10 Reasons Why You Should Study In Germany
If you are planning to study abroad, choosing a country to study is not an easy task. You have to sieve through billions of web pages to find information that will help you make a decision. There are many things to consider; tuition fees, cost of living, weather condition, course of study among other factors.
Germany is one of the most popular destinations among international students and holds the top position for students in the European Union. More than 12 percent of students at German universities come from abroad – there is definitely a reason for this!
Germany may not be the right study destination for everyone, but you want to know some of the positive things to consider if you choose to study in Germany.
Based on experience of students who have studied in Germany, we will share with you 10 reasons why you should consider studying in Germany.
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- Get World-Class QUALITY Education
Whether it’s cars or education, people everywhere recognize “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. German higher education is one of the best in the world! You can benefit from Germany‘s long and famous university tradition especially in the fields of engineering and science. A German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world.
Germany has many Top universities in the World. There are 44 universities in the QS World University Rankings, which is more than any other country after the United States and the United Kingdom. There are 43 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 500, with 10 in the top 100. If quality education matter to you, (as I expect it should), then Germany should be at the top of your list.
- Pay No Tuition Fees
The most important reason for studying in Germany is that mostcourses at German public universities have no Tuition fee. But, you will need to pay a semester contribution up to 250 Euros, depending upon the university and the services or benefits included.
In Canada you have an average tuition cost of $18,000, $22,000 in US, $30,000 in England; whereas in Germany, get an overall average of $650. How is that for a bargain.
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- Get More Funding Option
Although students don’t pay tuition fees and receive a ton of benefits, the cost of living in Germany can be still considerable. Various means of funding are available to students to cope with the living expenses. Like DAAD scholarships and part-time jobs know as “HiWi” for Research assistant or “Werkstudent” for Part-time job in a company. Studying alone can take significant mental efforts; part-time job opportunities also exist in restaurants, supermarkets, etc. for those who don’t want brain intensive jobs. As an international student, you are permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year.
- Get taught in English
Good news for those who don’t know any German or if your German isn’t good enough yet. Many courses and degree programmes are offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level. According to the DAAD website, there are over 1,470 courses that are completely taught in English.
- Job opportunity after Study
After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay in the country for up to 18 months to look for a job related to your qualification. Germany provides excellent job and Ph.D. opportunities. Germany has one of the least unemployment rates for graduates in the EU. According to a study, Germany is likely to face a shortage of 3 million skilled workers by 2030; this means more job opportunities after studying in Germany.
- Get to Explore Europe
Besides studying, living in the center of Europe provides you with an opportunity to travel across the continent. What more, the German student visa would allow you to travel to 26 countries without restrictions. You can reach a number of destinations within a couple of hours by train or plane. Whether you want to go skiing in the Alps, mountaineering in the Dolomites, enjoy the beach in Barcelona, visit Paris, Rome or Amsterdam, you have a wide selection of travel destination that you can reach within a couple of hours by train or plane. Weekend trips are easy to plan and really affordable.
- Learn German Language
Whatever plan you may have for the future, learning the German language will always be beneficial and opens door to many job opportunities. German is the world’s 4th most popular language. Living in Germany would provide you an easy way to learn the language.
A question you may have in your mind is: “How safe is Germany for me?” Despite its history of racism, modern Germany is a multicultural society, with some rare incidences of racism. Also, Worrying about safety and crime in Germany is a natural concern for those who are unfamiliar with the country. Germany is generally a safe country, and while crime in Germany exists, it is rather low.
- One of the Best Healthcare
Germany also has a reputation for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It provides its residents with comprehensive health insurance coverage. Everyone living in Germany have to be insured by law.
- Activities to Create Memorable Experiences
Apart from exploring Germany’s own entrancing history and cultural traditions, there is also the possibility to learn cultures from surrounding European countries and meet people from across the Globe. As a student, it is hard to get bored in Germany. There is something for everyone: Music, Food (Local and international cuisines especially Italian and Turkish), Festivals, Arts, Nightlife, Outdoor sports (Biking, skiing, hiking, etc.)
Choosing to study in Germany may just be one of the decisions you’ll be glad to make. But keep in mind that it’s not all hearts and smiles. School work and getting through exams can be tough in Germany. And Germans are not exactly among the most polite people you can find. They are known to be blunt and reserved. Yet they can be friendly when you strike the right cod.
Regardless, I hope these reasons help you make a decision to study in Germany or not to. Would you want to study in Germany or would you choose another destination? What else would you like to know about studying and living in Germany? Let’s hear from you in the comment section. If you are yet to subscribe to After School Africa, now is a good time to subscribe. Until next time; YOUR SUCCESS MATTERS!
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