STUDY IN GERMANY
Germany is a major economic and political power of the European continent and a historic leader in many cultural, theoretical and technical fields. After the USA and Russia, Germany is the third most popular migration destination in the world
Various Germanic tribes have occupied what is now northern Germany and southern Scandinavia since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented by the Romans before AD 100. During the Migratioan Period that coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic tribes expanded southward and established kingdoms throughout much of Europe.
Full name: GERMANY
Population: 80,621,788 (2013)
Largest city: Berlin
Area: 357,168 km²
Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Cologne, Berman
Weather & Climate. Best time to visit: As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it's temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters - prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare
One in five people living in Germany now comes from an immigrant background, according to figures released on Thursday. They show that the minority community grew by more than 1.3% last year at a time when the overall population is falling.
Figures from the German Federal Statistical Office show that the number of people with immigrant backgrounds living in Germany increased by 216,000 from 2010 to 2011. Multiculturalism has been a fiercely controversial topic in Germany in recent years, engendering vigorous debate over the integration of immigrants, many of whom moved to the country in the 1960s as guest workers from Turkey. There are now 16 million people with an immigrant background living in Germany – 19.5% of the country's population.
Germany is a federal parliamentary republic, and federal legislative power is vested in the Bundestag (the parliament of Germany) and the Bundesrat (the representative body of the Länder, Germany's regional states).
There is a multi-party system that, since 1949, has been dominated by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Thejudiciary of Germany is independent of the executive and the legislature. The political system is laid out in the 1949 constitution, the Grundgesetz (Basic Law), which remained in effect with minor amendments after German reunification in 1990.
The constitution emphasizes the protection of individual liberty in an extensive catalogue of human and civil rights and divides powers both between the federal and state levels and between the legislative, executive and judicial branches.
Germany was a founding member of the European Community in 1957, which became the EU in 1993. It is part of the Schengen Area, and has been a member of theeurozone since 1999. It is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G8, the G20 and the OECD.
The German universities are famous for pioneering cutting edge technologies. Just Wikipedia some major inventions/technologies and most of the time the roots will be related to Germany. All the major universities have a long tradition of excellence in research and development. The government and state expenditure are quite high on education. Usually the universities have a major influence on the city they are located in. The average classes are small but resource heavy, with plenty access to state of the art facilities. The libraries are huge, well resourced and one never has to wait for access to a computer terminal or desk irrespective to the number of students or time of the day/semester. My university has over 37 000 students, till date I never had to wait for one. The best part, almost everything is free of cost for students.
German universities and colleges are not only about studying, they are pretty much fun as well! Here a university is not complete without a dozen of cafe/restaurants and bars! Each offering a different selection of snacks and cuisines, all of course discounted for students. In addition, there are numerous parties, cultural shows, road shows and night life all arranged by different student offices of the universities. In addition each student hostel has its own party place and bar.
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world, and fifth by GDP (PPP). Since the age ofindustrialisation and beyond, the country has been a driver, innovator, and beneficiary of an ever more globalised economy. Germany's economic policy is based on the concept of the social market economy. The country is a founding member of the European Union and the Eurozone. Germany is the third largest exporter in the world with $1.516 trillion exported in 2012. [Dated info] Exports account for more than one-third of national output. [Dated info] In 2013, Germany recorded the highest trade surplus in the world worth $270 billion, making it the biggest capital exporter globally.
Germany is the largest producer of lignite in the world. Germany is also rich in timber, iron ore, potash, salt, uranium, nickel, copper and natural gas. Energy in Germany is sourced predominantly by fossil fuels, followed by nuclear power, and by renewable energy like biomass (wood and biofuels), wind, hydro and solar.
Work rights during studies:
Many students work part-time to finance their studies and foreign students can do the same without having to get a work permit.
Work rights for your spouse:
When an EU national is working abroad in another EU country, family members also have the right to reside and work in that country, regardless of their nationality. Children have the right to be educated there.