Study Abroad in Germany

Why Study MBA in Germany?

  • Germany is one of the fastest-growing destinations to study abroad. Replete with bustling urban life, a cosmopolitan culture, some of the best institutions in the world, and beautiful places to visit, undergraduate as well as graduate students are choosing to study abroad in Germany.
  • The nation is host to more than 400 universities and more than 26,000 students pursue overseas education in Germany for business masters alone every year.
  • Students flock to Germany to excel in various domains by pursuing an MBA degree in finance, marketing, supply chain management, strategy, entrepreneurship, etc.
  • Around 13% of the people living in Germany are from other countries, making it one of the most tolerant and welcoming countries globally.
  • Humanity is one of the core tenets of German universities and they believe in giving equal opportunities to students regardless of their gender, religion, or ethnicity.

 

Types of Educational Institutes:

There are public as well as private state-recognized institutions in Germany that offer a multitude of courses in various disciplines. 355 official colleges and universities are present across 165 towns and cities in Germany. Following are the different types of universities in Germany:

  • Universities (Universität) or Technical University (Technische Hochschule)
  • Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule)
  • Colleges of art / Colleges of music (Kunsthochschule/Musikhochschule)
  • Private and Church Sponsored Institutions

 

Most Reputed Universities in Germany:

Germany has some of the most prestigious MBA colleges in the world. These renowned schools are the destinations where young and ambitious corporate professionals apply and aim to pursue higher studies in order to sharpen their skills, improve their networking, and gain access to lucrative employment opportunities. Some of these are:

  1. Mannheim Business School
  2. ESMT Berlin
  3. HHL Leipzig
  4. WHU Otto Beisheim
  5. EBS
  6. Munich Business School
  7. Frankfurt School of Management
  8. ESCP Europe
  9. GISMA Business School
  10. HFU Business School
  11. EU Business School

 

Most Popular Fields of Study for International Students:

  • Finance
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

 

Program Duration & Cost of Education:

  • A Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree is one of the most prestigious and sought-after post-graduate qualifications all over the world. Due to this reason, they are also one of the most expensive degrees to pursue and Germany is no exception to this rule.
  • However, tuition fees in Germany for MBA degrees are around 15% lower compared to other major MBA destinations globally such as USA, UK and Canada.
  • A full-time MBA degree from a German university may cost between 30,000 and 50,000 euros, while an Executive MBA degree can cost as much as 90,000 euros.
  • The duration of the course varies from 12 months to 24 months and the usual intakes are April (summer intake) and October (winter intake).

 

Eligibility Criteria for MBA Programs in Germany:

  • Completion of 10+2 years of education in addition to at least 3 years of post-secondary education.
  • Average work experience of 3 years after graduation.
  • Standardized test scores including the GRE/ GMAT and TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE examinations.
  • A competitive grade point average or percentage of marks during graduation.
  • Strong extra-curricular activities such as State/National/International level participation in events & competitions, valuable internships, relevant certifications and strong recommendation letters from faculty members.

 

Intakes & Application Deadlines:

  • Some colleges have only one intake every year in September whereas other colleges have two intakes in a year – January and September, with September being the main intake.
  • The application deadlines for the September intake are usually in the preceding November, while the deadlines from the January intake range from the preceding April to November depending on the university.

 

Application Requirements:

The applications can be made online using the universities’ application portals or through the common application for German universities known as UniAssist depending on the university. The entry requirements for admissions to these universities are quite high and they are as follows:

  1. A recognized undergraduate degree
  2. A competitive GMAT or GRE score
  3. A strong Motivational Letter or Statement of Purpose (SoP)
  4. Academic and professional letters of recommendation
  5. Certified academic transcripts
  6. An English language proficiency test (IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE) and/ or a German language proficiency test
  7. A minimum of two to three years of professional full-time work experience

 

Documents Needed to Apply for Student Visa:

The documents required to apply for a student visa to Germany are as follows:

  1. Two duly completed national visa application forms
  2. A valid passport
  3. Two passport-sized photographs
  4. An offer letter from a German university. Any of the following may be presented:
  • University admission letter
  • Letter of admission in a preparatory course issued by a Studienkolleg
  • Letter of admission in a propaedeutic course
  • Letter of admission in a preparatory German language course
  1. Proof of prior education:
  • A valid German university entrance qualification, known as Abitur if you have studied, in a German educational institute abroad
  • A recognized foreign degree which must show that you have a qualification equally recognized as the German Abitur
  • Academic transcripts
  1. CV
  2. Internship and work experience certificates, if applicable
  3. A means of showing that you have enough money to cover living, accommodation, and study costs. Any of the following will suffice:
  • A blocked bank account: One of the easiest and the fastest ways to open a German blocked account is through Fintiba or Sutor Bank. The blocked account provided by Fintiba is accepted by German embassies/consulates all around the world.
  • Letter of Commitment by a local resident: A person living in Germany undertaking that they will take care of your accommodation and/or other living expenses during your tenure in Germany.
  • Letter of Declaration by a parent: It has to state that they are committed to supporting you financially during your stay in Germany and it must be supplemented by their bank statements of the past 6 months.
  • Scholarship awarding certificate: It must state that you have received a certain amount of financial coverage through the instrument of the said scholarship.

