Germany is located in the centre of Europe sharing borders with nine European countries: Denmark in the north, Poland and the Czech Republic in the east, Austria and Switzerland in the south, France in the southwest and Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in the west
Germany has a very moderate seasonal climate, in the west winters tend to be mild & summer cool however in the East, winters are severe and cold and summer very warm.About 33% of Germany is covered by forest. Germany believes in preserving their environment so clean energy is widely promoted through incentives, subsidies & public awareness initiative
Federal statistics office estimates that the current population of 82 million will shrink to between 65 & 70 million (by 2060) assuming a net migration of 100,000 to 200,000 per year. As of December 2004, about seven million foreign citizens were registered in Germany, and 19% of the country's residents were of foreign or partially foreign descent. The United Nations Population Fund lists Germany as host to the third-highest number of international migrants worldwide.
In spite of the past history, Modern Germany is welcoming & progressive thinking. Democracy, Equality before law, globalization have all resulted in a free & open society giving dignity, respect, opportunity & level playing field even to foreigners.
Germany offers world class quality education. Most of the Universities or colleges are state funded. Merit is the only criteria for admission into universities offering a wide range of courses.
Germany is the land of creative ideas. Education, Science & Research has been playing a central role in the German society. To name a few inventions - Aspirin, Phenol, MP3, Diesel Engine, Tachometer, Electromagnetic radiation, Gauss, Hertz, Ohm, Roentgen, X-ray Crystallography, Automobile, Zeppelin all come from Germany. Germany has produced 103 Noble laureates which has gone down in history of education.
Germany offers more than 800 International Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programs.
Degree programs Made in Germany are recognized worldwide.
English is the medium of instruction for many programs.
Combination of theoretical and practical/industrial experience (bridges the gap between Theory and Practice).
Fees are less expensive compared to other countries
Germany offers an opportunity to learn foreign language and culture.
Numerous scholarships are available.
International students are allowed to stay for a year after graduation and look for a job.
Students are allowed to work 90 full days or else 180 half days during the course of study.
German Education system believes in practical knowledge in addition to solid theoretical foundation andprovides a platform to launch careers by offering compulsory internships for Bachelor/Master degrees in an industrial environment.
The education system in Germany is the responsibility of the individual state governments. Thus, German universities and institutes are run by the individual federal states.
There are mainly two types of institutions of higher education in Germany:
Bachelors Degree – Duration 3 to 4 years
Masters Degree – Duration 1.5 to 2 years
PhD (Doctoral Degree) – Duration minimum 3 years
Education in Germany is subsidized by the state. Most of the institutions charge no or very little tuition fees to the tune of 1000 Euro per year. Thus, in Germany every student gets a scholarship. For certain special courses you may need to pay higher fees. Tuition Fees can range from zero Euro to 20,000 Euro per year.
Approximately Euro 9,000 per year.
Intakes in Germany
There are 2 major intakes
Summer – April
Winter – October
Every university / study programme has its own set of criteria for admitting students. Students need to meet both a sufficient level of English language proficiency and the minimum academic requirements before they can be admitted to a Germany university. Postgraduate applicants may need GMAT/GRE scores. There are special requirements for bachelors programme eligibility.