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German Language in India

Have you ever wondered “Why should I start learning German language in India? or “Why study?” or “Is German good to learn?” Discover “10 Reasons why to Learn German Language in India“. Scope, Demand, Career Options & Job Opportunities.

There are plenty of good reasons to learn a foreign language in India. One main reason is Career Options in Foreign Languages. If you’ve decided you want to learn. Sehr gut! (Good Luck).

If you are not sure Which is the best foreign language to learn, or not able to decide between French, Spanish, or German? – Then learning German is an excellent option. Career and Job opportunities after learning the German language in India is great.

 

10 great reasons to Learn German Language in India

 

1) Most widely spoken native language in Europe

German (Deutsch) is the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe. Germany is not the only country where it is spoken. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Belgium and Luxembourg.

There are sizable German-speaking populations in North Italy (South Tyrol), Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Namibia, Russia, Romania, Czech Republic, and other parts of Europe. It is spoken by over 100 million native speakers and a total of 185 million speakers worldwide. It is also one of the most popular foreign language taught worldwide. It is also a lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe.

 

2) Career and Job opportunities all over the world

Career is one of the most important motivators for foreign language learning. It is Europe’s largest economy, fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world, the world’s second-largest exporter, which makes it a very important language to study.

They are world leaders in engineering. Fluency in the German language in India has opened up job opportunities in the field of Medicine and healthcare, education, logistics, automobile, power and utility, mass media, entertainment, tourism, information technology, Financial services, outsourcing, etc.

Germany powerhouses like BMW, Volkswagen, Bosch, Daimler, Adidas, Allianz, Deutsche Bank, Siemens, SAP, BASF, and Lufthansa are all established around the world. Having German language skills on your CV can help your career in many of these International corporations.

 

3) Career Scope of German language in India

Several International companies that have set up their business in India are looking for those who are fluent in German language in India. It increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in India and abroad. 

Professional German Translators, Interpreters, proofreaders and content writers, and trainers are always in demand. One can also look forward to jobs in the German embassy in New Delhi and consulate in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. Scope of German language in India is on rise.

There are many MNCs such as Amazon, Accenture, BMW, Siemens, Volkswagen, HP, Audi, Oracle, Samsung, Hyundai, LG, Thomson, Axa, GE etc are employing German language experts and specialists for outsourcing and offshore work.

Germany’s economic strength equals business opportunities. If your company is doing business with German companies or partners, or trying to expand its footprints Europe, it will help you establish an effective communication with them and success at the end. This would certainly improve your business relations.

Read — (i) Job Options in Translation and Interpretation (ii) Career in BPO and KPO (iii) Language Career in Tourism (iv) Career for Foreign Language Teachers (v) Career in Import and Export

4) Study / Work in Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Germany is the land of ideas and innovations. The country offers a huge variety of courses spread across various bachelors, masters, doctoral and post-doctoral programmes. Their degrees are respected by employers around the world.

Germany’s universities have an excellent international reputation and among the best in the world. You will earn an internationally renowned degree, giving you excellent prospects on the global job market. Since higher education in the country is funded by the states, hence, The vast majority of Germany’s academic institutions are free for students, even international students.

DAAD: Designed to promote international academic exchange, offers lots of scholarship and funding opportunities. No wonder students, scholars and researchers are flocking there. There are lots of research opportunities while you are studying in Germany. The education system supports the research and emphasizes more on the practical knowledge compared to the theoretical one.

While it is not compulsory, If you are applying for a course taught in English. However, ability to speak, at least basic level is always an advantage if you wish to gel with the people around you, to find part-time jobs or internships, or if you are planning to seek employment in Germany after your studies. The employment prospects in Germany have remained healthy compared to many other European nations like England, France, Italy, just to name a few.

If you are planning to visit Austria, Switzerland, or any other German-speaking countries in Europe, Proficiency in German will be hugely beneficial. Many Indians visit these countries for job opportunities as well as for higher studies.

