Indian students are now the second largest group at German universities

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Mumbai: In an interview with Free Press Journal, Dhanashree Deodhar, Regional Officer Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh, DAAD also known as German Academic Exchange Service, talks about Indian students in Deutschland and the opportunities awaiting them in the central European. Excerpts from the interview:

How many Indian students are studying in Germany this year (and in total)?

The number of Indian students in Germany has tripled over the past seven years. Indians form the 2nd largest group of international students enrolled in German universities. Currently, 33,753 Indian students are studying in Germany.

Has there been a year-on-year increase in the number of students?

The number of Indian students is increasing year by year. In 2020/21 it was 28,542 and now in 2021/22 it has increased by 18% to 33,753 people who are in Germany for their education.

Dhanashree Deodhar

What programs and courses are popular among Indian students in Germany? From which cities do these students mainly come?

The most popular subjects are engineering sciences (68.21%), mathematics, natural sciences (11.93%) management, law and social sciences (13.97%) – there is no There is no specific database available that can determine from which specific cities students apply to Germany, but pretty much individuals from all major cities apply to acquire their education in the country.

Tell us more about the DAAD, also known as the German Academic Exchange Service, and how it can help Indian and international students planning to study in Germany. What can they do to contact the organization directly?

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service, www.daad.in ) is a non-profit organization supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research and the German Foreign Office. As DAAD in India, we promote academic exchange between Germany and India while providing information on education in Germany, granting scholarships to students, inviting scientists to Germany as well as those from Germany to India and support bilateral research projects. The DAAD provides information on study and research in Germany, advises students and scholars on funding opportunities and helps to establish links between German and Indian higher education institutions. We regularly provide information about individual counseling sessions for students wishing to study and do research in Germany. All this information and advice is provided completely free of charge. Students can register for our sessions and book individual counseling sessions through our website www.daad.in. They can also ask their questions by telephone as well as by e-mail.

Can you specify the different levels of German required according to the programs that the students wish to follow?

Germany offers education in German and English. Different fields may have different language requirements. Compared to a bachelor’s degree, there are more English-taught programs at the master’s level. If a student opts for a program taught in English, German is not required for admission. But as a student in Germany, life will not be limited to the university campus. Students want to interact with people, do internships and travel through the countryside. They also want to gain work experience in Germany or build a career there. This is where knowledge of German will be of great advantage. We recommend that the student learn basic German, i.e. up to level A2/B1 of the Goethe Institute (www.goethe.de).

What is the current status of post-study work opportunities in Germany? What conditions do students/candidates have to fulfill in order to work in Germany after their studies?

After graduating in Germany, students can choose from a wide range of options like working in Germany or other EU countries or continuing their research career in Germany, etc. A student can stay in the country for up to 18 months to look for a job corresponding to his training. Once the person has found a job, the residence permit issued to him for study purposes can be converted into a residence permit for gainful employment. Germany has always had a very strong link between industry and academia. Much scientific research is also funded by industry. During their studies, students may have the opportunity to do internships in German companies, which can open up new professional career prospects.

Any suggestions/advice for students wishing to study in Germany?

Germany is definitely a good choice to study abroad. Studying in Germany is a great way to break into the international job market. German higher education institutions are highly regarded around the world. Qualifications acquired in Germany also have a good reputation in companies. We encourage students to apply to German universities on their own and connect to an authentic source of information like the DAAD for all advice on applying to Germany.

Students can follow or contact these DAAD handles for more information on studying in Germany – http://www.daad.in/ http://www.facebook.com/daad.inde http://www.twitter.com/daadindia Email- [email protected]

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