What are the formalities to study in Germany?
And a flight to Munich. What steps should you follow before getting on the plane?: What are the formalities to study in Germany?
Often go to study abroad is a real headache with the various formalities and procedures. The good news is that this is not the case for Germany, for higher education: Germany is now the third largest host country for foreign students in Europe, and the sixth in the world (with a 7% share in 2016, according to an OECD study).
The registration procedures are quite simple and only the following documents will be requested to validate your registration : What are the formalities to study in Germany?
Proof of your studies.
Certificate of marks of the last years.
Certification of sufficient resources for the duration of your studies.
A certification of your language level.
In fact, this language test is a sine qua non requirement in most cases for your stay abroad. In 90% of cases, it is a decisive criterion for the acceptance of your university application . If you come to volunteer internationally, they may not take your language level into account. On the other hand, wanting to validate a double university degree with economics as the main subject will require mastering the language of Goethe.
Therefore, you will have to prove your level by means of one of the following German language tests:
The DSH , which is the German exam for accessing higher education (which can only be done in Germany).
The TestDAF or ‘Test of German as a Foreign Language’.
These tests usually have language levels. Each school or university has its own threshold, but in general it is:
Calculate around 130 euros for a DAF test that you will have to do before going abroad. Therefore, you should also provide for this formality.
In addition, all European citizens have the right and need to present their passport or identity document, so they do not need a visa .
However, another formality can be added to this. According to a study carried out by the DAAD in 2016, a student in Germany lives (and needs) 850 euros per month to live , on average. For many, this is a major expense, in addition to college tuition fees. Therefore, you may need to apply for a scholarship. To do this, you have several options at your disposal :
Long-term mobility grant or study grants, from 500 to 850 euros per month.
Training grants of up to 800 euros per month.
European mobility grants, paid monthly or once, up to 900 euros per month.
Contact your university for more information on obtaining a scholarship. Here are some tips so that you can leave quietly.
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Our tips for studying in Germany
Learning some basic words in German could be of great help once there …
Like any trip or language stay in Germany , a little preparation won’t hurt. Before you go, start by defining if you have a specific project in mind :
Discover a new country, the generosity of German culture …
Learn a foreign language, German, through a language course.
Give more value to your university curriculum through an exchange program.
Have your first professional experience, and find an internship in a company or an international volunteer.
If you have a goal, congratulations! We have several tips to give you to achieve your project. The first thing is to choose a good school. The advantage is that German universities are very popular. In fact, according to the latest rankings of THE World Ranking University, almost 80 universities in Germany belong to the 800 best schools in the world. Among them, we find:
The LMU Munich, with 16% international students.
The Technical University of Munich.
The Humboldt University of Berlin.
If you are taking German classes, the best thing would be to take the TestDAF exam. This type of test may be required for some courses or for the ERASMUS program , check it out. Otherwise, you can also take some test in Germany, like the DSH, for example, but under certain conditions.
Later, take stock of your resources. The number of expenses for your studies in Germany is quite important:
Accommodation, in a shared house or in a university residence.
Mandatory expenses such as repatriation or health insurance, transport card …
Variable expenses such as food, outings and trips.
Not to mention a whole set of contingencies such as the rate of your international bank card.
Therefore, before doing the formalities, contact the local German associations to have something safe once there. They will be able to help you with the various steps, but also when it comes to integrating and creating a group of friends for the duration of your stay.
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