Germany is the fourth most popular destination among international students to pursue higher studies. Approximately 13% of the international students pursue their bachelor, master, and doctoral degree in Germany for its excellence in research and technology. Universities of Germany provide a wide range of courses designed for the overall development of an individual. With closer links between theory and practical, the courses offered are gear to practice. The Mechanical Engineering course is a perfect blend of Engineering Physics, Mathematics, and Material Science to design and maintain mechanical systems, offering a wide range of careers in this field.
Mechanical Engineering in Germany is one of the best courses as Germany is known for its automobile industry. Some of the top-class cars, like the Audi R8, Mercedes AMG G7, Porsche are Germany-built. The fact implies that students have great employment opportunities after pursuing this course. Moreover, while pursuing a course in the country, you don’t need to pay the tuition fees and the semester fees are the bare minimum. All a student needs to worry about is his living expenses. But you need to be a B2 level German speaker to study in the country as most of the courses are in their native language and not in English.
Some of the best universities with world rankings in Mechanical Engineering courses are as follows:
The Technical University of Munich is a public university in Germany with world-class research facilities and faculty as Nobel Laureates and inventors. The university stands at 43rd position in Times Higher Education Rankings, 57th in Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 61st in QS World University Rankings. At the national level, it’s been recognized as the ‘University of Excellence. The university offers a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Energy and Process Engineering, Development, Production, and Management in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics, and Medical Engineering and Assistance Systems. The department of Mechanical Engineering has been ranked #1 in Germany by THE WORLD University Rankings. For the Bachelor’s degree course, the core curriculum period extends for four semesters, and the advanced studies are for the fifth and sixth semester with specialization in around 7-8 disciplines. Since teaching would be in Germany, candidates are required to be fluent in the language. The candidates are also required to qualify for the university’s entrance examination. The admission is judged on average marks in the entrance qualification, marks for individual degree-related subjects, and extra-curricular qualifications. The applications for the winter semester are open in July and for the summer semester, are open in January. The fee for a semester is 144 Euros but you can avail of many scholarships and financial aids.
With an outstanding reputation in the field of research and industry, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University (RWTH Aachen University) is a large and highly regarded one. The public technical university has 23% international students and is ranked at 99th position in the world by Times Higher Education Ranking. Maximum courses are taught in English. The mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree program at this university is not limited to only current content but also focuses on fundamental underlying concepts that have been used through time. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in General Mechanical Engineering. The course provides training and practical experiences that meet the current development in the field while enabling students to expand their skills and knowledge through seven semesters. The students must check the university’s website for the application process. You can take a student loan, apply for a scholarship or do a part-time job in the university itself.
The Technical University of Braunschweig is the oldest technical university in the country and is a part of TU9 that is the incorporated society of the most renowned and largest technical universities in Germany. The courses are based on the university’s research, and students can choose from a variety of individual specializations. The university offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in General Engineering, Energy and Process Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Material Sciences, Mechatronics, and Production and System Technology. It also offers a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering. The university offers a Major in Mechatronics, Material Science, Production and System Technology, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and a specialization course in Energy and Process Engineering. The applications are opened in the month of July for the winter semester.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology stands at 116th position in QS World Rankings. 23% of the students are international and about 17 courses are taught in English. The university aims to qualify students who can individually identify problems and work on developing efficient solutions. The university offers B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering for international students. The admission for the three-year degree program starts in the month of July itself.
Carl Benz School of Engineering is a public university in Karlsruhe established in 1999 offers B.S in Mechanical Engineering (International) – Global Production Management. It is a three-year course with a first-year fee of around 15.5 lakhs. Scholarships are available under the National Scholarship program of Germany for international students. Students can also do part-time jobs or take a study loan. Entries are accepted through TOEFL, IELTS, SAT. The candidate must have passed 12th with a high school GPA of 3.5 and have studied Mathematics, Physics, and additional science (preferably Chemistry). The candidates are also required to submit academic transcripts, Personal statements, a Declaration of financial support, Two letters of recommendation, and Curriculum Vitae.
The University of Stuttgart is known as a leading technically oriented university in Germany, for its research-based teaching focused on ‘quality and holism.’ It offers one Bachelor’s course and five specialized Master’s courses in Mechanical Engineering. The university ensures knowledge about numerous engineering fundamentals, as well as scientific and mathematical tools which increase your creativity and offer technical solutions to real-life problems. The university however requires internship experience before the start of the study and the medium of teaching in Germany. The application will close on September 15.
FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences is one of the biggest polytechnics in Germany. The university has been ranked one of the best among the University of Applied Sciences in the field of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Informatics. The six-semester course starts in winter and the applications close in the first week of July. The university promises that the degree program has a strong focus on applied engineering with practical experience. The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program is a clearly structured program covering energy systems, environmental technology, nuclear technology, and other related fields.
By: Inder Chawla