Germany has a rich cultural history, a dynamic lifestyle combining the modern and the traditional, making it a highly desirable destination. Additionally, it is recognised for its high-quality education, thus attracting students who want to study abroad. In fact, it reached its long-term goal of welcoming at least 350,000 students in 2017, three years prior to its target.
Take a look at why it is now considered to be the perfect place for studying abroad and how you can advantage of this with GISMA Business School.
Reasons to study in Germany
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why international students prefer to study in Germany:
- Top-ranked universities: Germany has multiple highly accredited and acclaimed universities that offer top quality education. In fact, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 6 of the top 100 and 18 of the top 200 universities worldwide, are German. These universities are well-known for their quality of education, academic and research opportunities,friendly and safe learning environment and hands-on teaching. GISMA Business School is one of those institutes that is known for its high education standards. Based in Berlin and Hannover, GISMA offers multiple interesting programmes at the undergraduate and master’s levels. Also, GISMA Business School has been AMBA accredited since 2011. Some of the popular programmes include:
- MSc Project Management: this programme will teach students the fundamentals of successfully delivering projects on a global scale, in addition to developing skills that are helpful for effective planning and analysis. This programme is created, presented and awarded by Arden University, which is a UK-based university that has been providing support to leaners around the world for over 26 years. It has also been accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), which is the chartered body for project management in the UK.
- MSc Strategic Business Management: this course covers key concepts related to performance management and business strategy. The MSc in Strategic Business Management is created and awarded by The University of Law, which is the largest law school in the UK and was founded in 1962.
- Grenoble MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship: studying this programme will provide you with skills and insights that will help you in succeeding as a manager in today’s uber-competitive world.
- Grenoble Master in International Business (MIB): the Grenoble MIB is meant for those students who want to build an international career in finance, management, marketing or business. The programme helps in honing the management skills of students, giving them an advantage in the international job market. In 2017, this programme at GISMA Business School was ranked 20th worldwide in the Masters in Management awarded by The Economist; and it was also ranked 33rd in the Global Masters awarded by the Financial Times
- Scholarship opportunities: international students get opportunities to obtain scholarships in Germany for studying, which is based on various criteria. Did you know, GISMA Business School offers several types of scholarships including but not limited to:
- Exceptional Career Scholarship: this scholarship is meant for those students who have outstanding career experience or achievement that has provided them with excellent leadership potential.
- Principal’s Scholarship for Entrepreneurship: this scholarship is applicable for those students who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and have actually owned and operated a small business of their own.
- Women in Business Scholarship: this is applicable to those women who have great potential to succeed in the professional business environment. Additionally, they should also have an excellent academic track record.
Click here to find out more about scholarships offered by GISMA Business School.
- Part-time job opportunities: according to the German law, international students can work part-time for 20 hours a week, or 120 full days in a year, while studying. At an estimate, around 60% of international students in this country have a part-time job. Qualifications are not required for the same as there are a variety of jobs available at hand, such as a translator, tutor, writer, waiter, social media assistant, and administrative staff. Additionally, universities also offer part-time jobs to students on campus. These jobs could include working in the library, research and teaching assistant jobs and assistantance in the administrative department. Hence, it should come as no surprise to see that Germany has a very low unemployment rate of 3.3% (source: Eurostat) due to the abundance of both, part-time and full-time jobs.
- Future prospects: degrees obtained from colleges in Germany are greatly valued, thus resulting in high employability for students who have graduated from German universities. That is not all, a whopping 69.2% (according to Studying in Germany) of international students wish to continue living here and applying for jobs upon completion of their studies. One reason for this is that German organisations offer high salaries to students and are open to innovation and business development. The future job prospects are great as shown by the statistics that 91% of graduates from German universities in 2017 are a part of the job market - making it the country with the second highest rate of employment in Europe. Additionally, on completion of their studies, international students in Germany can take up the option of the 18 month post-study permit, which they can use for applying to jobs. Once you obtain a job corresponding to your expertise, you can apply for the German residence permit. A number of students from GISMA Business School have gone down this path, including Nan Chen, who works as a Junior Product Manager at Sennheiser; Luis-Fernando Esteban, who founded his own start-up named TourSnapp; Charles Atakora, who is working as a Research Assistant for a GISMA alumnus; and Roula Harb, who is interning in the Customer Development and Application Engineering department of Sennheiser. GISMA provides students with great future prospects as well, for example, 88% of students who completed the Grenoble MIB programme gained employment within two months and received annual salaries with bonuses in the range of €42,000.
- Lower tuition fees: the tuition fees charged by private universities in Germany are lower compared to other countries in the European Union, or even the USA and Canada. In addition, there are numerous universities that offer early-bird discounts and flexible payment plans to reduce your financial burden during your postgraduate studies — why not take a look over GISMA Business School’s discounts and flexible payment plans?
- Explore Europe on a student visa: In order to stay and study in Germany, you need to hold a student visa and a residency permit. This residency permit has several advantages as it would allow you to travel in the entire Schengen Area without a visa. Imagine exploring breath-taking locales in numerous countries like France, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
- Experience German culture: Germany has a rich culture that attracts international students — and is known as the country of thinkers and poets, thanks to luminaries like Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Herta Müller. Apart from philosophy and poems; art, music and opera form an integral aspect of the German culture. This country is also known to be the abode of world-renowned music composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Staying in Germany would provide you a chance to view masterpieces such as “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”, “The Monk by the Sea”, “Lamentation for Christ”, “The Yellow Cow” and “Moonrise over the Sea”. Also, if you are a fan of music and theatre, you can immerse yourself in opera. Germany boasts of having more than 80 opera houses, and nowadays, it is also referred to as the country that is saving classical opera. In addition, studying in this country would allow you to attend festivals like Oktoberfest, Karneval, Reeperbahn and Berlinale. You would also get opportunities to sample some traditional food like Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Kartoffelpuffer, Spätzle and Apfelstrudel. While studying, you get opportunities to visit historic places in Germany like Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral, Museum Island, Neuschwanstein Castle, Marienplatz and the Reichstag.