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How to Study in Germany for Indian Students?

How to Study in Germany for Indian Students?

A Complete and Detailed Guide on how to Study in Germany for Indian Students with tips, insights and suggestions!

This blog will be one of the most detailed one about how to study in Germany. So I suggest you read until the very end. Because you will find many tips, insights and suggestions about studying in Germany – From My Personal experience. Also, share this article to any of your friends, families etc if they are interested to Study in Germany! 

Study in Germany or Stay in India?

Study in Germany for Indian students

Firstly, let us talk about the big question. Not everyone wants to study in Germany. Also, not everyone is clear about where they want to study! So it is better to clarify this first. Do you want to study in Germany or do you want to stay in India?

One of the most important factors you should consider before making this decision is the Education System of the country.

In India, the education system focuses heavily on exams, promoting rote learning and memorization. Students face intense competition, especially in entrance exams for top institutions. The curriculum leans towards theory, lacking emphasis on practical skills.

In contrast, Germany’s education system prioritizes hands-on learning and critical thinking. It integrates vocational training with academic education, offering diverse career paths. Germany fosters collaborative learning environments, encouraging discussions and projects to boost understanding.

Both countries prioritize higher education, with numerous prestigious universities. However, Germany’s education system stands out for its low-cost or tuition-free structure, unlike India where higher education often comes with hefty fees, at least in Private Universities.

Even the top tier Public Universities in India such as the IITs and the NITs now charge tuition fees on par with Private Colleges. But before you even get in, you have to compete with 15 LAKH STUDENTS for a few hundred seats!

For this reason, many students might consider Germany to be a more appealing option. Firstly, FREE EDUCATION is always a plus. In addition to that, Public Universities also are of very high quality. Furthermore, the job prospects are great! So if you find these reasons good enough, you can start planning your studies in Germany, just like I did!

How much does it cost to Study in Germany?

Well, if you decided to pursue your studies in Germany, the first thing to do is see how much it costs. Yes, Education is free. But that does not mean you will not spend anything! Many students have the confusion on how much it will cost overall, so let me break it down for you.

Firstly, let us talk about the costs before you board on a flight and arrive in Germany.

IELTS/TOEFL

You need to prove your Proficiency in English. The most commonly accepted proof of Proficiency is the IELTS Test and the TOEFL Test. These tests will cause you roughly Rs.17,000

You need to have at least 6.5 Overall in your IELTS score if you want to study in Germany. But it is definitely not difficult to reach that score, if you enroll in the IETLS Crash Course Online. This is a complete IETLS prep course at JUST RS.999, where you have everything you need to crack this exam.

IELTS/TOEFLRs.17,000
APS CertificateRs.18,000
Uni-AssistRs. 6500
Visa ChargesRs.7500
Flight TicketRs.40,000
Expenses to study in Germany

APS and Uni-Assist Fees

After your IELTS/TOEFL, you have to get the APS Certificate. It is mandatory for ALL STUDENTS from India who have studied in a CBSE or a State Board School. An exception is only available for those who studied in IB boards.

Let us talk about the next expense, that is applying to Universities. However, you should note that this is not a mandatory expense. Why? Because some Universities have their own portals. You can apply there directly for no cost whatsoever. But in some cases, you have to apply through Uni-Assist. In this case you will have to spend Rs.6500 for the initial application.

VISA and Flight Expenses

Finally, if you get an admit, you can proceed with Visa process. The charge for VFS processing is Rs.7500. After your VISA, you can book a flight ticket to Germany which on an average costs Rs.40,000. Flight prices can change a lot, especially during busy times like holidays. Booking early can save money. Airlines usually offer cheaper tickets if you book ahead. So, planning ahead helps you get better deals and avoid paying more for last-minute tickets.

BLOCKED ACCOUNT & INSURANCE IN GERMANY – MANDATORY?

Now let us talk about the biggest expense. Actually, this is not an expense at all. It is an investment. Because whatever money you deposit in the Blocked Account, will entirely be given back to you. This amount will be given back to you on a monthly basis. You can use this money to meet your living expenses.

Currently, the blocked account requirement is €11,208. You should plan for around 10.5 Lakh Rupees. But my advice is to not spend this money. You should save it. For your living expenses, you can easily manage with part-time jobs, so your blocked account money can be saved fully.

