Germany has is a liberal place which upholds and respects an eclectic multitude of religious beliefs, making it not uncommon to find the city’s vibes adding color and interest to the cityscape and reinforcing the ideas of mutual respect and social cohesion which are so important here especially after the turbulent history.
Student life in Germany varies for every city and of course, the price ranges for overall living expense depend on the city you study in. Living in Germany is not very expensive as compared to UK, France, USA. Students can maintain their standard of living while studying. Germany is a highly developed country which makes it a perfect choice to pursue courses like scientific research, Ph.D. medical research, Business management and Masters in Engineering and Technology, etc. Part-time jobs while studying and internships give student the perfect opportunity to make professional connections and reduce financial burden. Most international students find work at coffee shops, assist visitors at trade fairs, University volunteering is also an good option.
THE Germany Higher EDUCATION SYSTEM
Higher education institutions under the German system enjoy the autonomy to independently manage the scholarships, research work, teaching, and administration. For any issues related to the management, such as academic and government matters these institutions have to be in accord with the Lander’s Ministry. The higher education institutions can be categorized as follows:
- Universities of Applied Sciences
- Art and Music Colleges
- Higher Education Institutions for Federal Armed Forces
- Higher Education Institutions Offering Dual Studies “Berufsakademie”(BA)
- Theological colleges
The second higher education qualification in Germany is the Masters degree followed by Ph.D. the third higher education qualification. There are also post-doctoral programs which are affiliated with research labs, centers or facilities which collaborate with universities to carry out these specialized programs.
National and international students get many scholarships from various private and public educational institutions, organizations, and universities. To name a few are:
- Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships
- Mawista Scholarship
- DAAD Scholarships
- Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Heinrich Böll Scholarships for International Students
- Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers
THE Germany STUDENT VISA
There are three types of Germany student visas you can apply for:
- German Student Visa
- It is a standard student visa for international students who are being admitted to a German university and are waiting to start their studies at a full-time program in a German university.
- German Student Applicant Visa-
- This visa is required by the student who in person wants to apply to a German University. It does not allow to study in Germany though
- German Language Course Visa-
- You need this visa to study a German language course in Germany for a short duration.
As per visa requirements for a student visa approval, you will need letter of acceptance, valid passport, forms, and many other documents all through the visa process. The visa processing time is around 25 days. You can expect an approval/ denial for your visa application in this time period from the date of your interview.