Study in Germany
Recent years have seen a surge in the number of international students wanting to study in Germany Its already surpassed its goal of hosting 350,000 international students by 2020. Germany’s big places with ivory towers and libraries where new knowledge is produced every day is one of the main Study destinations in the world. The university model has since covered the entire planet, and is basically what most universities are set up for today: to produce knowledge and make new discoveries.
Over the recent years there has been a huge rise in the number of international students that have chosen Germany as their study destination. Germany had roughly 358,895 international students in 2018; with this number increasing day by day!
Wolfgang Menzel once described Germany as the “nation of poets and philosophers” and it’s true, Germans have many notable poets and philosophers and a knack for the written word. More than 94,300 books are published or reprinted in Germany each year making it a heaven for any bookworm. It is also home to the Frankfurt book fair. However books aren’t the only thing that Germany masters in, art, film and music are among the other things. The Berlin festival is one the most well-known film festivals in Europe, showing up to 400 movies each year. In summer opera fans from all across the world rush to Bayreuth for the Richard Wagner Festspiele, there are over 30 performances and they are attended by about 58,000 people!
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Universities in Germany are known to excel in infrastructure and curriculum. Contemporary technology, and a diversified professional staff that contributes to compounding an enlightening curriculum, ensure promising future generations of experts regardless of the discipline. Innovation, international cooperation and practice-oriented studies are considered to be the revolutionary roads to a world-class education.
Universities in Germany now all operate under the Bologna reform, which ensures all students get a unified and internationally recognized degree such as bachelor’s, masters or PhD.
English is an international and widely spoken language, taught as a second language in the majority of schools around the world. It’s worth mentioning that practice-oriented universities in Germany have agreements with great companies, providing students with internships. These may not always be paid, but could lead to a great future job after obtaining your degree.
After completing your study in Germany, the law allows international graduates to stay for an additional 18 months to seek work, and you may even end up staying longer, if that is what you wish.
You should expect to pay the following costs during your stay in Germany:
living expenses (rent, food, clothing, books, telephone, …)
possible tuition fees
According to statistics students in Germany spent around 850 euros per month for living costs on average. Prices differ significantly between the large cities in Germany. You would need more money for living and studying in Munich than you would in Leipzig, for example. As a general rule, you can live on less money in smaller cities than in larger ones. The amount of money you need obviously also depends on how frugal you are.
That means 850 € its just a guideline – you can also get along with less money or eventually have to spent more money in expensive cities.
Here is a checklist of the required documents to apply for a German student visa:
- Two duly completed national visa application forms.
- Valid national passport. (Read passport requirements)
- Previous passports. (If applicable)
- Two recently taken biometric portrait photographs. (Strict requirements, read our photo requirements page).
- Proof of admission into a study program. (Send any of the following)
- Academic records or transcript.
- Curriculum vitae. It has to be accompanied with evidences previous and current internship and work experiences, if any.
- Means of subsistence “Finanzieruungsnachweis”. The evidences you provide must show you have enough money to cover living, accommodation and study costs. (Send any of the following).
- Blocked bank account. One of the easiest and the fastest ways to open a German Blocked Account, is through Fintiba/Sutor Bank. The blocked account provided by Fintiba is accepted by German embassies/consulates all around the world. Learn how to open a Fintiba blocked account.
- Letter of commitment by a local resident “Verpflichtungserklärung“. A person living in Germany, showing they’ll be covering your accommodation and/or other living costs while you’ll be here.
- Letter of declaration by a parent. It has to show their commitment to support you financially during your stay here. It must be supplemented by their bank statements of the latest 6 months.
- Scholarship awarding certificate. It must show you as a receiver and the amount of financial coverage granted to you by this scholarship.
- Covered health insurance. It must have coverage of at least 30,000 EUR and it must be valid for at least 3 months. The tariff EDUCARE24 by DR-WALTER meets all the requirements and is accepted by all German consulates worldwide.
- Motivational letter. You’ll have to express the reason for choosing the specific university, study program. Mention also your study and future plans and how these studies will be improving your career and life.
- Marriage certificate. (Send this if you’re married). Support that with a birth certificate of any child (If related).
- Proof of having paid the visa application fee. The fee is 60 EUR.
- Proof of German language proficiency. (For German-only and mixed-language study programs).
- German Language University Entrance Examination for International Applicants (DSH).
- Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF).
- Goethe Institute German Language Diploma (GDS).
- German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, Level II (DSD).
- Proof of English language proficiency. (For English and mixed-language study programs).
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Accepted results are PbT (paper-based test) 550 Points, CbT (computer-based test) 213 Points and IbT (internet-based test) 79-80 Points.
- The International English Language Testing system(IELTS). Accepted scores by German universities are 5 – 6.5.
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