. Degree programs "Made in Germany" are recognized worldwide. German engineers are in great demand the world over. There are plenty of full-time job opportunities for students pursuing technical programs in German universities. Also Germany's New Immigration Act is too focused on attracting more skilled workers to Germany in areas such as Natural Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Academicians and Scientists. Germany visa is valid in 15 Schengen countries which includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Holland & others.

Key highlights of German Education:
• Quality of Education - German Education System is one of the oldest and best education system in the world. Degree from German university is respected all over the world. Merit is the only criteria for admission.
• German Education Guarantees practical knowledge in addition to solid theoretical foundation.
• Free / Affordable education - Most of the Universities are Government funded. There is No tuition fees in some of the German states. German Public Universities charges Approx. 500 Euros per Semester towards social contribution.
• Cost of living - Germany is not expensive as compared to other European Countries and cost of living would come around EURO 650/month.
• Medium of instruction - Many of the International degree programs are taught in English as medium of instruction for international students. but basic knowledge of German language (not Mandatory) will help you for your living.
• Financing Studies - As there is no tuition fee or a nominal tuition fee, Universities do not provide any scholarships. But International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organizations such as DAAD etc.
• Internship - Many courses have a mandatory Internship. Internship period could be between 3 months to 6 months. Students may apply for internship to companies in their field of study.
• Part time job opportunities - International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year provided it does not exceed 20 hours a week during the lecture period.
• Earning during part time job- Typically the student wages ranges from 10 to 15 Euros an hour. Student could work in campus or outside the campus.
• Careers after study - International students are allowed to stay back for 18 months after graduation to look for a job.

Types of Higher Education Institutes
• University/Universitat
• Technical University / Technische Universität
• Universities of Applied Sciences/ Fachhochschule
• College of Art, Film and Music.

University/Universitat
– More theory oriented
– Degrees offered includes Bachelor, Master & Doctorate
– Research plays an integral part of the study
– Gaining knowledge with practical application is the goal
– Faculties include Education, Law, Medicine, Social & Cultural sciences, Business Management
– Technical University / Technische Universität – Offers courses only in Engineering & Science
– Degrees offered includes Bachelor, Master & Doctorate
– Research plays an integral part of the study
– University of Applied Sciences / Fachhochschule
– More practice oriented
– Offers Bachelors programs in general
– Some institutions also offer Masters Program
– Though research is gaining importance but the focus remains at application oriented study
– Excellent job opportunities owing to the close tie up with industry

College of Arts & Music
College of Music offer courses in composition, directing, training on an instrument, voice, jazz, music theater, stage dance, and music education. College of Arts offer courses in Painting, Graphic Design,Sculpture and art education, architecture, stage design, ceramics, glass painting, restoration work, and art media.To get admission one should have demonstrate ability & exceptional talent.
Medium of Instruction – English Taught as well as German
German Language – is not a criteria for admission but its better to achieve a basic level of German language A1 or A2 is useful. Three ways to prove the language ability is through
• DSH - German Language test for foreign students.
• Test Daf - Central, standardized test for German as a foreign language.
• ZOP of Goethe Institute.
Minimum IELTS score – 6.0+ or Minimum TOEFL score – 79 / 80
Academic percentage – above 65% is well good but we can try for 60% also.
GRE is needed for Good and high ranked Universities – 310+ is considered as a good score.



Admission Requirements:


• Merit is the only criteria for admission Academics of the student should be very good .
• Minimum IELTS score – 6.0+ or Minimum TOEFL score – 79 / 80.
• GRE score is not mandatory but recommended for high ranked Universities.
• GRE is recommended for for some streams like Mechanical/Automobile.
• German language – Proficiency of German language is not a criterion for admission however it is imperative that students must have at least a basic knowledge of German Language.
• A very strong Statement Of Purpose (SOP).
• 2 Letter of Recommendations (LORs).

Duration & Tuition Fees
• Usually the Masters course is of 2 years & the Bachelors course is for 3 or 4 years.
• Generally nominal tuition fees yet some Universities will charge around 500 Euros/sem.
• To get into bachelors we may need to opt for 1 year foundation degree ( as our schooling is of 12 years) + 3 years bachelors degree.
For ex: - For 2 years: - 500*4 Euros = 2000 Euros;Indian Rupees = 2000*69 = Rs 1,38,000
• A student visa is required by Indian students, who wish to pursue higher education in Germany and HAVE SECURED ADMISSION in a German college or University.
• Applicants should apply for the visa in person at least 3 months prior to departure. The visa processing may take 4 – 12 weeks.
• The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai can only accept the visa applications from persons residing in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu.
• The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai accepts the visa application from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
• Applicants applying in North/South India have to pay a standard fee of 60 Euros by a bank draft in favor of. "The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai/Chennai" as the case may be.
• Students have to open a blocked account ("Sperrkonto") in Germany in the name of the applicant showing a minimum balance of Euro 7.908,- and the remark that the account holder can dispose of a monthly amount of EURO 659.

Study Applicant Visa
• This Visa is valid for 3 month period. After enrolling at the University, this visa must be converted into Resident Permit for study purposes at the Local Foreigners Office (Ausländer Behörde).

Resident Permit
• Generally a Resident Permit for study purposes is issued upon enrollment & admission to a University for duration of 1 year & extendable based on the proof of financial support for the duration of study.
• Applicants applying in North/South India have to pay a standard fee of 60 Euros by a bank draft in favor of. "The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai/Chennai as the case may be.

