Study_In_Germany___The_Best_Education_Bargain_In_The_World

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Study In Germany – The Best Education Bargain In The World

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Summary:
More and more college-bound students from the U.S. and around the world
are traveling to Germany to study, some for a semester or a year, but
others to pursue a two- or four-year degree at one of the country’s many
prestigious universities.

The reason? Part of it is pure quality – the university system created in
Germany after World War II has a well-earned reputation for excellence –
but another, more pragmatic reason is cost. Students who in the United
States would be fa...


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Study in Germany, learn German, Study abroad in Germany


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More and more college-bound students from the U.S. and around the world
are traveling to Germany to study, some for a semester or a year, but
others to pursue a two- or four-year degree at one of the country’s many
prestigious universities.

The reason? Part of it is pure quality – the university system created in
Germany after World War II has a well-earned reputation for excellence –
but another, more pragmatic reason is cost. Students who in the United
States would be facing over $50,000 in student loans after four years of
college can attend a public German university for an average of $700 a
semester, plus between $50 and $150 in registration fees. Tuition itself
in the public universities is free; the $700 covers the cost of arranged
lodging and other official expenses. Even adding food, transportation,
and other daily costs to that, the German university is an incredible
bargain. And to sweeten the offer, the German government offers
scholarships to help defray the costs of fees, lodging, and any number of
other daily expenses associated with study in Germany.

Engineering students in particular are making a beeline for Germany,
choosing to pursue a degree at one of Germany’s excellent technical
universities, while other students decide to experience the country’s
rich cultural history while earning a degree in humanities at one of the
centuries’ old traditional establishments. Many courses of study leading
to a wide range of career paths are available to foreign students at more
than 300 colleges and trade schools. Some students limit themselves to a
single semester or a year in Germany, largely for the experience of
living abroad, but more and more students are deciding to stay and earn
an undergraduate or advanced post-graduate degree.

Learning the language
While some courses at German universities are taught in English, the vast
majority of instruction takes place in German, and the federal government
requires foreign students to pass a DSH exam to prove their proficiency
in the German language before being accepted for university study. The
government licenses a number of private German language schools to
provide intensive instruction in German; students live in German towns,
sometimes with German families, and shop, travel, and attend movies,
concerts and restaurants in a total immersion experience that serves to
develop remarkable skill in speaking and reading the language in an
amazingly short period of time. Scholarships are also available from the
German federal government for these courses.

 Beyond Cost Savings and Course Work – the Ultimate Value of German
University Study
The current climate of commercial and political globalization offers an
advantage to students with fluency in a second language, and particularly
to those who have a deep familiarity with another culture; graduates who
boast a degree or even a semester at a foreign university will probably
be looked upon with high interest by recruiters for large corporations.
But beyond that kind of pragmatism, living in a foreign country and
studying elbow-to-elbow with students from Europe, the U.S., Japan,
China, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and other geographically
and culturally diverse corners of the world offers students a unique
opportunity to develop diverse friendships and an understanding of other
cultures and world views. And perhaps this opportunity to connect on a
meaningful level with individuals from other, often profoundly different,
cultures is the most important benefit, in this complicated and troubled
world, of study abroad.