Germany is a fast growing educational hub in the world, mainly preferred for its value of quality education and research. It was the home to some of the renowned researchers like Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Alexander von Humboldt, Albert Einstein, Max Planck and so on. Now, it is rapidly growing as an educational home for many international students.

German universities offer programs in several educational streams providing over 15000 programs corresponding to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Most of these degree programs are offered without, or with minimal, any tuition fee. In the recent years, there has been a rapid increase in English programs, particularly at Masters levels.

How can I search for degree programs offered in Germany?

DAAD website provides an excellent engine to search for international programs being offered in Germany. We recommend the following link to DAAD website to assist in your search: Search for international programs

What is the procedure to apply to German universities?

There are different ways to apply for a degree program in Germany. They depend on the subject of study, nationality, university of interest, the language of study etc. Each degree program has its own deadlines and requirements. The following youtube video will briefly explain the procedures involved in applying for a degree program in Germany: Applying to Germany

How do I apply for Doctoral studies in Germany?

There are several structured Doctoral programs (primarily from Max-Planck, Fraunhofer etc) but still, most of the Doctoral positions are individual job advertisements. The department structure is slightly different in comparison to India. The department comprises of several full professors and each of them is the head of a particular institute. The institute comprises of Full Professor, post-docs, Ph.D. students, Bachelor-Master students. The institute might also have Junior professors who are equivalent to the assistant professor (in India). Please go to the department websites and find the institutes that are of interest to you. The institutes advertise for available positions on their websites or alternatively, you can also email the head of the Institute inquiring about possible openings. If there are any openings your profile is of interest, they will get back to you at the earliest.

Can I get funding for studying in Germany?

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the largest scholarship organizations in the world offering numerous scholarships for international students. In addition, various programs offered by the international office of the universities provides an opportunity to interact with other international students.

Can I get internships during studies?

German universities encourage hands-on practical training to the students and there are several programs where the internship is mandatory and help their students find an internship. The pay during the internship is generally less than €1000 per month.

What do students do upon graduation?

This depends on personal interests. There are many masters students who are interested in pursuing Doctoral studies and continue with Doctoral work. Several others find job opportunities in several industries. There are also students who were offered full-time positions in the same company where they interned or completed their masters’ thesis.

For more information on Bachelor Studies in English: Bachelor Studies for Indians

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