Study in Germany has been searched on the internet by many high school leavers. Germany is one of the popular places to study in Europe. It has low fees and affordable cities for the students. To study in Germany, here are the important steps to be taken.
Choose a university
After choosing Germany as the country you want to study in, the next step is to choose the University you want to school in. There are options in Germany that allow students to study in both German and in English Language. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) released a data that showed that there are about seventeen thousand programs to search from and also eighty-eight of them are in English Language. This means that if you are studying in English Language you can also learn or improve the language of Germany. Another point to consider is to know the top ranking Universities in Germany.
Check the admission requirements
The next step after applying is to ensure that your qualifications are in line with the course and the University you have chosen. In Germany, you are to be recognized and are to have a ‘higher education entrance qualification’ which is called Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB) in German.
For the undergraduate students, a diploma in high-school, school-leaving certificate and also a University entrance examination result are needed. Students that are not from Europe are to write the Feststellungsprüfung entrance examination, this s done after the Studienkolleg has been attended.
Another important requirement is to ensure that you check the language options. If you want to study in German, you must show a proof that you know the language. This can be done in two ways; the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) which means “German language examination for university entrance”) and the TestDaF formerly Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, which means “Test of German as a foreign language”.
The German language examination for university entrance is done only in Germany while the TestDaF is done in over ninety countries of the world. They are both recognized but it is important to know if the University you are going to need it.
If the course you want to study is taught in English Language and if you have someone to translate it to English you will also have to prove by writing a test such as the IELTS and the TOEFL.
Get your finances in order
Before coming to Germany, you have to meet the student visa requirements which include having a proof of having about €7,908 per year (US$8,722) or €659 (US$727) every month to sustain living. It is important to have more than that amount. The cost of living is different but this depends on the location you stay. For example, living in Munich is expensive as it is the most expensive place to live in Germany second to Frankfurt and Berlin.
The next step is to apply; this can be done in the international office of the University you are going to. You can also do this by opening the site www.uni-assist.de, this is controlled by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It should be known that not all Universities use this. To stand a higher chance of being admitted, apply in other Universities differently.
In Germany, application to study is done twice; winter or summer periods. The summer period is between the months of March to August while that of winter is between the months of September to February and October to March respectively.
It is therefore important to ensure that you submit like a month and two weeks beforw the deadline arrives. Acceptance or rejection is done two months after the deadline.
Documents asked to be submitted may vary but here is a list of documents you may be asked to submit:
- A certified copy of your high-school diploma or previous degrees, and any other relevant qualifications in the original language
- A translated overview of your course modules and grades
- A passport photo
- A copy of your passport (personal information and photo ID page)
- Proof of language proficiency (a test certificate or online equivalent)
To stand a high chance of being accepted, ensure that all documents are original and are certified. The certification must be done by the school. Fees might be paid also.
Take out health insurance
It is important and very necessary to ensure that you are health insured. This insurance should last you throughout your stay in Germany. This will be asked for before applying and before you are given a student’s visa.
Get a German student visa
The options required to possess a student’s visa depends on the country you come from. Some countries don’t require a student’s visa.
When once a student visa is gotten, it is important to begin a search on where you will live throughout your stay there. In big cities, paying of rent can be quite expensive as German Universities do not provide accommodation for international students. The amount of the rent depends on the part of the country you stay in. It is also important to put student residences into consideration. Shared accommodation is preferable as unshared is quite expensive. If is not possible to get a house for rent, staying in a hostel is another option. Register at the ‘residents’ registration office’ which in Germany is known as (Einwohnermeldeamt) or the ‘citizens’ bureau’ (Bürgeramt).
This is done before you begin your course and make use of the facilities of the Universities. Registration must be done at the beginning of each semester. The registration fee is about €150 and €250 (US$165-275), this amount depends on the University you are in. An extra fee which takes care of student transport for six months is gotten for €100 (US$110) for a “Semester ticket”
Documents needed for enrollment are as follows:
- Your passport with visa or residence permit
- A passport photo
- Completed registration form
- Proof of higher education entrance qualification, either original certificates or officially certified copies and translations
- Notice of admission
- Evidence of adequate knowledge of German (or English)
- Evidence of statutory health insurance in Germany
- Payment receipt for the semester fee
Settle in to student life in Germany
The next and final step is to start schooling in Germany. You might want to open a bank account, start working and get a better accommodation. An important thing therefore is to have an organized study by making personal timetable that are always followed.
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