In my previous post I talked about how much risk you might be taking in case you are applying to a low ranked university in USA and the dollar dream might turn out to be entirely different. In this post I will be talking about one of the best alternatives for students looking for higher education abroad apart from USA. And the alternative is none other than the land of innovation Germany.
But my post is completely focused on students who are thinking of pursuing engineering masters abroad and particularly students looking for automobile, automotive, mechanical, mechtronics, robotics, and electrical engineering degrees abroad.
Before dwelling into details look at the following companies which started in Germany and I want you to guess the companies which are related to the fields mentioned above:-
I will list a few of them for you to ponder-
Altana chemicals, Audi , BMW, Bosch, Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, PUMA, Siemens, Volkswagen Group, IFB etc
Higher Education is Germany according to me is one of the best. Why?? Like the co-op programs in Canada about which I will post later most the courses in Germany has an mandatory internship as part of its curriculum. In bachelors the internships ranges from 6 months to sometimes 1 year as part of the 4 year degree and in masters it might last for 2 months to 6 months in its 1.5 year or 2 year courses catalog.
The internships are in conjunction with industries which I have mentioned here and thus you can imagine the exposure, the opportunity and the knowledge impact of these internships. But getting an internship in these companies is not easy and I don’t want you guys to start dreaming of German Euros now after dreaming about American dollars.
In this post I won’t talk about the education system since that part will be focused by another blog post of mine in near future. This post will just highlight the few benefits of considering Germany as your study destination.
Do you know that most of the universities in Germany don’t charge you tuition fee and you just have to pay a subsidized fee of 60-800 Euros depending on university for transportation and student ID for the whole semester. Thus you don’t have to worry about travel cost since all you need to show is your ID and the whole Germany is yours to explore. Thus you end up saving not only 50-80k$ fee which you might have spend for you education in the 2 years but you save on other stuff like transportation as well.
Next if you don’t know German will it cause a problem? The answer is no. I heard few students (including me once) have a belief that you have to know German in case you are going to Germany else your visa will be rejected. Guys this is a wrong notion. If your course is completely in English then all you need to show the visa officer is your IELTS or TOFEL results and viola you will get your VISA in time.
Many courses are taught entirely in English and you can search about these courses using this link:-
Most of the German universities don’t charge you any application fee and the few which charges are applied through UNI-ASSIST services. Using this you have to pay a fee of 68 Euros for the first university you are applying for and then a fee for 15 Euros for any extra university you might be applying for. But you only have to pay this fee if the university in which you are interested in is a member of uni-assist.
Do you know that German university doesn't charge you any extra fee for learning German language? Most of the universities have a international language center and you can take German classes there for free. Thus not only you will have an extra language as your asset in future (and mind you, knowing German language can open doorways for new opportunities and is a very popular language in Europe) but you are going to learn it without spending a single penny. Ask your friends how much they are paying for learning an extra language in other countries BTW.
After graduating according to current visa changes a student gets a post graduate work visa of 18 months during which he can look for job in Germany and if he gets a job and his company is ready to sponsor him after 18 months of period is over then a visa extension of 24 months. It’s enough to find a job inn Germany since currently German economy is booming and they are having shortage of engineers in their field. Also you can work for 240 half days in the period of 365 days and you have to meet the criteria of 40000-45000 Euros per year salary if you want to continue working in Germany after the 18 month period. By the way the starting salary of a graduate ranges from 35000-40000 Euros in these field so you don’t have to worry about that.
Now the problems you might face while applying for Germany and going to Germany are also to be dealt with since with every sweet a salt matter occurs evenly.
Learning German language is quite important particularly if you are in the field of marketing and business and you want to work in Germany after completing you education since you have to interact with the locals and mind you they are proud to be Germans and use their language with pride even if they know English. And for part time jobs (20 hours a week) outside the university it becomes a must to know German language. Inside university for getting a TA, RA it’s enough if you English language for English taught courses.
Next there are hundreds of international courses in Germany which are taught entirely in English but there are thousands of courses which are taught in English and German combined. So if you know basic German then it will be highly useful to select a much specific course.
One big advantage and disadvantage of applying to German universities which has unrestricted admission (i.e. if you meet the admission criteria you will be admitted) is that you will get offer letter easily but the problem is that the other eligible students will also get offer. So, the student and faculty ratio is very less in most German universities and the classrooms are huge with lots of students attending lectures. The faculty is not able to concentrate properly on particular students and you can’t make an impact which you could have made if you had studied in other country universities.
Like USA, Germany also has hundreds of universities and getting admitted in a low ranked university might be a problem again since even though German economy is booming, the other European countries economy is in crisis and there is a brain drain of university graduates from other EU countries to Germany for job search and thus there is a heavy competition you have to face. But the employment rate is high the in the field of engineering and you don’t have to worry much about competition.
I think I covered in detail the advantages of studying in Germany and the few hiccups you might have. But overall it’s a good bet and you don’t have to take up heavy education loan for your studies thus leaving you in a state of calm. Feel free to comment and watch out for my next blog post which will deal in detail with UK Higher Education options.