Application to study in Germany
Germany is one of the most popular study destination from most international study who does not take English as their national official language even though some universities do provide lectures in English for the benefit of the international study who goes there to study different courses. This country is very powerful in engineering, biotechnology and many other field which attract lot of student every year from all over the world. One of the top reasons in which student also goes to study in Germany is because Government universities provide Tuition Free(no fee). If you are planning to study in Germany at post Graduate level or phd program, check out our dedicated guides for Master program in Germany and phD programs in Germany. For you to study in Germany you may need to take the following points in to consideration for easy process of your visa.
1. Choses a good university
Even though 99% of the universities in Germany to provide tuition free program are outstanding, it will be good for you to chose a university that suit your needs.Chosen the right course from a university is very important. The German Academy Exchange Services(DAAD) provide a large database on over 18 000 to search from including more then 100 programs in English. So you have a large list of courses available for you in any field of studies. Unfortunately the chance of you studying in Germany in English at Undergraduate level are quite limited but you should try it out as things are changing rapidly as time pass by. There some courses that are been taught in English and after 3 to 4 semesters changes back to German. This allow you to study in English while improving on your communication and proficiency in German. To help more international students, some of the universities will provide German Classes for international student for this four semesters. You may consider to check out Top universities.when making your decision.
When chosen a university and the course, you should also make sure that the course suit your desire. Most of the courses have all that will be cover for each semester. So take your time and go through the content line by line. your should check this information on the university website you have choses and you make request for more details if you are having doubt on the information provided.
You should also consider the location as well. Are you interested in living in cold capital Berlin, immersed in tradition Bavarian culture Munich or skyscrapers of financial hub Frankfurt?.
2. Check the admission requirements.
Before you can apply to any university, its advisable to check the admission requirements first. To study in Germany, you need to have a recognize Higher Education Entrance qualification. this can come in different format especially for international students who have gained their school-leaving qualification in different countries. For undergraduates students a high-school diploma, high school-leaving certificate or university entrance examination is enough to get your admission. Student with qualification outside Europe have to sit for after attending a preparatory studientkolleg, although higher-achievement student may be able to bypass this level.
You will also need to check out the language requirements. Most courses that are taught in Germany requirement international students to show proof of proficiency in either in German language. Two tests are available for this purpose: the DSH(meaning German Language Examination for University entrance) while the TestDaf can be taken at centers which are located in more than 90 countries in the world. Both exams are the same. The DSH is offered only within Germany and the TestDaf exam may be offered out of Germany. For more information about German language check out best the German language institute for foreign languages in Bangalore . there provide the best training so far in foreign languages. make sure to check the type of exam accepted by the university you are applying.
if your course is in English, unless you are a native speaker or have previously study in Germany, you will need to prove your English proficiency with a test like IELTS OR TOEFL the university will usually state the score they required in their website. Your can check on the university website for more details.
3. Get your finance in order before you can start applying
For you to start applying for a visa you should make sure you have around 8040 Euros or have access to about 8040 Euros as that is one of the main requirements you will have to show before you can start apply for the visa or an amount of 500 t0 700 Euros per month to cover your living cost although you may find out that you need more depending on your lifestyle and your spending habit(an average student spend 600 to 800 Euro per month). Living cost vary depending on the location. Munich is currently the most expensive city in Germany followed be Frankfurt and Berlin.
if you are worry about the cost, then you need not to worry again as there are scholarship available for international student depending at the level of study. Though most of the state education are free.
Most of the cases if you want to apply, you can apply to the international office of the university or alternatively you can visit Indian institute of foreign languages for consultation. There will help you out in your application as well at the centralizes admission portal for international students run by German Academy Exchange service(DAAD), although not all universities use this. If you want you can apply to different universities to increase you chances of getting admitted. The interesting thing in Germany is that it is possible to apply twice a year –to commence studies either in Winter or in Summer. The summer semesters runs from MARCH to AUGUST at Universities of applied science and from APRIL to SEPTEMBER at the Universities. The winter semesters if from September to February and from February to march respectively. Generally, if you want to apply for the winter season, you should do that by 15 July and if you want to apply for the summer semesters you should apply from January 15 of every year. However, application deadline from from universities to universities and the a university may set a different deadline for different courses. So you should always check out the deadline of the courses you want to apply for in your university website. It is always advisable to summit your application at least seven week before deadline to ensure that you are in there safe side and if any information is needed by the university you can handle that ahead of time as you will have enough time on your hand. You should be ready to accept acceptance or rejection between one to two months after the deadline has passed.
