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Is studying German really important for international students in Germany?

Updated: May 11, 2020

If you are looking for a long term career in Germany, learn the language. Period.

As someone who has worked in Germany for the last 6 years and did some hiring along the way, this is one thing most of the International (read : Indian) students forget to focus on.

Of late, there seems to be a rise of the number of international students enrolling in German Colleges. Most of the these students are attracted to Germany because of :

Free education (usually a marketing gimmick by not so good institutes),Lower tuition costs,Strong economy and hence, job potential18 month period to find a job andEnglish language courses.

The last point does more harm to the students than good when it comes to looking for jobs. Remember, you are paying to get into a college, so they want to make things as easy as possible for you to join. While this is useful to land in Germany on a student visa, the same does not apply for jobs.

In a job, some one is going to pay you for the work that they need. For this, you need to bring the skills that the job desires, German language being one of them. It is unfortunate that most of the students go through their whole course, without realising the value of this skills.

Even though one gets 18 months after the course to find a job in Germany, think of the scenario where most of your batch mates are getting jobs, because they used their time learning the right skills.

Without the German language, you will be competing for the 5% of the total jobs that are in English, rather than for the whole pool.

You think that’s a good reason to learn German as an international student?

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