Germany is one of the largest economies in the European Union. Being a highly advanced and technologically-driven country, Germany has a rich past of innovations to its credit. The beauty of studying in Germany is that students besides getting high quality education stand to gain from developing an all round personality and high confidence to face complex challenges in their career pathways.
German being the official language, is widely spoken besides Deutch and English. However, English is the main official language and also the language which is used for teaching in most of the German universities. Factors such as the high quality of education, and easy access to it, personal security and tranquillity in life, great lifestyle and high employment prospects make Germany one of the TOP choices for education.
International Students prefer studying in Germany for the some of the following many reasons:
Shared dormitory and flat sharing system makes it easy for students to manage an accommodation.
Housing is not a problem for the students
They have the option of university and privately operated dormitories
For food they can go to college canteens or they can cook for themselves (cheaper)
Students have internet access from the hostel where they stay as Students have full access to internet in their computer labs (They pay an additional fee which is very nominal)
Internet cafes are also easily available (Off-Campus)
Germany has an excellent, well-maintained, highly efficient and multi-modal transportation system
Students can purchase a Student Valid Pass for a mere 50 EUR as to travel by buses, subways and trams.
Also availability of cheap super markets and pubs – a great to relax from the overload of education and campus life!
Plenty of skill-building activities available On-Campus
A marvellous place where students make up one more than one third of the population
Germany Student Visa is designed for International Students who wish to pursue their studies in Germany. Under the Immigration Laws of Germany, obtaining the visa is a must before commencing education. However, Student visa applicants from the European Union and from states with special agreements such as Honduras, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the USA are exempt from applying for a Germany Student Visa.
Documentation: Your list of required documents should include Duly signed Visa Application Form, College Admission Letter, Valid Passport, Proof of Sufficient Funds to maintain yourself in Germany, Two Passport Sized Photographs, Previous Educational Certificate(s), and Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS or other English Language ability) Test Score Card, and Proof of German Language Proficiency.
Besides the Germany Student Visa, there are other types of Visas available for International Students:Germany Study Applicants Visa
This Visa is similar to the Germany Student Visa as it is designed for International Students who have already applied at a German university (or its equivalent). They should also have received a confirmation letter regarding their admission. Required documents are the same as for a Germany Student Visa applicant (please see as mentioned above).
German Language Course Visa
Since Proficiency in the German language is a must for International Students wishing to study in Germany, you have to just provide only a few documents such as your mark sheets, financial statement, passport and admission letter.
Post- Graduate and Scientific Research
International Students who are keen to complete their postgraduate studies in Germany or who want to be actively engaged in scientific research in Germany for periods of more than 3 months are required to apply for a Germany Student Visa (please see details under Germany Student Visa). Your Visa application should have an invitation letter from the university/scientist.
Proof of Funds requirement: You need to demonstrate proof of funds relating to your stay in Germany ONLY in case you do not have any salary as your income in Germany or from your home country.
Exemptions do apply in case of a written confirmation from the University that this requirement may be waived, for applicants applying for PhD/Doctorate studies and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Holders.
After completion of study at the university, International Students are ALLOWED to stay up to eighteen month in order to apply for jobs. Upon receiving a Letter of Interest or Work Contract, you as an International Student graduated from Germany are ELIGIBLE to apply for a Work Permit at the Local Employment Office. Issuance of a Work Permit may take around 4 to 6 weeks to process.
Mandatory Internship, Project Work or Thesis Work is excluded from the work restrictions or Work Permit necessity.