General Questions

 

Why should I take part in the IGCHE programme?

Germany is well known for its high technology products. Most of them require strong engineering skills and plenty of know-how, so there is a need for a lot of good engineers. India, as a thriving economy, is a very interesting country for German companies, both as a market and for cooperations. There are a lot of joint ventures already, and the economical linkage is expected to grow.

So both German and Indian companies are searching for well-educated engineers who have experience in both cultures. The IGCHE programme can be a good start for an international career.

Can I work in Germany after finishing my studies?

Yes. Since you obtained your degree in Germany, you have one year's time to seek for a job. If the job is paid according to German industry standards, you will get a work permit from the local aliens authority / immigration office. This has to be renewed from time to time, but there is no hard limit regarding the duration of your stay. After some time, you can even apply for a permanent residency permit.

Which German university supports which IGCHE study programme?

This is the current status:

University Computer Science Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics
TH Bingen - yes - -
HS Bochum - yes yes yes
HS Bonn-Rhein-Sieg -  -

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yes 

TH Deggendorf - yes - -
HS Düsseldorf - - yes -
Westfälische Hochschule
- - yes (Gelsenkirchen)
yes (Bocholt)
FH Kiel - - yes  
HS Zittau/Görlitz yes (Görlitz) - yes (Zittau) yes (Zittau)

 

Will there be other study programmes as well?

IGCHE might provide other study programmes as well, but plans are not set.

What is the difference between Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences?

The German academic system knows two important kinds of universities: Traditional Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. The difference is as follows: Universities focus on methodical and theoretical knowledge and offer a wide range of subjects including art, history, literature. You can get a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree there.

Universities of Applied Sciences are highly praxis-oriented with close connection to the professional world. Typical subjects are engineering, business administration, social sciences or design. You will have to do a praxis-oriented final thesis in cooperation with a company to get your bachelor’s or master’s degree there.

What is it like to study in Germany?

Please take a look at our FAQ on that subject or at the DAAD website.

Do I really have to learn German?

Yes. Of course, most Germans speak English, so you always have a fall-back option. There are even international study programmes in English offered by German universities, but this is not the case here: The idea is to learn German in addition to the chosen engineering programme. This gives you a big advantage as an applicant or employee of a German company or of an Indian company that cooperates with German companies.

What is the fee structure?

The first three years you pay the fees acording to the Indian university. In the last year in Germany you will have to pay a study fee to the universities of about 270 Euros per semester PLUS an administrative fee to IGCHE of 500 Euros per semester.

Do I have to do an internship?

Yes. The IGCHE programmes all require an internship in Germany as they are strongly praxis-oriented.

 


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