Germany and engineering go hand in hand. Germany has a great tradition of producing all things world-class, whether it’s automobiles or innovations in energy. So, it’s worth considering Germany as a destination for your studies.
But what if you don’t speak German?
Well, many courses are now taught in English and is a reason why Germany is fast becoming an extremely popular choice among international students. Here are three more reasons to consider a degree there:
- Low tuition fees
Almost all German universities (about 95%) are financed by the government. Since they receive direct funding, they charge low tuition fees, or sometimes no fees, as is the case with public universities. With living expenses (€600 – 800 a month) being the most significant cost, students find German university education quite affordable. To get additional financial support, international students can also apply for grants provided by the German Academic Exchange Service, locally known as Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD).
- Collaboration with German industries
Historically, there has always been a great deal of collaboration between German universities and industries. Study programmes are generally structured in a way such that students have to spend considerable time – anywhere between 6 to 12 months – working in the industrial environment. While in most countries an internship is considered an added benefit, in Germany this is mandatory – in engineering courses, for example, students need to complete practical experience. Such internships are invaluable, as they enable students to understand everyday working life in Germany, gain work experience and perhaps meet potential employers.
- Wide variety of courses
The German higher education system offers over 17,000 courses in almost every possible subject you can think of! Be it scientifically oriented studies, practice-oriented courses or even artistic subjects, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, they cover different academic levels too – bachelors, masters, state examinations, and doctorate degrees. Anyone looking to study in Germany is spoilt for choice.
In short, if you are looking for an engineering degree that’s cost-effective, unique and practice-oriented, think Germany.
To get proof of your English ability to study on a degree course, take IELTS.
|go hand in hand|
|Meaning||:||two things that are closely connected|
|Example||:||Success and money usually go hand in hand.|
|Meaning||:||the process of working together with another person or group to produce something|
|Example||:||The singer worked in collaboration with local musicians on his new album.|
|Meaning||:||a temporary job, paid or unpaid, taken by a student to get practical experience in a job|
|Example||:||Luke learnt a lot of useful skills during his internship at the local radio station.|
|Meaning||:||describes something that must be done because of a rule|
|Example||:||It’s mandatory to wear a seat belt when an aircraft is taking off or landing.|
|spoilt for choice|
|Meaning||:||confused because there are a lot of good things to choose from|
|Example||:||The city had such great restaurants that I was spoilt for choice.|
|Meaning||:||describes something that gives the best possible benefits for the sum of money that is spent|
|Example||:||They decided to set up the new factory in Asia, as it was more cost-effective.|