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How important is the German language to survive in Germany?

Updated on 09 October, 2023

upGrad Abroad Team

upGrad Abroad Team

upGrad abroad Editorial Team

Germany welcomes thousands of international students every year to pursue higher education in various fields. Being the global hub of quality education and world-class infrastructure, Germany opens numerous gateways for learners to choose from. However, language is a common barrier faced by most international students. With 95% of the population speaking German as a language, English is not enough to get acquainted with fellow students. To help aspirants understand the importance of speaking German language in Germany, upGrad Abroad organized a webinar wherein speakers Tarun Gupta, student, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany and Mr Ankur Dhawan, President, upGrad Abroad sheds light on how knowing a local language can put you at an advantage in certain situations. 

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Key points from the webinar

1. Not every course requires learning the German language. Technical courses such as Data Science, cybersecurity and more are taught in English language.

2. Being proficient in the German language opens a multitude of working opportunities in the market. 

3. Knowing the language is not an essential requirement for students pursuing IT courses and willing to make a career in the same sector. 

4. High scores are required in IELTS and TOEFL exams for admission. Certain universities also provide a cut off for the GRE score. 

5. Maximum numbers of jobs are available in automation, data engineering, and electronic engineering sectors.

6. Students should have at least B1 proficiency in the German language to broaden the horizon in terms of career opportunities. 

7. A deposit of 10,000 Euros is mandatory before moving to Germany. 

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Courses that require the German language 

In Germany, a student can choose programs wherein the medium of instruction is English to gain an international degree. If you’re opting for a German language course, then learning the B1 level is necessary to be eligible for the course. Along with this, you’ll have to clear German language exams like DSH, DAF, and C1 level exams to prove your proficiency. 

Is it necessary to take the IELTS and TOEFL exam to take admission? 

If you aim to take admission to a public university, you must score high marks in IELTS or TOEFL tests. In IELTS, the score should be more than 7+ band, and in TOEFL the score should be at least more than 80+ score. It also depends upon the university and its requirements whether it demands any additional exam score. Few universities also release cut-offs for GREs. In case you’re an upGrad learner then you won’t have to go through the same process in selected universities.

Cost of living in Germany as a student

The cost of living in Germany depends on the locality students choose to stay in. The minimum cost of living in Germany is 600 Euros, and the maximum is 850 Euros. To ensure the safety of students and living criteria, they have to deposit 10,332 Euros in a German Bank account to show as proof of funds for food expenses and living expenses. 

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Pursue Master in Data Science in Germany

upGrad Abroad offers numerous pathway courses that you can choose from. One such course is Master in Data Science, a two-year course that allows students to study the first year online and second year in Germany. With the tuition fee of only 3.35 lakh for one year, you’ll get the opportunity to study at IIIT Bangalore and then the second year at the International University of Applied Sciences, Germany, with a tuition fee of just 8,428 Euros. To be eligible to pursue MS in Data Science in Germany, you need to have a 50% score in Bachelor and complete 1st year at IIIT Banglore to study in IU Germany


Why pursue MS in Germany?

1. 60+ projects and case studies

2. No IELTS for upGrad learners

3. Opportunity to attend Python Programming Bootcamp

4. Gain alumni status of IIIT Bangalore and IU Germany

5. Confirmed job opportunity within six months of course completion. 

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How much IELTS score is required to take admission to Public University?

At least a 7+ score is required to be eligible to take admission.

What is the job scope in the automation industry in Germany?

There are a multitude of jobs available for electronic engineering students. Computer scientists, electronic engineering, and mechanical engineers are in high demand.

Can I pursue a Masters in Germany if I don’t know the German language?

Yes, there are some courses especially in the technical sector that can be pursued without knowing German.

Apart from IELTS, TOEFL, and language exams, will my previous university name also matter?

Yes, the German universities have a database of universities around the world that they accept.

Can I apply for bachelor courses in Germany?

Yes, you can apply for Bachelor courses. However, it is mandatory to learn the German language for Bachelor courses.

Can you change your specialization once you join a master course in Germany?

Yes, you can change streams, university and specialization. However, sticking to one discipline helps increase the horizon.

Is it mandatory to have work experience while applying for masters in Germany?

If you have some work experience previously, chances to get jobs and internships in Germany will relatively get easier.

Can I apply directly for a PhD in Germany?

Yes, you can apply for a PhD directly in Germany.

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