We’re keen that our son pursues higher studies in Germany. What are the advantages of studying there? Should he learn German?
Of late, there seems to be significant interest for pursuing higher education in Germany, primarily because parents and students recognise the quality and brand equity of studying at German universities.
The country’s higher education system is dominated by public universities, which are funded by the state and do not charge tuition fees from domestic or international students, thereby drastically reducing the financial burden on students and parents. The medium of teaching in these institutions is predominantly German though, and a prescribed level of proficiency is required for admission.
Depending on the choice of programme, undergraduate studies tend to vary between six and seven semesters, while postgraduate courses are of two to four semesters.
Due to its practical foundations, a German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world. Universities have agreements with German companies and a mandatory 10-week internship is part of the undergraduate curriculum. These may not always be paid but will lead to a great job in the future.
At €8,000 (about Dh32,576) per year, the cost of living is fairly reasonable when compared to other western countries. For visa purposes, you would need to open an account with the designated German bank and deposit €8,040 before you travel. You are allowed to withdraw €670 per month during the course of your programme.
These days studying German at school is becoming increasing popular and I would strongly advise students to pursue the language, especially if they are contemplating going to Germany for higher studies.