Studying Engineering in Germany
As somebody who has visited Germany frequently with my family, I often think about the safe modern roads, the best cares that drive on them and all of the new and exciting innovations that are dotted around. For me, there is no competition when it comes to German innovation, and I’ve always been fascinated with the engineering and technical aspects of new design. It’s because of this that I chose to study engineering in Germany – honestly it was the best decision I ever made.
Low tuition fees:
Most public Universities and even some private universities in Germany have no (or low) tuition fees to all international students. Compared to the prices for international students in places such as the UK, where international students are charged a ridiculous fee, this is one of the most unbeatable and appealing aspects of studying in Germany. There is an annual “administrative fee”, which consists of 100 – 200 euros every year, I was changed the minimum fee and found it extremely reasonable.
As well as having low university fees, there are also a plethora of scholarships available to international engineering students in Germany. This is included in universities, research organisations and government organisations, so it’s always a good idea to get your feelers out and have a real think about what is available to you before you submit your applications. Some of the most common scholarships available are DAAD and Deutschlandstipendium, which have the best turnover.
Best Engineering Universities in the World:
Now if you’re going to choose a university in a different country, you want there to be a level of prestige and honour through attendance. It’s important to make sure that you attend a university that is best suited to your abilities, and if you want to study engineering, then Germany is home to some of the best universities across the globe. For example, the Technical University of Munich, and the Technical University of Berlin. I attended RWTH Aachen University, and from this have found that my employability in Germany and across Europe has increased tenfold.
Research and Collaboration with the Engineering Industry:
Germany has always been at the forefront of cutting edge research, which is one of the reasons why it was my only choice to study engineering. The research facilities and collaborations that become available to you through studying at a German technically focused university are unbeatable. This will again increase your employability.
Life after graduation can often become a confusing time, I have always been certain that I would remain in Germany and have found that the freelance engineering market has found me the most success. I now travel as a freelance engineer and would recommend this route for postgraduates who are unsure of which career path they would like to take in the engineering field, but of whom would like to maintain, refine and improve upon their skills and industry knowledge. A final point of advice, would be to always take out engineering insurance, as a precaution when freelancing, as anything that goes wrong can be solely blamed upon yourself. This can really make you lose credibility, so it’s important to cover all of your avenues and to ensure that you are constantly progressing and pushing yourself as an engineering professional.