Cost & Scholarships In Europe
Education in Germany is one of the most economical options for a student. With the German Federal Government funding primary to university education, there is no tuition fee in some states. For second degree or prolonged study duration and even for the first university degree in some states, the fee is just € 500.
Being a student in a German university you have to pay semester contribution depending on the services it includes. The contribution may range from €200 to €350. You can also refer to the official website of various universities. The semester contribution may include:
Tuition fees in Germany are quite cheap when compared to other countries. Most universities and technical colleges are financed by the state and just a small amount is financed by the students. In Germany every state can decide if tuition fees are necessary or if they can be dismissed. The federal states Bayern, Hamburg and Niedersachsen do charge tuition fees of about € 500, which is quite cheap. The other federal states do not charge tuition fees, but some have special regulations concerning long-time students or a second degree.
All students have to make another payment called the semester fee. With this fee, the administration costs for a person are paid and cafeterias, residential homes or sport facilities are financed. In most cases, with these fees, one also gets a semester ticket that can be used for bus or train in the area. The semester fee is about €150 to 250.
To study at a private university or technical college is much more expensive because these are financed only by tuition fees.
The fees for these universities can be up to €20,000 per year.
- Social fees: It is a fee towards social services such as student dining halls, student residence, athletic facilities and administrative fees.
- Liability insurance: The insurance covers and compensates unintentional damages to a third party.
- Student union contribution: includes membership fee to the student union.
- Semester ticket: Include the ticket payment which permits unlimited usages of public transportation in or around university.
If you are planning to move to Germany for your education, then the average expense of your stay will come up to €450 for a modest living. The expense may include rent & utilities, private accommodation, shared flat or student residence around, internet & mobile flat rate, internet DSL flat rate, health insurance, food & drinks and miscellaneous expenditure.
Costs for the rent are: approx € 200 – 400 in residential homes, about € 300 – 500 in apartment-sharing communities and around € 400 and upwards for a single apartment. These amounts can differ from town to town.
In addition to the rent there are also costs for food, books, telephone, internet, clothes and many more.
Scholarships in Germany
Though universities in Germany do not provide any scholarships, as an international student you can apply for scholarship from numerous organisations such as DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) which is a joint organisation of German institutions of higher education and student bodies. The organisation provides scholarship only to graduate students pursuing Masters, PhD for post doctoral work/research etc. Deciding to study abroad includes also knowing what costs might be included and different from those that would exist when studying at home. Depending on where you come from, the costs in Germany can be higher or cheaper than in your home country. It is also important to know that costs like those for the health insurance or for travelling home can arise.
It is also important to get information early about how to finance studies because German colleges need proof of financing. This proof is very important because it is needed for the application, the visa and the residence permit. There has to be proof that one has € 8,000 per year from different sources.
Scholarships to Study in Germany
- DAAD International Scholarship for Artists in Germany
- Yousef Jameel Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries
- Residential Fellowships for International Visual Artists in Germany
- DAAD scholarships for Developing Countries Students to Study in Germany
If you want to enjoy the scenery and undertake quality education in Europe and not bear the crunch of keeping your pockets intact then France is the right destination for you. The cost of study in France is lower than most European capitals.
- The tuition fee at universities is very nominal and can vary from €200 to €680 per annum.
- The fees at Grand Ecoles can range from €3, 800 to €15,500 per annum.
Cost of Living in France
Your stay in France may include the following expenses:
- Accommodation: €120 to €380
- Food: €130 to €150 at universities restaurants
- Healthcare: €380 to €750
- Miscellaneous (transport and leisure): €100 (approx)
These costs are indicative and are subject to change as per government policies.
Scholarships in France
As a student you need not worry about financial support as the French government and many institutions offer various scholarships. The French government provides one third of financial aid to successful students.
Four different scholarship programs are designed for Indian students who wish to go to France for studies or training. Through these programs, Indian students may seek financial assistance:
- For short term study or internship in recognized French institutions or universities;
- For long term study to complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree course and obtain a degree from a French Institution of higher education.
Types of Scholarships in France
- 1st – Training or Internship program – “Program de bourses de formation et stage” Short term scholarships provide an opportunity to Indian students who are enrolled for a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Indian institutions / universities of Engineering to pursue training or internship in French institutions for three a month period (May to July).
- 2nd – Exchange program – “Program de bourses d’échange” Short term scholarships (3 to 6 months) are awarded to students enrolled for Bachelor or Master degree in Indian institutions / universities which have signed a bilateral exchange agreement with French institutions of higher education.
- 3rd – Bachelor and Master program – “Program de bourses de Licence et Master” Long term (1-2 years) scholarships are awarded to Indian students with an outstanding academic profile to study at Bachelors/Masters degree level in French institutions of higher Education.
- 4th – Research program – “Program de bourses de recherche” Research scholarships are awarded to highly qualified PhD candidates (enrolled in an Indian university) for conducting research projects in France (3 to 6 months). The aim of this program is to provide young researchers the opportunity to carry out part of their research work at French laboratories or universities and to acquaint them with research advances activities in France.
Terms of Award
Scholarship benefits could include ONE following grants at the discretion of the scholarship committee:
- Monthly stipend of € 615 (maximum)
- Overseas medical insurance coverage
- Round trip pre-paid air ticket
- Tuition fee waiver