Geographical overview

The much known as a land of poets and thinkers, Germany is Located in central Europe, and is the seventh largest continent of the world. It is closer to the Arctic Circle than to the equator. Germany shares borders with 9 countries: Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is a home to around 81 million people and stretches some 357,000 square kilometers. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border. The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps.

Germany is divided into 16 provinces or Bundeslander. Berlin is the capital city of the country. It is the second most populous country in Central Europe after Russia and many immigrants from the European countries live and study in Germany. The chief unit of currency of Germany is Euro.

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Cultural overview

Germany is a country of music and literature. And most of the world’s famous composers of classical music like Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms belong to this country. Germany is also famous for the Black Forest, cuckoo clocks, chocolate, cars (Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen), beer, wine, and schnapps. The world famous athletes hail from Germany who has won more than 1500 Olympic medals.

The architecture of Germany also shows the rich cultural heritage. Churches, palaces and the universities too manifest the cultural and historical influences. Ulm Cathedral in Germany is the tallest church in the world. Its height is 161.53 m. Germany is generally known in the outside world for its Automobiles, Oktober-fest, Munich Beer Fest and Christmas Market. However, Thanks giving, Christmas and New Year also are celebrated in a big way.

German is the third most popular language in the world.

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Education system in Germany

German education system varies from state to state. Kinder-garten is not a part of the state school system. Attendance of school is compulsory from the age of 6 until age 15. Children generally enter primary school at age six. Primary school lasts for four years. Secondary education in Germany is a three-track system, the Hauptschule (short- course secondary school), the Realschule (intermediate school), and the Gymnasium (academically oriented high school).

For the universities entry, one must qualify the Abitur examination that is after the grade 12 Or the Fachhochschulreife, or Meisterbrief exam has to be cleared to enter the university.

Germany has two kind of universities – private and public. The public universities in Germany are state funded and therefore do not charge tuition fee. What is to be noted is that most of the free courses are taught in both English and German language or at least a part of the curriculum is taught in German language making it imperative admission requirement. Private universities have to raise their own working capital and hence they do charge tuition fees.

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Visa and stay back option

Germany, being the most popular destination for a global career, has some rules for visas and stay back options. When you want to enroll in top universities, you either have to take the student visa or the applicant’s visa. For getting those visas, students have to provide
The enrolment proof (offer/acceptance letter from a university)
The proof of the registered authorities like the alien department
Valid proof of finances (enough for at least one year) and health insurances.

Presently, the cost of making the students visa is just 25 Euros and a resident permit cost of 60 Euros is also there. Nearly 12 weeks can be taken to complete the procedure. So after you get the enrolment, apply as soon as possible. Remember not to hand over original copies while applying. Photocopies submission is enough to fetch you a visa.

You can stay back in Germany post your course completion for upto 18 more months depending upon your financial sustainability. To permanently settle in Germany, one has to apply for the settlement permit or the permanent residence title. Minimum five years residence in the country is essential to get this title.

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Industries prevalent in the country

Germany is a country with high economic growth in the global market. Most common industries that are boosting the growth of the country are engineering, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, building and constructions, energy and environment technology.

Engineering services like the aerospace, automotive, mechanical, electrical and electronics, medical technology et al are the fields which are always reckoning the engineers to the country for a successful career and growth of the industrial region of the country. International relationships are making a bridge among all.

Chemicals and pharmaceutical fields are growing along with the health and care of the country.

Building and constructions along with the steel and metal industry has been watching a new height of growth for the best ever development of the country in every aspect.

Germany is a country which has been encouraging the environmental resources from a long period of time. Energy and environment technology is thus of high demand for its huge usage.

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Admission requirement

Anyone with an international university degree/higher education qualification is generally permitted to study in Germany. However, the recognition of the qualification is linked to certain requirements.

For postgraduate programs, students need to provide an undergraduate degree certificate. If you find that your qualification is not recognized, you are also able to take a preparatory course at a ‘Studienkolleg’ before taking a compulsory assessment test known as a ‘Feststellungprüfung’.

If you are making an application to a course where partial curriculum is taught in German then German language proficiency upto B2 or C1 level could be asked for. In general for the programs having English as a medium of instruction, german language proficiency at the time of making an application is not needed. Nevertheless it is always considered an advantage if you have certain level of proficiency in German language.

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