Germany “A LAND OF IDEAS”- is the third most popular destination among international students. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from other countries. Germany is an attractive place to study (Bachelors /Masters) and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide.
German higher education is one of the best in the world! Whether it’s cars or education, people everywhere recognise “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. You can benefit from Germany‘s long and famous university tradition especially in the fields of engineering and science. A German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world.
Germany’s higher education system has something for everyone! There are almost 450 state-accredited universities with some 17,500 degree programmes in Germany. German universities offer degree programmes in every possible subject and academic level – be it bachelor’s, master’s, state examinations or doctoral degrees. General universities focus strongly on scientifically oriented study in a wide range of disciplines. Universities of applied science, on the other hand, are very practice-oriented. If you’re more interested in artistic subjects, you can enrol at a college of art, film or music.
More and more courses and degree programmes are being offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level. This is good news if you don’t know any German or if your German isn’t good enough yet. You’ll find an overview of international degree programmes in Germany in the large DAAD database.
Students normally don’t have to pay tuition fees at German universities, and if so, the fees are very low. Most German universities receive considerable financing from the government. Bachelor’s degree programmes are usually tuition-free at public universities. Some master’s degree programmes, however, come with tuition fees, but they’re not as high as in other countries.
Compared with other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is reasonable. The cost of food, rent, clothing and cultural activities are equivalent to the EU average. There are also a number of concessions available to students. You can receive reduced prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. All you have to do is present your student ID.
As an international student with outstanding academic achievement, you have good chances of receiving a scholarship to finance your studies in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the largest scholarship organisations in the world and offers countless scholarship programmes. No matter what your country, subject or status, you’ll find a scholarship that matches your profile and needs in the DAAD scholarship database! And not only does the database contain programmes offered by the DAAD, but also many other organisations in Germany.
Germany is a safe country – also on an international scale. The police are reliable and help you in every situation. Whether you live in a big city or in the country, you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions.
Beaches and mountains, medieval city centres and pulsating metropolises, and above all, lots of nature. Germany is a diverse country with many facets! Living in Germany means living in the middle of Europe surrounded by many other countries. Whether you’d like to visit Paris, Prague, Rome or Copenhagen, you have a wide range of destinations at your doorstep. Within a couple of hours by train or plane, you can experience an entirely different culture and language. Weekend trips are no problem and affordable.
German is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world. Some 185 million people worldwide can speak German. You can still study in Germany even if you don’t know German, but having some knowledge of the language can make everyday life easier and help you make friends faster. Knowing a foreign language also looks great on a résumé! Nobody says that German is an easy language, but there are many ways to learn German – in a course, with a tandem partner or with German flatmates.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955), a genius, who emigrated from Germany in 1933, gave a new dimension to the concept of space and time by his theory of Relativity (E=mc²). In 1995, it was the Germans who made the dream of MP3 player become a reality. A team at the Fraunhofer Institute, under Karlheinz Brandenburg, developed this method of audio compression. The country also has to its credit a total of 76 Nobel Prize winners till date, 65 of whom have won the prize for their contributions to the natural sciences or medicine. The very first Nobel Prize for Physics went in 1901 to Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen for”a new type of ray”. Robert Koch , Max Planck , Albert Einstein, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Horst L. Störmer, Herbert Kroemer, Wolfgang Ketterle, Theodor Hänsch, etc. are some of the German winners of this prestigious honour.
Companies in Germany have created the German economy to be the largest in all of Europe. This economy, in fact, is the third largest in the world. Billions of Euro in investment money come into Germany each year. To maintain the high standard of living in Germany takes a lot of hard work. German companies contribute to this high standard of living in the quality and popularity of their products and services. And they do this by excellent manufacturing and engineering.
Of the world's 500 largest stock market listed companies measured by revenue, the Fortune Global 500, 37 are headquartered in Germany. In 2010 the ten largest were Volkswagen, Allianz, E.ON, Daimler, Siemens, Metro, Deutsche Telekom, Munich Re, BASF, and BMW. Other large German companies include: Robert Bosch, ThyssenKrupp, and MAN (diversified industrials); Bayer and Merck (pharmaceuticals); Adidas and Puma (clothing and footwear); Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank (banking and finance); Aldi, Lidl and Edeka (retail); SAP (computer software); Infineon (semiconductors); Henkel (household and personal consumer products); Deutsche Post (logistics); and Hugo Boss (luxury goods). Well known global brands are Mercedes Benz, BMW, Adidas, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, DHL, T-Mobile, Lufthansa, SAP, and Nivea.
Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan country distinguished by its openness, a high standard of living and multi-national diversity. Freedom of worship and the separation of church and state are the cornerstones of the legal system. The German way of life is characterized by a colorful culture offering diverse opportunities for leisure activities and encounters.
Listening to music and enjoying the comfort of home are Germans favorite leisure activities, and some like to read a book or a magazine at the same time. Socializing is also popular: spending time with friends, receiving guests and activities with the family are all high on the list of preferred leisure pursuits.
In Germany there is a comprehensive range of culture offered by private and public institutions. Almost all theatres, museums and libraries are funded with public money so that as a rule entrance fees are affordable. In addition to the cultural centers, smaller towns and communities offer various cultural and sporting events.
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