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Study in Germany : Germany is one of the best destinations to pursue studies if you want a high quality education at an affordable cost. Topping the list of the most internationalized countries in the higher education arena, Germany offers a palate imbibed with an international, highly-qualified academic community.

In this series, #Eye on the Globe, we present you Germany as a destination for education. Find all your answers regarding Germany- the best colleges, top courses, admission cycle and how much you need to invest to get a high- quality degree from the country.

 Find below a comprehensive profile of the country as a destination for education

Q. Number of Indian students presently studying in Germany?
Currently, there are 7000 Indian students studying in Germany against 3516 in 2009. This reflects an increase of 114.2% in the last five years strengthening the country’s increasing popularity among Indian students.

YearNumber% increase

Q: How is Germany as a destination for education? Why should students opt Germany as a destination for their studies?
The most important reason is low tuition fee. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a number of scholarships for students with excellent academic track records.Also, being a part of the global landscape - Germany tops the list of the most internationalized countries in the higher education arena. 

  1. Study in English language - Over 1500 International Degree Programmes to study in English medium.
  2. No or low tuition fee and scholarships - Tuition fees are highly subsidized and are same as for German students. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a number of scholarships to students with excellent academic track records.
  3. Modern facilities and practical exposure - Studying in Germany means being part of an international, highly-qualified academic community. Academic institutions and business enterprises pool their innovative forces and this integration of industry & academia makes Germany a leading country in various fields.
  4. Being a part of the global landscape - Germany tops the list of the most internationalised countries in the higher education arena. Germany bags the first position beating Australia, the United Kingdom and China, as reported by a recent British Council survey.


Study-Abroad-in-GermanyQ: The German government now allows Indian students to work in Germany after the completion of their degrees. How has the move impacted the students going to study in Germany?
The German Parliament has implemented an EU Blue Card and a new unlimited work and residence permit to grant foreign graduates of German universities unrestricted access to the job market. This has already started showing positive results.


Q: The admission cycle in Germany.
A: Here is a know-how on Germany’s admission cycle:

  • It is advised that students should start planning a year in advance.
  • Depending upon the study programme, German universities offer summer and/or winter intakes. Winter semester begins in September/October, and summer semester in March/April.
  • For example, for the winter semester, the application window opens around March, and the intimations of admission start coming in around June.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), funded by the German government, promotes academic exchange between Germany and the rest of the world. It provides information about education in Germany, grants scholarships to students and academicians. DAAD Regional Office in New Delhi and information offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune conduct regular information events and internet-based seminars for students and researchers across the country.



Q: How does the German education system give students an edge over the Indian system?
: What sets German universities apart is the excellence in research and instruction, combined with the close link between theory and practice. Germany has a tradition of strong industry-academia interaction. Internships are of paramount importance. More than half of the research investments in Germany are spent by the industry.

Besides, Germany offers a multidimensional ranking for its universities, considering various criteria that are important from a student’s perspective. For example, student and staff judgments on quality of teaching, atmosphere at the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduations, third party funding etc.

International students in Germany:

  • Germany is the third most popular country for international students all over the world after the USA and UK (OECD, Education at a glance, 2013)
  • Germany tops the list of the most internationalised countries in the higher education arena (THES Survey 2010)
  • A whopping 11.3% of students in Germany are international, whereas in USA it is 3.7% of the total enrolments (Open Doors Report 2012, IIE)


Q: Which are the most preferred courses for international students in Germany?
: The most popular amongst Indian students are the programmes in the STEM subject fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), followed by Economics, Law and Social Sciences. The division is as follows:

Courses% of students
Engineering Sciences47.9%
Mathematics, Natural Sciences19.8%
Information Technology13.8%
Law, Economics and Social Sciences9.4%

Q: Which universities are most popular among Indian students?
: The universities popular among Indian students are:

  1. RWTH Aachen
  2. TU Munich
  3. University of Duisburg-Essen
  4. TU Chemnitz
  5. TU Hamburg-Harburg
  6. TU Darmstadt
  7. University of Bonn
  8. University of Stuttgart
  9. TU Kaiserslautern
  10. TU Dresden
  11. University of Dortmund


Q: What are the job prospects for Indian students in Germany?
: Germany has opened its doors to qualified professionals. The German Parliament has implemented an EU Blue Card and a new unlimited work and residence permit to grant foreign graduates of German universities unrestricted access to the job market.

