Italy vs Germany - which is the better study abroad destination?

Are you considering Italy and Germany for your higher studies abroad? In this article, I have done a detailed comparison of advantages and disadvantages of studying in Italy and Germany.

Both Italy and Germany are popular European destinations for students looking for study abroad opportunities. While both countries are part of European Union and share a lot of common advantages and disadvantages, I would like to guide you through some of the specific differences between these countries.

Common aspects of Germany and Italy

Both countries are part of Schengen Agreement, which allows the visitors to get a Schengen visa that is valid in 26 countries who are part of the agreement. So, whether you are going to Germany or Italy, you will be able to travel across all the 26 countries and also look for a full time/part time job in any of these countries.

Even though these two countries share a lot of common features, there are many unique features for both the countries. Let us compare the features of both the countries so that you can make an informed decision on which is better for your educational plans.

Germany vs Italy

Germany vs Italy

Part time job: One of the biggest advantages of Germany is, students can easily get part time jobs there. Almost everyone can quickly find a job that will bring enough money to survive there during the education. Salary for part time job would be about 1000€, which is more than enough to meet the expenses.

Part time jobs are permitted in Italy also but the earnings would be relatively lower. You can make 500€ to 600€ through part time jobs.

Cost of living: Cost of living in Germany is about 400€ to 500€ per month, depending on where you live and your lifestyle. This is slightly higher than the cost of living in Italy, which is about 300€ to 350€.

Job opportunities: During or after education, you will be looking for jobs. Germany has relatively higher salary and more job opportunities. There are lot more industries in Germany. So, if your goal is to find a job in the foreign country after your education, Germany may be a better option.
Universities: Both Germany and Italy have world class universities. However, Germany has relatively higher number of universities.

Exam scores: In Germany, no GRE required. But IELTS is mandatory. You need overal score of 6.5 and speaking score of 7 in IELTS. In Italy, both GRE and IELTS are not required.

Bank balance: In case of Germany, bank balance needs to be deposited in German bank in Germany. The initial bank balance required is 8040€, which will be returned in 12 monthly installments.

In case of Italy, you can keep the bank balance in SB account in your home country. Also, the balance can be withdrawn once the visa is obtained.

Stipend: Italian government offers a stipend of 400€ to the deserving students. You just need to provide the documentation to show that you are not rich. The average cost of living in Italy is about 300€ to 350€, which means you can save some money from the stipend you receive.

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