Germany as a Destination for Technical / Engineering Students

When it comes to engineering and other technical courses, Germany is indisputably considered the top-most study destination. With its universities having a world-class academic curriculum, state-of-the-art infrastructure, top-class laboratories, and cutting-edge technologies, Germany offers the best of everything, especially to graduate and post-graduate engineering/technical students.

Before we move ahead, here are some figures which throw light on why Germany enjoys the reputation of being the most- preferred study destination for engineering and technical courses:

  • In terms of Indian students, Germany saw a growth of 18.44 percent in 2018-19, compared to its preceding year
  • By 2019, the total number of international students in Germany grew by 5.3 percent
  • Most international students at German universities hail from China, India, Russia, Austria, Italy, France, Cameron, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria
  • 139,559 international students were pursuing an Engineering degree in Germany, as of Winter semester 2017/18


According to the QS World University Rankings 2020, here are the Top 10 German Universities:


  • Technische Universität München
  • Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Universität Freiburg


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Now, let us try to understand why a majority of international students eye Germany for their higher education:


1) Affordable education:

Did you know that most universities, colleges, and engineering schools in Germany have low or no tuition fees for international students? The only fee is the administrative fees totaling around 100-200 Euro per year

Some of the tuition-free universities in Germany are: 

  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Bremen
  • University of Cologne
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

2) Diverse engineering and technical degrees:

From Nanotechnology to Media Engineering; Cartography to Climate System Sciences, students have myriad course options to select from. Depending on their research interests, students can opt for one of these degrees.

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Some popular engineering degrees in Germany are:

  • Mechanical Engineering   
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Space Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

3) Several scholarship opportunities for engineering students:

There are excellent scholarship offers available to international students under the DeutscherAkademischerAustauschdienst (DAAD) – the German Academic Exchange Service, and Deutschlandstipendium. Scholarships for engineering courses either cover tuition fees (if needed) or support at least a part of the monthly financial costs which may include accommodation, study material, etc.

4) Collaboration and research opportunities with the engineering industry:

German technical universities have a long list of partnerships and collaborations with the national engineering industry. Being at the forefront of cutting-edge research, Germany provides excellent opportunities for students to use the skills learnt in their engineering degree to solve real-life problems.

  • The Technical University of Munich has collaborated with renowned companies like BMW, Audi, Siemens, etc.
  • RWTH Aachen University has innumerable collaboration partners to help students gain valuable experience 
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Students get to work with top-notch companies like Audi, BMW, Siemens, etc., as part of their research projects.

5) Several work opportunities:

Engineering jobs in Germany are not difficult to come by as the country’s economy is primarily driven by the manufacturing industry. As the country leads in the automotive, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries, there is a constant demand for innovative engineers. Several campaigns are launched to recruit new and young professionals. Foreigners are allowed to live and work in Germany and on average, salaries for engineering experts are around 46,126 EUR/year.


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6) High standard and low cost of living:

As compared to other places in Europe, the cost of living is lower in Germany. The average monthly expense for students comes around 853 Euros. Since the international students are allowed to work up to 120 full days and 240 half days in a year, it helps in managing the expenses well. For part-time jobs, students can get 7 to 8 Euros per hour which is definitely some extra cash for everyday expenses.

Germany is safe and is easy to travel. It has a high standard of living, and as a statistic, it ranks high in education and skills, work-life balance, jobs and earnings, environmental quality, social connections, personal security and well-being.


With a world-class education system and innovative cutting-edge technological advancements, Germany continues to attract a huge number of students. If you are planning to study a STEM or any other course in Germany, book a session with us to know more.


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Rukmini’s university placement record includes Brown University, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan Ann Arbour, TAMU, University of Bath, Durham, etc. Rukmini has been acknowledged and awarded as the best performer (under Service Category) in all the organizations she has worked to date.


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