Studying Engineering in Germany

tu-Technical-University-of-BerlinTechnische Universität Berlin/ TU Berlin / Technical University of Berlin has one of the highest ratio of international students in Germany (almost 20% in 2016). TU Berlin is known for its mechanical engineering and engineering management degrees

Two types of higher education institutions teach engineering in Germany– Universitaeten, or research universities and the more recent Fachhochschulen, or universities of applied sciences. However, Fachhochschulen offer Diploma program but no doctoral program and teach specific applications of engineering. Universitaeten also award a Diploma program as well as doctorates, and have a more theoretical approach to engineering. Earning a degree from an universitaeten takes six to seven years while earning a diploma in Fachhochschulen takes four or five years.

Additionally, there are automation technology institutes which are more or less like trade schools and can be found in Bremen, Bochum, Berlin, Cologne, Chemnitz, Dresden, Darmstadt, Freiberg, Magdeburg, Stttgart, Rostock, Ilmenau, Merseburg, Halle, Wernigerode, Mittweida, Flensburg, Karlsruhe, Siegen, and Braunschweig.

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Why study engineering in Germany?

  1. Germany is almost synonymous with engineering and it is one of the few countries in the world to earn the reputation of having produced some of the best engineers in the world. German engineering is a brand in its own and in fact many Indian engineering students wish to have their resumes with a German internship background.

  2. German engineers are in great demand in the world over because of their intensive practical training that they receive in colleges as compared to the US and other European countries. Technical universities and the more recent Universities of Applied Sciences lay stress on practical and job oriented programs rather than theory based knowledge. Als0 read: Complete list of universities in Germany

  3. The top engineering fields in Germany are in IT, automation, and mechanical engineering. However, the most popular engineering program in Germany is mechatronics which combines computer science, electrical and mechanical-engineering disciplines. Apart from these specializations, there are a host of other engineering fields that you can choose - Germany spoils you for choices! Germany has become a highly attractive place to study Electrical and Computer Engineering and related majors, for Bachelor, Master, or PhD degrees. However, at the Bachelor’s level you are expected to be fluent in German with very few options like the International University Bremen or Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) where the language of instruction is English.

  4. The engineering institutes and universities of Germany have very close ties with the industry, enabling students to get exposure to real-life practical engineering issues. And learning by doing is the best way to study anything, especially engineering.

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Structure of engineering education in Germany

 Universitat   Fachhochschule
Name of the Program: Diplom. /Bachelors/Masters  Name of the Program: Diplom. Ingenieur (FH)
 Duration: 10 semesters  Duration: 8 semesters incl. 2 semesters in industry
 3 months
for the Diplom-Arbeit (special project)
 3 months
for the Diplom-Arbeit (special project)

Top Engineering disciplines in Germany

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Computer Science
  • Microsystems Engineering
  • Automotive and transport engineering
  • Material technology / material science

Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges in Germany

  1. RWTH Aachen
  2. Technische Universität München (TU Munich)
  3. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
  4. Universität Freiburg
  5. Technische Universität Dresden
  6. Universität Duisburg-Essen
  7. University of Bayreuth
  8. TU Braunschweig
  9. TU Dortmund
  10. Uni Bochum
  11. Uni Bremen
  12. TU Chemnitz

Top German Universities for Automative Engineering

  1. Uni Esslingen
  2. Ingolstadt
  3. Karlsruhe
  4. RWTH Aachen
  5. FH Aachen

Top German Universities for Thermal Engineering

  1. Offenburg
  2. TU Cottbus

DAAD approved Engineering Institutions and Programs

  • UROP International - Undergraduate Research Opportunities
    RWTH Aachen University

  • RWTH Summer School
    RWTH Aachen University

  • Designing for a Berlin Waterfront
    Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin - University of Applied Sciences

  • International Engineering Summer School
    Berlin University of Technology

  • SENSE – Science and Engineering Summer Experience in Braunschweig
    Technische Universitaet Braunschweig

  • Dortmund International Summer Program
    Technische Universitaet Dortmund

  • International Summer Program for Automotive Engineering Technologies
    University of Duisburg-Essen

  • Internships in Engineering in Hannover and Clausthal
    Leibniz Universitaet Hannover and Clausthal University of Technology

  • Designing E-Commerce with Microsoft.NET
    Hof University of Applied Sciences

  • International Program in Sustainable Infrastructure - Problems, Approaches and Solutions
    University of Kaiserslautern

  • Munich Summer School of Applied Sciences
    Munich University of Applied Science
  • Finding Nano - Discovering Nanotechnology and Culture in Germany
    Technical University of Munich

  • Sustainable Energy and the Environment
    Trier University of Applied Sciences

  • International Winter University Kassel – Environmental Engineering
    University of Kassel

  • Hessen ISU: Adaption Strategies to Climate Change
    University of Kassel

 Programs  Degree Awarded  Name of the Institution
 Aeronautical Management  Master of Engineering [M.Eng.] Bremen University of Applied Sciences
 Automotive Engineering
Design & Manufacturing, Mechatronics
 Master of Science [M.Sc.] Hochschule Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
 Automotive Engineering
Automotive and transport engineering
 Master of Science in Automotive Engineering [M.Sc.] Zwickau H University of Applied Sciences
Intelligent Transportation System
Automotive and transport engineering, Transport studies,
 Master of Science [M.Sc.] The degree course is offered by the GIST (German Institue of Science and Technology) in cooperation with the Technical University Munich and the Nayang Technological University of Singapore (NTU) and is held in Singapore.
International Automotive Engineering
Automotive manufacturing, Electrical engineering
 Master of Engineering [M.Eng.] Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences
Electrical engineering, Computer science, Automotive and transport engineering
 Master of Science [M.Sc.] Hochschule Bochum - Bochum University of Applied Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
Automotive and Drive Engineering,Energy Engineering,Engine Technology,Lightweight Construction,Virtual Production
 Master of Science [M.Sc.] Brandenburg University of Technology
 Mechanical Engineering (MME)
Automotive manufacturing, Mechanical engineering, general
 Master of Science [M.Sc.] Offenburg H University of Applied Science
 Transportation System
Automotive and transport engineering, Transport studies, Transport studies
 Master of Science [M.Sc.] Technischen Universität München
Materials technology / Materials science Master of Science [M.Sc.] Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Material Science Master of Science [M.Sc.] University of Kaiserslautern
Polymer Science (Chemistry, Organic, Plastics Engineering) Master of Science [M.Sc.] University of Postsdam
Advanced Materials
Biomaterials, Nanomaterials
Master of Science [M.Sc.] Ulm University
Advanced Materials Science Master of Science [M.Sc.] Munich Technical University, University of Munich,
Technische Universität München
Applied Polymer Science Master of Science [M.Sc.] Halle-Wittenberg University
Joint European Masters in Materials Science Master of Science [M.Sc.] Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Material Science Master of Science [M.Sc.] Osnabrück University

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