ABOUT GERMANY EDUCATION SYSTEM
Germany is a place to be when it comes to the quality of higher education, research infrastructure, teaching methodology, low-cost studies and career prospect. That is why many internationals continue to believe that Germany is the best place for pursuing their higher education further.
On the other hand, not every international student is able to pursue such a dream, right away. This is because several nationalities are NOT allowed to enter and stay in the territory of Germany without enjoying the appropriate German Visa.
In our case, a visa needed is the authorizing official document required to permit a non-German national to enter and stay in the territory of Germany for the purpose of studying, in a specifically intended period.
Latest statistics indicate Germany to be the 4th most popular destination for studying abroad for international students. There are several reasons to study in Germany, whether it is the world class universities and colleges and their diverse subject pool from which students can choose or the historical cultural heritage in which Germany is steeped.
Some of the most popular and top German Universities include Ruprecht-Karis-Universität Heidelberg, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Technische Universität München. Every German city has at least one University ranked and recognized amongst the world’s top 250.
Germany has consistently been considered a leader in Science, Technology, and Engineering. Hence, the top courses to study in Germany are the following: Mechanical, Structural and Chemical Engineering, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Entrepreneurship and Technology, Renewable Energy, Computer Sciences and Information Systems.
Higher Education in Germany
Before opting Germany as your international study destination, you should be aware of their grading system. There are two types of the grading system in the German universities.
First, is the one-to-six grading system, which is commonly used in Germany. The grades above 0.4 are considered adequate to excellent while the grades below that are treated as poor performance or fail.
To show the final grade of the Abitur exam, the second grading system was introduced. It shows grade numbers from 0-15 and it makes the calculation of final degree easy.
For the average degree of Abitur, the points from all the exams in the prior years and the points of the final year are compiled. The final result is considered as an average grade.
Bologna reform and the changing of bachelor’s and master’s degree there is a change in the grading system of the German universities. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points are credited to the students with every lecture or exercise with a passed exam. In Germany, exams are evaluated after the first graduate degree. The ECTS points are compiled to take out an average grade which is concluded in the final thesis. This helps the students to get the final degree.
There are two major intakes to study in Germany. They are summer (April) and winter (January). The application for the summer intake can be submitted from the beginning of December to 15th of January and the applications for the winter intake can be submitted from the beginning of June to 15th of July.