Sep
4
2014

Study in Germany and live the German dream

Situated right in the heart of Europe, Germany has undergone a bumpy road throughout the course of history to become a leading economic and political force in the World. Persistency and perspective work ethics in addition to the good will of the German nation made Germany blossom again after an exuberating downfall in the Second World War. Reminiscent of such an era persist to this day, in every corner of the country remembering the deeds that stigmatized one whole nation for decades. History reaches the point of oblivion meanwhile Germans continue to build their country into an admirable and sustainable living environment.

germany1Germany is segregated into federations that govern themselves independently operating on similar principles yet using different systems. Metropolises are quite populated with expats living, studying and working in the country that give the German culture an exotic and diverse cultural flavor. Germans are known to be very open to foreigners and most importantly very interested in exploring the perks of customs and lifestyle of the others encouraging them to integrate parts of it into the German society. Political, racial and sexual tolerance in the German metropolises seems to be the reason why the symbiosis actually works in this country.

At first, Germans might seem a bit reserved and obnoxious yet that is just part of their professionalism. Years of hard work and honesty as essential components of their culture have made Germans separate business and pleasure, therefore don’t rush on conclusions. Once you befriend a German, it is said to last forever regardless of the circumstances. Germans are pretty outgoing, have a passion for sports and outdoor activities, love to celebrate and cherish family values. They can be rather forthcoming to the point that it can be offensive; yet the opinion it honest and never biased so you just learn to accept it a move forward.

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Apart from sightseeing, fairytale forests, dungeons, castles and fortresses built centuries ago that give the country a surreal appearance, vineyards and breweries, German urban culture is equally astonishing through its public art spaces, museums and galleries, Zoos and Botanic Gardens, Concept stores and Elegant Boutiques as well as an eclectic nightlife full of surprises. Regardless of the type or the personality, expats will have their hands full of exciting experiences once they’ve landed in Germany.

Study abroad in Germany

Tertiary education in Germany is provided by the public and private institutions, operating according to federal laws and principles. Public Universities are governed by the state meanwhile the private institutions are constantly supervised by a special education council that validates their standards and curricula.

Universities in Germany are ranked among top universities in the world due to consistency, innovation and highly professional staff. Through the years hundreds of eminent names in the world history came out as the aftermath of this perspective system.

Tertiary education in Germany is provided not only by Universities but also by parallel institutions with a different study program such as Colleges and Professional schools – a unique arrangement of studies oriented solely towards practical skills. International students frequently ask if it is possible to study in a German University without speaking German. For other concerns regarding the matter checkout the most asked questions!

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Most of the Universities in Germany offer international programs taught in both German and English or only English for that matter, however learning German is recommendable and useful. German Language courses are offered throughout the whole academic year in all German Universities, as well as the summer school.

International students are encouraged to come and study in Germany as exchange students, prospective students or students pursuing a postgraduate degree. Various PhD and Master Programs in most of the German Universities are explicitly designed for expat students and taught in English as an international language. International students can choose from a wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplines when applying for an international MA or PhD degree in one of the German Universities.

Another flattering component that lures international students to study in Germany is the low or complete absence of tuition fees. Although in most of the federations tertiary education is free of charge, there are some provinces that still enforce a symbolic tuition fee, around 500 euros per semester to be paid by its students regardless of their origin, Germans and non-Germans. Otherwise Universities across Germany require their students to pay a semester contribution to cover administrative fees and student service expenses as well as free access to public transportation during the academic year.

Life in most of the German metropolises is exciting, insightful and affordable. Accommodation is reasonable, whether you decide to live in a dormitory or a private apartment. In every city there are budget restaurants for those that resent cooking, and market prices are quite down to earth. Public transportation is fast and very comfortable and it comes for free once you’ve enrolled in a German University. Monthly expenses vary exclusively on your lifestyle, yet a rough estimation would be 700-800 euros per month.

If you are willing to earn some money on the side, Germany offers an excellent network of mini-jobs as they’re called offered to students in order to alleviate the financial burden.

Immigration policies

European citizens are allowed to move freely and are considered equal to German citizens since the Schengen Agreement has gone in power. However Germany welcomes international students from their countries as well, as long as they’re motive for coming to Germany is clear and the Embassy issues them the visa. Who needs a visa? – Several developing countries are required a visa to enter Germany.

In order to study in Germany you have to apply for a student visa which allows you to reside in Germany for longer than 3 months and obtain a Residency permit. With the student visa you are allowed to work part time for 180 days or full time for 90 days per year. More information about germany student visa can be found under Germany Visa Website!

What to do after you Graduate?

We can continue on why Germany is such a great country to be studying abroad since there are numerous advantages to it, yet do we know what comes next?

After you’ve graduated you can reside in Germany for several months in order to decide what you will do with the rest of your life (this applies to resident on a student visa).

If your grades have been excellent you can apply for a teaching assistant position within the University you’ve studied and pursue an academic career afterwards.

If you want to take a break from studies and find a job, search for prospective internships (especially multinational corporations that may collaborate with the University you’ve graduated from) and work on signing a long-term contract as the beginning of a successful career.

You can always educate further by applying for a postgraduate degree somewhere in Germany or even abroad. Limitless opportunities in a sea of postgraduate programs are in front of you; all you have to do it pick one.

If you aim was to come to Germany and make something out yourself, so you can go back to your home country and contribute in your field of expertise, so be it. Noble gestures don’t go unpunished. Keep in mind that once you’ve graduated from a German University you’ll always cherish the position of an Alumni and come back in search of directions any given time.

Author: Jannie Short

Meet with the Germany Academic Exchange Service and Jacobs University Bremen at the Study and Go Abroad Fairs this Fall!

 

About the Author: Katie Idle

About our business, Study and Go Abroad is the 'go to' site for Canadians looking to study abroad, travel, intern or volunteer. We organize fairs twice a year in various cities in Canada, and I'd recommend getting down to one of them to check out all the exciting options. As for me, I'm a business woman and a travel junkie! I have always had a passion for travel and for experiencing new cultures. Brought up in England, I traveled Europe in my teens and early 20s. I have lived and worked on 3 continents; Europe, Africa and North America. I have traveled extensively worldwide both for work and for fun - and still can't believe how much of the world there is still to see!

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