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Important Points for Students Going Germany


Student Documents Required For Admission Letter in Germany

1. Resume duly signed with detailed information about all

academic qualification,professional qualification and work

experience if any .(Without mentioning students contact

number ,Email ID & address on it)

2. Class 10th Certificate & Marksheet

3. Class 12th Certificate & Marksheet or 3 years Govt

Polytechnic Diploma.

4.Marksheet of all years for graduation along with degree of

Graduation (Graduation degree if available or student can also

provide provisional certificate)

5. if you are applying for Bachelor programme please make sure you

have completed 1 year of any university program in India (Bachelor

student need 13 year of education to apply for free education) or if

you have given any common entrance examination after 12th in

India as it is the only way to apply for Bachelor Program.


6. IELTS,expected score 6 or TOFEL socre 600 or 79 internet based .

7. GMAT or GRE (if available )

8. Job experience letter (if available)

9. Certificate of any European language eg: German,Spanish (if

available)

10. 6 passport photos.

11. Course option. specify with course name ( maximum 5 option)

12. Passport main pages. ( photo page & address page )

13. SOP specifying your ideas about studing in particular country.


14. Recommendation letters from Faculty or University

15. Recommendation letters from Employer ( if available)

Note:

1. student need to submit 6 hard copies of all the documents mensioned

above at Indo- Global Branch office.

2. All the education documents need to be attested by notary

3. Minimum two recommendation letters are required for the purpose

of admission

Germany students visa Requirements

1. Two visa application forms (please make sure that both forms

are duly filled out and signed indicating especially the address

of your future residence in germany-as well as your complete

address including telephone no. & E-Mail address in india)

2. Signed declearation of on true and complete information.

3. Three passport size photographs according to biometric

specification .

4. Visa fee to be paid through Demand Draft made out of the ''

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany " in New

Delhi.

5. Valid passport with a validity of at least 12 months along

with two copies of all printed pages.

6. Cover letter from applicant, explaining the exact purpose

and duration of your stay in Germany.

7. Letter of admission from the German university .

8. Proof that study fees have been paid,if applicable

9. School leaving Certificate of secondary school .

10. University certificates (Degree certificates and mark sheet.

only exemptions possible: applicants for PHD/Doctorate

studies and Erasmus Munds scholarship holders .

11. Proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of

your studies (stay in Germany including university related

fees) by one of the following documents:

: Proof of term deposit (indicating address and telephone

number of the bank)

: Proof of the German bank account.

12. After the approval from the German Embassy is

received.the applicant is informed by the German

consulate general.Then the applicant should submit :

a: an air ticket (original and photocopy).

b: in case self financed : a bank draft of euro 7800 in the

name of applicant which he/she will take along to Germany

as a means of financial support (original and photography)

13. Bank in order to financially secure the first year in

Germany (once you have provided any one of the

document from point no. 12 you need to show the draft

as soon as you get the visa)

Important Facts to Remember during visa processing

1. Student visa application form.

a. All the documents mentioned above should be in A4 size

only &should be translated in English language.

b. If student has a passport with turban and he is cut surd he

has to submit the affidavit to the embassy.(the same can be

downloaded from Indo- Global Head office)

c. After applying the visa the waiting time will be 45-60 days .

Accommodation in Germany :

The following applies as a rule of thumb: around 700 euro per month is required for a course of study in Germany, and this is on top of university tuition fees. The cost of living is relatively high in Germany – 700 euro allows a modest lifestyle and no more. The important aspect in any case is to maintain fixed costs, e.g. rent, as low as possible. Living in Germany is not cheap and an economically priced room, possibly in a student dormitory, can ease some of the financial strain. But modest does not necessarily mean austere.

Looking for a Place to stay

“Seek and ye shall find”. A true saying. The only problem is, you unfortunately can't tell “when” one will be successful. Looking for accommodation costs much in terms of time and temper. And so it's a good idea to do this well in time. You should preferably obtain information before travel, in order to obtain cheap accommodation. Living in Germany is expensive. A German ends up paying half of his wages towards rent. If you don't want to trust your luck, you can consider several possibilities in looking for accommodation.

Newspapers and Notice-boards

Offers of accommodation are available in local newspapers, usually in the Wednesday and weekend editions. You can also advertise that you're looking for a room. Classified newspapers specialise in advertisements. You could also find accommodation at your university. The “notice-boards” are usually crammed with offers of accommodation scrawled on bits of paper. For those who arrive in Germany alone, flat sharing in so-called “WGs” (Wohngemeinschaften), is a good way to get to meet people.

Shared-living Centers, University residences, Estate agents

Many university cities have shared-living centers (Mitwohnzentrale) which help you find accommodation for limited periods on a commission basis. University residences also provide accommodation. Anyone looking for a flat through an estate agent must bear one thing in mind: two months’ rent as advance is usually required. That is a lot of money and is not worthwhile, particularly for a short stay. But if you'd rather deal with an an estate agent, it's important to remember that the agent should be a member of the Ring of German Estate Agents (RDM).

Student Dormitories

The rooms here are indeed often very small, but on the other hand the cheapest available. Many dormitories now have bigger rooms and even offers for couples. The student services furnish addresses and information on the admission procedure for the student dormitories.

