Post Graduate Engineering Education in Germany : Some Basic Info

Germany is a favoured destination for many students, especially engineering students wishing to pursue Post-Graduate and Doctoral programmes.
So, here’s some basic information that may be of assistance to them.

(This thread, although labeled for Post Graduate Engineering courses, is very generic in content, and may also be helpful for students aspiring for other courses).


Although Germany’s legislation permits universities to charge fees, but the fact is that universities seldom do so. Even if they do charge some tuition fees, it is not more than perhaps what you would pay in India. But, the cost of living is much higher in Germany.

I am trying here to provide as much as I know about Higher Education in Germany.

  • Post Graduate Engineering courses in Germany are categorised under M.Engg (4 semesters) and M.Sc Applied Sciences (3 or 4 semesters). Not much of a difference though between them as they both offer the same kind of employment opportunities.
  • Most of the post-graduate courses are in English-German mix and the universities require prospective students to have proficiency in both these languages. It is better for students wishing to take up engineering courses to have the knowledge of German as it widens their choices for specialisation and also provides them with better part-time/full-time work opportunities. It also improves their chances of getting a scholarship. Students not having the requisite level of proficiency in German can take up a six month preparatory course from the #-Link-Snipped-#,whose centres are located in several cities around the world, including many Indian cities. After this the student can appear for certification through #-Link-Snipped-# (Test of German as a Foreign Language)
  • German Universities are completely autonomous and they set their own criterion for admission. But for most purposes your bachelor's degree from India will serve good and consistently good grades can even earn you scholarships.
  • The cost of your master's degree in engineering can range from €0 (zero) to €700 per semester.
  • The university will expect you to have a clear perception of what is your purpose of pursuing a particular course. A work experience is often advantageous for the student during the selection process.
  • The university where you take admission will help you in all possible ways to find accommodation, but it still might be quite expensive. The subsistence cost for a student in a hostel in a city like Berlin can be around €800 per month. Other cities will be a bit less expensive.
  • Students are allowed to work for a limited number of days in a year to support their stay and studies in Germany. The are allowed 120 days of work per year for full time jobs and 240 days of work per year for part time jobs.
  • The part time jobs allow you to work for a maximum 20-24 hours in a week earning you about €12/hour. On the other hand full time jobs allow you to work for a maximum 40 hours a week earning you about €26/hour. But do keep in mind that you have to pay tax, insurance and some other costs too.
  • All students enrolled in to a course in Germany will have to have a bank account with a local bank which will help them to make payments and also receive scholarship funding amounts.
  • As a student in Germany, you can obtain travel pass for the city of your location at about €50/month.
You can get a comprehensive list of universities in Germany and the various courses offered by them, as well as application assistance for international students at #-Link-Snipped-#.

For further queries and student visa related assistance you may contact the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the contact mentioned below:

2, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021 India

Tel: +91-11-41680968/69
Fax: +91-11-46068192

E-mail: #-Link-Snipped-#
Web: #-Link-Snipped-#

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00 hrs

I hope this information would prove helpful for students aspiring to take up higher education in Germany. Please do share with us, any more information that you may have on this matter, and also whether you found this thread useful.
Wishing you a great career ahead!


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