Why to study in Germany
Studying in Germany for higher education is often overlooked by Pakistani Students. Here are few reasons why Germany is one the good place for Masters and PhD studies.
- With more than 409 higher education institutions across the country, Germany provides each student with the possibility to choose more than 14,500 Bachelor and Master degree programmes.
- There is no tuition fee in Germany in 11 of its 16 states. Even in the remaining five states the tuition fee is 500 Euros per year or less. For PhD studies there is no tuition fee in any state of Germany. Tuition fee is waived for good students, and students who have children of less than 14 years of age.
- Germany is the fourth largest economy of the world and the largest economy of Europe. It has a low unemployment rate, which means it is relatively easy to find a job after graduation.
- Germany has relaxed the work visa rules for international students further. Previously an international student could work for one year after graduation and now it has been enhanced to 18 months. During this time no permission from labor department is required to start a job.
- German universities and their professional academic staff offer high quality and up to date education in Engineering, Medicine, Science and Economics.
- Foreign students are allowed to stay for a year after graduation, in the event of looking for a job. Germany offers long-term work opportunities for successful students. After some work experience you can apply for what is called a blue card which allows you to live and work in Germany for up to 4 years. After staying on the blue card for 21 months in Germany you can apply for permanent residency provided you clear a basic German language test.
- The quality of German higher education is excellent and some of the German Universities are ranked among the best in the world. There are many scholarship possibilities offered for international students to fund their studies by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and also many political and business foundations. The cost of living, on average, is around 700-800€ including rent, food, transport, health insurance, telephone/internet, study materials and leisure activities.
- Germany is famous for the quality of its products. Big names based in Germany are Siemens, AEG, Daimler (maker of Mercedes), BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Allianz, Bayer (maker of asprin), BASF, Carl Ziess, T-Mobile, Hapag-Lloyad, Lufthansa, Opel, Porsche, SAP, and many others.
- Part time jobs are allowed to students so that you can partially or even fully cover your living expenses by working part time. International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year in order to support themselves. Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour.
- Since you get a Schengen visa when you go to Germany, so you can travel all over Europe in countries like France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria etc for sight seeing while being a student without having to apply for any visa for travel.
- Many universities offer international courses in English language as well. So knowing German to study in Germany is not mandatory but is recommended. However it is highly advised to learn some German language in Pakistan from Goethe Institute before going to Germany. This will greatly enhance your job prospects within Germany and other countries where German is spoken like Austria and Switzerland.