 

  1. A health insurance policy with a coverage of 30,000 euros with a validity of at least 3 months.
  2. A motivational letter stating the reason for choosing the specific university, study program, your study, and future plans and how this experience will benefit your career.
  3. Marriage certificate (if applicable) and birth certificates of children (if applicable).
  4. Proof of payment of the visa application fee of 60 euros.
  5. Proof of German language proficiency. Either one of the following may be presented:
  • 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)
  1. Proof of English language proficiency. Either one of the following may be presented:
  • TOEFL: Accepted results are pBT (paper-based test) 550 points, cBT (computer-based test) 213 points and iBT (internet-based test) 79 points
  • IELTS: Accepted results are 6 points with a minimum of 6 points in each band of listening, reading, writing and speaking

Why Study MS in Germany?

  • Germany is one of the fastest-growing destinations to study abroad. Replete with bustling urban life, a cosmopolitan culture, some of the best institutions in the world, and beautiful places to visit, undergraduate as well as graduate students are choosing to study abroad in Germany.
  • The nation is host to more than 400 universities and more than 26,000 students pursue overseas education in Germany for business masters alone every year.
  • The universities offer a plethora of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees as well and students from all over the world, especially India, aim to pursue higher education in Germany in search of world-class education and a high standard of living.
  • Around 13% of the people living in Germany are from other countries, making it one of the most tolerant and welcoming countries globally.
  • Humanity is one of the core tenets of German universities and they believe in giving equal opportunities to students regardless of their gender, religion, or ethnicity.

 

Types of Educational Institutes:

There are public as well as private state-recognized institutions in Germany that offer a multitude of courses in various disciplines. 355 official colleges and universities are present across 165 towns and cities in Germany. Following are the different types of universities in Germany:

  • Universities (Universität) or Technical University (Technische Hochschule)
  • Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule)
  • Colleges of art / Colleges of music (Kunsthochschule/Musikhochschule)
  • Private and Church Sponsored Institutions

 

Most Reputed Universities in Germany:

Germany has become one of the most popular destinations for Master of Science and other post-graduate degrees globally because of its world-class universities, affordable cost of living and a largely tuition-free education system. Every year, thousands of students go to Germany to pursue master’s degrees, particularly in STEM fields and add to the student diversity. More than 11% of graduate students in Germany come from other countries and this proportion is growing every year. Germany boasts of some of the best technical universities in the world, some of which are:

  1. RWTH Aachen
  2. TU Munich
  3. University of Duisburg-Essen
  4. TU Chemnitz
  5. TU Darmstadt
  6. University of Bonn
  7. University of Stuttgart
  8. TU Kaiserslautern
  9. TU Dresden

 

Most Popular Fields of Study for International Students:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

 

Program Duration & Cost of Education:

  • A Master of Science degree from Germany has gained popularity in recent years due to extremely low or absent tuition fees (for STEM courses), the high quality of education, availability of post-graduation employment, and the high standard of living in Germany.
  • Master’s degrees in Germany usually last for 2 years and are worth 120 ECTS credits.

 

Eligibility Criteria for MS Programs in Germany:

  • Completion of 10+2 years of education in addition to at least 3 years of post-secondary education.
  • Standardized test scores including the GRE/ GMAT and TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE examinations.
  • A competitive grade point average or percentage of marks during graduation.
  • Strong extra-curricular activities such as State/National/International level participation in events & competitions, valuable internships, relevant certifications, and strong recommendation letters from faculty members.

 

Intakes & Application Deadlines:

  • Universities usually have two intakes every year for most of their courses. The summer intake is in April and the winter intake is in October every year.
  • The application deadline for the summer intake is usually in January whereas for the winter intake it is in June/July depending on the university.

 

Application Requirements:

The applications can be made online using the universities’ application portals or through the common application for German universities known as UniAssist depending on the university. These universities are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and the entry requirements for them are as follows:

  1. A recognized undergraduate degree
  2. A competitive GMAT or GRE score (for some universities)
  3. A strong Motivational Letter or Statement of Purpose (SoP)
  4. Academic and professional letter of recommendation
  5. Certified academic transcripts
  6. An English language proficiency test (IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE) and/ or a German language proficiency test
  7. Work experience certificates (optional)

 

Documents Needed to Apply for Student Visa:

The documents required to apply for a student visa to Germany are as follows:

