According to recent research, Germany is amongst the most popular destinations globally for international students.
The country offers greatly diverse landscapes – with beaches, mountains, pulsing cities and historic cultural spots. Not only is Germany a student hotspot but also does it neighbour many attractive other European countries. You always wanted to visit cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna or Prague? Don’t hesitate – they are right next to your doorstep.
Also, cost of living in Germany is on European average. Hence costs for rent, clothing, food, as well as sportive or cultural activities are pretty reasonable and with your student ID you may even qualify for special discounts in many locations.
Cost of living in Germany is moderate. In general, apartment prices are calculated based on total square meters (sqm) as well as number of living/bed rooms and it may not come as a surprise that average rental costs can differ significantly depending on the city and location of the accommodation. However, average rent per sqm for e.g. one bedroom apartments comes at approximately 13 EUR. Of course, big cities like Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt or Stuttgart may well offer above that average price.
The most common and affordable set up for students in Germany is to share an apartment – either privately or in a student residence where you’ll have your own bedroom whereas kitchen, living room and bathroom is shared space. Many students in such arrangements enjoy the possibility to immerse in the student community life – with cooking, studying and/or clubbing together.
Germany qualifies as a safe country! Whether you live in a big city or in a rural area, this holds true especially when compared with many other developed countries around the globe. Special precautions are therefore neither necessary at day nor night. The main risks for students in Germany typically remain those associated to personal behaviours. This means, that you should of course take care about your own safety and not chase any incalculable risks.
In general, German universities do not charge tuition fees from students at all, as they are mostly financed or considerably subsidised by the German government. In case a university should charge tuition fees, they are likely to be well below EU average. However, this might differ from Bachelor’s to Master’s programs. Most Bachelor programs are tuition-free, whereas Master’s programs can be charged with tuition fees. This also depends on state, university as well as the type of university (public or private) you plan to study at.
Instead of a tuition fee, students in Germany usually have to pay a basic fee per semester for public transport services when they enrol or re-register. In return students typically receive what is called a “semester ticket”, which is valid on all forms of public transportation approved by the network (e.g. trains, underground, tram, bus, as well as certain other local trains and additional services). Furthermore, the student status typically offers discounts for instance in cinemas, clubs, amusement parks and various shops. Meaning visiting your friends on the other side of the city, or going out for a shopping trip comes at ease!
“Made in Germany” is recognised as a high quality trade mark in many countries around the globe. This does not only count for leading car manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Porsche but also holds true for education degrees. Particularly in many science fields as well as engineering studies German universities are well-known for their strong university tradition. German university degrees are well recognised by many employers from all around the world. Hence, studying in Germany can be a great booster for your individual career and future job opportunities in Germany and/or other countries and economies around the globe.
With 450 state-accredited universities and some 18,000 degree programs students have the chance to study in any field of interest, subject and academic level. This could be a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Program in any economical, natural scientific, technical or social fields. Public universities have a strong focus on scientifically oriented studies in many disciplines, whereas universities of applied science, art or music are rather practically oriented. Also, regarding tuition fees, public universities tend to be tuition fee free whilst universities of applied sciences are likely to charge fees between 3,000 and 10,000 EUR per semester. This notwithstanding, private universities offer highly supported ways of studying – with international lecturers, guided exchange programs and special hands-on projects.
Germany’s education landscape is highly diverse – and so are the students enrolled. In the meantime, more than 300,000 international students populate the lecture halls and auditoria of German universities. This equals around twelve percent of all students enrolled at German universities. At the moment, especially the number of international Master students in Germany is sustainably increasing. This is reflected in a surging quota of currently 91% successful graduations – an exceptionally high ratio. Make friends from all around the globe, get inspired by new cultures, experience different mind-sets and broaden your horizon!
Bachelor, Master and Doctoral study programs are also referred to as undergraduate, graduate and PhD-programs. Enrolment in such Bachelor or Master programmes is possible at almost every university in Germany be it Agricultural and Forest Sciences – Arts, Music, Design – Economic Sciences and Law – Engineering Sciences – Humanities and Social Sciences – Language and Cultural Studies – Mathematics and Natural Sciences – Medicine and Health Sciences or Teaching Degrees. A doctoral program usually takes 3 to 5 years whilst working in cooperation with a university, a non-university research institute or directly within a certain industry firm.
Anyone who intends to study in Germany needs a higher education entrance qualification. This is there to proof whether or not the applicants educational and/or professional background allows them to successfully study in Germany. As for many study programmes the instruction language is German. So it is important for you to check with the university of your choice which language requirements are defined.
How and where to study in Germany mainly depends on three fundamental questions:
- Which is the field of study that interests me?
- Where did I complete my secondary school qualification?
- What degree am I aiming for (Bachelor, Master or PhD)?
Also, it is necessary to check if you meet the general admission requirements as well as the admissions requirements (if there are any) for the course you intend to study. This also influences where you can apply for your studies.
Students from abroad in many cases need some kind of visa in order to travel to and study in Germany. This does not include students from EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as Switzerland. Such students do only require a valid ID or similar identification card such as a passport to travel to Germany. If you are an international student from a non-EU or non-EEA country, the travel and visa process for you is more complex and you have to apply for a visa before your arrival. A main hurdle can be to obtain a proof of financial resources for the visa application. One way to do so safely is a blocked account. So come and check our comprehensive offer in this space now!
Everyone in Germany, you as an international student included, requires health insurance. This way, you are protected in case of illness or an incident and able to receive proper treatment under a health insurance plan. Potentially existing European or International Health Insurance Plans shall not meet legal requirements regarding Health Insurance in Germany in most cases. After intense market research we have selected the DAK as our premium partner to provide peace of mind when it comes to your health. The German Health System offers sufficient medical care for each person, but you may struggle trying to understand all statutory and tariff-based details whilst the application process can turn out to be quite elaborate and complex. So we are here to provide you a helping hand with a simplified online application but shall also be happy to guide you through the process as you wish!
Although a civil liability insurance is not mandatory, its benefits are obvious and very straightforward. Since a civil liability insurance covers costs of all damages caused by accident, this insurance protects you against unbearable costs which otherwise might put the completion of your studies at risk. Small unforeseen accidents might happen – with a liability insurance, you will be insured against the unexpected. Moreover, an increasing number of landlords take a liability insurance as a prerequisite for renting out an accommodation to students from abroad in order to minimise their own risk. As mentioned, a liability insurance is not mandatory, however, we believe it is essential for your stay in Germany.