Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. Its total land surface area is 3,57,021 square kilometers. It is an influential political power in Europe and a leader in many technical, theoretical and cultural fields. It is the second most favourite migration destination in the world.
Germany is a developed country and has the oldest universal health care system in the world. It is a member of the G20, the G8, the Council of Europe, NATO, UN, and the OECD. Germany has a skilled labour force, a low level of corruption and a large capital stock.
Germany has a diverse climate. While the climate of the north is oceanic, the east is more continental in nature. In addition to this, the country also gets a rainfall of 789 mm every year.
Germany is home to a population of 80.2 million inhabitants. Major ethnic groups populating the country are Germans, Danish (north), and Slavics (east). Christianity is the most prevalent faith in Germany. However, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Hinduism are also practiced.
From vibrant cities to gorgeous vine-covered valleys, Germany is one country that is full of such contrasting sights. Germany is not only blessed with a rich history but also grand architectural creations famous worldwide. The Cologne Cathedral, Nymphenburg Palace, Neuschwanstein, and the Brandenburg Gate are some of the popular tourist spots in the country.
The places in Germany are varied. From crowded shopping streets to quaint small villages of historical significance, Germany provides cultural splendour in the truest sense. The Germans, on the other hand, are traditional people and take customs very seriously. Moral policing in Germany is considered a social responsibility and it is important to get used to that when living there.
Germany has been a temple of education in the world since the 14th century. Today, it is a preferred study destination for aspiring engineers. There are many institutions leading in the field of science and technology. More than 2,50,000 international students go to Germany to study every year out of which 4,200 are from India. The reason behind such high numbers is high quality and affordable education.
Like India, German education system also has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The country offers a plethora of courses in more than 350 private and state universities. Major universities of Germany are Technical University Of Munich, Heidelberg University, Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University and Free University of Berlin.
In addition to Science and Technology, streams such as Arts, Music, and Films are also quite popular in the country. Germany is also research hub for students doing a PhD course because of the abundance of specialized institutes.
To do an undergraduate program, international students have to first finish a ‘bridge program’ that spans one year. Following this, the students have to pass an assessment test to get admission in a desired university. However, this can be avoided if they have cleared relevant entrance tests in their home countries, although this rule varies from institute to institute.
For international students to apply for postgraduate programs in Germany, they should either have a Bachelor’s degree of either four years, although some institutes also consider students with a three-year Bachelor’s degree. Admission in most management courses requires a GMAT score, while for Engineering programs, GRE score is a must.
In addition to this, there are two types of scholarships offered to students. One is the financial scholarship that also covers living expenses of the student. The other is non-monetary scholarship wherein the student is invited to attend workshops, technical conferences and lectures.
The following steps need to be followed in order to obtain a student visa for Germany-
STEP 1: Choose your university in Germany. In many Indian cities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides free of cost counselling for students who want to study in Germany.
STEP 2: Start with the enrollment process. For enrollment at the university, you will require certified copies of your academic marksheets and certificates. You can obtain these certified copies at the German Missions. Please schedule your appointment accordingly.
STEP 3: Open your blocked account. As part of your student visa application, you are required to provide proof of sufficient funds. to cover your living costs in Germany. One option to fulfil this requirement would be to open a blocked account at a bank in Germany. The process for the opening of a blocked account takes around 4 - 6 weeks. You are therefore advised to open the blocked account well in advance.
STEP 4: As soon as you have received the admission letter from your German university, please prepare the necessary documentation for your visa application using the following checklist found of this website: http://www.india.diplo.de
STEP 5: Kindly procure photos which meet biometric photos requirements.
STEP 6: Please fill out the application form, print it out, sign it and submit it along with the other documents. To complete your documentation, please print out the following declaration and sign it.
STEP 7: Now you can schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the German Embassy.
STEP 8: Shortly before your appointment, please verify the current exchange rate for your visa fee on this website and obtain the Demand Draft. The visa fee has to be paid by Demand Draft at the time of the visa interview. Demand Drafts with incorrect amounts will not be accepted. Fees cannot be paid in cash. Please note that the fee is not refundable, even when the visa is rejected.
Germany is a cultural hub with a commendable population of international students. It offers the trendiest places for students to hang out and is one of the safest countries in the world. One of the best things about Germany is that students get discounts on tickets to museums, cinemas, theaters, and public swimming pools. Then there is the annual Oktoberfest which a paradise for beer lovers.
Funding education in Germany is relatively cheap because of the number of scholarships offered to students. The fee structure varies from institute to institute but the focus is on keeping the fee affordable.
Living in Germany is, however, a major expense. Renting a house is a costly option but sharing a place definitely dilutes the expenditure.