Since Germany is a pioneer in the field of automobile and engineering sector. Thus, The engineers with a degree from Germany have lucrative and a very bright future job opportunity anywhere in the world. Special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals.

 

5) German in Hotel, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry

When in Rome, do like the Romans do

Thanks to the strong economic growth and low unemployment, Germans make good money and are entitled to 6 weeks of vacation a year. No surprise, they are the world’s biggest spenders tourist dollars in the world.

They are everywhere and travel all over the world – Africa, Asia and the Americas. Wherever you go in Europe, North America, and other parts around the world, you are certain to encounter Germans speaker.

There are millions of German-speaking visit India every year for sightseeing but aren’t really fluent in English and fluency in this west Germanic language increases the Career scope in hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector.

Travel agencies, tour companies, Tour guides, hotels, airlines, and car rental agencies that can communicate with them in their own language will win their business.

While one can visit Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other Central and Eastern European countries without speaking a word in German knowing the language makes travel more meaningful for everyone involved. By speaking the language, you will not only enjoy to the fullest and earn their appreciation but also opens the door to a genuine interaction and connection.

 

6) German is popular in India

‘Some people might think why to study a popular one? an important reason to learn?

Well… Think about Dutch (another West Germanic language and lingua franca in the Netherlands, Belgium, Caribbean Islands, etc.). Currently, there is no programme in Dutch Language in India. Not at any Indian university or private institute, as far as I am aware. If you want to learn Dutch, you have limited options when it comes to books, teachers or even speakers and it can rapidly become frustrating when you feel like your progress is stagnating for a lack of enough resources.

German is the second most popular foreign language in India after French. One main reason is “First Move advantage”. Their government initiative to promote German several decades back. The first “Max Mueller Bhavan” was inaugurated in Kolkata in 1957. In fact, The first German lessons in India were imparted in Pune and Mumbai in 1914 (more than a century back).

Since it is second most-learned foreign language in India, you will find a huge number of study material or resources to learn this fascinating language. There are 100’s of schools, colleges, universities and language institutes including Max Mueller Bhavan (affiliated to German Embassy) that offer German language classes in Delhi and other parts of the country.

In addition, finding a teacher is also not a difficult task, at least in major cities like Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, etc. Read — German Language Course in Delhi

7) Literature, Music, Movie, Art and Philosophy

The German-speaking world has also produced some of the greatest literary, musical, artistic, theatre and philosophical minds in human history. Many important works are written in German and continue to be produced in the same.

Literature (Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, Kafka)
Classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart)
Art (Kollwitz, Dürer, Klee, Kandinsky)
Psychology (Freud, Jung)
Philosophy (Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno)

Germany and Austria are of also famous for their great music and movie. Proficiency in German gives you the opportunity to appreciate the masterpieces of these artists in their original and unfiltered form.

German speakers produce nearly 80,000 new book titles each year. It is ranked number 5 in terms of annual publication of new books. Knowledge of this language, therefore, offers you an insight into the way of life, and the hopes and dreams of people in German speaking countries, broadening your horizon.

 

8) Interested in Science and Technology?

It is the second most commonly used scientific language. With more than 250,000 scientists working in Germany, It is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.

More than one hundred Nobel Prizes have gone to brilliant Germans for accomplishments in Science, namely physics, medicine, chemistry, and other areas. No surprise, it is the second-most innovative country in the world. Einstein, Kepler, Röntgen, Planck, Virchow are some of the greatest Scientist from German speaking world. Throughout history, their scientists have proven themselves time and again to be great innovators. That trend continues today.

 

9) German strong presence on the Internet

Germans have a dominant Internet presence. With 17 million Internet domains, Germany’s top-level country domain .de is the 4th most popular extension after .com, .ru (Russia) and .jp (Japan).

