Students find it preferable to study in Germany because of the vast amount of opportunities the country provides to its individuals especially considering the various opportunities for students looking to complete higher studies and have great career prospects after completing their higher education.
First and fore mostly, an individual is required to get a visa to get into the territory of Germany in the case that they are not a German national.
How to get a Visa for Germany?
First of all, you have to make sure whether you need a Student/Study Visa or a Residence Permit depending on the country you are from.
- If you are from a country that is part of the European Union, in that case you are not required to get a Study Visa in order to enter in Germany.
- If you are from one of the following countries; Canada, US, New Zealand, Australia, Japan or South Korea then in that case you also do not require a Study Visa but you will be required to apply for a Residence permit after two weeks of your arrival into the country.
- If you are from one of the following countries; Brazil, Taiwan, Andorra, San El Salvador, Honduras, Marino, or Monaco then in that case you will require a Student Visa if you are planning to get a job during or after completing your degree. Along with it, you are also required to apply for a Residence Permit after two weeks of your arrival into the country.
- If you are from a country not mentioned above or from anywhere else in the world that hasn’t been listed prior, then in that case you will be requiring a Study Visa.
Applying for a German Student/Study Visa:
If you plan on getting to Germany in time for your classes then you have to apply for a Student Visa as soon as possible as the process can take up to 3 months, so you should instantly get into contact with the German consulate or the German embassy in your country. In order to get the process started the documents you will be requiring and need to prepare are as follows:
- Completed application form
- Two photographs
- Acceptance letter from a German University
- Transcripts of your previous Academic Record
- Certificate of German language aptitude Test or proof that you plan on learning the German language course
- Certificate of purchased health insurance
- A declaration of the validity of all the documents that have been submitted
- Proof that you can support yourself and have enough funds to live in Germany, approximately €8,700 per year.
You may also be required to prove that you have enough funds to study and stay in Germany. You may be required to deposit a certain amount of security payment into a blocked account which means that you will not be able to withdraw that amount of money from the blocked account until you have crossed the territory of Germany.
Moreover, If you plan to study and stay in Germany for more than three months then in that case you should apply for a National Visa rather than applying for a Student Schengen Visa, in which you will only be liable to stay in Germany for 90 days.
Along with the documents that you will be asked to provide by the German consulate or the German embassy in your country you will have to sit for an interview and will need to schedule an appointment in which you will be asked personal question about yourself and questions regarding the application process.
How to get an Admission at a German University?
- In order to study in Germany you have to search for a suitable university, which can be done by the help of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which has created a database from which you can search the available programs being offered in Germany. You can surf their website which is https://www.daad.de/de/
- You also have to make sure of one very important aspect, which is that most of the courses in Germany are taught in German and a limited amount of them are taught in English and so you must check the language requirements of the course beforehand.
- After choosing a university of your choice, you can apply into the university directly or through an online portal https://www.uni-assist.de/en/
- You have to make sure to carefully read the requirements of the university in detail and meet all the requirements of the university. If you have any queries you can contact the university’s student services department directly via e-mail.
- Each university has their own sum of requirements that need to be fulfilled after getting all your required documents in order you can apply and you will also be required to pay an admission fee beforehand.
- To be able to study at a university in Germany you are also required to show proof that you have a sufficient amount of money to be able to cover all your expenses while living there, so you should prepare and get all your finances in order as well.
- The things that you specifically need to keep in check of and complete is as follows; an aptitude test, German language skill test, valid proof of your finances, your health insurance and your visa process.
Scholarship in Germany
- DAAD Scholarships is being provided by the German Academic Exchange Service which offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany.
- Erasmus+ provides scholarships to international students to study anywhere in Europe. It covers and takes care of the accommodation costs when any student takes part in any exchange program.
- Deutschland stipendium is a scholarship program formed by the Federal Government of Germany and awards talented students 300 EUR per month. It is given for two semesters and can be prolonged if the student is deserving of it. This is funded by both governmental and non-governmental institution.There are different scholarship programs being provided in Germany so that students can study cost-free without having to worry about paying their tuition fee or the carry the cost of their accommodation; some of which are listed below: There are Scholarships that are being funded by the Government which are as follows:
- Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship
- The Helmholtz Association
- Heinrich Böll Scholarships
- Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarships
- Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships
- Deutschland stipendium
- Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers
- Mawista Scholarship
- Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships
Employment/Job Prospects while Studying in Germany while Studying in Germany:
The next thing you want to consider is that what the employment prospects will be for you after you have finished studying in Germany and since Germany has various innovative fields in which one can work in and it is a country which has a very low employment rate the bars will very likely be in your favor when looking for a job.
Moreover, international students who hold a degree from a German University have various employment opportunities set out for them in the job market.
If you plan on working in Germany after your study has been completed then you should start looking for work before graduating, this will be more beneficial and will increase your chances of finding a job and you should make sure to learn the German language or else your chances of finding a good job will automatically be reduced.
Different conditions will be applied regarding the job procedure depending on the country you are from.
- If you are a citizen of a country which is part of the European Union (EU) you will not be required to get a Work Permit and you will have free access to the employment market and to all the opportunities that are provided to any other German national.
- If you a citizen of a country which is not part of the European Union (EU) and are willing to work in Germany then you will have to extend the time period on your current Residence Permit further up till one and a half year. And as soon as you have found a job and are employed you should instantly start the procedure of applying for a German Residence Permit, an EU Blue Card or get a Settlement Permit if you intend to become a permanent resident of Germany.
When searching for a job, you have tons of places where you can search for available vacancies; not with just the help of the Internet but at your universities billboards there may be advertisements of open job vacancies and your universities Career Counselor will likely be available to help you out and guide you with the process.