Germany

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The Bremen School of Social Sciences Scholarships

PhD/Pre and PostDoc Degree

Deadline:15 Feb 2015

Study in: Germany

Course starts Jan-May 2016

Academic Excellence Scholarship for Women

Masters(MS) Degree

Deadline: 1 Jul/1 Oct/2 Nov 2015

Study in: Germany

Course starts Jan-May 2016

Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses

Masters(MS) Degree

Deadline: August 2015 (annual)

Study in: Germany

Course starts Jan-May 2016

Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance

Masters Degree

Deadline: 31 July 2015 (annual)

Study in: Germany

Course starts Jan-May 2016

Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 31 July 2015 (annual)

Study in: South Africa/Germany

Course starts Jan-May 2016

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Chevening Scholarship UK Fully Funded All
CSC Scholarships China Fully Funded All

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Study in Germany

Every year, over 250,000 international students choose to study in Germany. That is more than 10% of the entire student population attending German Universities. Whether you plan to visit Germany as an exchange student or enrol on a full-time degree, you will benefit from low tuition fees and quality German education. 409 officially recognised universities and colleges offer more than 14,500 international degree programmes.

Germany is the birthplace of many famous physicists such as Einstein, Planck, Hertz, Ohm and Gauss and influential writers and thinkers such as Kant, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, Goethe, Mann or Hesse.

The German education system has produced 103 Noble laureates.

Institutions

There are three main types of higher education institutions to choose from in Germany: universities, universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) and specialized universities. Universities mainly focus on research and are the traditional German education institution. Many of them are technical universities or colleges of technology. Universities of applied sciences are more practically oriented and are connected to major German companies. Specialized universities concentrate on specific subjects such as arts, music, film, theatre, etc. Education Teachers usually require mandatory attendance. Students who miss classes may not take the final examination at the end of the semester. A great deal of academic work in Germany is done in groups. Students often get together to revise for exams, write papers and work on class assignments. Most degree programs require compulsory internships. Students have the opportunity to get accustomed to the industrial environment well before starting their career.

Study expenses

German federal states set their own education fees. Presently, only two federal states charge tuition fees: about 500 € per semester (Bavaria and Lower Saxony). All other federal states do not charge tuition, though a semester fee of 150 to 250 € is usually required. Industries sponsor bachelor and master students. Students attending industry relevant master programmes may receive around €600 to €800 per month from companies for a period of 6 months. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) provides scholarships to international students and researchers coming to Germany. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) also hosts a site dedicated to scholarships in Germany.

General application requirements

Admission to most study programmes in Germany require you to take all or part of the following steps: Provide a high-school graduate certificate, called Abitur in Germany. Find out if your certificate is recognized by the German university. You might have to take a written examination. Confirming your German language proficiency, or English proficiency if choosing an English-taught programme. Prove that you can pay for your stay in Germany. Present proof of scholarship, if applicable. Get health insurance – usually about 50 EUR per month. Some universities may offer service packages including accommodation, meal vouchers and a health insurance policy. Be sure to check the German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD for any questions regarding international study in Germany.

Job prospects

Germany is home to many top international companies such as BMW, Volkswagen, Deutsche Telekom, Adidas, Bayer, Deutsche Bank and many more. The German economy has great demand for qualified & skilled labour force. Vacancies for engineers have risen over 30 percent in recent years. Companies are always looking for German language skills.

Languages of instruction

Germany provides a wide range of English-taught as well as German-taught higher education opportunities in diverse academic fields. If you want to study abroad in Germany, you should know that knowing the German language remains a main prerequisite for admission. Recent studies show that Germany is one of the most supportive countries for international students, especially when it comes to English-taught Master’s programmes. In 2013, Germany has placed second in the growth of international English-taught programmes in Europe. German universities tend to encourage long-term higher education for international students by providing more English study opportunities to students who plan to take their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Germany, as a continuous study experience. As a result, students who plan to study abroad in Germany for only one semester will have a more difficult time finding universities which offer English-taught courses.

Opportunities for learning German

Group courses like Goethe Institutes in Germany and other European countries; Intensive studies, such as summer courses; Tutoring from native German students; Self-paced distance learning.

Study visa and residence permit

Make sure to apply for the correct visa. Tourist and language course visas cannot be converted into a "student visa”. Make sure your passport is valid for your entire stay in Germany. If your study programme lasts longer than 90 days and you are not a citizen of EU member states or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you must apply for a residence permit in the city in Germany where you are going to study. To get a residence permit you will need confirmation of registration from your Resident Registration Office, proof of health insurance coverage, student ID, proof of financial resources, valid passport with visa, health certificate. Additional documents might be required depending on your country of origin. Residence permits are issued for a two-year period and can be extended.
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