After English and Russian, It is one of the top languages written on the Internet. Since a wide range of important websites is in German and worldwide, Knowledge of German, therefore, offers you extended access to information. It also gives you access to an additional 17 million websites and that is not even counting the German sites ending in .com, .net, .org and .info. and many others.

10) German is Not so difficult

German and English belong to the same language family tree, i.e. West Germanic language family. If you know English or Dutch any Scandinavian languages and planning to learn it, you’re at an advantage.

Both share thousands of similar words and phrases, which are closely related known as “cognates”. Hello becomes Hallo, Water becomes Wasser and father turns into Vater, Friend is Freund and so on. Not so hard after all, is it?

Many think it is a difficult one. Well, I believe all language is harder or easier to learn. If you have passion and interest and ready to give enough time and effort, you are definitely going to complete German proficiency test B2 in 2 years. All that is needed is a little persistence and right approach!

If you want to learn, Whatever your reason – as long as you have a reason – you’re more likely to reach your language goals.


Read1) Scope of Spanish in India 2) Scope of French in India 3) Scope of Japanese in India 4) Scope of Italian in India 5) Scope of Portuguese in India 6) Scope of Russian in India 7) Scope of Chinese in India 8) Scope of Korean in India 9) Scope of Turkish in India 10) Scope of Arabic in India

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66 comments
  1. Hello Sir this side Trashti. I want to learn German Language but i am working as Air-Ticketing executive. This language would be help me in my ticketing career?

  2. Sir I m doing my graduation. I wanna learn German and I wanna be fluent in German. Will I able to get a job in Europe only on language Base? After B2 level.

    1. NO because there are roughly 100 million German speakers in Europe. Knowledge of German is required if number of speakers are negligible like India or you have some other In-demand skills along with German.

  3. sir i am Assi professor in Engineering college i have completed my M.A B.Ed ( English) MBA (HRM) LLB. LLM what are the benefits after learning German language . Pls Guide me.

    1. If you want, you can learn as hobby. If you’ve the interest in art, literature, or philosophy, that is the another reason to Learn. Since you already have multiple academic qualification. Thus from career perspective, it won’t be very beneficial. If you want to pursue Ph.D. from Germany, then you should learn German.

  4. Good evening sir,

    I am doing 1 year diploma course in German from YMCA which will cover till B2.2 level. You were recommending 3 year advanced diploma or till B2.2 from any institute like Goethe-Institut, etc. to get a good job and not YMCA. So my question is why to study 3 years from Goethe-Institut when YMCA offers same B2.2. level in just 1 year that also in considerably lower fees? What should i do after 1 year Diploma to get a good job or PG studies in Germany?

    1. Hi Tripti, Few points :-

        1) No Institution including YMCA cover the syllabus till B2.2 in 1 year. YMCA offers Diploma based on their own curricula.
        2) B2.2 is just a popular benchmark in German. Whether you study at any University or Pvt. Institute or Max Mueller – The aim should be to reach higher level proficiency in German. This will take roughly 3 years. I’ve rarely seen anyone reaching that level in 1 or 2 year.
        3) No Institute including Max Mueller offers B2.2. certification. German proficiency test i.e. TestDaF or Zertifikat Deutsch is intended to measure your command of the German Skills. For B2 certification, one needs to pass B2 exam conducted by Goethe-Institut.
        4) Since most people only ask for the best option or top of the line. Thus, i recommend Max Mueller and few good institutes. If you’re happy with YMCA, then you should continue with it.
        5) After Diploma, continue in a good institutes with an aim to complete B2. These days B2 or equivalent is the prerequisite for majority of the good jobs. 1 year Diploma from YMCA is not enough, may be ok for few entry level jobs or if you want to study in Germany where medium of instruction is English.
  5. Sir I am just doing my graduation and now I want to learn German & i want make career in this. Do we have some good job scope on only language requirement as I am not having any other degree assistance?

      1. Sir I am electrical engineer having one year experience in power sector what is my scope after getting B2 proficiency in German language.

