Interesting Facts About German Education, Culture and More

Philosophy, music, literature, movies, language, art, architecture, gastronomy, design, sports, and religion are all part of German culture. Oktoberfest, German Christmas customs, and 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are a few of Germany’s cultural highlights. The first settlements in Germany date back to the Romans and are now some of the country’s major cities. Despite being one of the world’s most respected countries today, Germany’s image was severely tarnished in the aftermath of World War II and the Nazis’ mass slaughter of over six million Jews.

About German History

German history began in the woods and progressed through nobility and modern life, preserving German culture. Let’s take a look at some of Germany’s historical facts:

  1. Germany comprises 16 states and is formally known as the Federal Republic of Germany.
  2. When the German Empire was established in 1871, Germany gained independence. On the other hand, some historians say that Germany only became a modern country in 1990, when East and West Germany rejoined.
  3. This so-called empire grew into one of Europe’s most influential and essential nations, with colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.
  4. After Germany’s defeat in World War I and Emperor William II’s renunciation, the German empire, which had previously been Europe’s most potent, was dissolved. Widespread unemployment, economic misery, and political conflict followed the war. As a result, the progressive republic fell apart, and Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party rose to power.
  5. Germany has traditionally been a loose, fluid institution of Germanic-speaking peoples who ruled Western Europe for decades.
  6. After the allied armies of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, France, and other countries defeated Adolf Hitler; Germany was divided into four occupation zones and later into two separate countries: the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

Facts about Germany’s Geography

Geographical facts are also fascinating because they reveal the country’s territorial borders. Here are some interesting facts regarding Germany’s geography:

  1. Germany is a country in Central Europe that runs from the Alps to the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, passing through the North European Plain.
  2. The Rhine is number two. One of the great European rivers is the Rhine.
  3. The North European Plain, with its flat landscape and northward-flowing watercourses, encompasses the northern third of Germany (Ems, Elbe, Oder, Weser). Wetland and marshy conditions can be found near the Frisian coast as well as the Dutch border.
  4. The south, primarily Central Germany, has a rugged, patternless, mountainous, and hilly landscape shaped by ancient volcanic activity. The Rhine Valley runs across this region in the west.
  5. The Hunsrück, Eifel, and Palatine Forest to the west of the Rhine, the Taunus hills to the north of Frankfurt, the Rhön, the Vogelsberg mountain, and the Thüringer Wald make up the Upland areas.
  6. The east-central region of the country, south of Berlin, is similar to the low northern areas, with river marshes and sandy soil. The Spreewald region is one example of this.
  7. Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Poland share borders with Germany.
  8. In the southwest, Germany has the world’s largest woodland region near the Swiss border. The Black Forest in Germany is a mountainous region covered in fir and pine trees.
  9. The Danube, one of Europe’s longest rivers, has its source in the Black Forest.

Several linear hills and mountain ranges define the landforms of Southern Germany. Examples are the Bavarian Forest, which runs along the border between Bavaria and the Czech Republic and the Franconian and Swabian Alb mountains. It runs roughly from the Danube’s source in southwest Baden-Württemberg, south of Stuttgart, through Swabia into Central Franconia and the Main River basin.

  1. The Alps, which run along the southern border, are the highest mountains in Europe. Germany has a comparatively small amount of Alpine terrain (in Upper Bavaria and southeastern Swabia) compared to Austria and Switzerland. On the Rhine’s southwestern border with France, the Black Forest separates the Rhine from the Danube’s headwaters on its eastern slopes.

Facts about German Culture

Germany is a lovely country with a beautiful culture. Let’s have a look at some of its different features:

  1. While English speakers refer to Germany as Germany, Germans refer to the country as Deutschland. Germany is recognised as a thinker’s and poet’s country.
  2. Germany’s culture has been developed and impacted throughout its long history, first as a vital member of the Holy Roman Empire and later as one of the world’s most stable economies.
  3. Germany’s capital is Berlin, but the country’s other major cities include Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne.
  4. Germans are punctual and hardworking, and the unemployment rate in the country is meagre.
  5. Christmas in Germany is a spectacular occasion and one of the loveliest times to visit.

