India Today - - SMART EDUCATION / DESTINATIO­NS - —Harshita Das

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.”

A World-class De­gree

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.

What’s Hot

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.

Work Rules

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

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