Germany, being one of the pioneers in technological innovation and scientific exploration is world-renowned for its quality of products and education. People all over the world consider “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. Famous brands like Adidas, Puma, Hugo Boss, Volkswagen, Allianz, Daimler, BMW, Siemens, BASF, Munich Re, E.ON, Bayer, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are German-based companies. Hence, commodities made in Germany enjoy the highest reputation and consumer satisfaction all over the worldwide.

Germany is today the 3rd most popular study destination among international students in the world. Its glorious past and thriving present is the provenance of its endeavour in excelling in giving qualitative education. The country attracts hundreds and thousands of students every year mainly because of the outstanding education system, friendly nature of the people, laid-back nature, a unique blend of cultures, relaxing atmosphere, and high standard of living available there.

According to the most recent statistics, more than 300,000 international students are studying in Germany of which, nearly 20,000 are Indian! As per a recently conducted survey, 85% of the international students studying in Germany were satisfied with the high-quality of education provided by the German institution.


1. No tuition fees at public universities
In Germany, education is subsidized by the government; therefore state-funded institutions charge no tuition fee not only for domestic students but also for international students. Hence, every student gets a scholarship in Germany if studying in a public-funded institution.

2. Qualitative education
German education is highly qualitative and widely accepted across the world. High academic standards and well-organized study curricula prepared by diversified professional staff ensure qualitative education in all disciplines. Pragmatism, innovation and international cooperation are the salient features of world-class German education. Moreover, German universities are highly research oriented, which is the embodiment of their qualitative education.

3. World’s fourth-largest economy
Germany today, is the largest economy in the European Union (EU) and 4th largest in the world, following the USA, China, and Japan. Factors like great innovativeness, competitiveness, global networking and a strong focus on exports have helped Germany to achieve this position in the global economy. Moreover, Germany is the 3rd largest exporter in the world.

4. Numerous scholarship programmes
The German government recognises that international students bring fresh ideas to the country and contribute a great deal to various disciplines and the industry with the knowledge they bring from their home countries. If you have an excellent academic record, you can apply for a range of scholarship programmes to finance your overseas studies in Germany. Global Opportunities will help you in finding the best financial aid.

5. Excellent employment prospects
Foreign students are permitted to work for 190 full days or 240 half days per year. Students can work at an institute, library or other facilities in the campus where they study. The German employment laws pertaining to foreign students are very stringent. If an international student is found to violate employment laws, they will be debarred from the country. Germany has excellent career prospects as universities and intuitions have a partnership with multinational companies. These symbiotic and strategic relationships offer multiple internships and other practical/job oriented work opportunities for students while studying in Germany, followed by employment opportunities after completing their studies.

6. A global industrial hub
Most multinational business giants have their presence in this country. This means that there are limitless career and networking possibilities after you complete your studies. Famous industries of Germany are iron and steel, coal, cement, mineral fuels, chemicals, plastics, production machinery, vehicles, trains, shipbuilding, space and aircraft, machine tools, electronics, information technology, optical and medical apparatus, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, textile.

7. A safe and welcoming environment
Strict laws and correspondingly low crime rates make Germany one of the safest countries in the world to live! German people are very amicable and highly disciplined. An exceptional welcoming attitude of the local populace provides a very comfortable living environment. In addition, the support service for international students is among the best in the world.

8. Ease of visa acquisition and residency
The country’s government invest a large amount in their higher education sector, both in quality and infrastructure, aiming to attract more international students in the increasing globalised scenario. In fact, they allocate the highest percentage of public funding to education in the world. Germany has moderate entry requirements so that international students can easily apply for the courses that they offer. Moreover, an international student is permitted to stay in Germany for a period of 18 months after completing their education. They are permitted to do a full-time job during this period which can be extended further depending on the circumstances. International students can easily get a residence permit in Germany.

9. World’s biggest country for Engineering and research based programme
Germany is known for its engineering degree courses. With more than 3,500 engineering degree courses and 250 international Master’s courses, the country opens the gateway for ample career opportunities to international students in various fields of engineering. In mechanical engineering alone, the scope of subject areas stretches from automotive engineering to nuclear reactor technology. The country invests nearly € 80 billion yearly in research and development (R&D) and promotes the research-based programmes.

10.Strong Internal Relations between India and Germany
The bilateral relation between India and Germany is very strong from all perspectives whether it is culturally, diplomatically, linguistically or educationally. Germany is always fascinated with the Indian scriptures and the Sanskrit language. It is widely believed among the scientific community that their scientific research is built on the Indian scriptures. This country has also got some popularity as the sole preserver of Sanskrit language because of its research in this language and their patronage of this ancient language. This kind of mutual relations makes the country to give a warm welcome to Indian students who want to study in Germany.


There are over 1,000 courses on offer in Germany that are taught in English, and this is increasing all the time! The various courses available in German Universities nurture and develop the best in the students, training them to encourage an open mind, skills in logic, develop creativity and self-reliance. Universities in Germany are famous for having campuses with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The university offers its students various options to study in Germany as full-time, part-time, evening Programme, distance and eLearning.
Various Types of Universities in Germany:

  • Classical Universities- Germany’s classical universities offer a range of programmes in medicine, law, humanities and natural sciences
  • Universities of Applied Sciences – Almost 160 Universities are founded in the last 30 years practical based universities (Fachhochschule)
  • Private Universities: There are more than 80 private, state-accredited universities in Germany, and they are financed and supported by various parties including businesses and foundations. They may also receive some support from the government. But they all have one thing in common: Students have to pay tuition
  • “Technische Universität” /“Technische Hochschule” – Originally, only technical subjects were taught at the “Technische Hochschule” and the “Technische Universität” Art, Film and Music Colleges


There are 44 universities in Germany which rank among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.

