Higher education Germany international students
Ramesh Khadka, 26, has been living in Germany for two years, doing M Sc in Biology from Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf (HHU). He wanted an international degree from a European university, and after finding out that Germany is less costly than other Northern European countries, he decided to get his Master’s degree from there. He believes that the quality of education at the university he is enrolled in is satisfactory.
“In my university, there are many libraries. There’s unlimited access to Internet and studying is made easier through that. And labs are equipped with modern technology where we’re allowed to research as much as we want. Instead of traditional teaching methods, we always have to actively participate, which makes learning interesting, ” he shares, recalling the facts that make studying in Germany a unique experience.
He further adds that students aren’t allowed to skip more than three classes in one semester, otherwise they fail the course. So they are somehow compelled to study even if they are the laziest students. And with an additional advantage of ‘no tuition fee, ’ he seems even more content.
Another reason why foreign students choose Germany for higher education right away is because studying there means chances to travel to other European countries for the continuation of the courses. The universities there provide facilities of transferring the credits to partner universities located in different countries of Europe. Ramesh is planning to move to Scotland next semester and study one semester there. Everything will be organized by his university for him. This will help him gain great experiences at very low costs, he says excitedly.
Pratibha Khanal, 30, has experience of working as a resident representative of the South Asia Institute of University of Heidelberg, Germany, in its branch office in Kathmandu for five years. She also recommends Germany to Nepali students aspiring to go to a European country for higher education because it is comparatively cheaper. According to her, in some cases, it is even cheaper than Nepal, such as for medical courses.
She further adds, “Though extensive hard work is needed to learn the German language in the first place, it’s worthwhile. Many classes are conducted in English at the universities there but when it comes to attending seminars and lectures of new and complicated topics conducted by German experts, study of German language will be beneficial.”
Learning the native language will also be essential while socializing in public, she suggests. She opines that learning the language will make it easier to learn the German way of living, and their culture and tradition.