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About Germany

Germany is known as the Motor of Europe. The most economically properous country in the European Union with highest industrial production and highest export base. Germany is the place where the concepts originate. Of the world's 500 largest stock-market-listed companies measured by revenue in 2010, the Fortune Global 500, 37 are headquartered in Germany. 30 Germany-based companies are included in the DAX, the German stock market index. Well-known global brands are Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Volkswagen, Adidas, Audi, Allianz, Porsche, Bayer, Bosch, and Nivea.Germany is recognised for its specialised small and medium enterprises. Around 1,000 of these companies are global market leaders in their segment and are labelled hidden champions.

Germany, which is also known as Deutschland in Europe, because of the language spoken in the country is called Deutsch. Germany is famous due to its research and education. According to statistic Germany is number 2 in exporting the products and number 3 for importing the products. Germany has the tremendous Economy in the world and its always come back to his equilibrium with in short time of period. People living in Germany are very kind and cooperative and are always ready to help international students and people,who come to study and live there. For the student of South Asia its even more attractive, because they are paying lot of tuition fee in their national universities but if they move to study in Germany there is no tuition fees and they could study internationally and grab lot of international experience during their study, Internships and student jobs

1) Medium of instruction is English
2) Course of your choice
3) Top class universities in Technology , Management and social sciences
4) After study you have 1.5 year visa to search job.
5) During education job is allowed 120 hours per month.
6) Bachelor and Master program free of any tuition. Tuition free study programs
7) Students even have choice to pay also in private universities with fee.
8) Student could also study German language in German institute.
9) Germany is big market for Engineering and information technology jobs
10) Germany allows you to work on blue card and have permanent residency just working after 2 years.
11) For PhD student scholarships available
12) Admissions are available nearly whole years as intake are April and September
13) Cost of living is just 300 to 400 Euro per month which could be easily bear after doing student job which is allow 120 hours         per month
14) Student get the schengen visa, which allows student the freedom of traveling in 27 countries

Why Study in Germany?

Along with superior technological edge, Germany is also a country of highest quality intellectual tradition. It is the country where the concept of modern Universities has taken its root under the Humboldt Model. Laterwards, American Universities followed that model and became very successful. Germany's achievements in the sciences have been significant, and research and development efforts form an integral part of the economy. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 103 German laureates. For most of the 20th century, German laureates had more awards than those of any other nation, especially in the sciences (physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine). Germany has been the home of many famous inventors and engineers, such as Johannes Gutenberg, credited with the invention of movable type printing in Europe; Hans Geiger, the creator of the Geiger counter; and Konrad Zuse, who built the first fully automatic digital computer. German inventors, engineers and industrialists such as Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Otto Lilienthal, Gottlieb Daimler, Rudolf Diesel, Hugo Junkers and Karl Benz helped shape modern automotive and air transportation technology. Aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun developed the first space rocket and later on was a prominent member of NASA and developed the Saturn V Moon rocket, which paved the way for the success of the US Apollo program. Heinrich Rudolf Hertz's work in the domain of electromagnetic radiation was pivotal to the development of modern telecommunication.

Germany is one of the leading countries in developing and using green technologies. Companies specializing in green technology have an estimated turnover of €200 billion. Key sectors of Germany's green technology industry are power generation, sustainable mobility, material efficiency, energy efficiency, waste management and recycling, and sustainable water management.

German Univerisities are world renowned with world reputed Professors and researchers working in world class institutes like Fraunhofer Society and Max Planck Institute. Most of the cutting edge researches in Automotive (Daimler Benz, BMW, Volkswagen), Energy (ABB, Siemens), Sports Goods (Adidas, Puma), Insurance (Allianz), Clothing and Apparel (Hugo Boss, Escada), Information and Communication Technology (SAP, T-Mobile, Alcatel, Deutsche Telecom) are happening in Germany. This gives the students the necessary industrial exposure along with their normal study course.

Top five programs

  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Arts & Culture

 

 

Education System in Germany

Germany is one of the favorite study destinations among South Asian students for higher education. There are more than 350 state and private universities offering a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs. There are more than 250,000 foreign students currently studying in Germany, of which about 10,000 are South Asian. German universities have affordable tuition fees, which is one of the prime reasons to attract South Asian students in German universities.

Though it is advisable to know a little German to sustain yourself in Germany, there are more than 500 International Degree Programmes which are taught in English and you need not be fluent in the German language.