        1. Knowledge of German can add an extra value to your CV specially if you are an engineer. German plays a very important role in power sector and ability to speak this germanic language is an added advantage in many such german powerhouses. There are also plenty of scholarship to pursue master degree in Germany provided that you are fluent and completed C1/C2. Think about learning German and later as per your proficiency and available opportunity, you can decide accordingly.

  6. I’m 38 years old and currently working as an assistant manager in finance and accounting domain. I have total experience of 15 years and now wanted to make my career in foreign language. I have learn German language at basic level around two years back for some official purpose. However I have developed a interest in learning this language and hence wanted to shift my career from accounting to language expert. Could you please advise whether my decision is correct to make a career in foreign language at this age and how long will it take to complete a B2 level?

    1. There’s a lot of effort involved in career change. With your vast experience, why you want to start something completely different from scratch? Changing fields is usually much more difficult than finding a new job or develop interest in the same field. The risk is not worth the reward. In short, i won’t advice but that is my personal view.

      Generally, it takes 3 years to complete B2 level if you study 10-15 hours per week. Success and good salary is not guaranteed after B2. It depends on several other factors such as opportunity, luck, experience, proficiency level, contacts, etc. If you’ve the interest, you should learn German. Learning a new language is a good hobby and at any age helps the brain.

  7. Sir,
    I have completed diploma engineering after 10th. I would really like to learn German language from Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata. Am I eligible for doing the course?

  8. Sir, i have completed class 12th this year. Now i want to make my career in german language. So, could you please tell me from where should i do german and my graduation beside it in India?

    1. There are 2 options. Either BA (H) in German or Bachelor in any stream + Advanced Diploma in German from any University or course from any private or reputed institute like Goethe-Institut. If you have already taken admission in bachelor program, then try Goethe-Institut. It will take 3 years to complete C1, a prerequisite for good jobs. ReadGerman Language Courses in Delhi

    1. Max Mueller has divided the entire course in 8 Levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, B2.1, C1.1, C1.2, & C2). You can choose either Extensive (5-6 Months, 3.5 Hours/Twice in a week) or Intensive – Fast Track (3 to 3.5 Months, 2 Hours/5 Days in a week). Depends on Intensive / Extensive, It will take 3-4 years to complete C2. However, B2 is enough for 80% Jobs. You can complete B2/2.1 in 2 years! ReadGerman Language Courses in Delhi

  9. Sir I m just doing my graduation and now I want to learn German at basic level. Do we have some good job scope on only language requirement as I am not having any other degree assistance?

    1. Thanks to globalization and rising demand, students are opting for full-time career in foreign languages including German. However, to find a decent Job – You need minimum Goethe-Zertifikat B2 or Advanced Diploma from any University. This will take 3 years. There are also few entry level jobs if you have completed B1.

  10. Sir I m doing BA English honors and after completing my graduation degree I want to make career in German language then what are the career options for me??

    1. There are plenty of Career Options. Everything is there in this article. Read! If you want to make career in German, then goal should be Goethe-Zertifikat B2/C1. It will take 2-3 years. Start only if you can study for that long.

  11. Hi,
    I did my engineering but my job is not related to my field of study, I am currently working in BPO and have more than 6+ years experience. Now learning german will enhance my career growth or will it be helpful to shift my career into german specialist by completing till B1 or B2. Kindly suggest.

    1. Proficiency in German can help you to shift your career. However, B1 is not enough. Your target should be at least B2.2 if not C1, If you really want to do something good with better job security.

  12. Sir, I completed MBA with Finance, i decided to learn German language. what are the opportunities i had according to my qualification? And if i want to study in German university what course i have to choose now? Please suggest me.

    1. Proficiency in German can help you to find a job in German, MNCs or any Indian companies where German skills are required or an added advantage. To study in Germany, try to complete at least Goethe-Zertifikat B1.

