The Goethe-Institute and the Association of the Leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (TU9) are therefore working together to recruit international students from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut and Prof Hans Jurgen Promel, Vice-President, TU9 and President of TU Darmstadt, have signed a cooperation agreement to this effect.
Currently students with an Indian school leaving certificate cannot enter a German University for a bachelors program without doing a one year preparatory course at a ‘Studienkolleg’ in Germany. The new Study Bridge program by the Goethe-Institut and the University of Hannover will help Indian high school graduates speed up the process.
The Study Bridge closes the German language gap between school knowledge and the proficiency needed to study at a German University. It enables Indian students to join a German Technical University after finishing school without having to spend that extra year in Germany. The Study Bridge is a combination of language classes, educational counselling, intercultural training and an entrance exam, which will be conducted here in Bangalore, and Hannover, Germany.
In April 2014, after the final exams of the 12th graders, the Study Bridge will start its pilot program with students from India to facilitate entrance to the Leibniz Universitat, Hannover. This university is a part of the TU9, an incorporated society of the nine most prestigious, oldest, and largest universities, focusing on engineering and technology in Germany.
“We find that most students interested in studying in Germany, are already fully qualified to study there. Those who have taken up German as a second or third language in school do not really need an entire year of preparation. Joining our ‘Study Bridge’ program, will take them to the level of
German required. It is much faster and a lot cheaper than spending an entire extra year in Germany”, says Dr. Anne Renate Schonhagen, deputy director, Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.
Students who would like to join this fast track program however, have to be proficient in German. When the bridge course starts in April 2014 the participants should be on the advanced language level of B2. As not all students, who have taken up German as a second or third language in school, will be able to reach this level by the end of grade 12, the Goethe-Institut will now start preparing interested students of grade 11 and 12 to be able to join in 2014.
Students with a basic knowledge of German can for example join the science camp in Bangalore. 25 scholarships will be given out to those with a proven interest in German and above average marks in science. The camp is like a preparatory for the Study Bridge in 2014. Applications are open till March 31.
More information on the Study Bridge and the preparatory science camp under www.goethe.de/india/studybridge