Types of Universities

  • Universities (Universität) or Technical University (Technische Hochschule)
  • Universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule)
  • Colleges of art / Colleges of music (Kunsthochschule/Musikhochschule)
  • Private and Church Sponsored Institutions

The New German Education System

As part of the Bologna process the German higher education system is transformed to fit the Bachelor and Master structure by the year 2010.

Bachelor

Though recognized and known the world over, the Bachelor degree is fairly new to Germany. To obtain a Bachelors degree you need to have 180 study points in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The study period is minimum 3 years. You can get the following degrees after completing your Bachelor’s Program.

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

Master

A Bachelors degree forms the basis for the next academic step is a Masters degree. One or two year study program equals 120 ECTS points. A Bachelors degree is required to apply for a Masters study program. A Masters degree is valued the same as a German ‘Diplom’ or ‘Magister’ degree.
Master types:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
  • Master of Music (M.Mus.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Doctorate / PhD

You can apply for a PhD after completing your Master’s program. You would be required to write a dissertation and give an oral exam to attain the Doctorate title (PhD). Students that are working on their dissertation are called Doktoranden.

Major Intakes

  • January
  • September

Required Tests In Germany

For English Language proficiency IELTS or TOEFL are required before the university confirms admission. The IELTS is organized by the British Council and results take 2-3 weeks. The minimum scores usually required are 6.0 to 7.0 for IELTS and 213 to 250 (CBT) for TOEFL.

For MBA programs in good universities, a good GMAT score is required, in addition to IELTS or TOEFL scores and work experience of 2-3 years, in addition to decent academic performance at the Bachelor's level.

Cost of Education

For international students, Education is free mean there is no tuition fee. There is semester ticket fee which is different in different cities. There are also private universities which take tuition fee and it’s easy to take admission there, but the cost for tuition is form €3,000 to €30,000 up to the course.

Bachelor, Master Tuition Free universities or 500/per semester (Few universities)

Under Graduation (3-4yrs) €3,500 to €8,500 per year(at some top universities it can cost up to €25000 per year)

Post Graduation €2,500 to €11,000 per year(at some top universities it can cost up to €52000 per year)

Scholarships €1000-€2000.per month

Accommodation & Living Expense

Student Hostels are large buildings, sometime divided into flats where you will have either a single room or share with another student. The room itself may be basic, and if it does not have an kitchen bathroom, communal ones will be provided. Generally the hall will provide basic furniture such as a bed, desk and chair. To move into a flat or house, tenancy agreement needs to be signed, which is a legal document outlining the terms of the tenancy. Average living costs (covering accommodation, food, clothing, books, entertainment and travel) for an international student on a degree course are € 400 per month to €600 per month elsewhere, depending upon your lifestyle and the city of residence.

Work Prospects In Germany

Germany has made it easier for highly qualified international specialists to remain in the country. In the future, foreign students will be allowed to work for 120 rather than 90 days a year and to remain in Germany for 18 rather than 12 months after graduation in order to look for appropriate employment. Also a permanent residence permit can now be granted after two years.

The overall situation

Of all the countries in the EU, Germany currently has one of the lowest levels of unemployment. According to Eurostat, Germany’s average rate of unemployment in 2011 was 5.9 percent, a figure that compares very favourably with the world’s other leading economies. Indeed, both domestic and foreign media are already using the word Jobwunder to describe the exceptional performance of Germany’s labour market. At present, there are excellent job prospects in a number of sectors in Germany.

The General situation

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Particularly welcome is the fact that young people are also able to find apprenticeships and jobs. Unemployment among people between the ages of 15 and 25 currently stands at 8.6 percent in Germany. This is one of the lowest rates among the 27 EU member states, where average unemployment for the under-25s was 21.4 percent in 2011. Experts identify Germany’s dual system of vocational training and education – which combines an on-the-job apprenticeship with a course of study at a vocational school – as a crucial factor in Germany’s job market. This means that new recruits join a company at an early age, and that employers can help ensure their apprentices successfully complete their training. Likewise, graduates of universities and the more practically oriented universities of applied sciences also have excellent chances of quickly finding a good job.

Regional differences

Despite the positive situation overall, there are certain regional differences in the German job market. In certain areas of southern Germany, for example, employment prospects are particularly good. Indeed, in many parts of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, there is almost full employment and a lack of suitable candidates to fill job vacancies.