  13. Sir,
    Pursuing Bachelor of economics along with German language is a good option or not? What can it benefit me further? And which course would be beneficial after the bachelors in same along with German Language? And what career opportunities are there in the same field. Hope to hear from you soon.

    1. While there are jobs in every sector including finance or economics where German skills are required but scope and opportunities are quite limited beyond engineering, automobile, science, IT, technology, chemical, architecture, etc. Now, you don’t need to pursue Engineering because of German. Your first objective should be to choose the primary subject for bachelor and then master degree based on your interest and goal. Then you can decided which language will be suitable with that degree course.

  14. sir, i am fresher in mechanical engineer now, am doing A1 of german language. After completed the A1 level what i do? and also i’m looking for job in my core field with help of german language. any suggestion please?

    1. A1 is just a beginners level. Try to complete at least B1 if not B2. Then only you will able to utilize the German Skills in the field of Engineering sector.

  15. sir i am doing A1 level of German. I am Mechanical Engineer with 1 year experience. I have interest for learning german language so i join the classes. but some of friends and seniors now telling me that why are you wasting the time on learning german. There is not much future scope. I am confused now. What should i hv to do?

    1. It depends on why you are studying German! If you learning just to add more value in your CV, then German is a good choice for Engineers! B1 is enough.

      If you want to shift your career from Engineering to German specialist, Then there is no shortcut towards success. If you want to work as a German expert with good salary, Goethe-Zertifikat C1 + experience is required. That will take anywhere between 3 to 5 years. Very few reach proficiency like C1, maybe 2%-5% as per my experience. It is better to use your existing engineering skills and add German to make it better. Later, you can decide as per opportunity in hand + proficiency level.

  16. Sir , I am pursuing diploma course in German language from rajasthan university though I am not technical student. I did Bsc maths in my college academics. Sir plz suggest, I am looking forward for further education in Germany like msc and ms. Sir are they providing scholarship and jobs for their students which comes from another country? As I am seeking job option in our country too ?

    1. Germany’s universities have an excellent international reputation in the field of Science. Since higher education in Germany is funded by the states, It is either Free or not expensive like France, UK, etc. You only have to pay for your living expenses which can be done through part-time jobs. While Master degree is taught in English (in most universities), you still need proficiency like B2 in German to find any Job. They don’t offer Jobs to International students since they are in Germany for limited time-frame. You have to find one on own. You can contact DAAD for scholarship opportunities.

    1. NO. At least Advanced Diploma (DU, Jamia) or Goethe-Zertifikat B1/B2 is prerequisite for most of the jobs. Also, The quality of YMCA is not very good. You can try few other options like Goethe-Institut – Max Mueller.

    1. One year Diploma from where? If you want to make your career in German, you should think about pursuing Advanced Diploma (3 years) from any University or B2 (2-3 years) from any private or Max Mueller.

  17. Sir, I completed mechanical engineering and i choose german language to learn. In pune, one private institute they said “we are providing 3 months course for a1,a2, and b1,b2”. Is it sufficient for job in india with good salary. please tell me a better suggestion. Thanking you SIR.

    1. A1 + A2 in 3 months? or A1 in 3 months? Well, it is possible to complete A1 or A2 or even B1 in 3 months if they teach minimum 40 hours/month. The entire B2 (subdivided between 2 & 2.1) will take 1 year. So, overall it will take minimum 1.5 years to complete B2 if you study 15+ hours every week. After B2, you will eligible for most of the good jobs. You can try Max Mueller Bhavan – Pune. ReadForeign language courses in Pune.

  18. Sir, I am confused between Spanish and German language. Which language is more valuable in Indian job market and till what level should I learn it and where should I learn it from. I am from Kolkata. B.com graduate and a fresher. Plz help me out sir

    1. Both are equally important. Spanish is more beneficial in the KPO/BPO, Export & US market. German is most spoken native language in Europe. It is important in Engineering, Science, Machines, Power, etc. Whatever you choose, you won’t regret in future. ReadWhich Foreign Language to learn

  19. Sir if i take private classes in German speaking course, will i get jobs? or i have to study in Colleges only? Will i able to complete the course in 4 Months?

