How to find a university in Germany?

by Samrat Bose


Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions in life. It can make or break your future. However, it is not easy to find the right university for everyone. You need to be knowledgeable about all the aspects of a university which include: its ranking, faculty, student life and more before you decide on one.


The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want to study in the German language or English language. Many benefits of studying in English are that it will be easier for you to find a job abroad, study abroad, or get into higher-ranked universities with better chances of getting scholarships.


However, it's important to mention that if your goal is to get a job in Germany after graduation, then it might be beneficial for you to learn the native language and culture - even if this means being less competitive when looking for jobs abroad later on.


In Germany, there are about 2,50 universities and technical colleges. This makes it a little easier to find a good one, but there are still many factors that you need to consider when choosing the best school for you.


Germany is a country with a rich history and it's also a country with a lot of talent. It has a number of world-class universities, which you might want to take into account when choosing your study destination.


In this article, we will tell you about some of the best universities in Germany and what they have to offer students.


It's important to remember that German universities are usually highly competitive, so make sure you can meet the requirements that they set for applicants before sending in your application.


The German university ranking is different to the international ranking systems. It provides a more accurate picture of how universities are ranked in Germany.


Some of the most prominent universities in Germany are the following:

1) RWTH Aachen

2) Technical University Munich

3) Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

4) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

5) Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin).


Before you can find a university, you need to know what you want. You should be asking yourself: “What do I want to study?” and “Where do I want to study?” Answering these questions will help you narrow down the selection of universities and find the right one for you.


Choosing the right university is an important decision. One of the most popular ways to find universities that could be a good fit for you is to look at their ranking. Rankings like the Shanghai Ranking, Times Higher Education Ranking and QS ranking list the best universities in the world. But how do universities in your country compare? It can be difficult to find out what universities are good and which ones to avoid. Especially if you don't know where to look.


https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/plan-your-studies/che-university-ranking/ can help you with getting the best ranking and a clear picture about German universities.


Another factor to consider are the costs of living and studying, especially if one is aiming to complete their study in a budget! To answer this question, you should research about the various locations you have identified and shortlist the ones that meet your budget.


Since Germany's public university system is absolutely subsidized and offers almost FREE education to everyone, there is massive competition to get in. Alone from India, there are 20,000 students who came to Germany in 2021. The MOST IMPORTANT factor when choosing a study program is estimating your chances of admission - what are the chances you will get admission? This depends on your grades, your application documents - LoRs, SoPs, work-ex etc. etc. Here, it is recommended to weigh in all these factors when making applications and choosing the universities. In my 5+ years of doing exactly this, I believe, this is the most important factor we need to consider!

The decision of which university to attend is a difficult one. But it's not just about the ranking or the location. It's about what you want to study and what the university has to offer. There are many factors you need to consider when choosing a university: rankings, location, study programs and institutions’ specializations. And not forgetting tuition fees and practicalities like accommodation and visa requirements and competition!


SUMMARY:

  1. What I want to study? Why?

  2. Where I want to study? Why?

  3. Costs associated with studying and living?

  4. Ranking?

  5. What are my chances of getting in?

- Samrat Bose

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