There are many providers out there, but you have to choose a Blocked Account provider that gives you maximum benefits. Expatrio is the most popular option because of their great offerings. In addition to the blocked account, they also cover your Health Insurance and Travel Insurance which is mandatory in Germany!

You can save up to Rs.25,000 by signing up to Expatrio value package now with this link below! You can also watch this video to get a step by step guide on how to sign up with Expatrio.

Selecting Universities and Courses to Study in Germany

After you have planned the financial side of things, the next step is to choose a University and a course that you want to study. In Germany, there are two main types of Institutions – Public Universities.

Public Universities are funded by the state. Most Public Universities offer courses for ZERO TUITION FEES. This is the preferred option for students in General. When it comes to Private Universities, they charge tuition fees, so it is an expensive option.

You can choose either one, but it is recommended to opt for Public Universities and keep Private Universities as a last resort option.

Where can you search for Universities and courses? You do not have to worry, we have that covered. We have made detailed list of ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN GERMANY. Click these links below and you will get access to the lists!

English Taught vs German Taught courses

In Public Universities, there are TWO main types of courses. The difference is in the medium in which the course is offered. English taught programs are taught fully in English as the name suggests. On the other hand, German taught programs are taught in the German language. In addition to these, some courses are offered in hybrid mode with both languages.

Most International Students opt for English taught courses. As a result, competition is a lot higher to get into English taught programs. In general, it can be said that if you have above 65% in your Bachelors, you can try for English taught programs. You need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall.

When it comes to German taught programs, the competition is relatively lower. You need to learn up to C1 level German and get certified. If you take up German taught programs, you will definitely have an advantage as students with lower grades have also been able to make it into the course due to less competition.

Regardless of which medium you study in, you have to learn German to survive in Germany. Companies will not offer you jobs and internships if you do not have German proficiency. So no matter which course you study, make sure you learn German. You should try to arrive in Germany with already a proficiency of B1 level.

Requirements for Bachelors and Masters in Germany

To make it easy for you, I have created a free PDF with ALL THE REQUIREMENTS to study in Germany. Going through this PDF will give you all the idea about the basic requirements you should have. 25,000+ students have downloaded the PDF and benefited from it!

1) Bachelors in Germany

We move to the next part of the process, which could be the most important aspect. What are the requirements to study in Germany? Well, this depends vastly based on which course you are pursuing. Firstly, the requirements vary from Bachelors to Masters.

If you want to study Bachelors in Germany, the first requirement for you is to have 13 YEARS of Education. In India, schooling system only offers 12 years of education. So in order to compensate, students have to take up ‘Studienkolleg’ course.

Studienkolleg is like a preparatory school in Germany for international students. It helps them get ready for studying at a German university. In Studienkolleg, students learn subjects they’ll need for their chosen field, like math or science. It’s kind of like a bridge between high school and university, helping students adjust to the German education system and language.

An alternative option is to do a Bachelors degree for 1 year, and take a drop to apply for German Universities. This is also considered as an equivalent for Studienkolleg. Students can write JEE Advanced examinations. Passing this exam is also considered sufficient.

However, I personally recommend the Studienkolleg route. This helps you settle in and get used to the German education system. Here is a detailed video with all the requirements and process of Studienkolleg

2) Masters in Germany

For Masters in Germany, you can directly apply after your Bachelors. Most students prefer to pursue Masters courses in Germany. Let us talk about the requirements for Masters briefly.

You need to have a recognized Bachelors Degree in a subject. This needs to be the same field as the Masters course you apply for. German Universities have strict credit requirements. This means that you cannot switch streams for studies in Germany. For instance, having a UG in Mechanical Engineering, you cannot apply for a Software Engineering Masters in Germany.

As we already discussed, you need to have at least above 65% in your Bachelors for Public Universities. In addition to that, you need IELTS/Goethe certificates for English and German taught courses respectively. But Grades are not the only criteria. German Universities look into your overall application for evaluating you.

This includes some important Application Documents like SOP, LOR and CV.

SOP, LOR, and CV – The most IMPORTANT part of your application!

An SOP (Statement of Purpose) is a letter where you explain why you want to study at a university. It shows your goals, interests, and how you’ll contribute to the program.

An LOR (Letter of Recommendation) is a letter from someone who knows you well, like a teacher or employer. They talk about your skills, qualities, and why you’d be a good fit for the program.

