Germany has in store a lot of everyone. Whether it is the big city buzz, famous architecture, historical sights, packed shopping streets or delectable cuisine, you can find it all here. Apart from a central academic hub, Germany is also a renowned tourist destination worldwide. International students opting to study in Germany after 12th can expect to experience cultural diversity, friendly natives, and high education quality. Most public universities in Germany have had their tuition fees waived off. The students have to pay only an administrative fee at the beginning of each term. Germany’s living costs are moderate, thus putting less financial pressure on Indian students to study abroad.
To make a living even more affordable, international students will also have the option to work part-time to ease their living expenses. International students are eligible to work 20 hours per week. This part-time work facility will not only help them relax their living expenses but also allow them to gain relevant work experience in their field of interest.
Why choose Germany to study?
Germany provides many opportunities in various fields in the study and job perspective. Students choosing to study in Germany after 12th have enumerable programmes to choose from.
Students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate courses. These include business schools, art schools, colleges, technical colleges, universities (private or state-funded).
Universities here also give away fully funded scholarship for underprivileged students and give them an equal opportunity to grow their career.
Blocked account system
Germany takes education very seriously, and hence they have it calculated up to the last penny. Also, they have an understanding of the value of money.
Each year, according to the prevailing economic conditions and the relevant fees structure, every university further requests that a monthly sum is provided for the student to facilitate his living expenses in the country and complete his education, this money is put in the Blocked Account. This usually varies from state to state and ranges from €685 – €750 per month, which would be roughly €8,640 for an entire academic session. This would include your accommodation, living expenses, and even travel pass costs.
Once students reach Germany, they have to open a Student Loan Account with a local bank where they deposit the ‘Blocked Amount’ for the entire academic year. Every month they can withdraw the sanctioned monthly amount to cover their monthly expenditures. This is a compulsory practice applicable to all international students who choose to study in Germany after 12th.
Pursuing undergraduate courses in Germany
Higher education is very affordable compared to other European countries. Most of the universities funded by the state offer free education to all students, both local and international. However, some highly specialised courses might attract some tuition fees.
Although the state funds these universities, it does not regulate them. In other words, the eligibility criteria and cut-off are independently decided by universities. Hence, candidates are highly recommended to check the official websites for the eligibility criteria and cut-offs for a different course.
Eligibility criteria are set very high by universities in Germany.
For undergraduate courses, as much as 90% is expected for admission. Also, students need to complete one year of bachelor’s study in India or appear for IITJEE or Fa exam to apply for an undergraduate course in Germany.
In addition to this, students need to appear for IELTS or TOEFL to prove their English language efficiency.
Under-graduate courses to pursue in Germany
- Business Management
- Fine and Applied Arts
- Math and Computer Sciences
Top universities for undergraduate courses in Germany after 12th
- Technical University of Munich
- Free University of Berlin
- RWTH Aachen University
- University of Bayreuth
- Humboldt University of Berlin
- University of Stuttgart
- Technical University of Berlin
Living cost in Germany
On the other hand, living in Germany is on par with most European countries, and the cost of living in Germany is 700-1000 euros per month.
Also, there are many scholarships provided by a German university to help students to finance themselves well.
Scholarship and Financial Aid
To make a living in Germany more affordable, students further have the opportunity of working part-time jobs. As with most universities, international students can also benefit from the various scholarship programmes listed on universities’ official website or www.daad.de.
Entrance exam required for admission in Germany after 12th
Germany offers quality education, a multi-cultural environment and expertise that is recognised the world over.
Generally speaking, every university around the world tests you on two fundamental parameters.
- Language Proficiency
- Aptitude for the desired course
Germany is also not different. While the aptitude tests might vary for undergraduate and postgraduate level, the language requirements remain the same for both levels. Hence, let’s have a look at both kinds of tests separately.
Language proficiency exam
- Test DAF
- JEE Advanced
- Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)
Thus, this was a complete guide for studying Germany right after class 12th. We hope this blog helped you make your correct choice!
Further Read: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Awards Scholarship in Germany