Most Government Universities have NO tuition fees. However a student must plan for a semester contribution (100-200€/ Sem) and monthly expenses (400-500€ /Month).
During the internship sem and master thesis your monthly expenses (rent,insurance,grocery etc.) generally get covered. So in reality for a 2 year / 4 sem course you have to plan expenses for 1 year / 2 semesters. These could be further reduced with help of scholarships and student jobs. HOWEVER, when it comes to visa applications after you have got admits things get complicated. One must realize that while applying for visa after getting your admit you need to show adequate funds in your bank account. The visa office may ask you to deposit Demand Draft (4-5 lakh INR / 1 year expense) and open German Bank accounts before you even come to Germany. In this case you have to plan for resources worth 8-10 lakh INR at your disposal in the form of bank loans / FD / Parents Support on official stamp paper etc. This part we will clear in the visa section of application. TIP: In some unis as per the fees structure, if you have three siblings, then you do not need to pay the tuition fees (conditions apply, please clarify with your target university).
There are a couple of scholarships offered by various state run and private organizations. However, the applications can be made ONLY after securing an “Admission Letter” from the University. Some scholarships could be secured after finishing one semester at the University.
Thus applying to Universities and securing admits should be the priority as of now. Once you have secured admits we will guide you for scholarship applications.
Most of the students intend to pursue a Job in Germany after their studies. Doing a course at a German University definitely increases your chances, but no one can predict the hiring market in 2 years from now.
Getting a Job after the course should not be a question on your mind during the application phase. Once multiple admits are secured then we will guide you with choosing one of them based on Job Prospects.
VIMP: After finishing your course it is possible to get a 12-18 month Job search Visa.
However, we strongly recommend being very careful in what you pick and how you plan. The courses are very exhaustive and getting a Job depends on your personal skills or the town of the University itself amongst other reasons.
- Univeristy of Applied Sciences (HS-Hochschule / FH-Fachhochschule) courses are more practical oriented and offer insight into technologies being applied in the industry. The course will focus on case studies, internships and master thesis which most preferably must be done at Industries/Companies.
- Technical University (TU Technisches Universitaet / Uni UNiversitaet) Courses are more research oriented with focus on learning latest technologies being researched. The projects are based on simulations, analysis and are mostly done on the university campus itself.
More Differences & TIPS:
- If you want to pursue a PhD or a research oriented job after your Masters target TUs and Unis more. However, keep in mind it is more difficult to get admit in TU and Uni, requiring experience in software and simulations skills needed for the respective courses and better grades.
- Better placement opportunity in TU and Unis.
- Please don’t let this discourage you from applying to HS/Fh’s because finally it is the course description that matters. If you want pursue normal jobs in industry HS are great option. We (MIG Team) studied at HS!
- Even though for a last few years as per the Bologna Process the degrees given by all the institutions are supposed to be considered equal unfortunately it is not the case in the real world and TU/Uni degrees have better reputation.
You will need to take these from your University. Most of the Universities have their own formats so please collect them form the student section of your Universities.
For students who will apply in the final year of engineering, you should apply with all possible Semester Transcripts. Anyways in most cases 8th sem is project sem and you will only have to mention in your application cover letter what project and which company you are pursuing it in.
For many courses the admission requirement is that only a Bachelor’s degree is required. We encourage students with a 3 year degree to apply for such courses.
Most of the technical courses clearly mention a 4 year basic degree is required.
However, to be frank, we strongly recommend students with 3 Year Bachelors to get in touch with the admission committee of their target universities before sending an application. In certain cases they accept 3 Years Degrees provided you take extra relevant courses for gaining adequate credits.
For us the most important criteria for course selection is the COURSE DESCRIPTION. We believe most HS’s in Germany are more or the less at the same level. Please check point 5 above for difference in TU’s and HS’s.
We encourage students in application phase to shortlist at least 4-5 courses based on topic of interest and course description. After they have received multiple admits then they pick one based on location of University or Projects Offered at the University, Job Prospects etc.
Due to the greatly increasing number of applications there are many German Universities which ask students to fill online applications as a pre selection procedure.
We strongly encourage applicants from Universities in India where securing percentages above 70% is extremely difficult to establish direct contact with the admission committee of such German Universities and express your concern of not making the minimum grade. In this case you could provide a certificate to the admission committee expressing your Universities grading scheme and/or a certificate showing your grades are above average as per your University Standards. Such a certificate could be attained from the Student Section. We could forward you sample formats.