Oct.08

Indian Student’s Guide: Studying In Germany

MS in Germany

This post after quite a long time. There was a time when I was quite active in the blogosphere and then as ill luck would have it, my personal chores took higher priority and this blog accumulated dust for quite some time. Finally, now I have all the time in the world to write something up and I thought why not write something up that is somehow relevant, not only to me, to several graduates of India as well.

Okay, let’s face it. You are at the close of our graduation and studying abroad seems to be the latest fad. And why not Germany! It offers infinite opportunities for any graduate, not to mention an excellent standard of living, world-class education and extensive industry presence. Be it Audi®, SAP®, Mercedes-Benz® or the umpteen number of Fortune 500 international companies, Germany simply can’t be overlooked. And the icing on the cake? Education in Germany is completely free! Even international students study in Germany using the money paid by the brilliant German taxpayers over there! However, this makes getting into a German university tad bit harder than their U.S. counterparts as the universities tend to be quite selective in choosing international students, primarily because it’s their money you are using to study, so by selecting the best amongst you, they will try to make it a better investment. However, taking a few calculated steps and working hard from the third year itself will help you land in any good German institution of your choice and that’s what I am going to discuss over here. Now, take note that I am a Computer Science student, however, the post I going to write is fairly usable for a graduate of any discipline.

Now applying to a German university is fairly easy, but there are a few nooks here and few crannies there. When I first made up my mind that I will be applying there, I was taken aback by the sheer number of choices and hosts of options. Each application varies from the other in terms of required documents, TOEFL requirement etc, not to mention eligibility and selection criteria. So I will take a simple numbered bullet point approach on how can you prepare yourself (academically and financially) from your third year onwards to apply for a Masters degree program in Germany. The steps are fairly simple and can be completed in your final year as well, however, preparing from the third year itself will help you a lot if you want to get admitted in a top German university. You know, the early bird gets the worms and hard work always pays back! So Lasst uns Trotz Dem!

 

 

Step 1: Third Year – First Semester

This is perhaps the most important year in an Indian engineering graduate’s life. Suddenly, all the subjects are course related, there is more lab work and not to mention the upcoming summer internship! Voila! The summer internship can be a major boost to your curriculum vitae if you do it from a standard institution. Oh! You had planned C*C Training, Glo**s*n or any other Private Organisations isn’t it? Those who have already registered or are going to register, I have something to say for you people. Going to a private organisation is an utmost waste of your money and time and their teacher are substandard at best (Think this, if they were good software programmers, wouldn’t they be doing high paying jobs at MNCs?). Not to mention, your summer project would be a mere joke with the a very low-quality stuff that can be downloaded online. 
You may feel you have done a great job as you are first timers but according to national standards, the project quality would be even lower than substandard and it might also be a fact that the training and placement cell at your college might be pushing it down your throat just because they have some financial gain.
Here are some of the best summer internship options in India (and here you earn money too for doing the work!).
Now if it is must that you are not thru in any of these institutions, here are the few ‘better’ private organisations, but please avoid doing ‘online’ projects as they are useless and boring at best:

Also, take note, that try to prepare a visually appealing thesis. Try using Adobe® InDesign® or any other professional layout software to design your thesis. I cannot emphasise enough on how important a visually impressive thesis can be. Now to the next step.

Step 2: Third Year – Second Semester

Now, you are already done with your internship, it’s time to take English language exam. TheTOEFL® or Test of English as a Foreign Language exam tests a student’s Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking abilities and each is graded on a scale of 30, totalling to 120. A standard and respectable TOEFL® score is 100. Now, if you are from an English medium background with sufficient fluency in the colloquial usage of the language, TOEFL® would be a cakewalk for you. However, people from weaker background must study for TOEFL® more formally. These 2 books should be enough. (If you can’t see them, please turn off your AdBlocker).

 
 
 

 

 

Now here’s the important part for you, a foreign applicant: Preparing for TOEFL® iBT requires a judicious amount of dedication, hard work, time management amongst others, specifically if your English is weak. If you need one-on-one guidance comment below and we may discuss further prospects on how to prepare, time schedule, pronunciation etc, so that you can ace TOEFL® and get yourself admitted to your dream college.

Once you have cleared the TOEFL® iBT you will find out that not only Germany, but several universities worldwide the TOEFL® iBT exam as a standard of your English language proficiency. Most of the information about TOEFL® iBT can be found here: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/and https://www.ets.org/toefl. However, here are some key points that might be relevant for an Indian examinee.

  • There are several TOEFL® iBT  test centres across India. Chose the one nearest to you so that you may lessen the travelling fatigue.
  • The cost of the examination is approximately Rs.10,500/-, obviously depending on the conversion value of the USD($) that day. The only way of payment is through a credit card.
  • You can send your marks for free to up to 4 colleges. Note that this option is required for applying in some German universities, but not all of them.
  • The examination time is variable, but generally it’s 3.5 – 4 hours long.
  • Note that even your wristwatch is not allowed during the exam. Don’t carry too much stuff with you if your centre doesn’t have locker facility.
  • Finally, best of luck!

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