Facts about Animals and Wildlife in Germany

  1. Germany is home to some of the world’s most beautiful fauna. Here are some fascinating facts about Germany’s animals and wildlife:
  2. European wildcats, deer, badgers, lynxes,bats, red foxes, and squirrels can all be found in Germany’s woodlands.
  3. The boreal owl,bean goose and mistle thrush are among Germany’s native birds.
  4. The polar bear Knut is maybe the most popular .
  5. In Germany, there are over 28,000 fungus and species of plant , with approximately 3,242 blooming plants. Insects make up the largest group of the over 48,000 animal species that currently flourish in Germany.
  6. The Federal Republic of Germany’s emblem is an eagle.


One of the best characteristics of the German people and culture is their desire to look after one another. Lost items, for example, are hung from trees. If you see something hanging from a tree’s lowest branches at a park in Germany or anywhere near one, know it is a lost item. Someone misplaced it, and whoever recovered it made sure to hang it on the tree. As a result, the owner will have an easier time finding their possession when retracing their steps


Studying abroad can be more challenging than any of you ever thought and is indeed more rewarding than what you assume it to be. I am a study abroad consultant, and have been dealing with students for over a decade now. However, what takes me aback, is that in spite of availability of such a wide spread information which is easily accessible through social media and internet searching, students still seem to be oblivious about so many fields where they can pursue a course from Germany and make their career. I am sure most of the consultancies in Pune are flooded with Mechanical Engineers only or at best engineers in general, willing to pursue a career in technical sector.

Here, with this blog today I wish to tell you which all fields could be explored in Germany and what are its benefits:


1: Learning a German Course: Yes you heard me right! Knowing German can open fortunes of opportunities for you in India and Germany too. So if you are a language enthusiast or want to pursue your career in language, then going to Germany to learn it, could be a better option. With this course you can explore career avenues in translation, interpretation, training, Customer relations, Business Development et al. There are more career avenues, start researching!

2. Sociology and Psychology courses: If you are an Arts graduate, with majors in psychology or sociology, there is a wide gamut of courses within the field that you can explore. Apart from all the known reasons for preferring Germany as a study destination, the major fact is that there several universities in Germany, which are well recognized and well ranked for the courses in Psychology and Sociology. A course in psychology or sociology with appropriate knowledge of German language can get you an employment in various areas including public sector.

3. Masters in Management: contrary to the myth that MBA is better than MIM, MSc. in Management is a better option for students who have a work experience ranging between 0-2 years, and especially for the ones who wishes to switch their careers from technical arena to Management. It is an extensive course which covers the fundamentals of Management studies before proceeding with the core curriculum. MIM as is commonly known encompasses all the skills that are needed for you to start your career in consulting, project management, research, Market analysis et al.

4. Ausbildung – a Dual study program: Though getting into a dual study program can be challenging, but this is a golden opportunity for any student who wishes to earn and learn while collecting a practical experience. Dig deeper and you will be spoiled with choices of courses that you can pursue. From Office Administration to Mechanical Engineering, you have it all here. There are instances when the student with vocational credits is preferred over regular graduates as well. With an Ausbildung you can expect to earn as much as 795Euro per month as your starting income while you are still pursuing the course as per the official website of

5. Masters of Finance: A specialised program in Finance is what you could take up in Germany. It is a pathway which leads you to a career as an investment banker, actuarial, market research analyst, risk assessment, corporate finance et al.

6. Medicine: Are you aware, by any chance, about the dearth of doctors in Germany? Owing to which the rules applied for Doctors were relaxed about half a decade back, and International students who have acquired their training from a foreign country also could get medical license in Germany. From optical sciences to medical informatics and from MBBS to Nursing you have a whole gamut of courses available for you.

7. Studienkolleg: For all the students who wish to pursue Bachelors studies for free in Germany, StudienKolleg is a pathway program where you spend a year completing StudienKolleg and grab a place in your dream university for free on successful completion of the course. So now why wait for Masters when you can get into a university with StudienKolleg.

8. Sports Management: Are you a sports person? Worry not; Germany has a specialised course in Sports Management as well, where you could add avenues to your career. Why restrict yourself to training and coaching alone when you could actually break all the shackles and make a career people die for.

9. Robotics: Germany is already moving towards industry 4.0 and the field of Robotics has been gaining impetus like never before. So if Automation is what interests you then you must explore courses in Robotics as well.

10. Physics: Did it ever occur to you that one of the oldest academic disciplines could pave a path of your career? Yes Physics further offers you a wide range of career options right from Photonics, Molecular Sciences, Polymer Sciences, Biophysics and many more. So if Newton’s three laws fascinated you in your childhood, you would probably love to dig deeper in this field as well.