The specific documents to be submitted will vary from universities but the general documents there usually asked for you to summit are:
- A certified document of you high-school diploma or you degree certificate and any relevant qualification in the original language.
- A translated overview of your course models and grades .
- A passport photo
- Your passport copy(usually the page containing your personal information and photo ID page) .
- Prove of language proficiency (a test certificate or on line test, it can be English or German).
To increase your chances, it will be advisable to submit all the documents and even take up a German Course as well. Make sure all your documents are certified. Also check out that you have filled all the information correctly before submitting. An application fee may be charge depending on the institution. If you need help contact a consultant or an expert in the domain .
Some of the subjects have national cap on the number of student who can enroll depending from which country you are coming from. Mostly student from EU including Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will have to apply through the Foundation of higher Education Admission. students from outside EU can apply normally .
5. Take care of your health insurance
Generally, before leaving your home country, you should make sure you have cover your health insurance to take care of your stay in Germany. This is very importance as it is required both before you enroll and when you are applying for your visa/residence permit. If you are a resident of a country within EU or EEA, there should be a social security put in place between your country and Germany. This means that if you have public health insurance in your country, your are covered in Germany as well. The best thing to do is to take European health insurance card to take advantage of this. Don’t worry. It is all Free.
Note: You should expect to pay between 80Euro to 160 Euro every month if your health insurance is not valid in Germany. The prices depend.
6. Getting a German student visa.
Getting a German student visa depends on your country of origin. You can check out on the foreign federal office’s website to see if you need a student visa or not to if you want to study in Germany. You can also find out on this article for find out more .
7. Find accommodation.
Immediately you have gotten a place for a course and a student visa you can start looking for a place to stay in Germany. Most of the time, its is better to look for a place early enough so that you can get it easily and at a lower price. This is because houses near the university compose are always expensive when the semester have to resume . The unfortunate thing is the German universities does not offer free accommodation to enrolled students. Rent is like going to be your biggest expenditure every month and it will also depend on the part of the city and on which part of the country as well. In Germany, the big cities in the western part of usually more expensive than the cities in the eastern part of Germany. so if you are a low budget student you may want to chose a university that is in the eastern part of Germany like Berlin for example.
When looking for a place to stay in Germany, you may consider student residences, shared accommodation or apartment. Currently, apartment is the most expensive choice and it will usually cost you more.
For you to start using the university facilities such as the library, you must enroll yourself. You will also need to re-register every before the beginning of every semester. This will usually cost between 150 Euros to 250 Euros depending on the university. The may be additional charges for semester ticket which may cost you about 100 euro that will cover your public transport expensive for about six months.
You may need to enroll in person or simply by email or by post. Certain documents are usually required before deadline. You should always check out on the university website for more details and updates regarding the process and when to apply. Below are th documents that are usually required by the university administrator.
- You will need to provide your passport copy with a visa or resident permit.
- completed registration form
- Notice of admission.
- prove of higher education entrance qualification, either original certificates or officially certified copy and translation if any.
- A passport photo
- prove of adequate knowledge of German or English.
- Health insurance in Germany
- A payment receipt for the semester fee.
After enrollment, you are going to received a registration certificates which allow you to register for classes.
9. Adapt your self in to student life in Germany.
All the best. I am sure you are now ready (mostly) set start to begin your studies in Germany. Don’t forget to take all the importance things you will need during your stay in Germany.
- Most importantly, make sure you register yourself once you find accommodation at the local registration office. After you have register you will received a document confirming your registration at that address.
- Get a student Bank account. Most of the Banks will provide for Free so don’t worry. This will only help you in managing your monthly payment. Try to open the account as soon as you reach Germany and everything is settle down.
If you have any doubt, contact the administration. There usually students and other staff put in place in some universities for handling new student and helping them settle faster and begins their studies.