|Official Name||(Federal Republic of Germany) Bundersrepublik Deutschland|
|Area||3,57,020 sq km or 1,37,846 sq mi|
|Major Cities||Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Colonge, Frankfurt, Leipzig|
|Climate||Mainly moderate climate|
Germany has emerged as a strong nation and has contributed generously to the economic, political and cultural growth of the European continent. The country has seen much tumult including the brunts of two World Wars, the effects of the Cold War and at the same time has experienced the unification of the western Federal Republic of Germany and the eastern German Democratic Republic. The country is strategically located in Central Europe and is guarded in all the sides by the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Netherlands Poland and south of Denmark. It experiences natural diversity and is covered by lowlands in the north, uplands in the central part and is surrounded by Bavarian Alps in the south.
The country boasts of a multi-ethnic culture and the terrain is inhabited by 91.5% Germans, 2.4% Turks and the rest is a mixed group comprising of Greeks, Italians, Polish, Russians, Serbo-Croatians and Spanish. The religious practices vary according to the different groups of people and the people are either Protestants, or Roman Catholics or Muslims. The official language of the country is German.
Germany has the most flourishing economic system in the world. It has shown considerable growth in 2006 with 2.2% of growth in the urban sector. The corporate restructuring and capital investment promises to be fruitful for German economy which faced stagnation because of the macroeconomic condition. Euro is the official currency of Germany. Germany is well-connected with all the other countries through roadways, waterways and airports.
People of Germany
Germany consists of people hailing from mixed ethnic backgrounds. The Turkish forms the largest group, while foreign residents make up for nine percent of the population. Besides this, there are also large numbers of refugees from East European Union as well as immigrants from countries like Italy, Spain and Greece. German is the language that is commonly spoken.
Arts, Culture and Music of Germany
Germany has contributed immensely towards art and culture. However, today German culture remains so merged with that of Europe that it becomes slightly difficult to draw the boundaries. German culture reflects various traces of medieval art and architecture in the form of cathedrals, monasteries, and castles that dot the country. Germany is also known for its love for music and literature.
Economy of Germany
Germany had a flourishing economy, which however, was forced onto a decline curve after the unification of East and West Germany in 1990. It was the differences between the economic systems of the two portions that caused the economy of East Germany to deteriorate. Even today, improving the East Germany's economy amounts to be a costly affair, with annual transfers from west to east working out to roughly $70 billion. This accompanied with the country's ageing population and high rate of unemployment has pushed social security outlays to a level exceeding contributions from workers. In the years 2002 and 2003, the economic growth fell short of 1%. However, corporate restructuring and growing capital markets are laying the foundations to allow Germany to meet the long-term challenges of European economic integration and Europe_Germanyization.
Germany has much to offer as a place to study .Internationally recognized qualification such as Bachelors & masters .This allows accumulation & transfer of study & exam modules .Germany is one of the most highly developed industrial nations in the world and, after the USA and Japan has the world?s third largest national economy.
Germany is a land of ideas. Education, science and research play a central role here. Germany is one of the countries most preferred by International students, a hub of cutting-edge international research and a constant source of new patents.
Germany is a place of remarkable beauty and stunning splendour. Its been associated with learning as the oldest university in Germany was founded in Heidelberg in 1386. Germany currently has more than 300 institutions of higher education that include 82 universities, 132 such institutions that offer shorter and practically oriented courses, and other institutions. Germany has a high turnout of foreign students as it offers a high range of study possibilities
Globally around 1.8 million students pursue higher studies abroad. Of these, approximately one tenth come to Germany. German Universities are autonomous and provide special emphasis on research and teaching. Some of the groundbreaking discoveries that the world has seen have been the result of German Universities. This is one of the strongest reasons why students increasingly prefer Germany for research studies. German Universities offer courses in Medicine, Engineering, Management, Law, English and various other disciplines. Academic freedom is one of the main characteristics of the German university system and is one of the reasons why public universities in Germany don?t charge any fee.
What quality of education is there in Germany?
Ans. The standard of teaching and research in German universities is ranked among one of the best institutions in the world.
Is it compulsory to learn German language to study in Germany?
Ans.Programs are exclusively taught in English. Therefore German language skills are not a prerequisite for starting your studies. If you are willing to learn German, you also have the opportunity to join the German Language Courses at the University, which are free of charge. A good command of German will expand your advantage on the job market in case you consider working for one of the approx. 700 German companies in India.
Is immigration possible in Germany?
Ans. Since 2002 Germany has a new immigration law. As a foreign student you will receive a study visa. With this visa you are allowed to work 90 days or 180 half days in a calendar year. This right is not restricted for campus jobs like in the US. After your graduation you have the right to stay in Germany for one year. During this time you can concentrate on job-hunting. A permanent residence permit will be guaranteed after having been successful in finding a job.
Where can we get more information on education in Germany?
Ans. Information on study and research in Germany
- Two Visa Application Forms (please make sure that both forms are duly filled out and signed indicating especially the address of your future residence in Germany - (question 15) as well as your complete address including telephone No. and E-Mail-address in India).
- Signed Declaration on True and Complete Information.
- Three passport pictures according to biometric specifications.
- Visa fee to be paid through Demand Draft made out to the "Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany" in New Delhi.
- Valid passport with a validity of at least 12 months along with two copies of all printed pages.
- Cover letter from applicant, explaining the exact purpose and duration of your stay in Germany.
- Letter of admission from the German University.
- Proof that study fees have been paid, if applicable. In case the fees are not paid or due yet, proof has to be provided that the necessary amount will be at the applicant's disposal in due course of time.
- School Leaving Certificate of Secondary School.
- University Certificates (Degree Certificates and Mark Sheets).
- Proof of Language Proficiency (TOEFL/ IELTS, original and A 4 sized copy). Exemptions do apply in case of a written confirmation from the University that this requirement may be waived, for applicants for PhD/ Doctorate studies and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Holders.
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