    1. Yes, you can take private classes to learn German. College is not mandatory. For Jobs, you need Certificates. You can appear for German proficiency test like A1, A2, B1, etc. in any Goethe-Institut centre in India. 4 Months is not enough. Minimum 2 years or B1 is required for entry level Jobs.

  20. Sir I have an opportunity to learn a foreign language for one year which is for free. And recently ,I came to know that in Germany, we get free education for masters. So now I am thinking to choose german language . But my doubt is that , do I have same opportunity to get free education after learning french language too ??. As I am not strong in financial matter , please suggest me which language will be better option to fulfill my dream of doing masters in abroad for free …
    Thank you very much …

    1. It is difficult to pursue Master degree in abroad Free of cost. It is true that a significant academic institutions in Germany are free for students. However, getting admission and cost of living & other compulsory expenses are expensive in Germany. Most of the Universities in France or Italy or UK or any european countries are not Free. In fact, in most cases – they are quite expensive. In few cases and courses, Scholarship and funding opportunities are possible for meritorious candidates.

  21. Hello Sir, Im a B.com graduate, completed in the year 2011. Then stated working under finance domain for bpo. I have 6 years of experience. When i switch over my second company i planned to study German or Spanish and divert my career for better salary. Last year November left my job due to personal reason. Now its been 7 months gap. Now i seriously looking for learning language course for better salary . Need to support my family. Please suggest me which course is best for my situation and till which level i should study to get place like amazon. I’m from Chennai sir. Really looking for your valuable advice.

    1. If you’re looking for job opportunities in MNCs with better pay and future prospect, can study German or Spanish. Both are good options. Target should be at least B2 and that will take minimum 2 years provided that you study 10-15 hours/week. In Chennai, For German – try Max Mueller Bhavan and For Spanish – Instituto Hispania.

  22. i have done c1 level in german language and don’t really wanna work with BPOs. How would i get the job in hospitality or travel and tourism so that i can put my German knowledge upto the best use ? Is any specific course in tour and travel is required to get the desired job ?

    1. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum C1. The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sectors in India. To participate in this sector as an employee, You can do some short term courses like Computer reservation systems (CRS- Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre & Abacus), Air fares and ticketing skills, Travel agency management, etc. You can also pursue some Diploma in Travel and Tourism from any recognized centre.

  23. I am confuse between german language and japanese which is more preferable in india and what scope i will get by learning this language

    1. That is a difficult question 🙂 Both are equally important and popular from the career and job market perspective. If you have limited time to study, choose German. If the unique, mesmerizing culture and tradition of Japan invokes you, go with Japanese. Whatever you choose, you won’t regret. ReadScope of Japanese in India

    1. B1 is enough if you want to add German language skills in your C.V. but if you want to make your career in German then B1 is not enough for jobs where language is mission critical. Pursuing at least two more levels (till B2) will be the right approach.

  24. Sir I heard that on GATE exam score German university offers higher education. Please have insight on this. Thanks

    1. I don’t quite understand the question. Germany has several top ranked Universities for higher education. Some German universities also require you to have cleared and scored a certain level in GMAT/GRE. Similarly, for Courses offered in English, IELTS/TOEFL would be a requirement. Basic knowledge of German language is must though not mandatory to live in Germany.

  25. Where can I learn German in Mumbai? Does Mumbai university undertakes any diploma or degree courses in German?

    1. Well that depends upon your knowledge and job profile. Average salary for FRESHER is around 3 to 4 lakhs per annum. If you are proficient with several years of experience in German, you can earn 1000 to 2000 INR per hour for being a interpreter/translator/teacher.

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