Master’s degrees in Germany are highly sought-after as a result of the advanced way in which their in-depth syllabuses are taught. As of 2017, Germany has 350,000 international students, making it one of the most popular destinations for studying abroad. Out of these international students, approximately 18,000 students are from India, which is the second largest group of international students enrolled in German universities. With vast amount of Indian students studying in Germany, it is interesting to look into a German degree’s value in India.
There are instances where students return to India after completing their degrees in Germany. Some problematic questions that may arise for students when they return include:
However, these issues are not as challenging as students might think. Firstly, foreign degrees are recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), meaning they are valued and valid in India. If your degree has AIU recognition you will be provided with an Equivalence Certificate, which will give you equal footing with the students who earned their degrees in the country itself. However, an important aspect to consider for master’s in Germany is that duration of the programmes has to be at least two years for AIU to approve their validity. It is also important to note that fast-track degrees are not recognised by AIU.
On the other hand, if your foreign degree is recognised by the AIU, you can pursue your further studies or PhD in India if you want to. Also, Indian employers do not discriminate between Indian and foreign degrees, on the contrary, they might prefer to choose students with foreign degrees as they have had more exposure to the world. One disadvantage of applying for jobs as a foreign degree holder is that you lack Indian organisations’ in-campus placements held by German universities. Placement committees in these universities naturally do not contact any Indian employers, thus denying them entry-level job opportunities in India. Placement committees in Indian universities help students obtain jobs by inviting multiple organisations for campus recruitment. These committees usually consist of the university director, professors and students from various departments.
If you have a master's degree from Germany, here's what you need to know about applying for jobs in India:
If you are considering a German university for master’s, then look no further than Berlin School of Business and Innovation (BSBI). BSBI offers a variety of master’s degrees such as:
Check out the blogs Applying to study in Germany and Types of Scholarships in Germany to find out more about the application process and the availability of scholarships in Germany!