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Germany, officially known as the Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe encompassing a wide landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and beautiful beaches. Historically, Germany is known as ‘the land of poets and thinkers.’

Internationally, Germany gets most attention for its Automobile Industry, Technology sector and of course, the Oktoberfest. However, that’s not all. Germany is known for a lot of other things, including high-quality and affordable education. It has several research universities, which are ranked amongst the best in the world and are known for its excellent curriculum and high cultural diversity.  

With a strong and stable economy supporting an excellent higher education system, Germany has become a magnet for international students from all over the world. Unlike any other country, Germany invests the largest amount of public funding into the education sector in the world. There are over 380 officially recognized universities across the country, and they offer a total of over 17,000 study programmes.

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Top Universities in Germany

Germany is home to more top-ranked universities than any other country outside the UK and USA. Some of the universities that enjoy a great reputation among students are:

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL)-

Established in 1898, HHL is the first private Business School in the German-speaking region to be accredited by AACSB International. It is considered one of the leading business schools and is consistently ranked amongst the top universities worldwide. The school partners with more than 135 top universities around the globe. Additionally, there are about 35% international students studying in HHL and about 2500 graduates form a strong alumni network.

European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin

Founded in 2002 by 25 leading German corporations and institutions, ESMT Berlin is one of only three business schools in Germany to hold the accreditations such as ACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA. It is the highest-ranked business school in Germany and Top 10 in Europe. Further, the student body at ESMT represents 66 countries and it has more than 8,000 alumni in chapters located worldwide.

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Founded in 1984, WHU is one of the most renowned German Business Schools with an exceptional national and international reputation. Accredited by EQUIS, AACSB, and FIBAA, WHU follows four core values: community, cosmopoliteness, entrepreneurship, and excellence. WHU stands for “Excellence in Management Education” and partners with 205 top universities.

University of Manheim

Founded in 1907, The University of Mannheim is one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany and achieves national and international rankings. It is also one of the few schools that have achieved a ‘triple crown’ accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA. There are about 12,054 students representing around 100 countries of which 56% of the student body is female. Additionally, the school has an international reputation with about 450 partner universities worldwide.

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Frankfurt School is one of Europe’s leading business schools delivering German excellence in management and finance education. It has 86 regional education centres throughout Germany and various joint ventures and programmes abroad. Study programmes, research, and advisory services are the core competencies of Frankfurt.

Why Study in Germany?

Germany is a higher education paradise. In fact, a recent report from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) shows a rise in the number of international students obtaining a degree from German institutions. About 374,580 foreign students enrolled in German universities in the recent year. 

So, what makes Germany such an attractive destination? Here are some of the reasons:

  • Low or No Tuition Fees: In today’s world where demand for quality education is increasing, the cost of attending universities are at an all-time high. However, Germany is the only country that offers almost non-existent tuition fees at most universities for both domestic and international students. The applicant has to pay only a small amount as administrative fees. That’s it!
  • Affordable cost of living: Germany offers a relatively modest cost of living as compared to other European Nations. An average cost is around 720-850 euros per month including rent, food, transport, health insurance, telephone/internet, study materials and leisure activities. In fact, Germany ranks at the bottom of top 30 most expensive countries in the world.
  • High-quality education: Germany has an education system that is one of the best across the world. It has a well-organized curriculum with opportunities for hands-on experience during studies as well. Innovation and international cooperation are the most prominent features of German education. Employers recognize German institutions as a seal of quality and thereby graduates become excellent prospects on the global labour market.
  • Safe Environment: One of the most important reasons why students choose to study in Germany is its safe environment. The country offers economic and political stability with relatively low crime rates. People are highly disciplined and show a warm welcoming attitude which makes living in Germany quite comfortable.
  • Travelling Europe on a student visa: As an international student, you apply for a student visa for studying in Germany. However, apart from studies, you also wish to travel as much as you can in the given time frame. A German student visa allows you to travel visa free in the whole Schengen Area- which is a territory of 26 European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Greece and more.

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How to apply to Study in Germany?

If you are planning to study Masters in Germany, you have to apply to a German Student Visa. It allows you to enter and stay in Germany for study purposes. However, if you are an EU national or citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you won’t need a visa.

Documents required to apply for Student Visa:

  • Two duly completed national visa application forms that can be obtained from the official website of the German Embassy
  • Valid national passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Two recent passport style photographs
  • Proof of admission into a study program in Germany
  • Authenticated certificates from universities of earlier education
  • Curriculum vitae- Proof of relevant work experience
  • Proof of financial resources- Evidence of parents’ income records or scholarship awarding certificate or bank guarantee by a recognized German bank
  • Proof of German or English language proficiency. IELTS/TOEFL score is mostly considered by German Universities/institutions. Minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and TOEFL score between 79 and 101.
  • Health insurance certificate

Once you have your documents in place, you can schedule a visa appointment date online. You also need to pay a non-refundable visa application fee of around 60-75 euro and obtain the payment confirmation certificate. This is necessary because officials ask for this at the time of visa interview.

After the interview, it takes around 20-25 days in processing your German Student Visa.

Job Opportunities in Germany

Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world, so there are plenty rich job opportunities and employment prospects available. It is known as the hub of most multinational business giants such as Puma, Hugo Boss, Adidas Allianz, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Audi, Haribo and many more. In fact, the country has the lowest unemployment rate of 4.2%.

Main sectors that employ graduates are chemicals, electronics, machinery, vehicle manufacturing, machine tools and iron production, food and beverages, shipbuilding and textiles.

Also, the German employment laws are very strict. International students are permitted to work for 240 days part time or 120 days full time per year but if you belong to an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you are permitted to work as many hours per week as you wish. Further, an international student is permitted to stay in Germany for a period of 18 months after completing their education. Also, on successfully finding a job, you need to apply for a permanent residence permit. Also, Germany has introduced an EU Blue Card for Non-EU citizens as a proof of their legal stay in Germany for work purposes. You can apply for the EU Blue Card here.

Language Requirement:

Although Germans have a strong grasp over the English Language and there are various job opportunities available, but being able to speak elementary German is essential for securing a job. This is not enforced by law nor is it mandatory by all employers, but fluency in the language is required for some positions, such as within the client-based roles and the health sector.

Germans take great pride in their language. In fact, more than 95 percent of the population speaks German as their first language. So, prepare yourself to learn the German language. There are lot of apps that can help you learn German or there are various online courses you can sign in to which can help you gain proficiency in the language.

What is it like to work in Germany?

The German work culture is very different from the Americans. Germans are famous for working hard and playing hard too. There is a strict separation between personal and professional lives. Nobody is allowed to call any colleague at home unless there is absolute emergency and any discussion at the workplace which is not related to work is not appreciated at all.

Germany enjoys several public holidays, in fact more than any other European country, so you can have ample time to explore the country as well, maintaining a work-life balance. 

In addition to this, Germany also offers a pretty formal and professional workplace environment. German law allows people to work an average of 40 hours per week over a 5-day week. Also, punctuality is not a mere stereotype in Germany. Being late causes offence in business relationships and is a sign of impoliteness and disrespect. 

Basically, Germans being modern, liberal and cultured follow a well-defined and strict hierarchy with clear responsibilities and distinctions between roles and departments.  

Conclusion

Having said all that, Germany is most definitely one of the inexpensive countries which is why it attracts thousands of students every year. Successfully graduating from an esteemed German institution opens many doors in global labour market. Also, once in the land of Germany, you are able to take full advantage of all that Germany has to offer, all thanks to the country’s flexible approach to working hours.

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