We make every effort to bring young researchers from Asia to Germany. And overall, my impression is that the exchange between the disciplines and cultures prepares young researchers at our university to become citizens of the world,” says  Dr. Zimmermann-Timm , Managing Director of the Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE), the graduate school of the Goethe University at Frankfurt.

Zimmermann spoke to Pooja Prakash about the curriculum, opportunities and diversity Goethe offers to international students. Here are excerpts:


What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?

Goethe University has a high percentage of PhD students from abroad (26%). This is nearly double the percentage of foreign students in Germany, based on the data published in 2012 by the Federal Statistical Office. Our PhD students are from 63 different countries – many of them are from India.


How would you describe the ideal student for your school?

The ideal student at GRADE should have an excellent academic record and be open-minded and highly motivated in his research field. We prefer young people who favor a scientific view which goes from the details to the big picture, which is our focus since we are a so-called "Stiftungs- und Buergeruniversitaet" (an endowed university whose goal is not only to educate scholars, but to also inspire the public to take interest in academic topics). And, of course, it is always good if the young people who come to Germany also appreciate the German culture.


What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?

PhD students at GRADE should be highly motivated, have an excellent academic record and very good English or even German language skills. Furthermore, we appreciate scientific curiosity, high standards of quality while completing the scientific work, self-reliance and high social quality criteria.


What are some of the best-known programmes among South Asian students?

Most of the candidates from Asia are in the biological sciences, pharmacy, chemistry and biochemistry. But GRADE also has students from Asia in Economics and Theology.


Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians, on the same generous basis afforded to German citizens?

There are no differences between an Indian and a German applicant. The academic records and the student's motivation are the basis for the decision. One result of the globalization is that we all come closer – so a Skype interview with a candidate from India is quite normal these days. And an excellent candidate gets financial support – the merit and NOT the country of origin are the criterion for financial support.

I would like to add that we also offer special stipends for international candidates. In many cases, these stipends are funded by common programmes through the German Exchange Service (DAAD). GRADE has been successful in DAAD's  Graduate School Scholarship Programme, which is for interested candidates from Asia who want to do their PhDs in the areas of environmental sciences and climate change. So you see, international candidates are welcome.


Many foreign students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off their student debts. Do the professional schools actively help students find internships and jobs?

Without financial support from sources like a stipend, loan or support from the family, a student from abroad is not allowed to immigrate to Germany. The university offers stipends and jobs for its candidates – so under normal circumstances, the young researchers do their PhD while they are earning money for their scientific work. Besides this, GRADE helps the students to find internships. Internships are important for our candidates to get more practical experience in their fields and this practical experience is very important from our point of view.



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what is the duration of MBA in Germany - MBA is difficult or easy - fees structure - stay cost - expenses cost - A to Z total cost

Smeet Almeida 13th May, 2020

Greetings, aspirant!

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and offers much more immigration friendly laws as compared to USA.

The duration of full-time MBA in Germany can last anywhere between 12-24 months depending on your university, state norms, specialization choices and such. You can opt for part time MBA as well if you're a working class individual in which case, your classes are held in the evenings and/or weekends.

Some of the best Universities for MBA in Germany include:-

  • Manheim University :- the MBA program in Manheim spans over 24 months and the fee structure stands at around 3.5 lakh rupees for the first year
  • Leipzig University :- the MBA program in Leipzig spans over 2 years as well and fees structure stands at 50.3k for the first year.
  • Technical university of Munich :- the MBA program of TUM spans over 2 years and the fee structure is a bit hefty at 25.7L for the first year.
  • EU business school (Germany) :- the MBA program here spans over 1 year and costs about 23L for the first year.

The living cost in Germany depends on your lifestyle preferences as well as the area of accomodation as apartments in major cities cost substantially more than those in the outskirts.

The eligibility criteria for applying in a German Based University is different for each University. However, the common tests include IELTS, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL etc.

Hope this information helped you!

Best of Luck!


How to read *MBA germany there for free Tell me step by step, sir

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 18th May, 2020


the only way to make a free degree is to get a scholarship. if you have good education qualification or merit then you can apply for scholarship by performing best in the test/exams.

Nothing comes for free. even expecting a free degree from Aboard won't be logical. You have to pay fees and have personal expenses like hostel, mess.

You have to appear GRE/TOFEL and clear it so that you will be eligible for going aboard. Choose a college and go through the selection process. meanwhile prepare and apply for scholarships programs.

Hope it helps!


BCA+MCA BCA+MBA (which specialisation is best for future) BCA+MS which is best for future *i can do masters in Germany

Rehan Alam Student Expert 12th May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

All the streams you have mentioned have a good career with the following equation:-

BCA+MBA( IIMs/FMS) == BCA+ MS(foreign) > > BCA + MCA

If you do your mba from a top institute or go for masters from Germany then surely you will have a good career as compared to doing MCA.

The difference is in MBA you will make a career in finance or managment roles while in MS you make career in tech field.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


What engineering cgpa is minimum required for Ms in Germany?

Devanshi Adhikari 12th May, 2020

Hello aspirant,

To do MS in Germany, the minimum CGPA requirement is 6.5. To get admission in a good university you need to get a very good score in IELTS and your CGPA must be above 8. You will also need to do research work and also have them published from organizations like IEEE , it can be on any field.

Thank you.


Could someone do B pharma from other country like Germany, Sweden etc

Bhawna Mehbubani 12th May, 2020

Yes, you can surely do B.pharma outside India. I would recommend some countries like Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany,Sweden and USA.

There are many scholarships tests available as well. For studying abroad you may need to give TOEFL exams and pass with a required score.

I wish you All the best for your further studies !

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