Six of the top 100 universities in the world are in Germany, 18 universities are included in the top 250, and 32 universities are counted among the world’s top 500. The capital city of Berlin is known as the education hub of Germany. The Top 10 Universities in Germany are:

  • Technische Universität München
  • Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • Universität Freiburg
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tingen


German universities offer a wide range of courses and programmes as per the field of interest of the students. Whether it is an undergraduate or postgraduate programme a student wants to enrol in, there are numerous options on one’s platter. The country is particularly known for its Engineering, Management, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics and natural sciences courses. These courses are amongst the most top preferred courses by Indian students studying in Germany.
The main academic subject groups relating to overseas education in Germany are:

  • Medicine and Health sciences
  • Engineering
  • Art and music
  • Natural sciences and Mathematics
  • Law, economics and social sciences
  • Linguistic and Cultural studies
  • Veterinary medicine, nutritional science, ecology, forestry and agriculture

The Top programmes to study in Germany:

  • Engineering— Mechanical, Structural and Chemical Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Humanities
  • Physical Sciences
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Computer Sciences and Information Technology



Academic intakes and deadlines to study in Germany

Applications for overseas education in German Universities are accepted all-round the year:

  • Winter semester or Autumn Session starts in September or October. The application period begins in early May and ends on 15th July
  • Summer semester or Spring Session starts in March or April. The application period begins in early December and ends on 15th January


German universities are autonomous that means in Germany there is no set requirement. Each and every university is having its own admission and eligibility criteria for students to enrol in their university. Therefore students are advised to check the university website and their admission requirements before applying for a specific study programme. The requirement of the German language while studying in Germany—certain universities/course requires German Language skills, mainly if you are planning to take up a course/ Studienkolleg in German medium. In that case, the student needs to appear for a recognized German language proficiency test like TestDaF [Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test of German as a Foreign Language)] or DSH (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and submit a proof of German language proficiency. The general criteria for applications in German universities are mentioned below:

English Language Proficiency:

All international applicants are required to take a recognized English language proficiency test. IELTS/TOEFL score is mostly considered by German Universities/institutions. Minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and TOEFL score between 79 and 101.
Academic Requirements:

Undergraduate study in Germany

  • High-school certificate or 13 years of Education is essential
  • Academic scores with a minimum 65 % or above in class 12th
  • Mathematics in class 12th is prerequisite for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees
  • SAT is necessary for some universities

Duration of Bachelor programmes in Germany: An Undergraduate programme has 6 semesters and generally completes in 4 years, including a 1-year programme called Foundation year/Freshman programme/Studienkolleg.

Postgraduate study in Germany

  • Recognized undergraduate certificate or 16 years of education is required to pursue Postgraduate in Germany. Some masters programmes accept students with a 3-year undergraduate degree
  • Strong academic background (minimum percentage required is 65%)
  • Minimum 2-years of relevant work experience after graduation is required for MBA programmes and for certain Masters programme
  • Minimum required GRE/GMAT test scores (optional) – GRE is recommended for students who are planning to study MS programmes in Germany taught in English and GMAT if you want to study economics, law, MBA and other management programmes

Duration of Masters in Germany: A master’s programme has 2 to 4 semesters and generally completes within 2 years of enrolling (generally have a duration of 18 to 24 months).

PhD study in Germany

  • To apply for a PhD in Germany, a student must have 18 years of education
  • A strong research proposal is mandatory to study PhD in Germany
  • Acceptance letter from a professor in Germany who is willing to guide you for your research work
  • Strong academic background– at least 70% in both Bachelors & Masters if applying to prestigious German universities/institutions
  • No GRE or GMAT score is required
  • Work experience (if required)

Duration of PhD programmes in Germany: Depending on the topic of your research project, it usually takes 3 years to 5 years to complete your PhD programme in Germany.


Following is the list of documents required for applying to universities:

Bachelors in Germany:

  • Notarized copies of class 10th & 12th mark sheet, and certificate
  • IELTS or TOEFL score (whichever is applicable, must be notarized)
  • Passport copy (notarized)
  • Proof of pre-university entrance exam (‘if any’, must be notarized)
  • One letter of recommendation from the school
  • Statement of Purpose

Masters in Germany:

  • Notarized copies of class 10th, 12th & under-graduate degree mark sheets (all semester) including backlogs/re-sits (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts
  • Application Form and application fee
  • Application Essays/ Statement of Purpose
  • IELTS or TOEFL score (whichever is applicable, must be notarized)
  • GRE or GMAT score as per the university requirement (notarized)
  • Two letters of recommendation from university or college (compulsory)
  • Work experience certificate (if any)
  • Letters of Recommendations
  • Passport copy (notarized)
  • Extracurricular activities certificates

PhD in Germany:

  • Notarized copies of class 10th, 12th, undergraduate and postgraduate degree mark sheets (all semester) including backlogs/re-sits (if applicable) Official transcripts of both Bachelors & Masters
  • IELTS or TOEFL score (whichever is applicable, must be notarized)
  • GRE or GMAT score as per the university requirement (notarized)
  • Two letters of recommendation from the university/college (mandatory)
  • Work experience certificate (if any)
  • Strong Research proposal
  • Application essays/statement of purpose
  • Master thesis
  • Passport copy (notarized)
  • Extracurricular activities certificates

Appear for standard tests and collate all the documents in support of your application to study in Germany (including your German student visa, which takes 6 to 12 weeks to get sanctioned).