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... whether you want to become an engineer, a doctor, a nurse or an IT-specialist.
German universities offer you one of the best educational systems around the world. The best news is that most German public universities have no tuition fees! German universities and graduate degrees are accepted worldwide and are highly appreciated in all vocational fields. The reason that makes studying in Germany special is that you are able to gain a wide range of knowledge and also a detailed understanding of your particular field. In addition, hands-on work experience gained through internships plays an important role.
Studying in Germany and learning German is the perfect start to building a successful, international career. You will learn with students from all over the world and build friendships that last for a lifetime.
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preferably during your studies in Myanmar you will start to learn German at the Goethe-Institut Myanmar.
with your B1 certification you are prepared for the "Studienkolleg" admission examination. With your B2 certification you can apply for university directly.
choose your desired university, apply for it and start with the "Studienkolleg" course.
apply for a one year "Studienkolleg" placement and the C1 certification will prepare you for your university entrance examination.
- depending on your personal qualifications, you have the choice of 350 universities
- internationally recognised degrees: e.g. Bachelor, Master, Ph.D.
- innovative academic programmes in humanities, engineering and economics
- internships in industry and commerce
- scholarships from public, private and religious organisations
- one of the best educational systems around the world
- no tuition fees at public universities / but all university students are required to pay a “semester contribution”
- positive experiences and an intercultural exchange with students from all over the world
- longlasting international networks in all vocational fields especially engineering, medicine and IT
The German education system is one of the best in the world. Degrees granted by the approximately 350 German universities and colleges are recognized worldwide.
Tuition fees are usually not imposed, as the German government offers academic training programs to its young citizens free of charge. Foreign students who can demonstrate good performance also receive this support and pay no fees. The few private universities (approximately 10%) usually charge tuition fees.
What kind of a diploma must I present to be able to study at a university or college in Germany?
Burmese students who have graduated after 11 years of schooling, and students who have completed one year of studies toward a Bachelor’s degree in Myanmar, can register at a “Studienkolleg” (preparatory college) in Germany and after a minimum of one year can begin their studies at a university. The prerequisite is that they are able to demonstrate the necessary German language skills (see below) at the beginning of their studies.
Students with a completed Bachelor’s degree from a university in Myanmar can apply directly to a German university to enrol. All disciplines are open. Here too, proof of the necessary German language skills is required.
What knowledge of German is a prerequisite in order to study at a university in Germany?
There are 6 test levels of German as a foreign language: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. German universities usually require the successful completion of the C1 exam for admission.
Successful completion of the B1 exam is a prerequisite for admission to a Studienkolleg preparatory course. The B1 exam is also the minimum requirement for a student visa for Germany. After arriving in Germany, prospective students can prepare for the C1 exam by taking language courses at the university they will be attending, or at private institutions such as the Goethe Institutes in Germany.
However, the Goethe-Institut recommends completion of the B2 exam in Myanmar before leaving for Germany. This eases entry into life in Germany and above all, costs much less than courses in Germany. Also, the step from the B2 exam to the C1 exam is then not as great.
If the studies are in English, a TOEFL or IELTS exam must be passed.
How high are living expenses in Germany?
The cost of living in Germany, at about 660 Euros (roughly 8 lakh MMK) per month including health insurance, is much lower than in other industrialized countries. German health insurance covers 100% of the costs (in other countries such as the US or Australia, medical costs are not completely covered).
How can I finance my studies in Germany?
Foreign students with a student visa are allowed to work up to 120 days full time or 240 days part time per year. Students with “geringfügige Beschäftigung” (mini-jobs), which pay maximum 450 Euros per month, can work all year round.
In addition, there is the possibility to apply for a scholarship from the university itself or from other organizations (political, religious, etc.). However, there are very few such scholarships available.
Where should I apply if I want to study at a university in Germany?
You can apply directly to the university at which you want to study. In addition, 167 universities work with Uni-Assist, where you can apply directly at www.uni-assist.de.
How do I get a student visa for Germany? What criteria must I meet?
The following documents are required in order to apply for a student visa at the German Embassy in Yangon:
- letter of acceptance from a German university
- proof of financing to cover the cost of studies and proof of a bank balance of at least 7,908 Euros (currently roughly 95 lakh MMK). This is equivalent to the cost of living for one year. Alternative for this is confirmation of a scholarship
- language course certificate with minimum B1 level
- travel insurance
- confirmation of intention to return to Myanmar after graduation, at least in the medium term.
After graduation you have one and a half years to look for a job. When you have found a job in Germany, which is eminently suitable to your qualification you can obtain a temporary residence permit including work permit.
Is it possible to settle in Germany?
After 5 years of employment in Germany you can apply for a permanent residence permit or German citizenship.