Student Discounts

The cost of living may not always be the cheapest, but for students there’s usually some sort of discount everywhere. Museums and other cultural institutions such as theaters and concert halls offer special student rates. And with student’s identification, you’re entitled to discounts while travelling with the public transport system. And even at sport centers and swimming pools, students may also qualify for a discount. When in doubt, ask – it costs nothing.
Students are also exempted from paying the German TV and radio license. But first, you must submit a request to the appropriate municipal office, which subsequently decides on your application. Make sure you include the following documents: your student registration certificate, proof of receiving Federal Education and Training Assistance(BAföG), or proof of parental financial support or alternatively your own income.
Travel is also somewhat cheaper for students. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is always helpful in this case. It costs around 9 euro and can easily be obtained from the student services associations. The only requirements are a photo and your student registration card. The ISIC allows discounts on package tours, flights and sometimes on accommodation. If you’re under 26, travelling by train is also cheaper. You can obtain information on rates from rail travel counters or on the internet. Anyone who likes travelling will also find a youth hostel pass helpful. This allows you to stay overnight in youth hostels both at home and abroad for a minimal price.

Working in Germany :

Foreign students may work in Germany, even without a work permit. But students who are not citizens of the European Union, or are from the ten new EU member states, can only work for a limited period per year. They are allowed to work for 90 days or 180 half-days every year without a work permit. In many Federal States, you can only work in the summer vacation. The office for foreigners may authorize an additional working period of 10 hours per week with the approval of the local employment office. Students from EU countries (with the exception of Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary) may as a matter of principle work unrestrictedly.

The following basically applies: many employers are glad to hire students. The reason for this is that, if the student does not work more than 19.5 hours a week, the employer is required to pay only a portion of the social welfare contributions. Students are therefore cheaper than “normal” employees.
However: a complete study course is difficult to finance with a conventional student job in a bar, as a pizza delivery boy or a cleaner. The average hourly rate in this case is around 8 euro per hour. The prospects are better of course for those with specific knowledge in demand on the employment market, e.g. programmers in the IT field. Complete lecture schedules leave no time for a full-time job however.
The local student services associations can be of help in looking for a job. It is also worthwhile however to visit the student job location department of the local employment exchanges, which are indeed frequently to be found on the premises of the student services.
 
Health Insurance

Can you Afford to fall Sick?

Anyone falling ill in Germany has relatively little, other than the ailment, to worry about. Students, no matter where they're from, are all insured with public health insurance companies. That costs less than 50 euro a month and is well worth it. Any doctors visits, hospital stays and treatment are free of charge.

Proof of health insurance has to be presented at the admissions office before registering for classes. No health insurance means no registration.

Foreign students must take out health insurance here in Germany. Any public health insurance company can give you more information and all the necessary application forms.
In certain German states it's sufficient if foreign students furnish proof of health insurance cover taken in their home countries.
The offices for international affairs at the individual universities will also be able to supply you with more information. Some examples of insurance companies are the Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse, Techniker Krankenkasse, and Barmer Ersatzkasse.Students who are under 30, or have not yet completed their 14th semester, pay a very low premium for health insurance, because they fall under the rates usually applicable to lower income groups.

Students at colleges of preparatory studies, guest researchers, anyone taking part in language courses and students who are older than 30 do not qualify for public health insurance. They have to get private health insurance. Nevertheless, they still have to supply proof to the Foreigners Affairs Office that they have adequate health coverage in order to attain a residence permit.

The German Students Services (Deutsches Studentenwerk) has an agreement with a private insurance company that allows persons in the above named group to receive private health coverage for under 50 euro a month. The Studentenwerk has more information.
 
Got a Headache? - Medical Care

Visitors to Germany are unfortunately not immune to aches and pains. But don’t worry, there are plenty of doctors around—both specialists and general practitioners. Your friends and colleagues can recommend a doctor who’s right for you, or you can look in the yellow pages, where you’ll find listings of doctors of all types. Still, in the end, doctors are a bit like auto mechanics; it takes time to find a good one.

By their nature, illnesses are somewhat “egotistical.” They strike when and where they please. If possible, call your doctor early on when you feel yourself getting ill. Ideally, a day before you’d like an appointment. Still, you can see almost any general practitioner without an appointment, if you go during his office hours.

Costs and Opening Hours

If you’re privately insured, you cover your medical expenses yourself. Then your insurance company will reimburse you. Since it’s not at all uncommon for you to fall ill outside of your doctor’s office hours, on weekends, evenings and holidays there are special emergency medical services. The local newspaper will have information on what doctors are on duty at these odd times. Pharmacies also have information about doctors on duty in the area. Their answering machines will have the relevant addresses and phone numbers. When pharmacies are closed, addresses of “emergency pharmacies”—those which are open--are listed in the window or on the door.

Hospitals

Hospitals aren’t cheap. Under German law, there is an additional charge, aside from treatment, of € 10 per day for In-patients. However, this is limited to 28 days a year. If the decision is up to you whether or not to go into the hospital, you should first talk with your insurance company. Due to the expense and other formalities, it might be easier to visit a hospital in your home country. In case of emergencies, dialing 110 or 112 on your phone will put you in touch with an emergency physician. You can dial these numbers free of charge from any telephone booth.
 
Safety :
You're safe in Germany

There are areas in every city that women or men should avoid--in Germany as well. Caution is well advised, but fear isn’t called for. Germany is a relatively safe country, even though a country without crime has yet to be discovered. But if you follow a few rules, it’s relatively safe—for a woman or a man—to go about daily life in Germany.

- Depending on the neighborhood, it can be wise to avoid dark and deserted areas. Parking garages often have parking spaces near the entrance designated for women.
- A woman should only meet a man she doesn’t know well in a place where other people are present.
- When looking at a new apartment, always be sure a companion is there with you.
- In an emergency you can call the Police from any telephone booth free of charge by dialling 110.
 
 

 



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