After obtaining a degree from Germany, one can stay there for up to 1.5 years to look for suitable employment.


Q: What is the cost of education in Germany?
: In Germany, education is subsidized by the state and, therefore, most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fee – to the tune of 500 Euro per semester. Thus, in Germany, almost every student gets a scholarship!

  • Students need to pay semester fees, generally in the bracket of 30 to 250 Euros a semester.
  • Living cost in Germany for students averages at 750 Euros per month.
  • Students from non-EU countries are allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days without a work permit. University tutors or research assistants may work longer.
  • Scholarships: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organisation. Besides the DAAD, a number of organisations provide funding for study and research. A database of various kinds of funding offered by the DAAD as well as other selected organisations is available on www.funding-guide.de  German universities too have their own scholarships that they advertise on their websites as and when available.
RWTH Aachen BSc in Automotive Technology3 yrs4-5,000 INR/Semester
TU Munich Bachelor in Sports Science3 yrs4,200 INR/semester 
University of DuisburgBSc in Water Science3 yrsNo tution fee,  student are expected to make social contribution
TU Chemnitz Bachelor of Automobile Production3 yrsSocial  contribution towards University
TU HamburgBSc in Process Engineering3 yrsN/A
TU Darmstadt Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering3 yrsNo fee charged, Social Contribution
University of Bonn LLB in Law and Economics3 yrsSocial contribution
University of Stuttgart BSc in Aerospace Engineering3 yrsNo fee
TU Kaiserslautern MSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering2 yrsNo fee
University of Dortmund Master in Automation & Robotics2 yrs Six monthsNo fee
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which all universities in germany provide ms in embedded systems??

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Well German universities offer a variety of courses,According to your preference

Some of the German universities that provide MS in Embedded Systems are

1.TU Chemnitz

2.University of Sttutgart(Infotech branch)



Well you can find many more public and private university on the official website

www.daad.de/en/ (//www.daad.de/en/)

In this website you can sort your preferences ,location,and subject

I hope this helps

Thanks and Regards


i am planning to do ms in engg in germany !!! so how do i start?

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Getting into German universities can be quite tough,As the give you world class education they also expect you too be quite advanced with your work

Here are some tips to start preparing

1.Complete minimum A1 and A2 exam in German language(Basic requirement),they have 2 types of course English taught and German taught

Even if you are getting into English Program they will still need German language for basic interaction

2.Get a good score (2.5 on German scale)

3.Collect your documents right away(All important marksheet)

4.Show your X-factor(can be anything from playing guitar to writing a book)

5.Apply at all German univ of your chioice

and then sit back and relax.

I hope this helps



iam completed my diploma mechanical engineering I want to study higher education in Germany so plz give me some information about this

deepika bala Student Expert 11th Feb, 2020
Hello Susan,
The diploma degree u pursued is validated in Germany but with the standard equivalent to German school of mechanics. You can contact the concerned university for diploma students acceptance and moreover the practical based learning  is essential for engineering courses which is not so common in india so you should definitely give it a try for great experience and exposure.
Best of luck .

Tell me some good universities in Germany for MS in electrical

Megha Mehta 14th Feb, 2020

Hey there !

Here are few  good universities in Germany for MS in electrical -

  • Technical University of Munich. Technische Universität München. ...
  • RWTH Aachen University . Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen. ...
  • Technical University of Berlin. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ...
  • KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. ...
  • Dresden University of Technology.

no.of universities in Germany for MS

Akshat Sidharth 30th Jan, 2020
Hello Chaitanya
There are a lot of universities in germany for MS degree. But some of the top one are as follows:

Heidelberg University
Leipzig University
University of Rostock
University of Greifswald
University of Freiburg
University of Munich
University of Tbingen
University of Halle-Wittenberg
University of Marburg
University of Jena

Hope this might help.
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