Frequently Asked Questions
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The initial talks are intended to get to know each other, but mainly to give an initial assessment of whether and how we can help you.
We also explicitly offer our services for you at the end of the conversation.
It always depends on how long the process will take.. Lengthy processes, such as the application and visa procedure, can be paid for in two parts. 50% of the cost will be paid in advance, and the remaining 50% after obtaining the visa. Services such as research, advice, etc., are only based on advance payment.
Visa advice is legal advice that may only be given in Germany by qualified lawyers. SWL-Company GmbH is not a law firm, and that is why does not provide visa advice. However, the SWL Company has trustworthy partners, and we can put you in touch with the company.
No. We cannot guarantee jobs, but help our customers with job searches, application documents and prepare our customers for the job interview. It increases your chances of convincing the employer that you are the right person for them.
No. The SWL Company is not an institution that can issue such a guarantee. We can guarantee that your documents will be submitted to the universities of your choice full-scaled and on time.
No. We cannot guarantee a visa either. However, we can guarantee that the application will reach the embassy in its entirety as quickly as possible. We will also prepare you for the interview at the embassy.
Yes, studying in Germany is free. Students have to pay only a semester student fee (depending on the federal state and the university – 100-300 Euros per six months). Free education is possible for all ages and all countries both in German and English languages.
The exceptions are Private Universities, e.g., State Universities of Baden-Württemberg (where the cost of education for foreigners is 1500 Euros per semester); Separate Paid Training Programs in the free state universities – in these cases, study, respectively, has to be paid.
Studying abroad is a valuable investment in the future. Life in another country teaches you to look at many things differently, opens up new perspectives, forms a personality, and enriches a person’s life experience.
Acquaintance with another culture – even if this culture, at first glance, does not seem so different – expands horizons, eliminates stereotypes and prejudices. While studying abroad, you quickly get to know people from other countries, which is enormously helpful for personal development.
Studying in another country gives students the opportunity to be independent much faster than home, which creates the prerequisites for a successful career in the future. Staying abroad is an incomparable preparation for professional activity in the conditions of globalization. The line about the higher education received abroad in your resume will be a serious advantage that should not be underestimated when looking for a job. In addition, studying in a foreign language environment will improve the knowledge of a foreign language and find in advance the contacts necessary for future professional and research work, including with colleagues from other countries.
- Free education at state universities
- Admission to universities without passing entrance exams
- Ability to create an individual study schedule
- A wide range of areas and educational specialties
- Opportunity to credit previously studied subjects
- Opportunity to work in parallel with studies (up to 120 days a year)
- High quality of life
- Opportunity to undergo treatment in the best medical facilities with preferential student insurance
- Various student benefits and discounts for the entire period of study
- Opportunity to travel around Europe on a student visa
- Possible deferment from conscription for the duration of training
- Opportunity to gain work experience in European companies during your studies
- Prestigious, internationally recognized European diploma
- For graduates: the possibility of employment and obtaining a residence permit
To obtain a place in a dormitory; you must submit a request to the dormitory directorate of the city of study of interest (Studentenwerk).
It is always very individual and depends on the ways and intensity of your studies. But consider the most effective option – attending intensive German courses in Germany. Learning German is divided into six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. Each of the steps involves two months of intensive courses. You need to get level C1 and pass an exam confirming your level to enter a German university.
Specifically, from zero to level C1, you need an average of 10 months of intensive language training in a language environment.
All universities in Germany as a whole have equal status. Sharp differences in prestige, as, for example, in the Anglo-Saxon system, do not exist in Germany.
Of course, among German universities, some are ranked worldwide and where most applicants aspire to enter (most often simply because these universities are well-known). However, these ratings are due only to the duration of the existence of a particular university. Everything is much more multifaceted, which means information about universities should be not studied as a whole but about a specific faculty in this university. It is to say, may well turn out that in a “rating” university – the faculty you have chosen is taught much worse than in a “non-ranking” one.
Yes, there is such a possibility. For example, at the Special University of correspondence education in Hagen. The prerequisites for admission to distance learning do not differ from full-time.
In order to support its economic growth, Germany is interested in international students who want to find work and live here after university graduation. In this regard, international students who have successfully graduated from a German university are allowed to extend their residence permit for 1.5 years to find a job. In this case, it is crucial to consider that you must work in the speciality that you studied at a German university. If you want to go beyond the education you received in Germany, it is also possible, but only with the fulfilment of certain conditions. For example, the demand/shortage in Germany of specialists in your chosen field. Also, after graduating from a German university, you can open your own business in Germany. If you can prove the benefits of your business to the department for foreigners, then you can also get a business visa.
In most cases, there are no entrance exams in German universities, and you enter solely based on a competition of grades (that is, based on your study documents). But there are, of course, exceptions when it is necessary to pass entrance examinations (this may be, for example, a personal interview with the admissions committee). Exceptions also include creative specialities upon admission to which the applicant’s abilities are necessarily checked (as a rule, based on a portfolio and/or an entrance exam).