Cost of Education
If you are planning to study in a foreign country, there are various costs that you have to incur. You’ll need to take various entrance exams before you start applying to universities. All entrance exams have their own application fees and contain a specific pattern. Apart from the cost of entrance exams, you’ll also have to spend for the application fees to universities, consultancy fees, visa application fees, etc.
Following are the various costs that you’ll have to incur:
The number of entrance exams that you’ll need to take will depend on the type of the course that you choose. If you wish to go for an MBA or other related management degree you’ll have to take the GMAT to be eligible for the course. Similarly, you’ll have to take the GRE for engineering related higher studies. The fee for GMAT is $250 and for GRE is $195.
Along with the above entrance exams you’ll also need to take certain language exams to prove your proficiency in the language of instruction of your chosen course. If the programme is taught in English then you’ll have to either take TOEFL or IELTS to prove your English proficiency. The application fee for TOEFL is $240 and for IELTS is $190. If the language of instruction is German you’ll need to take TestDaF or DSH to prove your proficiency in the German language. TestDaF costs approximately $90 and DSH can cost up to $120.
Application fees for German universities would vary according to type of application that you choose. There are three ways of applying to universities in Germany: applying via Uni-assist, applying directly to universities and applying directly to the trust for admission to higher education.
1. Uni-assist charges around 75 Euros for one or the first several applications. Every additional application would cost 25 Euros and this applies to all the applications you submit during one semester.
2. If you apply directly to universities then you may have to pay the application fees which varies according to the university selected. Some universities also charge processing fees which you’ll have to pay in advance; until it is paid the application would not be processed.
3. The application to the trust for admission to higher education does not charge any fees.
Most of the universities in Germany do not charge any tuition fees, even to international students. However you may have to pay a minimal semester contribution of about 50 Euros. The state of Lower Saxony charges a course fee of up to 500 Euros per semester. The course fee varies according to the chosen university. Some universities also charge minimal amount for travelling tickets and other miscellaneous expenses.
The Schengen visa fee is Rs. 4300 which is equivalent to 60 Euros. Apart from this students also have to pay certain service charges, which have to be paid only in cash. The charges per application are Rs. 1089 which is inclusive of taxes. Courier charges of Rs. 273 are to be paid per passport (optional). The charges for logistics, courier, bank handling, etc are non-refundable.