Germany emerging most preferred destination for Indian students

Germany – In the last ten years or so, India is seeing an exponential increase of students pursuing their higher studies abroad. If affordability for the parents to send their wards was the issue some two decades ago, which has become the thing of the past, thanks to the ever increasing development in the field of education, along with improvement in the standard of living, the burgeoning middle class segment in the country are sending their children abroad.

In an article written Published by India Today, Gurinder Singh Bhatti, Chairman and MD of ESS Global writes that over the past couple of years Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course have gained credence across the globe with many varsities forging alliance with certain entities to lend their support to these fields of study further. What is more, the trending courses that Indian students aspire to make a career in are the STEM education programs as such students stand to gain several lucrative job opportunities following their graduation in these subjects, noted the report.

“Be it in Accounting, Computer programming, Life sciences, Statistics, or Engineering; STEM students can look forward to a rich and fulfilling career in different industries. Regarding studying abroad, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have long been considered the top 5 destinations among international students. However, following recent global developments, many European nations are gradually joining the list of popular overseas study destinations, with Germany being the most favourite among Indian students in STEM subjects”, Bhatti writes.

Germany: Fast emerging as a popular study destination for aspiring engineers

Regarding being an education destination, Germany saw a 14% increase in the number of international students from 282,201 to 321,569, enrolled in its education institutions between 2013 and 2015. The primary source countries for international students in Germany were found to be China (12.8% India (4.9%), and Russia (4.9%), he notes.

“Germany is one of the most popular European countries among Indian students, who are looking to pursue higher education abroad. The nation in central-western Europeans one of the best education infrastructures in the world, and is also considered by many as one of the top countries to specialise in engineering and technology, Bhatti opines.

Citing a report published by World Education News and Reviews, Bhatti writes that Germany is home to 396 state recognised education institutions for higher studies. Out of those, 181 are universities and university-equivalent institutions, including specialised pedagogical universities, theological universities, and fine arts universities; and 215 specialisation-based universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen).

Five reasons why Germany is the most preferred study destination among engineering students:

  1. Little to no tuition fees:

While private universities in Germany are mostly financed from tuition fees received from students, public universities in the country do not charge any tuition fees for any of their Bachelor’s and Masters programs. This rule applies to both native and international students. Students typically need to pay annual administration fees and semester fees, depending on the university where they wish to enrol. Some of the tuition-free universities in Germany are the University of Hamburg, University of Bremen, University of Cologne, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

  1. Availability of courses taught in English:

Germany happens to be one of the few non-English speaking countries that offer classes taught in that language. Most universities offer Master’s degree programs in English exclusively for international students, especially in the fields of engineering and technology.

  1. Scholarship programmes for engineering students:

Germany offers some excellent scholarship options for international students under the DeutscherAkademischerAustauschdienst (DAAD) – the German Academic Exchange Service, and Deutschlandstipendium. Some scholarships for Indian students in the Engineering field include Bilateral Exchange of Academics, DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme, Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships, etc.

  1. Home to top ranking universities in the field of engineering:

Germany is home to some of the top ranking universities in the world and is known for its overall academic excellence. As per the QS world university rankings, the top 7 German education institutions in the fields of engineering and technology in 2017 are Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University, TU Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Stuttgart, Darmstadt University of Technology, and TU Dresden.

  1. Work opportunities within the country post completion of studies:

As a country that is primarily focused and driven by its manufacturing capabilities, Germany offers lots of job opportunities for engineers. Moreover, since this country actively invests in advanced research and applied technology, the demand for experts in the STEM field is expected to remain high here for years to come. The average salary for engineering experts could be up to 46,126 EUR year. For international students, such opportunities can become a dream come true as Germany allows such students to work 120 full or 240 half days per year after they gain a permit from the ‘AgenturfurArbeit’ (Federal Employment Agency).

“Going by facts mentioned above, it can be said that Germany is certainly becoming one of the most preferred study destinations in Europe among aspiring engineering students, and could top the list of overseas education destinations shortly”, Bhatti concludes.

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