Things To Do After You Apply To German Universities
Applied to a German University? Well, you are not done yet. Now starts all the hard work.
Going to study in a foreign university requires a lot of work even before you actually start studying. It requires immense preparation right from understanding the German culture, getting the finances ready and sometimes even taking a preparatory course if your qualifications fall short for admission. Understanding the requirements of foreign universities or preparing to move to Germany can be a tedious task if you don’t have proper guidance and direction. Fear not; we have put together a list you should be prepared for after you have applied to the German University you want to get into.
What after German university application?
The first step, even before application is to check your eligibility. In case you missed out some point for meeting the eligibility norms don’t be disappointed. You can take up a one year preparatory course which has categories covering different topics along with the German language; and passing the examination at the end of the year will help you become eligible for the course of your choice.
Track your application
Be in touch with the authorities and make sure you know the processing time for your application. Ask for a timeline of activities once you have applied and keep track whether the communication and related action follows the timeline. Remember, a single miss of the deadline can lead to loss of an entire semester.
Study the German Language
Although not compulsory to get into a German University; you might want to study the language of the land you will be staying in for a few years to make life easier. Most of the German Universities offer courses in English and it can also be used as a language to communicate in general on campus, but when you’re off-campus and want to go shopping or travel to any place on the public transport, German will come in handy. All the instructions, road signs, public transport announcements, etc. would be in German and knowing the language will definitely make your life a lot easier. If you love to learn new languages; get started with that beginner course that will at least help you understand basics of German.
Apply for Student Visa
You need to get together a few documents before you apply for a student visa. These documents are – scorecard or result of the higher education entrance test (like GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL), attested photocopies of statement of marks of education so far, confirmation letter of the University granting the admission, proof of health insurance, bank statement showing adequate financial resources for survival during your stay and certificate stating your proficiency level in the German language (or admission proof to a language course in Germany). Keep the documents ready well in advance so that there are no last minute hiccups in getting your student visa.
Arrange your finances
Even if you have received a scholarship for your studies, there few expenses to be considered before physically moving to Germany. If the scholarship is not fully funded you will need on an average an amount of 864 Euros per month which brings the expense to an approximate Rs. 62300 per month. You are required to provide a proof that the amount of funds required for the duration of your stay is present in your account or you can show an access to the funds (through sponsors or education loan funding your education). This proof needs to be shown in the form of a blocked account in either Deutsche Bank or Kotak Mahindra Bank for the amount of 8700 Euros.
Apply for a scholarship
There are a few institutions in Germany which provide financial aid to foreign students in lieu of meeting certain requirements. The German Academic Exchange Service provides such scholarships to students and also provides a platform for students to search for and apply for scholarships. Make sure you have enough money to get you through the first semester; roughly the time required to receive the scholarship.
Get a health insurance
Health insurance is also a mandatory requirement to study in Germany; proof of which is to be submitted while applying for a student visa. A health insurance can cost you minimum 23 Euros (Rs. 1600) per month and it is advisable to get it from the state health insurance provider. If your age is more than 29 years at the time of starting the course; you might have to opt for a private health insurance provider.
Understand the rules for getting employment
An international student studying in Germany is allowed to work for a maximum of 120 full days or 240 half days. This time duration includes any voluntary work required by the course whether paid or unpaid; and permission has to be obtained from German Employment authorities in case the student needs to work for more than the allowed time period.
Make preparation for opening a German Bank account
You need to have a student bank account as cash cards or credit cards are the commonly accepted mode of payment in Germany. Your rent for accommodation and many of your daily expenses have to be paid through card which is directed through your bank accounts. Most of the German banks open student’s bank accounts for free.
Get a residence permit
Getting a student visa will not get you permission to live in Germany for a long period. A residence permit is to be applied for which is usually given for 2 years and can be extended if the need be. To get a residence permit you will require the certificate of enrolment from the University you have applied to, a proof of financial stability and your health insurance proof. Whenever student visa and residence permit are to be extended; a valid health insurance contract needs to be produced.
Make a checklist of the above requirements and ensure that you have everything in place. Following these guidelines will make your transition smooth and allow you to concentrate on your studies without dealing with hassles involved in such huge changes.