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|UNIVERSITY||THE 2021||QS 2021||US WORLD 2021|
|University of Freiburg||83||175||168|
|University of Wuerzburg||140||437||521-530|
|Humboldt University of Berlin - HU||80||117||82|
|Technical University Munich - TUM||41||50||76|
|Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - LMU||32||63||46|
|Free University of Berlin - FU||118||130||116|
|University of Bonn||114||240||114|
|RWTH Aachen University - RWTH||107||145||184|
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT||201-250||131||197|
|Technical University Berlin - TU-BERLIN||140||148||338|
|University of Muenster - WWU||195||356||204|
|Technical University Dresden - TU Dresden||152||173||186|
|University of Hamburg - UHH||135||228||155|
|University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - FAU||198||317||238|
|University of Duisburg-Essen||201-250||751-800||285|
|Ruhr University Bochum - RUB||251-300||439||372|
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Renowned as the world's most popular non-anglophone study destination, Germany welcomes over 350,000 students from different countries across the globe (2020). Having established itself in the list of top 5 study-abroad destinations among international students, the country is home to over 13 top universities in Germany that make the world’s top 250 prestigious institutes.
From a globally reputed curriculum with 20,000 courses to extremely low tuition rates, the country has proved itself a perfect overseas destination for international applicants after Canada, UK and the USA. India is among the second largest senders of international students (6.1%) in Germany preceded by China. The number of Indian aspirants in Germany almost doubled from 53,386 to 124,095 within a span of 6 to 7 years.
In the 21st Century, Germany has presented itself as a global powerhouse and is currently the 5th largest GDP in the world. This adds points to its credit when it comes to seeking employment opportunities post graduation which is also reflected in its high employment rate of nearly 80%. Apart from this, it’s gradual decrease in the rate of unemployment over the decade just makes the country more promising for international students seeking to study in Germany.
Germany has a range of prestigious institutes across both public and private sectors for the applicants to choose from. To aid you in the process, we have compiled a list of 10 most reputed universities in the country along with their corresponding international student percentage.
|Name of the institute||THE World Rankings 2021||THE German Rankings 2021||International Student Population|
|Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich||32||1||17%|
|Technical University of Munich||41||2||27%|
|Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin||=75||4||19%|
|University of Tübingen||=78||5||14%|
|Humboldt University of Berlin||=80||6||18%|
|University of Freiburg||83||7||23%|
|RWTH Aachen University||=107||8||21%|
|University of Bonn||=114||9||13%|
|Free University of Berlin||=118||10||21%|
Some of the top institutes in the country along with their enrollment statistics are depicted in the graph below.
From globally-reputed universities to almost free education at the Undergraduate level, Germany offers a great deal of promise for all the individuals across the globe. Extensive student support, scholarships and thousands of diverse programs are some of the attractions that fascinate international students seeking to study in the nation.
Some other factors that contribute to credibility in the favor of the country are as listed below.
Germany provides thousands of varied courses across its 400 public and private universities that provide a perfect fit program for every individual. Since the tuition fee in the country is comparatively lower than other nations around the world, Germany majorly attracts students of STEM courses looking for degrees in Computer science, Mathematics, Engineering along with programs in Natural science, Business and Economics, etc.
Germany also provides a wide array of unusual degrees such as Aerial Archaeology, Bionics, fusing technology, among others. The 5 most popular streams along with other relevant information regarding the same is as mentioned below.
|Popular Program||Best German University for the course||Total Students in program in Germany|
|Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)||Technical University of Munich||71,352|
|Business Management (MBA)||University of Mannheim||52,168|
|Humanities||Humboldt University of Berlin||37,619|
|Computer Sciences||Technical University of Munich||20,000|
|Mathematics||University of Bonn||10,000|
|Fine and Applied Arts||Technical University of Berlin||24,412|
If you have reached a final decision that Germany is the country you are applying to in the upcoming session, it is highly recommended to start working on your application at the earliest possible opportunity. To serve you in the process, the step-by-step guide for the application process of Germany is as compiled below.
Some basic information regarding the admission process and basic requirements are as tabulated below.
|Where to apply||Uni Assist portal/ Individual portals of respective universities|
|Application Fee||75 EUR per course with 30 EUR for each extra course in same semester|
|Basic Requirements||Transcripts, Standardised tests like GMAT or GRE|
|Additional Requirements||Valid Visa, Interview (video interview on case-to-case basis), CV, Statement of purpose|
|German/English Language Requirements||IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 69 to 80 (German language requirements for courses in German)|
Germany accepts admission applications season wise. The primary 2 seasons of intakes in the country are Summer and Winter for most of its institutes. The deadlines for german universities are usually common, except a certain few that observe their own admission process and respective deadlines.
