Anyone who can speak German can easily communicate with around 100 million people in their own language for German is not only spoken in Germany but also in Austria, in large parts of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg as well as areas of Northern Italy, Eastern Belgium and Eastern France. Alongside Russian, German is the most frequently spoken native language in Europe and is one of the ten most frequently spoken languages in the World.
The language of instruction at German universities is usually German. You therefore need to be proficient in German to study here. But German is also useful for students taking international degree programmes because it helps them cope with everyday life.
In Germany, most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fees. However, you will need to pay semester contribution ranging from Euro 50 to 250, depending upon the university and the services or benefits provided. As an Indian student, you can work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. However, it is always an advantage to know some German if you wish to gel with the people around you, to find part time jobs, to land good internships or more importantly seek employment in Germany after your studies. For some international degree programmes, basic German language proficiency is required. In case you are opting for such programmes, you may want to appear for A1/A2 exams.
Anyone interested in literature cannot avoid German. Over 60,000 new books are published in Germany each year, equivalent to 18% of books published world-wide, making German the third largest publisher of books in the world. Translations can never fully reproduce the cultural depth of German literature.
German is the most important trading partner for almost all European and many non-European countries. The ability to speak German improves business relationships with partners in the third largest industrial nation and one of the most important exporting countries in the world. Knowledge of German is a big advantage in business, as negotiations in a third language can easily lead to misunderstandings with costly consequences.
Learning and speaking German is no harder than any other Language. Thanks to modern communicative teaching methods it is possible to achieve a high level of communication skills in a very short time.
In many countries visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland make up the largest and most important tourist groups. Knowledge of German is therefore a great advantage for many people working in the tourist industry.
A knowledge of German improves your chances on the job market. Many German companies abroad, many foreign companies in Germany and companies with close business connections with the German speaking countries all look to recruit workers with language qualifications. Within the European Union it is not only specialists but also students and scientists with knowledge of German who can find many interesting training, study and job opportunities.
Knowledge of foreign languages always broadens both your intellectual and professional horizons. Those who learn German gain access to an important intellectual, economic and culturally historic area of Central Europe.
Knowledge of German is very important for scientists and students as German is in second place in field of scientific publications. If you can read German, you have access to a whole world of research findings in all areas of modern science. This is why 40% of Scientists in the USA recommend their students to learn German. In Poland and Hungary the figure is over 70%.
Each year millions of tourists from all over the world visit Germany which lies in the ‘heart of Europe’. Being able to speak and understand German means you to get to know the Germans better and gain a deeper insight into their history and culture.
Knowledge of German opens the door to the birthplace of one of the greatest cultures in Europe, for German is the language of Goethe, Nietzsche and Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, Freud and Einstein.
In the current era of globalization and multinationals of business, world became a global village where ignorance of a language a huge disadvantage. Everyone should be comfortable while talking with another person. Knowledge of at least one foreign language is the demand and need of rapidly changing time.