I’m probably one of the very few people who has studied German before considering Germany as an option for my Masters. Also, one of the very few to consider Germany as an option for Computer Science.

Like most computer science engineers, US of A was the top destination for me to study my masters. So just like every generation before me, I was under the impression that I would pursue my post grad at some reputed university in the US; until I took up German with The LanguEdge.  What started out as a hobby soon turned out to be a very important step in my life. Studying at The LanguEdgewas a very unique experience for me. It was such a fun and creative environment to study in. For a person who isn’t very good with languages, I was picking up German so quickly.

I am currently pursuing Msc.Informatics at TU Munich, and I would’ve never imagined pursuing my masters in such a prestigious University if I hadn’t joined The LanguEdge. It opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me and I started looking into career options in Germany. With a little bit of research, I realised that Germany played an emerging role in the field of computer science, contrary to the popular belief that Germany was an automobile industry giant.

The following are the list of factors that I found interesting about studying in Germany, especially TU Munich.

  1. Quality of Education offered. German Universities have a very high standard of education, especially at TU’s, as they are more research oriented.
  2. A very low/no tuition fee structure.
  3. A very flexible curriculum. (At TU Munich, my course has no mandatory subjects and one has the freedom to experiment and choose their subjects of interest).
  4. Generous stay-back and work options.
  5. Munich is one of the most popular cityin Germany to get a well-paid, computer science related job.
  6. Germany has a great start up scene, just like the US.  (http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/04/28/germany-home-ultra-fast-growing-startups-proof-5-fastest-growing-young-startups/)

Taking into consideration, the above mentioned factors and given my experience with German, thanks to The LanguEdge, I decided to apply to a couple of Universities in Germany.It is important to note that most German universities give most importance to your grades from your Bachelor degree. They also give a lot a value to relevant work experience. While TOEFL/IELTS is a must for all universities, some might ask you for your GRE.

As an international student currently in Germany, I would definitely recommend learning the language (at least the basics) before leaving. It may not have anything to do with your Master’s degree, but it would most definitely help you find a place of accommodation, or find your way if you are lost, or even network with some Germans. But most important of all, it would make you feel less like a foreigner, and more like a local of a country that doesn’t speak your mother tongue.