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What academic degrees do German universities offer?

You can gain the following academic degrees at most of Germany's universities: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma, Staatsexamen, Magister or a doctorate. All German universities meanwhile offer the regular international degrees: Bachelor's and Master's.

Do I need to know German?

Yes. A working knowledge of the German language is necessary. Unless you select an international course of study which is taught in English, you need not be fluent in English. However, it is always helpful to learn the language of the country for your basic needs. You can learn German either in India or enroll in a language course in your university.

How much does the Germany education cost?

At some universities you don't need to pay tuition fees. While some charge around 500 Euros per semester. Whether you have to pay fees or not depends entirely on the federal state and at the university you are studying.

How can I find a place to live in Germany?

The first point of contact when looking for a flat or a room is the Student Services organization at your university. Student Services operate their own halls of residence that offer value-for-money accommodation for students. They also maintain a file with the addresses of private landlords and landladies. They additionally offer a particularly interesting service for international students: Many Student Services sell Service Sets for foreign students. These sets can be booked via the Internet before you come to Germany. In general, a Service Set will include accommodation, meals and health insurance. This guarantees that you have a place to live when you arrive in Germany.

How are the living expenses in Germany?

An international student, besides the education expenses, will have to meet the monthly living expenses. This expense can be around 630 Euros on average. One third of this is spent on house rent. This differs according to the place where you live.

Can I work while am studying?

Earning money and studying at the same time is a part of everyday reality for many students in Germany. However, international students who do not come from EU or EEA countries are only allowed to work to a limited extent in Germany. In addition, they generally need the approval of the Employment Agency before they can take up a job.

Are Scholarships available?

There are many organizations in Germany that award scholarships and grants to international students. For example, the DAAD specifically funds advanced students, graduates and postgraduates, i.e. doctoral students. Besides public funding organizations, there are also many private initiatives offered by business and industry, media and politics that are committed to supporting young international academics and researchers.

Can I stay in Germany after completing my studies?

For international students who have completed their studies in Germany, i.e. graduated, as per the act, after ending their studies, they can extend their stay and spend up to one year looking for a job in Germany that is appropriate to the qualifications.

Can I bring my family along while I study In Germany?

There’s no short answer to this question. Spouses, partners and/or children may be permitted to reside in Germany while you study, provided certain conditions are met. These conditions include having sufficient funds and living space. Cases are decided on an individual basis at the Germany embassy or consulate with which you’re dealing. It is advisable to discuss your situation at length with the consulate or embassy authorities to get a fair idea of where you stand.

What about opportunities to immigrate?

In order to permanently reside in Germany, you will need a Settlement Permit or a Permanent Residence Title with permission to work in Germany. You are eligible to immigrate if you have lived in the country on a residence permit for a minimum of five years, have sufficient living space (for yourself and your family members, if any). You must also have contributed to the pension insurance fund for at least 60 months and be proficient in German.

How long does it take to process?

It can take between eight to 12 weeks for a visa to be processed. Prospective international students are advised to apply as soon as possible.

What sort of country is Germany to visit?

The German society is modern and one can make avail of several work and educational opportunities. It has the biggest economy in the world and also happens to be the third largest country globally. It has the best industries and workers and is slowly emerging into a "balanced economy". Historian and other luminaries simply love visiting Germany on account of its architectural grandeur. Berlin has beautiful galleries and several topnotch restaurants offering delicious German cuisine. There are several eateries that one could simply hang around. The music and art paintings are worth seeing and one would be able to experience medieval culture amidst modernity. German carnival and other music festivals attract people from far and wide.

Can foreign students work in Germany?

Yes, Foreign students are allowed to work in Germany without requiring a work permit. On the other hand in case they are not citizens of the European Union and those who belong to the ten newly formed EU member states are allowed to work for only a limited period. They are permitted to take on work for either 90 days or perhaps 180 half-days every specific year without work permit. In many of the Federal States one can only work during summer vacation. The Foreign Office can authorize perhaps an additional number of 10 hours working period per week by seeking approval from the local employment office. Students belonging to EU (except for those from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech and Slovenia) can as a principle work unrestrictedly.

How long does it take for the student work permit to be processed?

It takes about 4 to 8 weeks.

Who is eligible for a German student visa?

If the applicant belongs to a country that is outside European Union and wants to study in Germany, then a visa is required. On the other hand students from Japan, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Monaco, as well as San marina are exempted from such a rule.

Can a tourist visa be converted to a student visa?

No. A student visa cannot be converted into student visa and a tourist cannot study in Germany.

What type of student visas are there in Germany?

There are 3 types of student visas: • Language visa- this cannot be converted into student visa and is valid till the duration of the course. • A 3-month study applicant visa- This is valid in case you do not yet get admission to German university. It has to be converted as quickly as possible into resident permit for student purposes at the foreign office. • Visa for study purposes- This is actually valid for about a year. In order to acquire a visa, one has to provide proof of one’s admission to a university and financial support required during the study period.

How can one find a place to stay as student in Germany?

One must approach the student services for flat or room. These student services have their own accommodation facilities and provide value for accommodation for the students. They also have addresses of private landladies and landlords addresses. Many of the Student Services sell service sets to students.

Why go in for medical treatment in Germany?

There are manifold reasons: • High quality standards of treatment • State of art treatment methods • Long waiting lists in one’s home country. • Modern equipment and facilities. • Competent and reliable medical practioners. • Privacy and anonymity is maintained in the case of cosmetic operation procedures. • One can link a vacation or business trip with medical treatment.

Does one need to know German?

Yes. One must have a working knowledge of German.

What is the minimum wage prescribed in Germany?

There is no overall minimum wage in Germany that has been defined by law. At the same time, there are certain rules as well as regulations to adhere to by employers. For example, construction companies are much obliged to pay their workers an hourly based minimum wage based upon an agreement between the employer and the unions. The trade unions are quite strong as compared to several other countries.

Any unemployment benefits?

Whether one works or not one is entitled to limited income. In case one works for less, than one will get the remaining amount from the locally based Socialamt,( social welfare administration which is actually managed by the county or city government.

What sort of funding arrangements one can expect in Germany?

There are several funding arrangements that can be availed by scientists doing research. Many organizations tend to promote research and the infrastructure is well set up for conducting research.

Does one need a work permit?

If one gets hold of a residence permit for researchers than one is automatically provided with a work permit.

Will my spouse be permitted to work?

Spouses require a work permit to work exceptions being those belonging to EU countries, or from Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein. Spouses of research grants holders, who are keen on taking up employment in Germany have to inform the German consulate before they leave for Germany and apply for the required work permit.

Is it difficult to find a place to live in Germany?

Similar to all places in Europe, it is difficult to find a place to live in Germany. It is better to search for accommodation before one leaves for Germany with one’s family or spouse.

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