Germany in comparison to other European countries is not considered highly expensive and is quite affordable when it comes to a student enrolled in one of the institutes in the nation. In fact, it is ranked #15 highest in terms of cost of accommodation and is found to be cheaper than the UK, Italy, Denmark, Norway, France, or the Netherlands.
While the average cost to study in Germany differs depending upon the city, type of program and university a student opts for, but an average amount of 850 EUR per month can go up to 1,500 to 2,000 EUR. The estimated fee and other expenses comprising the total budget list for surviving in the country is as mentioned below.
Germans consider Education to be a basic right that should not be capitalized and thus charge no to highly affordable fees when it comes to international students. While many undergraduate courses and all the doctoral courses are free of cost for international applicants, some universities might charge tuition fees as high as 20,000 and 30,000 EUR for public and private universities, respectively.
|Level of Education||Tuition Fee (in EUR, per year)|
|Undergraduate Programs||500 (public) to 20,000 (private sector)|
|Graduate Programs||20,000 (public) to 30,000 (private sector)|
|Doctoral Programs||Free of Cost (250 EUR administrative fee, per sem)|
While many renowned universities like University of Stuttgart, University of Mannheim and University of Bremen are free of cost, some other popular German Universities (mainly private) along with their respective estimated fee are depicted in the chart below.
As discussed above, cost of living varies depending on the individual's personal expenses and the city one chooses to stay in. For instance, Munich is one of the most expensive German cities (up to 1,500 EUR per month) while Berlin being the capital city is comparatively cheaper. The estimated cost of accommodation in the country is tabulated as follows:
|Type of Expenditure||Cost (in EUR, per month)|
|Accommodation and utilities||300 to 500|
|Food and supplies||200 to 250|
|Phone and internet||30|
|Leisure and hobbies||50 to 100|
|Travel costs (car and public transport)||94|
|Books and Supplies||20 to 25|
Since the tuition fee in the country is so low, any candidate can actually study in the country for free if he/she obtains a studentship to fund their education. The German Academic Exchange Service, popularly known as the DAAD provides a range of awards and funding services for international students hoping to enroll at a reputed institute in the country. These scholarships are offered to both domestic and international candidates at all levels including academics and researchers.
Another source of gaining funding for studying in Germany is the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or BMBF that hosts a site dedicated to providing information on scholarships for the aspirants of the country.
From government-funded awards to non-government funded scholarships and university-specific studentships, Germany as a country provides a range of awards for its international aspirants. Some such scholarships in Germany for international students are as follows:
|Name of Scholarship||Eligibility||Amount (per month)|
|Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany for International Students||International doctoral candidate looking to pursue masters/doctorate at a German university||1,091 EUR|
|Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students||International students who appeared for their university entrance qualification, outside Germany and wish to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. Degree in Germany||842 EUR (Masters) and 991 EUR (PhD)|
|German Studies Research Grant||Graduates and doctoral students from North America whose research works are focussed on German cultural studies||1,277 to 2,555 EUR|
|Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)||Graduates with a minimum professional experience of 2 years; outstanding academic achievement||1,217 EUR (Masters) and 1,388 EUR (PhD)|
|RISE Germany - Research Internships in Science and Engineering||Science and Engineering undergraduates who have completed at least 2 years of study||743 EUR|
Thanks to the generous immigration policy of Germany, students from any background and nationalities can stay in the country for up to 18 months post completing their degrees and find their desired job in the time span. The majority of students prefer to enter the professional world post their graduation and this is where having a strong command over the German language will add wonders to your job profile.
As discussed above, since the unemployment rate in the country has been on a decrease for years now, there is a lot of scope of ending up with high paying-jobs in Germany. Some of the statistics for the last 2 years regarding job opportunities in the nation are as mentioned below.
|German Labour||2020 (first quarter)||2019 (last quarter)|
|Minimum Wages||9.35 (EUR/hour)||9.19 (EUR/hour)|
Since Germany is renowned for its Automobile Industry across the world and is a hub for Engineering students, a degree in the field or related discipline will obviously be of great merit. Other industries that an international candidate can consider are Telecommunication, IT and Computers, Finance, etc. An estimated average salary for students of different streams is compared in the chart below.
In a nutshell, Germany is rightly one of the top 5 coveted destinations for studying overseas that not only provides an impressive education curriculum and innovative research options, but also some of the finest jobs in the industry. From trendy Berlin to traditional Munich, the nation harbors a rich diversity and welcomes applications from around the globe that are considered on equal grounds without any partiality.
The country thus is a worthwhile pursuit for bright and diligent aspirants, especially for MS in Germany, and should definitely make your list if you are considering to study abroad in the near future.