Germany has a vast number of public and private universities. These are broadly categorised as universities, universities of applied sciences, and colleges of art, film and music. Public universities are funded by the government and attract a majority of the students enrolling themselves at such institutions since they are free or charge a nominal amount of tuition fees. Picking the right course from the right university can be a challenging task given the number of universities there are to choose from, but we at confluence will take you through it step by step making it an easy process for you. Here are a few of the steps we take our students through:
Step 1. Choosing a university – Based on the student’s interest and previous qualifications, we help students narrow down and choose a course which is the best fit for them. There are a number of things that have to be keenly looked into along with the admission requirements, these include recent ranking of these universities in the field of interest, checking course content in detail, whether the courses are taught in english or not, preference of living in a big city or smaller one, etc. These are just a few of the many things that have to be borne in mind, and our experienced consultants will ensure that this step is just as easy for the student as any other one.
Step 2. Admission requirements – Students need to check carefully if their present qualifications are accepted and recognised as a higher education entrance qualification by the university they are applying to. Language requirements also have to be fulfilled. Even if the course is taught in english, students might be required to prove their proficiency of language by providing an IELTS or TOEFL score. Some courses may even ask for other specific qualifications which have to be proved with the support of official documents such as certificate of completion of a course etc.
Step 3. Checking financial requirements – Although public universities are free or have nominal tuition fees, application for student visa requires the students to provide proof of funding to cover living expenditure. Scholarships and funding is also provided by many universities to help finance students who are unable to fund themselves. Our consultants will help with obtaining detailed information in this regard including the scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.
Step 4. Apply, apply, apply – Most of the German universities accept applications twice a year – summer and winter semesters. Students must however take note of the fact that semester intake preference may be applicable to some courses, hence they must start preparations to send out application forms and documents well before the deadlines. Making a checklist of all the documents to be attached with the application form will help ease the burden. We at confluence follow a through procedure to help ensure that we tailor the perfect application for you
Once the student has received an acceptance letter from the university, next step is to apply for a German visa. Detailed information on that application process is provided here in our earlier blogpost.