Below documents are required for visa application to Germany.
• VISA Application form.
• Passport
• 4 photographs
• Demand draft for visa fees (Rs 4200/-)
• Letter of Admission
• Mark sheets and certificates
• Proof of English Language proficiency
• Proof of German Language proficiency
• Proof of financial means
• Valid visa
• health Insurance
• Proof of account opening form.
• Declaration of authenticity of documents submitted

Please Note: - Applicants are requested to prepare 2 sets of the above mentioned documents along with their photocopies. Additional documents may have to be presented, if required.

Important points to considere


• Applicants are required to open an account in German Bank (Deutsche Bank) before proceeding to the visa.
• A personal interview of around 10 – 15 minutes will be there with the German consulate while submitting the visa application personally.
• Documents required for Application
• Photograph (05 No's) – Please write name on the back of the Photo
• Passport copy
• Marks Sheet of 10th 12th and Degree duly signed & attested by Public Notary
• Degree Certificate duly signed & attested by Principal of the college or by Public Notary
• Recommendation letter from HOD & Project Guide in sealed & attested covers
• Statement of Purpose (Country Specific)
• TOEFL/ IELTS score and GRE score card where it is mandatory
• GRE (Not Mandatory). Most of the Automobile Programs require GRE.
• Resume
• Project Synopsis.
• Work Experience (If any)
• Statement of Purpose , Resume and Project Synopsis is required as Soft Copy also.

Research in Germany
• German universities and research institutions are among the best in the world.
• The German doctorate enjoys an outstanding reputation in all disciplines, with the country producing about 25,000 doctorates every year.
• German companies are among the most actively engaged in research in Europe.
• Germany welcomes international graduates and many funding organizations support foreign PhD students
• With over 140 institutions offering a wide range of subjects, Germany is all set to add extra element to student's life.
• Germany offers many research institutions: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences (UoAS), Non-university research institutes, company Institutes and institutions funded by the Federal Government or LANDER.
• Almost 70% of the research investments in Germany are spent by the industrial sector (approx. 45 billion euros)
• Numerous industrial research facilities and companies are closely cooperating with universities and other research institutions (networks and clusters)
• The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) promotes research and development in all industry sectors

Research Organization & Research Findings
• Max Planck Society: Non-profit research organisation, oversees 80 Max Planck Institutes, focuses on research in the natural and social sciences and the humanities, closely cooperates with universities. www.mpg.de
• Fraunhofer Society: Organisation for applied research and development services, oversees more than 80 research facilities. www.fraunhofer.de
• German Research Foundation (DFG): Largest research funding organisation in Europe. www.dfg.de
• Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Non-profit foundation funded by the German federal government and dedicated to supporting international research cooperation. www.avh.de
• TU9 German Institutes of Technology is an incorporated society of the nine most prestigious, oldest, and largest universities focusing on engineering and technology in Germany.

The members of TU9 are:
- RWTH Aachen
- TU Berlin
- TU Braunschweig
- TU Darmstadt
- TU Dresden
- Leibniz Universität Hannover
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- TU München
- Universität Stuttgart

Popular Courses

Universities across Germany offer education in many fields and also give you opportunity to study in the world's best institutions.
• Automation & Robotics
• Automotive Systems
• Biochemistry
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Biomedical Engineering
• Biotechnology
• Commercial Vehicle Technology
• Computational Mechanics of Material & Structure
• Computer Science
• Digital Media
• Electrical Communication Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
• Electrical System Engineering
• Food Science & Technology
• Global Production Engineering
• Health & Society in South Asia
• Intelligent Systems
• International Automotive Engineering
• International Business & Intercultural Management
• International Business Administration & Foreign Trade
• International Food Business & Consumer Studies
• International Management
• Life & Medical Sciences
• Life Science Engineering
• Life Sciences Informatics
• Mechatronics
• Medical Bioengineering
• Medical Life Sciences
• Molecular Biotechnology
• Nanotechnology
• Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
• Power Engineering
• Process Engineering & Energy
• Renewable Energy Management
• System Engineering & Engineering Management
• Tele Communication
• Transportation System
• Wireless Networking

Useful Addresses:
Study cost in New Zealand varies from course to course and Institute to Institute..
Consulate General 1, Hastings Park Road, Calcutta 700027 Tel.: 033–479 11 41, 479 11 42 Fax: 033–479 30 28 E-Mail: gerconsu@vsnl.com
Consulate General
MICO Building, 22, Ethiraj Road Madras - 600105 Tel.: (044) 8271747, 8273593 Fax: (044) 8273542 E-Mail: gercons@md3.vsnl.net.in
Consulate General
Hoechst House 10th floor Nariman Point 193 Backbay Reclamation Mumbai 400021 Tel.: (022) 2832422, 2832517, 2832661 Fax: (022) 2025493 E-mail: germanconsulmumbai@vsnl.com
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
6/50 G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021 Tel.: 011–687 18 91 Fax: 011–687 31 17 E-mail: german@del3.vsnl.net.in, german@del3.vsnl.net.in
For more information, check out: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Website: www.daad.de German Embassy Website: www.germanembassy-india.org

Links
• Studying in Germany, study opportunities, scholarships: www.studieren-in.de
• Universities, study opportunities, contact addresses: www.hochschulkompass.de
• International Offices at universities throughout Germany: www.daad.de/aaa
• Scholarship database: www.funding-guide.de
• International programmes: www.daad.de/international-programmes
• Summer courses (preparatory language and specialist courses): www.daad.de/sommerkurse
• Social, financial and organisational aspects: www.international-students.de



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