The German contributions to the world are invaluable. From cars to consumer products, from physics to aero science, Germany is a world leader in innovations. The country is a hub of leading universities and research institutes. For students who wish to study abroad, Germany’s research-based education culture may be very inspiring. Including in the information and communication sector, all most all EU funded projects are being coordinated by German companies, universities, and research institutes.
Though there are some changes after the Bologna Declaration, the German higher education system has generally been following the Humboldtian Model since the 19th century. The Humboldtian way of education integrates the arts and sciences with research to achieve both comprehensive general learning and cultural knowledge. This method of teaching may be a major attraction to the overseas students who perform their study abroad program in German Universities. The Humboldtian model gives the students a significant freedom to choose the course they wanted to take and to organize their timetable according to their own interest and needs. It is a generally accepted principle in Germany that a value-based judgment, independent thinking and the critical appraisal of the status quo through constant application of research-oriented ways of working are important to achieve the maximum result. As a result, German universities are recognized and held in high esteem worldwide – they perform very well in the international university rankings. Of course, the reason why German universities are underperforming in rankings compared to their American and British counterparts is many most famous independent research institutes in Germany such as ‘Max Planck,’ ‘Leibniz,’ and ‘Fraunhofer, are never included as integral parts during university rankings.
“All roads lead through Germany”, is a famous cliché in Europe. Germany is the heart of the European continent. The country share’s a border with nine different countries. All most all economic and technological activities in the united Europe are routed through Germany.
German universities spread all over the country, forming a network of over 300 higher education institutions. These institutions are located near focal points of interaction between industrial plants and scientific/technological research centers. These universities provide opportunities that rarely exist elsewhere for overseas students, find employment upon graduation and live & work in the same city where they studied.
There are three prominent funding sources for research projects at German universities. They are German government, the European Union, and the industry. It is a giant pool of funding. For overseas students with researchers focus it is virtually a limitless possibility to conduct research and come up with innovative solutions in their respective fields. Similarly, the academic standards at the German universities are on the top at the overseas education market. Renowned German technical institutes, such as TU Darmstadt, RWTH Aachen, and others are ranked as some of the best in the world, but the study courses offered in a variety of other disciplines such as medicine, law, social sciences and arts are on the top notch.
Though German universities are predominantly German taught, because of the growing demand and huge popularity of the study abroad program among the overseas students many universities have switched to English taught the course. At present, over 350 university courses taught in English and all these courses are internationally recognized. Thus, a common concern among the overseas students about the validity of degree earned in Germany lays to rest.
Most of the universities and colleges in Germany are state-financed as a result the public universities and colleges are not charging any tuition fees from students at all. The higher education in Germany too was virtually free. However, during the past few years, some changes have taken place in this regard; a low tuition fee has been charged (rarely exceeding €500 per semester) for the maintenance the infrastructure facilities and the general quality of services. However, even with these tuition fees higher education in Germany is still significantly less expensive compared to the developed western countries. The total living costs for students in Germany can be kept well below €1000 per month. Tuition fees for undergraduates have been waived making it even more affordable to pursuit a degree in Germany.
Though many universities and colleges introduced tuition fees for higher education in 2005, they forced to abolish it due to a huge public outcry against them. Students of Master’s and Ph.D. courses are bound to pay some additional costs (still, relatively low) which may vary between €650 and several thousand Euros per semester. The overseas students, interested in study abroad program in Germany can contact the concerned universities or their education consultants for more information regarding this.
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