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Master Studies in Germany
Welcome to the DAAD! We are happy to know that you are considering Germany as a destination for your higher education. With over 350 universities offering a wide variety of courses in various disciplines to over 240,000 international students among others, Germany is all set to add that extra element to your professional life. We hope that the information we provide you here helps you in making a decision that will lay a solid foundation for your career. Happy reading!
What is the German university system like? There are mainly two types of institutions of higher education in Germany: Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) are research-oriented and offer a wide variety of subjects. These can award doctorate degrees. Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), on the other hand, are practice-oriented and offer courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design. These have strong links to the industry and offer possibilities like joint supervision of the professor and a company for a master thesis. Fachhochschulen do not award doctorate degrees, however as a master degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is in principle eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a University. Your interest and inclination should define which of the two kinds of institutions you choose!
Which is the best university in Germany? The German answer to this question is: There is no "best university", neither in one subject and certainly not across all subjects. What Germany offers instead is a multidimensional ranking, considering various criteria like student and staff judgments on quality of teaching, atmosphere at the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduations, third party funding etc. Several tables based on these considerations give you a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university on www.university-ranking.de Here you can find your programme by selecting a subject, a university or even a city in Germany!
What kind of master programmes does Germany offer? There is wide range of study programmes with i. German as medium of instruction ii. English as the sole or primary medium of instruction, called International Degree Programmes (IDPs). A database of such programmes is available at http://www.daad.de/international-programmes
Am I eligible to apply for a masters degree course? In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study programme has its own set of criteria for admitting students. So please check the university website, and specifically the programe you are interested in to find out the exact admission requirements. Some generalisation is, however, possible and one can say that as a bachelor degree holder from India, your degree is treated at par with a German bachelor degree and most universities will consider you eligible for masters provided you fulfill other criteria. Some universities may ask for your TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT scores, depending upon the subject you choose to study. For example, GMAT may be asked for if you want to study economics or law. Master in Germany Page 1 of 4
This will be your most important source of information as far as exact details about eligibility. How do I go about applying? October November: – Collect general information from the DAAD. Attend counseling sessions at the DAAD closer to you! We have our offices in Bangalore.testdaf. India. September October: – Arrive in Germany at least a week before your course begins. screens it and forwards it to its member universities of your choice against payment. Member universities of UNI-ASSIST often do not entertain direct applications. Check the application deadline for courses chosen! Send the application packet.diplo. please visit www. your knowledge of German needs to be certified through examinations like the TestDaF (http://www. For our addresses. visit http://www. fee. Application forms and other relevant material can be downloaded from the internet. UNI-ASSIST is a body that accepts your application.de ) or DSH. Nepal & Sri Lanka Universities will ask for very good German language skills in case you want to take up a programme in German medium.new-delhi.html Apply for a place in a hostel. send your application either to the university or to UNI-ASSIST. Accordingly.de If you have chosen a university that is not a member of UNI-ASSIST. as the procedure can take around two months.de/Vertretung/newdelhi/en/02/Embassy. The fee for applying to one university through UNI-ASSIST is 55 Euro and then 15 Euro for every additional university. Hyderabad.daaddelhi. In some cases the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of the university will help you. So please check well before you send in your papers. send your application directly. visit: http://www. Make sure you have a valid passport! July: Apply for a student visa as soon as you have the admission letter. internet and brochures. Chennai. Kolkata. Delhi. Page 2 of 4 January – March: March – June: Master in Germany . The website of the course / university you have chosen will carry details about application procedure to be followed. To find out where you should apply for a visa. Mumbai and Pune.org Contact the selected university. course duration. INR 4-5 lakh).DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Regional Office South Asia Bangladesh. are concerned. For detailed information and list of member universities. Bhutan. Contact the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of your university for guidance.uni-assist. The German Embassy and the Consulates require proof of funding for the first year of studies (approx. application procedure etc. In such case.
housing.goethe. study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries (http://newdelhi.000) per month for subsistence i. INR 45. Bhutan. Master’s Scholarship for Public Policy and Good Governance –PPGG (http://newdelhi.funding-guide.de Master in Germany Page 3 of 4 .de/ins/in/lp/enindex. But you can start learning the language while you are still in India at one of the Goethe-Instituts (Max Mueller Bhavans) /Goethe-Zentrums http://www.daad. just calculate the months accordingly and proceed! Here we would like to reiterate that you should necessarily check the website of / contact the chosen university for exact course details. This is where knowledge of German will present a great advantage! Universities offer beginner and well as advanced level courses where you can learn German. You will surely want to interact with people. in Germany virtually every student gets a scholarship! However. you will require about Euro 740 (approx. But as a student in Germany.daad. and of course from lifestyle to lifestyle! Are there any scholarships available? Two scholarship programmes that the DAAD offers for master level education are: 1. India. For certain special courses you may need to pay higher fees.daaddelhi. This amount can vary from city to city.htm What kind of budget should I have in my mind? In Germany.DAAD October December: – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Regional Office South Asia Bangladesh. depending upon the university and the services or benefits provided. Do I need to know German? As you have already read.pdf ) A complete list of scholarship programmes for Indian candidates can be viewed at www. food. your life will not be limited to the university campus.de/mainFrame/home/Aufbau. if any. Apart from the tuition fees. education is subsidized by the state and therefore most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fee – to the tune of 500 Euro per semester. In case you find a course that begins with the summer semester (April – September).de/mainFrame/home/PPGG. Nepal & Sri Lanka Get your residence permit within the first three months of your stay in Germany from the Foreigners’ Registration Office (Auslaenderamt). clothing.e.pdf ) 2.org A database of scholarships offered by various German organizations can be found at www. Thus. travel through the country-side and make the best of your time there. Germany offers numerous International Degree Programmes (IDPs) with English as the sole or primary medium of instruction. As you can make out. this timeline refers to courses beginning with the winter semester (October – March). you will need to pay semester contribution ranging from Euro 50 to 250.
study-in. DAAD New Delhi Master in Germany Page 4 of 4 . surf on www. This will help you in getting a bit of extra pocket-money! After completing your degree in Germany. Germany has always had a very strong industry-academia linkage. A lot of scientific research is funded by the industry as well. you can stay on in the country for upto one year to look for a job that is in keeping with your education. Bhutan. which can open new vistas for your professional career. Nepal & Sri Lanka Can I work in Germany – as a student and later as a professional? As an international student. We hope that with this information you have a fair overview of higher education in Germany and what you have to do to get there.DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Regional Office South Asia Bangladesh. Once you find a job. If you want to know more about universities and student life or read what other international students have to say about Germany. you are permitted to work for upto 90 full days or 180 half-days in a year. India. During your studies you can get the opportunity to do internships with German companies. This new permit may be issued for upto 5 years.de Wishing you all the very best for your future. can be converted into a residence permit for taking gainful employment. the residence permit issued to you for the purpose of studying.
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