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a document that lists your education, work experience, skills, and achievements. It gives an overview of your background and qualifications.

These documents are crucial when applying to German universities. The SOP explains why you want to study there. LORs give more information about you from people who know you well. A CV shows your education and work experience, helping universities see if you’re a good fit for their program.

This is why in the Complete Course for Studying in Germany we focus more on these documents. We have detailed video modules on how to draft these documents. In addition to that, we also provide UNLIMITED DOCUMENT REVIEWS to our course students. So you can make sure that the best version of your application is being submitted.

Applying to Universities – What are the steps?

In Germany, universities have two main semesters: summer and winter.

The summer semester starts around March/April and ends in August/September. It’s shorter compared to the winter semester.

The winter semester usually begins in September/October and ends in February/March. It’s longer and starts the academic year.

For application deadlines:

For the winter semester, deadlines are typically between May and July.
And for the summer semester, deadlines are usually between November and January.

There are two main ways to apply. One is applying directly on the University portal. In this way, you mostly do not have to pay any fees. Your application is directly sent to the University. However not all Universities may have this option. So you might have to look at the second method – UniAssist.

UniAssist is a service that helps international students apply to German universities. They check your documents and make sure they meet the university’s requirements. They also evaluate your profile and convert them into the German grades.

UniAssist then sends your application to the universities you choose. It makes the process easier for students. As we discussed above, they do charge a fee for this process.

Visa checklist – You need these documents to Study in Germany

Everybody thinks the Visa process is too difficult. Truth is, it is very simple. You just need to be prepared with all the documents in time. You can find the list of documents from the VISA CHECKLIST given below.

The best way to do the VISA process is with the Expatrio Value Package. It gives you a one stop solution for the Blocked Account and Health Insurance. We have 200+ students from our community who used Expatrio’s services, and they only have good things to say! I would definitely recommend it for you too.

With this step we have covered all aspects of applying to Study in Germany!

Student Loans to Study in Germany?

Many students who approach me are from middle class families. And they cannot afford to deposit the Blocked Account money. So they ask me if they should take out student loans.

When it comes to loans, make sure that you can take the financial risk. If you are from a financially struggling family, and you already have financial commitments and other loans. It is not advisable to take another big loan.

But if you have a property, then going for secured loans is a great option. At the end of the day, you are taking out the loan to pursue your studies in Germany. This is not a debt but an investment!

I have made a more detailed video about this which you can refer to!

Be Careful with this!!!

The first thing that most students do when they hear about Studying Abroad, they start searching for ‘Agents’ and ‘Consultants’. They find someone with an office in their locality and visit them.

These agents and consultants usually promise students that they will ‘take care of the whole process’. They will charge you lakhs of rupees for this service too.

However, I have seen many cases where this turns out to be a scam. These people prepare such low quality applications that get rejected right away by Public Universities. In the end they will push you towards Private Universities where they will charge hefty tuition fees!

My personal advice – do not go through these shady routes. The whole application process can be done by you. With the right guidance – BIG ACADEMY CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT.

How BIG ACADEMY WILL GUIDE YOU TO STUDY IN GERMANY!

I built the COMPLETE COURSE FOR STUDYING IN GERMANY on my own, with my experience.

In this course, I have created several detailed lessons where you get to learn the entire process, STEP BY STEP.

Starting from SHORTLISTING UNIVERSITIES until FINDING AN APARTMENT in Germany, EVERYTHING IS COVERED in this course!

Unlike other ‘study abroad’ consultancies – at BiG, we do things differently.

The Complete Course for Studying in Germany was established in 2016 and has helped over 3500 students to start their studies in Germany.

Both I, Bharat and the team have studied in German public universities and we guide you throughout your process till you start your studies in Germany.

  • Answering your questions
  • Clearing your doubts while filling applications
  • Live QnA sessions
  • Unlimited Document Reviews
  • Exclusive Facebook group
  • Database for Master admit profiles for previous years

Everything in this one single online course – There is no substitute for this. I would suggest you to take a look at the course in more detail here!

Why fall into traps and lose LAKHS of your money, when you can do the process yourself with the right guidance?

I hope I have covered all the steps, tips and insights that will help you to study in Germany. If you have any doubts and queries, you can always feel free to email them to me. Reach out to me at bharat@bharatingermany.com

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