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One of the biggest and powerful countries of the world, Germany situated in central Europe. Germany is very beautiful country. It has lots of nature’s gifts like mountains, forests, green landscapes, rivers, waterfalls and sunny beaches of the North Sea and Baltic Sea. This powerful country shares borders with some of the most important countries of Europe. Germany is surrounded by Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Denmark. Capital city Berlin is the strongest capital in the world. It is the center of power in Europe. German is its official language which is widely spoken in the country. The German language is not only spoken in Germany but it is spoken in lots of European countries also. Germany is consists of 357,376 square km with the population of 81.41 million. Germany is a most populated country in Europe but with its area, it is good population. Germany is also the member of European Union (EU) and The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide.

Brief History of Germany:

The history of Germany is very rich. It used to be the strongest country of Europe form millenniums. It ruled over Europe due to its strong economy and armed forces. Germans put lots of influence on the culture and economy of most of the European countries. They promoted not only their culture in other European countries but they left their language in those countries also and now the German language is most spoken language in Europe along with the English language. It is the law of nature that every dominant have to see a decline. Once Alexander was great he saw a decline, then Brittan was great they saw a decline. Germans were also great so they also had to face decline when a dictator Adolph Hitler and his Nazi party took control of Germany in 1933. Hitler wanted to conquer all the Europe and put all the Europe in the fire of war. The war mania of Hitler destroyed the infrastructure of not only the neighboring country of Germany but also the German nation have to suffer with it. Hitler era from 1933 to 1945 was horrible for Germans and it demolished the nation. After the death of Hitler, the German nation was divided into two parts, East Germany and West Germany. Capital Berlin was also divided into two parts and a wall was constructed for partition. With the continuous struggle of the German nation, this Berlin wall was broken on 9 November 1989 and German nation became united once again and started their journey towards development again. And now in 2017, this nation has become world’s fourth strongest economy. Salute to this brave nation.

German Education System:
The education system of Germany is very strong like its economy. Education for all is the motto of the German government. Higher education institutions of Germany are independent, the central government doesn’t control the education in Germany. There is no regulatory policy for education by the government.

All the 16 states of Germany regulate their universities, but they don’t control the universities. The quality of education in Germany is very high. Actually, the universities of Germany set the education standards in Europe. You can find almost 427 universities in Germany, most of them are public and state-funded and students are not charged tuition fees. Some private universities are also working in Germany. These higher education institutions are offering almost 18000-degree programs to local and international students. However, there are lots of tuition free universities for international students in Germany. You can study in Germany in the English language also.

Types of German Higher Education Institutions:

There are three types of higher education institutions in Germany. Students can choose the university according to their choice. There are lots of studies programs are taught in these universities. Following are the types of higher education institutions in Germany.

  • Universities
  • Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Colleges of Arts, Film, and Music

Universities of Germany:
The study in universities is totally theoretical and academically oriented. These universities of Germany offer various study programs in different fields. There are some technical universities, college of education, and medical schools are also working under universities or independently. These universities offer bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree programs to students.

Universities of Applied sciences in Germany:
The study in universities of applied sciences is totally focused on practical, research and experiments. The course of different studies programs is designed to prepare the students for professional life. Students are given theoretical lectures and practical challenges, which make them able to meet any challenge in practical and professional life.

Colleges of art, film and music in Germany:
study in Germany for Pakistani studentsThese art colleges of Germany are serving the students of performing art from all over the world. There are various study programs of performing art are offered to students. These art colleges trained students for the direction of film and theater, camera operating, screenwriting etc. Students of these art colleges serve in the fields of film, theater, television and radio. Following study programs are taught in art colleges of Germany.

  • Fine Arts
  • Dance
  • Industrial & fashion designing
  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Graphic Art
  • Instrumental Music etc.

An entry test is compulsory to take admission in these art colleges. It is kind of aptitude test. Students need to prove their artistic talent in their specific field. Almost all the art colleges teach in the German language. So international students are required German language proficiency certificate.

