Germany is a member of the European Union. It borders with nine other countries Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Germany is the EU’s largest economy, with a gross domestic product GDP of 3.73 trillion US$, and lies fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan.
• University is free for even non -Germans
• Germany is the seventh -largest country in Europe.
• Area of Germany is 137847 square miles ,of Wstate. hich 34 836 square miles is covered by land and 3011 square miles contains water.
• Berlin has the largest train station in Europe
• Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
• Germany is of 16 states.
• The states have their own constitution and are largely autonomous in regard to their internal organization at the Municipal level Germany is divided into 403 districts (kreise)of which 301 are rural districts and 102 urban districts, Bavaria is the largest.
• German is the most widely taught third language across the world.
• Germany has a population of 81 million people
Germany’s 16 states abolished tuition fees for undergraduate students at all public German Universities In 2014. University in Germany can study for free with just a small fees to cover administration and other costs per semester. The tuition fees for private German universities would come up to around 20000 Euros per year. After the complete abolishment of tuition fees in German Universities, there is a semester fee that has to be paid by every student which includes the residential costs, cafeterias, sports facilities etc.
World class education by highly qualified staff together with free tuition education in most universities and very low fees in some others. There are hundreds of academic courses to select from cultural diversity for international students.
Universities in Germany:
1. University of Berlin
2.Technical University Munich
3.Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
4.Schiller International University
5.Hochshule Furtwangen University
6.University of Freiburg
7.Humbolt University of Berlin
Business Colleges in Germany
1.Berlin School of Business and Innovation
2.GISMA Business School
5.The Business School of the University of Mannheim
6.ESCP Europe Berlin
Mechanical Engineering Universities in Germany:
1.RWTH Aachen University
2.Technical University Munich
3.university of Stuttgart
4.KIT,Karlsruhe institute of technology
5.Technical university of Braunschweig
Germany VFS Global
Working in partnership with embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, VFS Global is a commercial company which provide support services for applying for a visa to enter Germany. VFS global manages visa application Centre for the German Embassy. Visa applications will be processed and decided by embassy of the federal republic of Germany staff. VFS global has nothing to do or influence the outcome of your visa application. It provide services to ensure that your visa application is correctly filled in and submitted to the embassy.
1. Short Stay Visa
Sri Lanka and other third country nationals residing in Sri Lanka wishing to travel mainly to Germany Visa requests are handled by VFS German visa application Centre in Colombo and Jaffna.
2. Visit To Family & Friends
In order to visit family and friends from the embassy of the country , Schengen visa has to be obtained CHECK LIST ENCLOSED.
Seeking to enter Germany solely in pursuit of his /her career as a seaman for a seaman’s visa must be applied in any capacity on board a vessel and, with the intention of departing with the vassal or reshipping on other vessel that is bound for a foreign port or place or one coming to the Germany to join a vessel in this country. CHECK LIST ATTACHED-
5. Long Stay Visa
Applicants for long stay which means more than three months and resident permit. CHECK LIST ATTACHED
May apply directly at the German embassy with prior appointment.
Student Visa-Application Procedure:
1. Select a University
(DAAD) The German academic exchange service has a database of almost 2000 course available to search from, including 1389 programs in English. Opportunities to study in Germany in English at undergraduate level are currently limited, though there are some courses taught in both English and German characteristically starting with English for the first two to four semesters and then shifting to German. While improving your proficiency in German, this allows you to study in English, particularly as your university may offer German language classes. You may also like to consider the latest ranking of the top universities in Germany while making your decision or check the least QS world university ranking for subject to find the top German institutions.
2. The Admission Requirements
Prior to applying, check your current qualification are recognized by your selected University. In order to study in Germany you need to have a recognized HZB, which means higher education entrance qualification. Potential undergraduate students a high -school diploma, school leaving certificate or university entrance exam results is usually adequate, and the DAAD has a database of information on admission requirements.
3.Get Your Finances in Order
You will need to show proof that you have or have access to around Euro 8700 in order to fulfil student visa requirements per year to cover your living costs. Even though you may find you need more, depending on your lifestyle. The average student spends Euro 850 for a month living costs also vary depending on the location, according to cost of living. Munich is currently the most expensive city in the Germany.
4. Application Process
You can apply directly to the international office of the University For most subjects. On the other hand you can use the website www.uni-assist.de a centralized admissions portal for students, run by the German academic exchange service(DAAD),even though all universities not use it. In German universities it is possible to apply for admission twice a year-to commence studies either in the winter or summer. Applications for winter enrolments need to be made by 15 July and applications for summer enrolments by 15 January. But application deadlines vary in certain universities and the same institution may set different deadlines for each program. You have to carefully check the specific dates for your selected course. It is better to submit applications at least six weeks before the deadline, to ensure time for corrections or additions if any information is not there. You should expect to receive a formal acceptance or rejection about one to two months after the deadline.
5. Take out Health Insurance
You should ensure you have purchased health insurance to cover you during your stat in Germany before you leave your country. This is necessary before you enroll and before you get a student visa or residence permit. Student visa check list attached.
6. Get a German Student Visa
Depending on your country of origin there are requirements for obtaining a student visa for Germany. You can find an overview of the countries for which a student visa is required on the foreign federal office’s website.
7. Find Accommodation
It is advisable to start looking for accommodation once you have gained a place on a course and your student visa. Most German universities do not offer accommodation to students. Rent will vary depending on which part of the country you live and it is likely to be your biggest monthly expense. Within western big cities Germany Dusseldorf, Cologne etc. and smaller cities student oriented cities it is cheaper and such as Heidelberg and Freiburg you should expect to pay slightly more and if you are living in eastern Germany such as Berlin it is more expensive.
You can use university facilities such as the library before you enroll and you start your course. You will also require to register again prior to the start of every semester.
9. Settle in to student life in Germany
You should now be all set to begin your studies in Germany. You have to pack all the essentials, as well as arranging few more important things.
Attend interview in Germany Embassy
*If the study period is more than 90 days must apply for a student visa. The student visa can be used between 3-6 months .If it is more than 3 month ,then apply at the Alien office in Berlin to get residence permit.
*Blocked Bank Account
Once you have secured your German visa appointment ,you should consider opening a blocked bank account, which is relatively simple procedure. This is part of your visa process and it allows German authorities to check that you can afford at least the first year of your studies. This process can last between 4-12 weeks so make sure you have allowed yourself plenty of time to access the money once your course has started. It is called blocked account because you will only have access to your funds once you’ve arrived in Germany. This is required as part of your visa process so German authorities have proof that you have a minimum of EURO 10236* in your account so you can find your stay for at least first year of your studies