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Step by Step Guide to Bachelors in Germany



Shrutika Joshi

Country Head, IU Germany

Did you know that now you can choose from up to 10 specializations for your UG degree in Germany? Powered with an industry driven curriculum, you can now blend business and data science courses and also be eligible for up to 18 months of job search visa. IU Germany in academic collaboration with upGrad Abroad brings Computer Science and Business Administration courses with 94% employability upon graduation.

Talking points of the webinar: 


  1. Why choose IU Germany for your UG degree?
  2. Career Progression after a Degree in BBA & BSCS
  3. Internships and Work-Integrated Learning 
  4. Student Life in Germany
  5. Financing your UG Degree in Germany


IU International University of Applied Science (IU) is Germany's young and private university with state, system, and institutional accreditation. While young and mindful candidates are offered various innovative, industry-aligned, and skill-oriented courses. In partnership with the IU, UpGrad Abroad offers Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) undergraduate programs, and apart from that, Master in Business Administration, Master in Management, and Master in Computer Science in graduate studies. There's more to offer than just education, like different cultures, inclusive environments, and growing industrial exposure.


Following questions were answered during the webinar by the panelist; here is a glimpse-


Q- Is IU Germany accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)?
A: IU is accredited with Germany's State, System, and Institutional accreditation. Apart from that, IU is a member of WASCB (Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business), which has given a 5-star rating making it near to the AACSB accreditation.


Q- How is the fee supposed to be paid? Monthly, Semester-wise or Annually?

A: Students are supposed to pay a fee either monthly or semester-wise.

The fee is supposed to be paid monthly or semester, depending on the convenience.

Q- What is the cost of living in Germany?

A: Living in Germany depends upon your living style, although it costs nearly 850-870 Euros for an international student, including accommodation, travel, and food. Apart from that you also have to pay your tuition fee. You will also experience cultural, regional, and various other aspects of living in Germany, which will strengthen your life aspects.


Q- Is it possible to do part-time work while studying? And how is it compared to Frankfurt and Berlin?
A: Bornheim is a comparatively small city compared to Frankfurt or Berlin. However, Part-time work is always there as we offer only 2-3 classes a week on campus, making it feasible for students to do work and study alongside. We also offer internships and have partnered with various firms and portals that help students gain professional experience while studying. Several opportunities are available for students to choose from.


Q- What is better between the 13th year in India or Studienkolleg?

A: To answer this, you need to be aware that if you are an International Baccalaureate (IB) or A level IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Cambridge graduate, you won't need to do the 13th year and can be admitted directly. But if you are ICSE, CBSE, or any Indian state board graduate, you will need to do your 13th year or Studienkolleg.


Q- Is there any requirement for an English proficiency test like IELTS?

A: There is no requirement for it as long as you have graduated from an institute or board with an English instruction mode. IELTS or any other English proficiency test is waived off.


Q- Is there any requirement for the German language to study in Germany?

A: There is no prior requirement to learn the German language or show proficiency status because the IU offers courses that are taught in English. To be well prepared for prospects in Germany, we recommend you to learn at least the first three levels so that it becomes more convenient for your day-to-day life in Germany.


Q- Is a gap year accepted in Germany for study?

A: As long as you can demonstrate reasons for a gap year, there is no hurdle to studying in Germany with a gap year. But you should be able to justify the gap years with substantial reasons.


Q- Does upGrad help in finding accommodation for students?

A: upGrad provides on-campus support to help you get accommodation; it helps you with city registration, assists in opening a local bank account, and supports you in finding hostels and dormitories if you are not living on campus.


Q- Why should someone prioritize Germany over any other country?

A: Traditionally, the US, the UK, and Canada are the preferable destinations for students to study abroad. But in Germany, it has become more affordable and cost-effective to have quality education compared to other countries. Germany is also a hub for innovation and industry in Europe, having MNCs like Volkswagen, Lufthansa, Tesla, PwC, McKinsey, etc. There are numerous opportunities available post-study, which are very diverse and inclusive. Germany is ranked 4th, trailing the UK behind at 5th position if we see various surveys for education. There are no barriers; culturally wealthy universities offer students an entrepreneurial mindset, making them well-paced with the industry demand. Understanding of industry's needs and distinctive approach to digital innovation makes one think of prioritizing Germany for studying abroad.


Q- Can we get a job in India after a Master's in Germany?

A: Yes, of course. The education system of Germany is well versed in quality. It offers top-notch courses blended with practical knowledge of the industry, making students well prepared for working in any industry around the globe.


Q- Is the 13th year compulsory if we opt for a program from upGrad Abroad?

A: You are not required to do the 13th year if you opt for a bachelor's program with upGrad Abroad. Technically you will be completing a 50 percent module before going on campus in Germany, which will make you well versed with the course, and there will be no hindrance for you.


Conclusion- upGrad hosted a webinar on how you can now pick up to ten specializations for your undergraduate degree in Germany. Thanks to an industry-driven curriculum, you can combine business and data science studies and be eligible for up to 18 months of job search visa. Computer Science and Business Administration courses with a 94% employment rate offered by IU Germany in partnership with upGrad Abroad. 

Topics like student life in Germany, internships and work-integrated Learning, why to choose IU Germany for a UG degree, what to pursue between BBA or BSCS Degree, and how to finance a UG degree were entertained and answered during an interactive session with the aspirants.

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