11. Nanotechnology: A perfect combination of interdisciplinary sciences, nano technology deals with a study nano atoms and structures. A nano technology graduate can find his way into any of the sectors including Electronics, IT, Automotive, Optics, Laser, Pharmaceutical, medicine technology et al.

12. Tourism & Hospitality: Are you an avid traveler? Do you love to organize and manage trips? Then why not seek a professional training in it? Germany offers you best quality courses in Tourism and Hospitality taught completely in English. It’s time to stop dreaming and start living your dreams.

Apart from the aforementioned courses and career paths that you could tread in Germany, there are many more like Computer Sciences, Business Analytics, BioMedical Sciences, Liberal Arts, , et al. that you could explore. If you cannot research and find one for yourself, then allow us to do it for you. Get a free profiling done from EUgateway to understand which avenues and pathways could be explored by you based on your previous qualification, interest and skill sets. Write to us on saee.puranik@eugateway to get your queries and concerns addressed.


The Romance Language, a language of love –  people knew it for ages and Google confirmed it with its online survey that, ‘the language in which most of the love messages are translated to is French’. Yes French has been proved to be a Romance language yet again. Not only that, but French also serves as an international language for diplomacy and commerce and is used officially by the United Nations. Like most of the other languages, French too inherited a vast portion of its words from Latin. The vocabulary and style of modern French is influenced by Romanticism and realism. Standardization of French has been developed by widespread education and Mass Media. French is considered as an official language in 29 countries, the major countries are, Belgium, parts of Africa, European countries, and countries in America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

French is an Indo-European language while English is strongly influenced by the introduction of French. This shows that the two languages share many grammatical features. French contains the same 26 letters as the English alphabets but the pronunciations vary regarding the comprehension and speech. On that context, people are mostly found making common mistakes in the articulation of the vowels, Guess why! The French do not use the tip of the tongue while speaking. Incorrect choice of tense adds insult to injury, making it more confusing for the students. Albeit the usage of articles is not identical, it is similar to English; the pronouns used are based completely on the gender of the noun they are associated with. The words in the two languages have the same Latin roots and are mutually understood as they are used in our day to day vocabulary.

One of the main differences between English and French languages is the use of words regarding Genders. In English, it only applies genders to people having a gender, while in French; it is used alongside nouns and articles. A direct translation from English to French is not very accurate as the pronunciations often sound hilarious to the French natives. For instance, when the English say “I`m 30 years old” In French we say “J`ai 30 ans” which is actually “I have 30 years”. Having said that, I think, we have unknowingly been using many French words, in our day to day conversations. Chauffer, Déjà vu, à la carte, Bon appétit, Restaurant remember hearing these words??  You guessed it right, they are all French words, commonly used in English.

Learning French offers an enticing career, it opens up door to sectors like travels and tourisms, translating, Entrepreneurships, inter-culture reactions between multinational companies. It offers a formidable position in Mass Communication. The average payment of any language professional involved in translation can sum up to as high as 2 to 4k per hour. It of course depends a lot upon your area of expertise and vigor.

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If you feel unnerved when you think of learning German then I am sure this blog will give you some motivation to dive into the ocean of Deutsche language. Let me start by telling you that if you are planning on staying in Germany for a longer duration, then learning German is inevitable. Not only for the opportunities that it will bring along, but also to survive and interact socially. Well how often have you seen an auto driver in India speak in English or a vegetable vendor interacting with you in English? Does not happen right? Well same is the case all over the world, so if you are travelling to France learn French, to go to UK learn English and to go to Germany learn German.

I give you 10 more reasons to pull up your socks and start learning German:

Top 10: Opportunities for exchange: If you know German and if your school allows you a study abroad option, you would not need to think twice before opting for the country whose education standards are world recognized. My experience says staying in Germany for a semester or so leaves a student seeking more opportunities to be in Deutschland. A wide range of exchange programs exists for both school and university students between India and Germany.

Top 9: Similarity with English: Don’t believe me? Ok check for their alphabets or even better open a paragraph written in German and try to mark the words which are similar to or sounds like English. You will get a surprising result. So please kill the demon of fear within you, and it will be fun to learn German. If you talk to a language trainer they will tell you that in spite of the influence of Latin and Greek on English, it still shares the same Germanic root.

Top 8: European Union’s Co-official language: Do you know that German is an Official language for more than 6 countries. So if you learn the language you can study, work and stay in not only Germany but also in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. It also is a co-official language in the European Union. It does not end here. Ask me if German is spoken in Denmark, Italy, Hungary and Poland and the answer is yes. Though they have German as a National Minority language, still if you know German, you will be able to communicate with at least some population in these countries. Overall about 16% of the population in European Union speaks German.