About German Institutes Ranking:

In general, all German research universities and universities of applied sciences all meet a high standard of research and teaching. University ranking is thus not that common in Germany. Ranking is done for single subjects instead. Use the CHE ranking according to your own priorities. For information on German university ranking, visit;
http://www.che-ranking.de/cms/

Undergraduate Courses:

The Pakistani HSSC is not considered as equivalent to a German Secondary School Certificate (“Abitur”). As a holder of a HSSC you have to complete one year of undergraduate studies at a university in Pakistan before you may apply for an undergraduate course in the same field in Germany. Another option is to visit a foundation course in Germany (Studienkolleg) and pass a test (“Feststellungsprüfung”) before you are eligible to apply for an undergraduate course. For detailed information on the foundation courses in Germany, please visit Preparatory & Introductory Courses or the website of the Studienkollegs.

You need, however, basic knowledge of German when applying for a foundation course. High school graduates holding an A-level may apply directly for an undergraduate course at a German university depending on the number and the field of their A-level subjects. More information on foundation courses can be found here
Please read through the following guideline if you wish to go for undergraduate studies “Undergraduate Education in Germany

Information on Studienkolleg if you do hold an HSSC certificate (FSc/ FA)

Guideline: How to study Medicine in Germany

Graduate Courses:

Applicants have to have competed 16 years of education (M.Sc., M.A., B.Eng, BS) before applying for a Master’s course in Germany.

EQUIVALENCY OF PAKISTANI  CERTIFICATES WITH GERMAN EDUCATION LEVEL:

How can I apply?

If the university you wish to apply to participate in the programme “Application Services for International Students” (UNI-ASSIST), you have to apply via UNI-ASSIST. With one application submitted to UNI-ASSIST, you can apply to several universities at a time.

NOTE: You will have to pay a fee of 55 Euro for your first application and 15 Euro for all additional universities you want to apply to.

Find more information at Uni-Assist Official Website

NOTE: If your university is not participating in the UNI-ASSIST programme, you have to apply to the university directly. You will find all information concerning application on the university’s website or on the website of the selected degree course.

Do I need to know German?

For all international degree courses with English as language of instruction the requirements are listed on the website of the programme. In most cases a certain IELTS or TOEFL score is required. When applying for a programme in German language, you have to pass a respective German language exam.

But even if you plan to study in English language, it is highly advisable to learn enough German to be able to communicate with people.

In Pakistan, German language courses are offered by Goethe Institute Karachi, Annemarie Schimmel Haus Lahore and National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and several other providers.

TUITION FEE AND OTHER EXPENDITURES IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES:
Is there a way to study abroad for free? The answer is yes. In Germany, most of the state universities are public or church funded and do not charge any tuition fee from students. Though, very few universities charge a little amount as tuition fees. Of course, bachelor’s degree programs are totally free. However, master’s degree programs and doctoral degree programs are charged very fewer tuition fees. In fact, it is very less as compare to other universities of Europe. So you can go and study abroad in Germany for free because there is a free education in Germany for international students is available.

Private universities charge full tuition fees, which can be compared to the universities of Europe. So very less number of students take admission in private universities. Most of the universities of applied sciences are private.

It is news that the state of Baden-Württemberg said that from winter semester 2017/18 non-EU students will be charged 1500 Euro per semester. This fee will be charged only from new admissions of winter semester 2017/18. Continuous students are exempted from fees. However, students of the Ph.D. program will not be charged tuition fees as per routine. This resolution of fee imposing to non-EU students is still in process, the final decision will have come after approval of the local government of the state of Baden-Württemberg. But still, you can find most of the tuition free universities in Europe here in Germany.

Semester Contribution System:
Students are required to pay an amount of approximately 250 Euro as semester contribution. This semester contribution can be varying university to university.

