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Q We’re keen that our son pur­sues higher stud­ies in Ger­many. What are the ad­van­tages of study­ing there? Should he learn Ger­man?

AOf late, there seems to be sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est for pur­su­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion in Ger­many, pri­mar­ily be­cause par­ents and stu­dents recog­nise the qual­ity and brand eq­uity of study­ing at Ger­man univer­si­ties.

The coun­try’s higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is dom­i­nated by pub­lic univer­si­ties, which are funded by the state and do not charge tu­ition fees from do­mes­tic or in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, thereby dras­ti­cally re­duc­ing the financial bur­den on stu­dents and par­ents. The medium of teach­ing in th­ese in­sti­tu­tions is pre­dom­i­nantly Ger­man though, and a pre­scribed level of pro­fi­ciency is re­quired for ad­mis­sion.

Depend­ing on the choice of pro­gramme, un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies tend to vary be­tween six and seven semesters, while post­grad­u­ate cour­ses are of two to four semesters.

Due to its prac­ti­cal foun­da­tions, a Ger­man univer­sity de­gree is highly re­spected by em­ploy­ers around the world. Univer­si­ties have agree­ments with Ger­man com­pa­nies and a manda­tory 10-week in­tern­ship is part of the un­der­grad­u­ate cur­ricu­lum. Th­ese may not al­ways be paid but will lead to a great job in the fu­ture.

At €8,000 (about Dh32,576) per year, the cost of liv­ing is fairly rea­son­able when com­pared to other west­ern coun­tries. For visa pur­poses, you would need to open an ac­count with the des­ig­nated Ger­man bank and deposit €8,040 be­fore you travel. You are al­lowed to with­draw €670 per month dur­ing the course of your pro­gramme.

Th­ese days study­ing Ger­man at school is be­com­ing in­creas­ing pop­u­lar and I would strongly ad­vise stu­dents to pur­sue the lan­guage, es­pe­cially if they are con­tem­plat­ing go­ing to Ger­many for higher stud­ies.

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