Why study in Germany?

Among international students, Germany is highly prominent. This is mainly due to the many excellent universities in the country, its vibrant student life, and good funding options. The higher education institutions of Germany enjoy an outstanding reputation. For creativity and development, teaching and study provide main impulses. German universities combine science and research and have been the setting for ground-breaking discoveries that have become inseparable elements of our everyday lives.

Thousands of international students and academics choose to study in Germany every year. For this, there are really good explanations. These include but are not limited to, international programs taught in English, outstanding standard of education, no tuition fees, exciting job opportunities and above all, a vibrant social and cultural environment.With English as the sole or main medium of instruction, Germany provides numerous international programmes. But your life as a student in Germany won’t be limited to a university campus. You would definitely want to interact with individuals, do your internships, ride around the countryside and make the most of your time there. This is where a great gain can be given by knowledge of German! Universities offer courses for beginners and intermediate learners to learn German.There are a number of job opportunities available as Germany has the largest economy in Europe. In order to help students, find job opportunities, most colleges have career centres. The competition for these positions, however is very strong, so as soon as their final year starts, students can start applying to companies. In addition, most organizations need employees to speak German, so you might want to consider studying German if you are planning on working in the country after your studies.

Earning opportunities while studying

International students studying in Germany have work permit to earn money while they study, such as staff, academic assistants, or private tutors, for example. Entry to the German labor market is unrestricted for students from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland and has essentially the same rights as for German students. International students from other countries are permitted to work for 120 complete days or 240 half-days a year.While searching for a job, international graduates of German universities can live in Germany. And that, irrespective of the country of birth, extends to all students. You can apply for an 18-month residency permit after graduation if you are a resident of a country outside the European Union. You should look for a job that suits your credentials with such a “post-study work visa” and you are permitted to take on any job within those 18 months.

Calculating college cost for studies in Germany

Compared to other countries, Germany is not especially expensive. But if you want to study abroad effectively, you will have to measure the costs accurately to make sure you can afford them. Many public universities are funded by the state government. Generally, there are no fees at state higher education institutions for Bachelor’s courses or certain Master’s courses. For their degree programs, universities can charge more substantial fees. Tuition costs will exceed 26,000 EUR/year for a Bachelor’s and 40,000 EUR/year for a Master’s at German private universities. Programs are the costliest in Engineering and Company & Management. You are expected to show funds of 861 EUR per month / 10,332 EUR per year.When preparing a budget, you will need to account for the following costs:

  • Application feeranges from 0 to EUR 150 per school
  • Academic entrance examinations will cost you around EUR150 to EUR250 per examination, and most students take at least 2 tests. Assume that you will be spending at least EUR600 on tests
  • Tuition and fees will cost between EUR 1500 and EUR 40,000 approx. per academic year, depending on the type and quality of institution
  • Books and study materials will cost EUR500 to EUR 800 approx. per academic year
  • Travel costs to the Germany vary, but will be between EUR 400 and EUR 800 approx. Travel costs within the Germany will be between EUR50 and EUR 90 approx.
  • Room and board will cost between EUR 3,900 and EUR 6,500 approx. annually. Allow an extra EUR500 toEUR1,000 for vacation periods when the dormitory might be closed
  • If you will be living off campus, the cost of renting an apartment will be between EUR 350 and EUR 500 a month, but could be much higher contingent on the location of the school. Meals should cost about EUR2000 a year, assuming that you do not eat in restaurants too many times
  • Clothing will cost EUR500 or more annually
  • Health insurance will cost EUR900 per year for all other visa and immigration application.
  • Personal expenses will cost around EUR2000 approx. per year

If you bring other family members with you, assume that your annual expenses will increase about 20% or EUR4000 approx. for each additional family member.

If you wish to buy a car, assume that it will cost you around EUR2000 a year.

If you will be traveling during the summer, assume a cost of EUR 35 to EUR 65 approx. a day for touring. If you will be continuing your education during the summer, add half the figure you calculated for the full year.

Assume that your costs will increase by about 5% per year due to inflation. Do not forget to include an allowance of about 10% to account for changes in exchange rates.

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