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Germany best for engineering courses

In the field of engineering education, it's Germany all the way.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 16:23 IST

The country’s USP
According to the OECD-Report Bildung auf einen Blick (Education at a Glance), in 2002 Germany ranked second in the category of “Destination countries for internationally mobile students” along with the United Kingdom.
Of the 1.9 million international students, Germany and the UK accounted for 12 per cent each. The report threw up another interesting statistic: The number of Asian students in German institutes had increased by three per cent.

Hot for what?
It’s popular for Engineering. Moreover, says Ulrich Podewils, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), New Delhi, “Cogent solutions have been found for both the problem of staying on after completing a course and the language barrier. Students are now permitted to stay put in Germany for up to 12 months after completing a degree programme and look for a job. Once they find suitable employment, their study visa is converted into a work visa.”

Top institutes
* RW Technische Hochschule Aachen:
* Technische Universitaet Berlin:
* Technische Universitaet Darmstadt:
* Technische Universitaet Dresden:
* Universitaet Karlsruhe:

Bernd Muetzelburg, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

 "German universities are of excellent quality. German universities and scientific research are among the world leaders in their fields and internationally highly competitive.

Studies in Germany create career opportunities. German universities have close links with German companies, which are naturally interested in recruiting top-ranking graduates.

One does not have to know German in order to study at a German university. There are more than 500 degree courses taught in English.

And last but not least, university studies in Germany do not charge high tuition fees. Studies in Germany are much less expensive than in other countries."

All these are partner-institutions of the Indian Institutes of Technology. Here’s some basic information for those who wish to study in Germany

Commencement of session: The winter semester starts in October (major intake, for all subjects and universities) and the summer semester in April (minor intake, only for limited subjects and universities).

When to apply: As per university application deadlines.

How to apply: There are two ways in which to gain entry into a German university -- directly apply to the university of your choice or send your application through a consortium known as ASSIST ( for admission to its member universities.

At present, ASSIST has 80 universities as its members. However, note that ASSIST members will accept your application only if they are sent via the umbrella organisation. Direct applications will not be accepted.

First Published: Nov 06, 2006 17:04 IST