Other Facilities Charges: Another 100 Euro are also charged from students to provide them different facilities like the dining hall, athletic facilities, halls of residence and different services.

Semester Ticket: In some universities, students are charged 25 Euro to 160 Euro for semester ticket. A student can use all the public transport free of charge for 6 months in the city.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN BACHELOR’ DEGREE PROGRAM:
There are not specific requirements for admission in higher education institutions of Germany. Every university sets its own criteria for admission.

  • a school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university study /intermediate for Pakistani students (if students qualification is not equal to German standards then students have to pass a foundation course from Germany named “Studienkolleg”)
  • Passed University entrance exam (if required by University)
  • All transcripts issued by previous education institutions.
  • Language proficiency certificate in the English language like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) etc.
  • German language proficiency certificate if study medium is German
  • Application Form (correctly filled by candidate)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM:
There are not specific requirements for admission in higher education institutions of Germany. Every university sets its own criteria for admission as mentioned below.

  • Bachelor’s degree with impressive CGPA
  • Passed University entrance exam (if required by University)
  • All transcripts issued by previous education institutions.
  • Language proficiency certificate in the English language like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) etc.
  • German language proficiency certificate if study medium is German
  • Application Form (correctly filled by candidate)
  • These are general information gathered by stvisapro.com from different universities. Students are advised to the check exact information from official website of University.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAM (Ph.D.):
To take admission in doctoral degree program students may require following documents:

  • Master’s degree with impressive CGPA
  • Good research work in relevant field
  • An impressive thesis (should be defended at any public forum)
  • Good grade in admission required subject
  • German language proficiency certificate if study medium is German
  • Application Form (correctly filled by candidate)
  • These are general requirements, stvisapro.com advise you to go to official website of the university to check exact admission requirements and the deadline to submit an application for admission.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS / INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN GERMANY
There are varieties of scholarships available in German for local and international students. These scholarships are offered to students by some religious organizations, DAAD, commercial enterprises and party-affiliated foundations.

Scholarships in Germany are not given for entire study program. Normally these are granted for some specific semester. The criteria of giving a scholarship to students are very tough in Germany.

EMBASSY ONLINE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM:
https://www.study-in.de/en/
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International Programmes database

COST OF LIVING IN GERMANY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
Living in a big city of the world is always expensive, so that in Germany. Students have to spend the major portion of their savings on living. Cost of living always depends on your way of living. stvisapro.com always suggests you spend less on living and more on studies. Anyways, you may need to spend 800 Euro per month to spend on accommodation, food, clothing, traveling in the city, books, stationery, personal maintenance, entertainment etc. It is an average and estimated cost of living. It may be segregated as: rent of accommodation may require 300 Euro approx, food may require 165 Euro approx, travelling may require 82 Euro approx, clothing may require 50 Euro approx, study material (books, notes, stationary) may require 30 Euro approx, phone & the internet may require 33 Euro approx, health and medical may require 65 Euro approx and entertainment & outing may require 68 Euro approx. these figures are approx and can vary from city to city.

Accommodation in Germany for Students:
Finding accommodation in big cities have become a problem in the world, so that in Germany. It will not easy for you to find a good residence in student cities of Germany. Students are advised to confirm their residence immediate after admission confirmation. Students must have confirmed accommodation before reaching to Germany. Getting admission in German higher education institution is not giving you automatic booking for university’s student residence hall.

Students Residence Hall:
Student residence hall is the most economical residence option in Germany. There are many students’ residence halls in student city of Germany. They give you a room for two on very economical rate. These rooms are totally furnished with properly heating and the Internet. Most of the rooms have attached bathroom. Students are given common kitchen, living room, and dining room also.

Private Accommodation for Students:
In case you cannot find a place in students residence hall in Germany for any reasons then you have a second option. You can rent a private room / flat / apartment. This kind of living is always expensive in big cities. If you are habitual to live alone and your bank balance allows you then you can avail this option. Otherwise, you can rent a flat or apartments on sharing basis with other students. It is also very economical kind of living. Living in sharing basis will save your many Euros in rent. And you can also cook your own food sharing with other students. It is also very economical food option than dining out in the restaurant.

