Germany is fast becoming a major destination for international students, with 13.2 per cent of students in the country having come from abroad. Apoorv Mahendru, director (marketing), DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service), says, “Indian students form the second largest group of international students in Germany. Currently, there are 17,570 Indian students registered in the country— that is the figure of intake from the winter semester 2017. We expect that
number to reach 20,000 by September.”
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In the past couple of years, Germany has grown as a research and education hub, with a steady growth in student numbers. “The reason for this is the high quality of education. Also, Germany is very different from other countries—a majority of German universities do not charge tuition fees. This is an important factor for India, which is a cost-sensitive market,” says Mahendru.
Germany is well-known for technical subjects. Engineering is by far the most sought-after discipline, coupled with pure sciences and STEM. Almost 80 per cent of Indian students who choose to study in Germany take up this stream. “Though German is the mother tongue, universities are internationalised and offer programmes with English as the medium of instruction; approximately 200 study programmes are taught in English,” he says. Scholarships are offered at the Master’s level by DAAD in the fields of engineering, law and development studies.
Permissions for students to work are quite liberal in Germany. Students can work for 120 full days and 240 half days. Permitted jobs include employment at the university library or as a research or teaching assistants. After graduation, students can stay on for about 18 months while looking for a job.
TECH STOP Germany is a popular choice for students of engineering