  1. Two duly completed national visa application forms
  2. A valid passport
  3. Two passport-sized photographs
  4. An offer letter from a German university. Any of the following may be presented:
  • University admission letter
  • Letter of admission in a preparatory course issued by a Studienkolleg
  • Letter of admission in a propaedeutic course
  • Letter of admission in a preparatory German language course
  1. Proof of prior education:
  • A valid German university entrance qualification, known as Abitur if you have studied in a German educational institute abroad
  • A recognized foreign degree which must show that you have a qualification equally recognized as the German Abitur
  • Academic transcripts
  1. CV
  2. Internship and work experience certificates, if applicable
  3. A means of showing that you have enough money to cover living, accommodation, and study costs. Any of the following will suffice:
  • A blocked bank account: One of the easiest and the fastest ways to open a German blocked account is through Fintiba or Sutor Bank. The blocked account provided by Fintiba is accepted by German embassies/consulates all around the world.
  • Letter of Commitment by a local resident: A person living in Germany undertaking that they will take care of your accommodation and/or other living expenses during your tenure in Germany.
  • Letter of Declaration by a parent: It has to state that they are committed to supporting you financially during your stay in Germany and it must be supplemented by their bank statements of the past 6 months.
  • Scholarship awarding certificate: It must state that you have received a certain amount of financial coverage through the instrument of the said scholarship.

 

  1. A health insurance policy with a coverage of 30,000 euros with a validity of at least 3 months.
  2. A motivational letter stating the reason for choosing the specific university, study program, your study and future plans and how this experience will benefit your career.
  3. Marriage certificate (if applicable) and birth certificates of children (if applicable).
  4. Proof of payment of the visa application fee of 60 euros.
  5. Proof of German language proficiency. Either one of the following may be presented:
  • 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)
  1. Proof of English language proficiency. Either one of the following may be presented:
  • TOEFL: Accepted results are pBT (paper-based test) 550 points, cBT (computer-based test) 213 points and iBT (internet-based test) 79 points
  • IELTS: Accepted results are 6 points with a minimum of 6 points in each band of listening, reading, writing and speaking

Living in Germany as a Student:

  • The cost of living in Germany is relatively low making it a comparatively economical option to pursue an MBA degree.
  • A one-bedroom apartment can be rented anywhere between 600 and 1200 euros per month depending on the location and food would cost another 250 euros per month.
  • Overall, a student can live comfortably with 1,500 euros per month while studying an MBA course in Germany.

Part-Time Jobs in Germany for Students:

  • There are several opportunities available to students to work while studying in Germany as well as after completing their studies. To supplement their income while studying in Germany, students who hail from countries outside the European Union (EU) are allowed to work for 120 full-days or 240 half-days per year.
  • If you choose to work as a student assistant or research assistant in the university, this work is usually not counted within this limit but you are required to inform the Alien Registration Office about any such employment.
  • Internships are counted as normal work and the days spent working as an intern will be subtracted from your 120-day balance even if the work is unpaid.
  • Moreover, as a non-EU student, you are not permitted to engage in self-employed or freelance work.
  • Students can usually earn up to 500 euros per month working part-time, tax-free. If your income exceeds this, you will be liable to pay income tax.

 

Post-Study Work Permit in Germany:

  • If you plan to work in Germany after completing your studies, there are many diverse employment opportunities available to you. It will be beneficial if you are fluent in German as a lot of jobs will open up for you which would otherwise have been difficult to obtain.
  • Therefore, you should ensure that you practice your German skills and if required, enroll in German classes while in college.
  • Germany is a global hub and its major cities are the best places to find employment. For instance, Berlin is a leader in energy and environmental technology with a very strong base in manufacturing; Frankfurt is a global leader in finance and Hamburg is a health, tourism, and trading hub.
  • Students can extend their residence permit up to 18 months to find employment in Germany related to their field after completing their studies and during this time, they can work as much as they desire in any field to support themselves.
  • Upon finding relevant employment, students must apply for a German residence permit or EU Blue Card and they have the option to stay in Germany while the application is pending.
  • To obtain an EU Blue Card, students must hold a job offer paying at least 49,600 euros per annum.
  • If a student wants to become a permanent resident of Germany, he or she can apply for a Settlement Permit two years after receiving the initial residence permit or EU Blue Card.

 

Culture in Germany:

  • Germany, locally called Deutschland, is known as the country of poets and thinkers.
  • The main language is German which is spoken by 95% of the population, the official currency is the euro, and more than 80 million Germans and other minorities live in Germany.
  • Germans love to eat sausages and bread and are very enthusiastic when it comes to drinking beer. Germany boasts of the second-highest consumption of beer in the world, after the Czech Republic with the average German drinking 140 liters of beer per year!
  • Some of the most famous musicians in history such as Beethoven and Bach were German and Germany is home to many global music festivals in various genres.
  • Germany has beautiful architecture and the people are very enthusiastic about sports as well. The German national football team is one of the best in the world and the country also boasts of a strong culture of athletics, having won many gold medals in the Olympic Games throughout history.
  • Germans are also known for taking care of one another. For instance, there is a culture of hanging lost items on trees in Germany so that the owner of the item can retrace his or her steps and find the item they lost.
  • It is a beautiful country with a cosmopolitan culture and students are making the most of it by pursuing under-graduate and graduate studies in Germany and exposing themselves to their diverse and inclusive culture.

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