Live as Paying Guest in Germany:
If you are keen about different cultures and traditions of the world then you should live as paying guest in Germany with some local family. It is also a very economical way of living. Normally as paying guest, you are given a furnished single room with food and laundry. You can save your precious time by living in this style. The time you would spend in cooking food, cleaning room and washing clothes can be utilized in studies and outing. The nights of big cities of Germany are very attractive and entertaining. So students should go out and have fun also.

PART TIME JOB IN GERMANY FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS:
Yes, students are allowed to work as a part-time during their studies. Students are allowed to work for 20 hours in a week during studies. However, in holidays students can work the full day. But it is compulsory for students that give priority to their studies in Germany. The students who are willing to do a job during the study are properly registered and allotted a social security number. The wage rate in Germany is 8.84 Euro per hour.

If a student earns more than or equal to 450 Euro per month (either from 20 hours job or full-time job or mini job) then he has to pay a mandatory contribution for health care, insurance, and the state employment insurance.

If a student is doing work as internship which is required by study course then the income of student is exempt from social security. Students who wish to do part time job should keep in mind one thing that without knowing the German language it is difficult to find a student job. Because students are offered part-time jobs at the places where public dealing is part of a job, like restaurants, cafes, hotels, food spots, service stations, gas stations, bars, shopping malls, call centers, shops, etc. These are kind of student jobs and difficult to deal with customers if you don’t know local languages. But the good part is Germany is a very big and industrial country with minimum unemployment, so you have the better chance than other parts of the Europe to find the student job.

Some higher education institutions offer the job to students like library assistant or some administrative work. It is a good way of earning because it doesn’t disturb your study routine. The best way to find a job is “SchwarzeBretter”, these are kind of notice boards in universities, markets, and public spots. Students must read these boards time to time to get a suitable job for them.

One important information is that a student who is working first time in Germany required a social security number which is allotted by the German government. The first employer applies for this social security number on behalf of a student. This social security number is allotted for a lifetime and can be used with any job during and after studies.

An entry test is compulsory to take admission in these art colleges. It is kind of aptitude test. Students need to prove their artistic talent in their specific field. Almost all the art colleges teach in the German language. So international students are required German language proficiency certificate.

EMBASSY FEE AND OTHER EXPENDITURES:
Embassy Fee: EUR 75 / PKR 12000  || Source||

For applications at the Embassy Islamabad, please note that at the time of application an amount of 500,- PKR is due for returning the passports through a courier service.
While submitting the application, you will be given a pay slip. Please take this slip to the Standard Chartered Bank, Diplomatic Enclave Branch only, and pay the visa fee. The bank will report your payment to the Embassy. A fee of 700,- PKR will be levied by the bank.

For applications at the Consulate General Karachi, please note that the visa fee (equivalent in PKR) has to be paid in CASHat time of submission.

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS FOR GERMANY:
Students are required to apply for National Visa instead of Schengen visa. There may be different visa requirements for different candidates according to their nationality and study program. stvisapro.com has collected some general information for you. Following are some visa requirements which may be demanded by German embassy.

  1. Admission confirmation letter from University
  2. Health insurance for complete duration of study
  3. Language proficiency certificate in the English language like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) etc.
  4. German language proficiency certificate if study medium is German
  5. Post academic work and achievement certificates
  6. Bank Statement (with sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living).
    These are general visa requirements. Please check official website of German Embassy to get exact information about visa requirements.

EMBASSY ONLINE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM:
Online appointment for the Embassy in Islamabad
Online appointment for the Consulate General in Karachi (Sindh, Balochistan)

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS / DOWNLOADS:
– German Mission in Pakistan Official Website
– Information for applicants from Afghanistan
– Long term visas (for stays for more than 90 days)

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