Top 7: Access to world class education: You all might have heard of it a number of times that education in Germany is free. But do you know that the universities which offer free education are the state funded universities and most of them offer free courses which are partially taught in German? Yes you have at least one subject or one or two electives taught in German in the free universities. These universities in the said cases would ask for at least A2 or B1 level German.

Top 6: For your CV: Have you ever looked at the situation this way? When you apply for a position in Germany, there are other international students too applying for the same position. And here perhaps your German language skills can give you that much required edge over others. So if I happen to be the employer I will send an interview notification to those whose resume says that they have German language proficiency.


Top 5: Cultural understanding: Well this cannot be questioned! You tend to understand a culture better if you understand and can speak a particular countries language. Speaking German will not only being you close to other German speaking peers but will also give you better understanding of the culture and traditions. Now doesn’t that sound like a fun?

Top 4: Perception widening: Correct me if I am wrong, but the very fact that you accepted the challenge of learning a new language shows your receptiveness towards new things. On that onset you definitely get to learn new things and facts, which further make you more open minded.

Top 3: To get part time employment: referring to the point number 6, imagine that you are still studying and wish to take up a part time employment which is allowed by German Law. Even if you are still studying and logically do not have a German masters degree in hand, still you will find it a lot easier to grab an opportunity with a well reputed company, if you know their language.

Top 2: To get accommodation: I always tell my students to imagine this situation. Someone comes to you to ask for an accommodation or a room in your apartment. He does not speak your language, has a different skin tone and looks little different than the people you have grown seeing around you. How will you confide in him? This is where language does the magic. When you talk to someone in their native language, it makes the other person confide in you. Getting an accommodation outside the university will become simple and easy with this.

Top 1: Making connections: Answer my simple question. Where is the charm or the fun in making friends with Indians only, if you are in Germany? Staying connected to our roots is fine, but then intercultural understanding is the major need of the companies today and also a pivotal objective behind your decision to take up your studies in Germany isn’t it? With the knowledge of German your interaction, confidence and approach changes completely, further widening your social circle.

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MIM or MBA?”-

This is a common dilemma for any student willing to pursue career in Management. How to unfold the right choice of career out of several options of the management courses?  To make a right decision a student needs to understand different options available in Management studies. Here we will discuss the difference between two major study fields in Management – MIM and MBA


MIM- a pre experience degree:

MIM or Masters in Management is a very popular course that has its roots mostly in European countries, though now MIMs are cropping up all over the world. Many universities in India are now offering the MIM course under various names like a Post Graduate program in Management, PGDM or simply under its own name ‘MIM’. MIM is a course which is designed for fresh graduates who intend to pursue a management career or for the mid-career professionals. It gives more emphasis to the theoretical part since the students are either less or not experienced at all.


Take a glance at the Masters in Management program:

  • MIM is best for recent graduates or people after about a year or two on the job, however a professional experience is not a pre – requisite
  • MIM is officially a Master of Science degree, and emphasizes on in-depth theoretical knowledge concentrating on the fundamentals of business
  • On an average it is a 24 months program providing you with an higher studies degree
  • An MIM graduate is eligible for an entry level position starting with a Management Trainee scaling up to Top managerial level
  • MIM develops global leaders with insight on emerging economies, their unique business challenges and a perception driven by global competitiveness and innovation


MIM could be a gateway for all those willing to work in a strategic position in a Managerial or techno managerial role.


MBA – Rising on the career ladder

World is widening in its own rate and so is the competition. With changing demands from the industry, the trend of people picking up on the higher education has also undergone a change. Consequently, unlike people of old times, who used to prefer vertical career integration, students have now realized the need of Management study after they have pursued their graduate degree. And an average MBA class in universities, national and international, people from all fields of work and study are seen admitted. Business leaders are coming up to acquire more businesses for the country and in turn leading the country to an economic high rise. And to support such initiative, MBA programs are designed to support the leaders, to get them to the peak. Developing an existing idea with the new technology and concept is the main aim of the MBA degree.


Don’t get confused- know the height before you jump

But even after knowing its high prospect, sometimes students and professionals make a wrong decision in choosing the right course. So here are some guidelines for you to help you in choosing the right path.


