Why should you study in Germany?
Germany is at the centre of Europe both politically and geographically. It is a very sought after location for university students from abroad, where the tertiary education system is highly diversified. Germany is looking for qualified people! Currently, there is a lack of qualified engineers, IT specialists and medical doctors in Germany. Some might be reluctant about studying in Germany due to a limited knowledge of the German language. You don’t have anything to worry about anymore. Nowadays, many German educational institutions including universities offer international degree programs. Subjects are taught in English and students are awarded a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with international recognition at the end of their studies.
The Job Market
Germany facilitates the immigration of skilled and highly skilled workers who have at least a Bachelor's degree. The areas most in need of qualified and skilled workers are: Mathematics, IT, Natural Sciences and Medicine. Germany is the EU's largest economy – with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3,026 billion Euro and lies fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan. Germany has a high level of employment and has an unemployment rate of 4.2% making it one of the EU’s leading economies.
How Safe is Germany?
Germany has a low crime-rate in general and it is well known throughout Europe to be one of the safest places to live. You won’t have to worry about walking around small villages or towns at night. Needless to say, you must be cautious and aware of any occurrences. The police are trustworthy and offer help whenever they are needed. All you have to do is call 110. Of course, Germany does have its share of crime. Therefore, you shouldn’t take any unnecessary risks - like walking around the subways or train stations at night and alone. You should always take more precautions in more populated areas and cities. The usual pickpocket crimes can occur when you least expect it and especially in touristic areas and landmarks.
The German Language
It may seem really intimidating at first when you are first walking around and you see a word like “Entschuldigung” which means “pardon” or “excuse me”. Learning German is like learning any other language around the world. You need two things – immersion and hard work. You will see in a short time that the “intimidating” or so called most difficult language is not so impossible after all. Many universities and even private programs offer basic to advanced classes in German. German as a second language is ranked in 6 categories.
A1 Breakthrough or beginner
A2 Way stage or elementary
B1 Threshold or intermediate
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency
Most universities will require a C1 level of German for you to apply in a program. The job market usually requires a B1 to B2 level at least. Depends on the job you are taking. By living and experiencing the language beforehand, you will in no time be speaking German.
German Schools and Tuition
Germany invests strongly on education. Offering a broad range of schools and courses. The education system and degrees are very well recognized around the world. It is the leading country in engineering and sustainable technologies. Most schools don’t even charge the monthly fee. Domestic and foreign students alike are only charged around 180.00 to 250.00 Euros per semester; depending on which university you are seeking. It is known to be one of the cheapest countries in Eastern Europe to study in. Living costs are also very low making it accessible for more and more foreign students to pursue their studies in Germany.