Guest Post by Admission Member in Germany university.
And concerning Yashie’s comment at Do you have any questions about studying in Germany?
I think that master’s and bachelor’s studies in Germany are at least as demanding as in the US and especially in engineering will not be much time to party. The system works a little different – not so many exams during the semester, therefore a huge examination at the end. But in the end you will have to study as much and as hard. Students rather have a pretty tough and time-consuming schedule to stick to.
I would suggest every student coming to Germany at least to know a little German, even if they are enrolled in English programmes and will not need German for studies. Yet, it always helps to get along in the supermarket, to get an apartment, etc.
When in Germany, students may choose from a huge amount of German language courses offered by the university (for free for students) to improve their language skills. Because, as Rhul says, engineers a highly sought after at the moment, yet you need to be able to speak German.
I myself know quite a few international students who came to Germany and only spoke a little German or nothing at all.
Within their two-year master’s programmes they managed to improve their German a lot (it doesn’t have to be perfect, yet should be on an intermediate level) and most of them found well-paid jobs pretty easily afterwards.
However, someone who isn’t interested in Germany and learning German at all, should maybe consider an English-speaking country.
I hope, I could help a little. Otherwise the DAAD’s homepage is always a very good help (http://www.daad.de/deutschland/deutschland/00509.en.html)
…and let me just add one more aspect: German universities do not give first preference to their students. A certain amount of places are given to German and EU students each year (so they compete with each other) and a certain amount of places are reserved for international, non-EU students . Thus, international students from non-EU countries only compete with each other and not Germans.
Plus, in English-speaking degree programmes there is no fixed amount of places for German students and international students respectively. Everybody competes with everybody and the best students win – no matter where they come from.