  • While pursuing MBA, it has always been noticed that most of the students are already in the world of business. And yes it is true. MBA is for everyone- from the starters to the professionals
  • MBA is much more practical than theoretical which mainly concentrates on application of business techniques.
  • In general is a one year or 15 months program
  • An applicant applying to MBA program is usually expected to have at least 2 years of work experience post graduation and before starting with the program
  • Though it teaches the same skill-sets as a Masters in Management program does, it is still much more popular study field, basically originating from USA
  • An MBA degree holder can seek for a mid-level position with a relative higher salary


So getting with the MBA course has been a good choice for enhancing the development of the career.


Chalk out your own career path

By now, the above pointers must have provided a clear idea about the basic difference between the two courses i.e. MIM and MBA. The MIM is for talented and ambitious young graduates with little or no work experience who strive to build a career in business. It can be a gateway to enter the world of business with the basic theory knowledge of the ever competing world of business. While on the other hand, MBA is better understood if you are having a work experience and are in need of enhancement of knowledge, analysis tools and networking opportunities in order to change your line of business or secure a promotion.


Pragmatically both MBA and MIM are management studies and groom an individual to go beyond their technical jobs or core functions. What need not be forgotten here is that no matter which field you are into, you still will need a skill or managing people and resources as you climb the ladder of Hierarchy!


Hence Decide before you take the leap and take the right decision for a bright career.To know more write to us on :


“What chance do I stand of being admitted to this university” I have spent five whole years of my career answering this question invariably, whenever I spoke to a prospective student. So today, let me take this opportunity to share with you the trade secret of what does an international university look for, in your profile?

  1. Your Academics: Let the more known factor come first. Yes! An international university would like to have a student who has been consistently outstanding in his academics. Nothing spells your dedication, perseverance and attitude better than that of your academic scores. It also shows, how serious have you been about your life. A point to note here is 60 % or above in engineering could be wonderful score in Indian context, however in global parlance it is far below average, having said that as a prospective applicant to an international course you must at least have a first class, before you start planning your higher studies abroad.
  2. Formidable extracurricular: students more often than not, miss to mention extracurricular activities they have been a part of, during their school or college times. When you delve deeper into their educational tenure you get amazing revelations. Managerial skills, Leadership skills, organization, coordination, communication, analysis are the skills which you as a student keep exhibiting through your extracurricular activities. It is therefore essential for you as a student to understand the skills needed by your field of study and evaluate the instances when you had demonstrated those skills.
  3. Your profile: Universities like to admit a student who brings diversity to a class. You being multi lingual or multi cultural can stand to your advantage.
  4. Projects: Amidst total theoretical knowledge, a successful project lays emphasis on your application skills. In simpler words your project determines to what extent you can apply the theory learnt. An international university will typically look for the nature & title of your project and what role did you play in it.
  5. Internships & Work Experience: As a matter of fact, even a pre experience program in European countries would consider it an advantage, if you have done any internship or have earned little work experience, prior to securing a position in the university. It is mostly because practical work experience enhances your understanding of the subject matter as also grooms you professionally. It has also been observed that students with work experience find the assimilation in the European job market easier.
  6. Awards & Accolades: An international university always aims for overall development – theirs as well as that of the students. This is where your previous awards and accolades embellish your candidature. It not just exhibits your strength but also gives an impression to the university that you would be a right pick for them. If you have won a medal for some sport, you having presented a paper, your certificates of appreciation and the ones where you have scored a rank all these should come in this section.
  7. Application Documents: This is the most pivotal part of your admission procedure. It majorly consists of your Curriculum Vitae (CV), Letters of Recommendation, and Letter of Motivation which is also called as Letter of Intent sometimes while some universities call it a statement of Purpose. Few universities have their own application essays to be answered in approximately 500 words. The word limit would vary depending on the university. If you notice carefully, all these documents are giving a deeper peek into your aspirations & personality. A clear thought flow would be a key here, which you can use to your benefit.
  8. Career Goals: Last but certainly not the least, having a clear career goal is one of the most influential factors for the university to admit you. Don’t get scared there, even an university understands that your career goals might change along way, nevertheless, you having one before you step into higher education gives you a winning edge.

Hope the above points were helpful for you to determine if you would be a preferential pick of the university. As I sum up the blog, please bear in mind that an international university is more likely to admit you, if they get satisfactory answers to the following questions through your application: Why should they admit you? How would the course benefit you? And lastly what value addition would you do to the institution if they admit you? Since this is a first step in your journey towards an international university, begin well, because as we have learnt all our life – well begun is half done.