Differences according to qualifications

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Aside from regional economic differences, employment prospects also depend on an applicant’s precise qualifications. Graduates of universities or universities of applied sciences have a relatively easy time finding employment. As a rule, the same applies to job applicants with a vocational qualification, such as an apprenticeship. For those without a vocational qualification, the prospects are substantially worse. In other words, the employment prospects for immigrants to Germany are excellent, particularly if they are well-qualified and have a basic command of the German language.

The reasons for the revival of Germany’s labour market

Germany has achieved a remarkable turnaround. Back in 2005, unemployment stood at 11.3 percent, among the highest in the EU. Since then, the situation has continuously improved, even throughout the severe economic and financial crisis of 2008 onwards. Experts agree that there are two main reasons for this: first, government reforms to increase flexibility on the labour market; and second, the impact of demographic change, which means a dwindling supply of skilled workers to replace those entering retirement.

Future prospects

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Will the situation on the German labour market remain equally favourable in the coming years? Given the ups and downs of the economy and other global developments, it is, of course, hazardous to make any firm predictions here. Apart from short-term fluctuations, however, experts agree that Germany’s labour market is essentially governed by two factors. Both indicate that the demand for skilled labour will remain high in Germany and that there will continue to be very good opportunities for skilled workers from abroad.

Factor 1: Demographic change

Of all the countries in Europe, Germany is one of the most strongly affected by demographic change. The German birth rate plunged towards the mid-1970s and has remained around the 1.4 mark ever since – well below the replacement rate of 2.1 required to maintain stable population levels. At the same time, life expectancy has continued to rise, thus raising the number of older people in the German population. This trend has already started to impact on the labour market, where a fall in the supply of freshly trained skilled workers is now leading to shortages in qualified labour. In the future, this contraction and aging of the working population will become increasingly acute. Given that qualified labour is crucial to the success of the German economy, skilled workers will remain in big demand for years to come.

Factor 2: The strength of German industry

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Although Germany is not immune to economic developments in the rest of Europe and elsewhere, its highly competitive industry can include itself among the winners of globalization. Moreover, there is every indication that German industry will retain this strong position in the future. After all, German companies supply innovative and competitive products, particularly in the global markets of the future, such as infrastructure, environmental protection, and conservation of resources. Yet it is only by recruiting skilled workers and well-trained graduates that German companies will be able to maintain their competitive edge.

A newly released survey shows that non-EU immigrants have an easier time finding jobs in Germany than in other European countries. But the results might be a greater reflection of the sluggish job markets across the rest of the Europe than a particular German advantage.

Only a third of the foreigners surveyed in Germany's capital Berlin had trouble finding a job, while less than half did in Stuttgart, in the economically powerful southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. This was in stark contrast with 79 percent of respondents in both Lisbon, Portugal and Milan, Italy who reported problems finding work.

Just 18 percent of respondents in Berlin and 13 percent in Stuttgart said that they were overqualified for their jobs, compared with 66 percent in Naples, 52 percent in Milan and 29 percent in Madrid, Spain.

The non-profit Migration Policy Group spoke with nearly 7,500 immigrants born outside of the EU in 15 European cities about their job hunting experiences. They found that discrimination, black market labor that leads to job insecurity, and language barriers were lower in Germany than other nations. Though German is typically considered a difficult language to learn, only 25 percent of those surveyed in Stuttgart said language barriers were their biggest problems, while in Naples that number climbed to about half. In Faro, Portugal, some 63 percent of those surveyed reported difficulties with language.

But in Berlin, which has a steadily growing international community, the language barrier was not even among the top three listed problems. Respondents cited government sponsored language classes and integration courses as helpful tools for smoothing their integration.

Permanent Residency

A residence permit for a period of up to six months for the purpose of finding employment will be introduced for foreign graduates. In addition, the new Blue Card will enable graduates from abroad to work in Germany for up to four years. The prerequisite is a contract of employment and a minimum annual salary of roughly 44,800 euro. In certain areas of employment in which there is especially great demand for specialists, such as natural scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors and IT experts, the income threshold has been set at just under 35,000 euro. Holders of a Blue Card can already be granted permanent residence in Germany after two to three years. Rules will also be eased for their family members who wish to work in Germany.

Since 1 April 2012, the recognition of professional and vocational qualifications gained outside Germany has been regulated by the so-called Recognition Act. For the first time it establishes a legal entitlement to a procedure to establish whether qualifications gained abroad are equivalent to vocational qualifications gained in Germany. What is more, this applies to all, irrespective of country of origin, and within three months of the submission of the necessary documents. Online support and information for foreign specialists is provided by the Recognition in Germany website.