Germany has a long history of academic partnerships with India. Many great intellectuals have visited India over the years to conduct research on ancient Indian texts and have published translations of works like the 'Vedas', the 'Ramayana' and the 'Mahabharata'. The World Wars and the perception of Germany after the wars, the split and the unification of the country are all recorded in history. What needs to be examined is the sheer perseverance and skill with which Germany rebuilt itself and the great advancements made in science and technology accomplished by German engineers. A fair bit of credit for this goes to German universities that offer top-quality education.
Germany – Quick Highlights
- Capital City – Berlin
- Other Important Cities – Bonn, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Hanover and Frankfurt
- Founder member of the European Union
- Currency - Euro
- Languages Spoken – German, Dutch, English
- Oldest University – The Heidelberg University – established in 1386
- Industries – Automobiles, Engineering and Manufacturing, Tourism and Agriculture.
Why you can’t ignore Germany?
- Free education in all state-managed public universities.
- If you know German and opt for classes taught in German the fee waiver applies.
- Students only spend on food, accommodation and travel.
- If you are lucky enough to enrol on a doctoral research-based programme, there are high possibilities of you securing a generous research grant, which will cover your expenses.
- Top-class research facilities
- Quick access to other countries in Europe
- Opportunities to work while studying and post-study work-visa grants.
- Germans have a deep-rooted fascination for Indians and Indian culture and there is a strong community of expatriate Indians in leading German cities.
Top Ten Universities
The top ten universities in Germany are:
- Technische Universität München
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Kit, Karlsruher Institut Für Technologie Karlsruhe University
- Freie Universität Berlin
- Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
- Universität Freiburg
- Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen Aachen
- Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
- Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
Read this article to learn more about each of these institutions.
The Erasmus+ Programme
The Erasmus+ is a European Union programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport that develops the employability quotient of youth in Europe and supports their education. There are a number of partner countries outside Europe who can also benefit from this programme. India falls into the category of an Erasmus partner country and students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for an Erasmus grant to study in Germany.
This works if you are already enrolled as a student in an Indian university which is a member of Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. You can then apply to study for a higher degree at a German university, which is also a part of the Erasmus Charter.
Living as a Student in Germany
Germany is a great place for students to live and study. If you can secure on-campus accommodation it is a good deal for you. You can cross-check if you can sign-up for meal plans or if you’re on-campus residence halls allow you to do your own cooking in shared kitchen or en-suite kitchens. Alternatively, if you can afford to live in a private apartment near your campus that’s a good choice as well. A private apartment will not force you to stick to strict timings and will allow you to retain your independence.
The following average prices from “Numbeo” give you a fair idea of the cost of living in Germany:
- Milk (regular), (1 litre) - 0.74 €
- Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) - 1.39 €
- Rice (white), (1kg) - 1.44 €
- Eggs (12) - 1.70 €
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant - 10.00 €
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle) - 1.98 €
- Water (0.33 litre bottle) - 1.63 €
- Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment - 217.44 €
- Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre - 627.79 €.
Travel and Transport
The country is well-connected by a rail network and within cities, buses and the metro trains offer affordable travel. The Intercity-Express popularly known as ICE connects major cities including international destinations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. If you love travelling by the bus, you can opt for the IC Bus service as well. Students usually spend vacation time opting for the Eurail Pass and travelling across beautiful cities in Europe. In Germany itself, students can visit awe-inspiring castles, museums, churches, memorials of the World War and discover quaint little restaurants in mountain villages. If you can afford to travel, then you should not miss out on the beauty of Germany. The Oktoberfest where the world comes together to sample fine beer is a great event to attend. The Berlin Film Festival brings together some of the world’s finest filmmakers and their creations on one platform.
Germany offers a fascinating life experience. Be it football, food, music or the environment there are strong opinions among the public for every cause. For most of the older citizens the memories of war the bifurcation of the country and the fall of the Berlin Wall are still haunting memories and it is best to avoid bringing up such topics in conversation. The new generation of high-performing achievers is focused on creating a better life for themselves and the 'work hard and party harder culture' is quite prominent in the country!
As a student it is imperative that you focus on your goals and complete your degree. Have the right balance of studies and fun and make the most of your time in Germany! We have put together a list of prominent German universities and catalogued their courses. Do visit the course listings and apply for a programme at a University that fits your requirements.