Ever thought of studying abroad? We’re sure you must have. But then let’s be honest, it’s not easy to leave home and study in a foreign environment. There are many factors like finance, getting visas, language barrier, choice of courses etc. that come into play when going to study in another country. Although we cannot be oblivious to these factors, the fact is, studying abroad has never been as easier as it is today. Especially, if that place is Hamburg.
In this blog, we’ll be sharing some of the advantages of pursuing higher studies in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Education & research
The city has 16 university-level institutions, public and private that offer prospective students a diverse range of programmes to choose from. Universität Hamburg alone offers around 150 major courses at higher education level. So, finding a course of your choice shouldn’t be that difficult. Hamburg also lays emphasis on research and was recently awarded the tag of the most innovative city in Germany.
Low Tuition Fees
Like in other countries like the US, UK and France, it doesn’t cost a fortune to receive a quality education in Germany. Most of the state universities don’t charge tuition fees. But do not be mistaken, it is not completely free. Students at all higher education institutions have to pay a semester contribution. This is not the tuition fees; rather, it may be considered as a payment towards the extra services provided to the students. For eg. At many higher education institutions, it also includes a semester ticket that allows you to use public transport in the region. The semester contribution varies from institution to institution and usually falls between 100 and 350 EUR.
Cost of living
Well, we know that this is the most important factor for many students who are planning to study in Hamburg. Cost of living is arbitrary and depends a lot on the lifestyle of an individual. For example, if you choose to live in the city centre and prefer eating out in a restaurant regularly, then obviously you need to shell more money. But overall it is estimated that within 750-800 euro a month, a student can manage a decent life in Hamburg.
So, you still might have a feeling that even the sum of 750 Euro is a lot for you. Worry not, there are various scholarships on offer to make studying abroad relatively easier for students, especially the international students.
DAAD: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind. Since it was founded, the DAAD has supported more than 2.0 million academics in Germany and abroad. In 2017 the DAAD-funded 139,758 people from all regions of the world – 50 percent of whom were women. Apart from that DAAD also offers guidance and workshops to the prospective international students in Germany, so that they face least problems when in a foreign land.
The Deutschland stipendium provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. Modelled after the principle of public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of 150 euros per month. The Federal Government matches this amount with another 150 euros. But there is even more: Many universities and private sponsors also support Deutschland stipendium holders through concurrent mentoring programmes, networking events and internships.
In Hamburg doing a part-time job while studying at a university is very common. Therefore, if you possess some good skills, finding a decent part-time job in Hamburg should not be that difficult for you. How much you get paid at a job depends greatly on how much you know, what your skills are, where you’re working and what industry you’re working in. As Hamburg ranks very high at the quality of life index, there is a high rate of pay even for a part-time job. Having said that, we would advise you to be fully aware of the rules and regulations before opting for a job.
If you have read our previous blog, you would be aware that Hamburg is considered as one of the best cities to live in, not just in Europe, but the entire world. Being a popular destination among international students, Hamburg has a large chunk of the young population. This means that nightlife can be anything but boring in a city full of youngsters. Not a party person? Not a problem, Hamburg caters to the need of every individual. There are plenty of museums, theatres, parks etc. to keep you entertained. Moreover, thanks to its geographical location, on weekends you can always hop on a train and visit cities like Berlin, Amsterdam etc.
There are several other advantages of studying in Hamburg. The city boasts a very good transportation system and it’s easy to commute within the city. Also, you get the opportunity to meet new people and learn a new language. It’s always beneficial to have an extra language added in your Resume, right? In addition to that, Hamburg enjoys a good employment rate, thanks to its open business environment. Also, after you have finished your studies, you can extend your stay up to 18 months (if not an EU citizen already) to find a suitable job for yourself.
We hope that this blog might have offered you some insights and you enjoyed reading it. We’ll try to come up with another informative topic for our next blog, till then Tschüß!!
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