In recent years, Germany has emerged as one of the favored destinations for higher studies among Indian students heading for studies abroad. In the field of technology and engineering specialists, the number of students heading to Germany has grown exponentially. One of the reasons which make Germany more appealing to students is the low tuition cost. Most of the public universities in Germany are funded by the government and hence require zero to very less tuition fee for admission. In addition to the low tuition cost, Germany is also one of the European countries where the living cost for students is relatively low.
While for admission to many programs, an International student might need proficiency in the German language, there are many universities which offer a variety of courses in the English language too.
A student from outside Germany needs to have Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB), which means 'higher education entrance qualification'. For undergraduate students, this can be a high-school diploma, school-leaving certificate or university entrance exam result. Indian students are eligible to apply for a Bachelor program in Germany if they fulfill any one of the following criteria:
The student should have completed the first year of a Bachelor degree program from a recognized university in India in a relevant subject.
The student should have cleared the IIT JEE or JEE Advanced exam.
The student should have passed in Feststellungsprüfung entrance examination after attending a preparatory Studienkolleg. This is a full-time course with about 32 hours of instruction per week and usually, takes up to two semesters to complete. The two components of the course are German language and subjects relevant to the study program you want to register for later. The minimum eligibility criteria for enrollment in a Studienkolleg are a valid school leaving certificate (12th) with relevant subject combination and proficiency in the German language (approx. B1 level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). A student's subject knowledge and if applicable German language proficiency is tested in an entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung) by the course coordinators before enrollment in the foundation course.
How to Apply?
In order to apply, first, go through the DADA website for admission requirements and other important information for International students. The next step is to gather more information about the university where you wish to apply. Once you have all the required information and you are sure of your eligibility for the said university and course, you can send a request for the application form to the University and carry forward the rest of the process.
The STEM subjects offered at TU9 universities:
RWTH Aachen University.
Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.