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Pursuing MS in Germany: Universities and Application Procedure

Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava

Germany is renowned all over the world for its quality education system and not simply in engineering. Almost two and half million students all over the country end up applying for MS programs in German University; read the following post to know more about pursuing MS in Germany.

Germany being one of the reputed industrial countries in Europe, has the status of achieving great technological progress amongst the other countries of the world and has been well known for playing a significant role for economic development in the western hemisphere.

Scope of Pursuing Masters/MS Programs in Germany  

Germany has long been a favourite among students of science and technology students. Thousands of students across the globe choose to pursue their higher studies in Germany, preferably an MS in any technical subjects from a German University.

A distinctive feature of the higher education segment in Germany is providing sufficient emphasis on mobility of the students and they are encouraged for taking internships or making appropriate utilization of exchange opportunities at the time of their studies. This is applicable at the masters’ level also. With the introduction of a new three years Bologna bachelor course, opportunities for studying abroad are very significant at the masters’ level Germany.

Choice of Fields and Universities for MS in Germany

The system of German Higher Education is not coordinated centrally and each of the sixteen Federal States has higher education laws of their own. In terms of management and administration perspective German universities are autonomous in nature. Every institution makes decisions in matter of areas it likes to teach and accordingly makes necessary admissions decisions like in the United Kingdom, setting up their own entry requirements and regulations. Therefore, it is suggested to verify every institute while you opt for the course of masters’ study. Primarily four types of institutes are there in Germany where you can take up the course for studying MS.

  • Universities known as TU or Technische Universitat are research-based and provide programs in an array of subjects. There are about one hundred universities and majority of them are institutions for public.
  • Fachhochschulen or Universities of Applied Science are practice-based and provide courses primarily for business administration, engineering, design and social sciences. They are often found to have very cordial relationship with staffs that provide internships, other scopes for professional development and supervision at the time of masters’ dissertations. Among two hundred of this sort, you would get both private and public universities for applied science within Germany.
  • Colleges of film, art and music are there, the number of which leads up to fifty.
  • There are institutions which are sponsored by religions organizations and party by the state.

Procedures of Applying and Funding in German Universities

Applications for masters’ degrees can be made directly to the universities or through their online in-house application form or by utilizing a system known as uni-assist. This procedure is not only a simple online form fill-up but also applicable to both international and German applicants. In 2005, a law was promulgated permitting universities to claim tuition fees.

However, all the states did not opt for claiming tuition fees but those that opted for such fees kept the same at a low rate. Fees for pursuing masters’ degree consist of various components:

  • Per semester tuition fees is 650 Euros for public institutions though executive and professional masters may attract higher fees which could be to the tune of several thousand Euros for private institution per semester and at par with other countries such as the US.
  • Per annum health insurance which varies according to the institution might be about two hundred eight Euros per semester, however in the event of you doing a part-time job then it is not difficult to obtain the health insurance coverage. According to the law of the states all students should have coverage for health insurance during their course of study which might be extended up to fourteen semesters or to a maximum age limit of thirty.
  • This suggests that under these circumstances you get the options of availing a public health insurance scheme at subsidized rates. For students above the age of thirty, they have to arrange for getting the coverage of private insurance at their own effort. The service office of institution for the students also helps in this regard whether anyone needs additional coverage in case of undertaking an internship or fieldwork.

Some of the best courses for studying MS have been introduced in the current year i.e. 2014-15 and these programs have been done in such a manner so that they become more beneficial to the students and help pursuing their study in an easy manner.

Author bio:

Swati Srivastava is an avid writer and a blogger who loves to share her knowledge and ideas on a wide range of educational and career related topics. Her articles are published on various reputed websites like Shiksha.com. Follow her on Google+

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