The trend of Nepali students going to Europe for pursuing their higher education is at an all-time high right now. Each year, more than 2000 students go to Germany as it has become a very good destination. This is primarily because of the low cost of living and nominal tuition fees. Students also have a high chance of income after the completion of their studies and they can apply for either Bachelors’s or Master’s degree with relative ease. But what exactly makes Germany a popular destination for studying? And how do you apply to the universities in Germany? Let us find out.
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Why Study in Germany?
Opportunities and Exposure
Germany is at the heart of Europe, the richest continent on the planet. There are unlimited opportunities. The number of institutions is also very high. In the world of Science and Technology, Germany’s education is the best in the world. There are also many industries in Germany and the job market is wide open. A recent study shows that more than 3 million students go to Germany for research activities. They are attracted by the excellent research opportunities in Germany.
More than anything, Germany has a top-quality education system and this alone attracts millions of international students to this country. Universities have existed since the 14th century in Germany and the country has produced arguably the biggest genius in the history of physics; Albert Einstein. The academic standard of Germany is also pretty high, it has the most competitive examination system and only top students can study here. So, if you have good grades in school and colleges, Germany is a solid destination for you. German degrees are also very highly regarded. The degrees are internationally recognized and employers from all over the world can.
Studying in Germany often includes interaction with industry. Universities have close ties with big companies such as SAP, Siemens, BMW, and Bosch to provide students with real-world experience. Students also get good grants from universities for research purposes. Internships are also widely available. All of this will benefit a Nepali Student in the long run. Students will get a lot of experience from all this.
In Germany, almost all Universities are State-funded so, no tuition fees are there. Students only have to pay their living expenses like accommodation, food, transport, and health insurance. Special discounts and privileges are also given to students to make it easier for them. German universities also have different kinds of scholarships for international students. Even private universities have low tuition fees and the Standard of Life is very good considering the low prices.
How to apply to German Universities?
The application process to German Universities can be a bit tricky and sometimes, it can be a bit frustrating as well. The lengthy process requires students to have a good GPA in either high-school or undergrad (if you are applying for post-grad). In addition, German universities require the German language so, a Nepali student should also learn the language before applying to Germany. As with other countries, Germany also has 2 semesters in a year and you can apply to either the Spring Semester or the Fall semester. The simple application process is given below:
- Shortlist all the universities that you want to apply to. Submit your application to all of the Universities.
- Check the entry requirements like test scores, grade/course requirements, and language scores.
- Evaluate the finances (see if there are any scholarship schemes, discounts, and privileges).
- Apply to the university by submitting your documents to the DAAD (University Application Portal of Germany) or to the Universities themselves.
You can contact a Consultancy after you have done this for further processing.
Cost of living in Germany
Since Germany has state-funded universities, the tuition fees is non-existent even for International Students. So, if you are an international student, you just need to pay around 150 Euros a semester in Administration Fee and you are good to go. Even private universities don’t charge that much in Germany.
On average, a Student can survive on 900 Euros per month in Germany. The living cost is pretty nominal, Renting an apartment is the biggest expense and you can find a good enough apartment for 300 Euros. Food costs around 150 Euros per month and transport is 150 per six months, you also need health insurance and this costs around 80-100 Euros per month. Add stationary for 30 euros, recreation for 100 euros and an internet/phone bill of 100 euros and your total expense goes to 800 euros. The minimum wage is 10 euros per hour and an international student can work 20 hours a week. So, you can earn around 960 euros per month (at 12 euros/ hour) which is more than enough to survive.
Germany has become a very important destination for many people. The German Education system is incredibly student-friendly and no tuition fee policy attracts talent from both developed and undeveloped countries. You can find a very diverse collection of students and because of the low cost of living, Nepali students are definitely applying to the Universities in Germany. Although the acceptance rate is low but once the university accepts you, they offer an impressive degree at almost zero cost.