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Study in Germany

: We maximize your chance of getting admitted to your chosen universities

The smart alternative to applying direct for a degree in Germany and the easy way to find programs that match your eligibility and aspirations

Why study in Germany?

It is a popular international study destination: Germany’s universities regularly rank among the world’s finest, excelling in a number of fields including engineering and science.

Germany is one of the most inclusive countries in the world for international students: larger cities such as Berlin, Munich, Cologne, and Hamburg have thousands of international students, however, some smaller cities like Heidelberg do too.

If you are looking for a place to study abroad that will offer you a strong cultural learning experience, as well as an academic one, heading to one of Germany’s university cities, could be a perfect choice.

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What are the best programs in Germany?

There more than 19,000 degree programs available to study in Germany, and German universities offer programs at every academic level, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. You can find a program in any subject, but German universities particularly excel in the areas of engineering, business, and science.

As with most of Europe, in Germany a bachelor’s degree will take three years, a master’s takes two years and a doctorate degree can take five years depending on the subject.

Germany has hundreds of higher education institutions you can choose to study at, including specialist business schools, medical universities, and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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Find programs you love that match your needs & aspirations, where you stand a high chance of acceptance.

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    Filter 10,000s of programs down to a shortlist perfect for you, where you have a strong chance of getting admitted

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    Complete our application form and only answer the same question once no matter how many programs you apply for

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    We rigorously assess your application to ensure you have the best chance of getting admitted before we submit it

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What is the cost of studying in Germany?

Germany tuition for international students can start at around $10,000 per year, but the exact amount will depend on the university and the program.

Living costs in Germany are considered to be quite reasonable, especially when compared to other European countries. On average, you will need to budget about $10,000 to cover your living expenses which include your accommodation, food, clothing, and entertainment costs.

Student reviews for Germany

  • Juna Gjergjindreaj
    Albania
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    International University SDI München International Business
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    As i mentioned before I did not like the welcoming part. There are many friendly people, that I met in the other University (SDI Hoschule München) which were the opposite of what I mentioned. When I entered SDI Hoschule München, I felt like im home. Everyone is friendly and kind. I did not experience any racism there. So at this Uni i changed my mind about Germans. Travel links in Germany are really good. To go to my homeland it only takes 1h 40m. I also go to meet my brother, who is studiyng in Vienna and it only takes 4h by train. So to summarize it: at first i did not like the country I am living in, but after changing University (from TUM to SDI Hoschule) my opinion about Germany changed. I love living, studying and going out with my friends from Uni here in Munich,Germany.
  • Gonzalo Garcia
    Spain
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    International University SDI München International Business
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    Germany is such a safe, prosperous and beautiful country. You can travel with ease to lots of cities and places. You can meet people from all around the world and have lots of fun! It has made me grow a lot as a person and has made me learn how to treat with people from other cultures. The food is amazing. There are lots of jobs for students and graduated people, it is really easy to get to work!
  • Sebas Barberena
    Guatemala
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    1 stars
    University facilities
    1 stars
    University of Europe for Applied Sciences Communication
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    Germany it’s a country with many things and also well located is so easy to travel and go around to visit new places and CHEAP ! I been living here for one year and got to know 5 different countries. The locals are friendly, always that you are respectful to them and of course if you speak their language they become instantly super friendly. It’s a great and lovely country with amazing opportunities.
  • Daniel Sebastian Enriquez Chavolla
    Mexico
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    1 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Europe for Applied Sciences Sports Management
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    I’m studying in Germany in Hamburg and I've visited more states. For starters ask him as a foreigner I don’t have a problem with the language but even if I didn’t know German it would still be easy. The locals are really open minded and welcoming and the best way to travel is either bus or train. At the end of the day Germany is a place where you find many people from many different countries which makes exciting every time you meet someone or go out. So far I’ve visited Aachen, Kiel, Frankfurt and Berlin and im in love with this country.
  • Daniel Sanchez
    Mexico
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Europe for Applied Sciences Design
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    Many students for all around the world In the capital very good night lifeSome times older people can get mad at you if you don’t speak the language

Key facts

  • Euro € Currency
  • 2.9 million Student population
  • German Language
  • 450 Universities

Where can you study in Germany?

Germany is a diverse country with many metropolitan cities you can choose to study in, including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, and Dresden. It is widely regarded as a safe destination for international students, whether you’re in one of the cities or out in a more rural area.

Away from the urban centers, Germany boasts mountains, forests, and beaches students can visit and explore.

Universities in Germany

What are the requirements to study in Germany?

Qualifications

In order to study at a university in Germany, you’ll need a university entrance qualification. This is usually a secondary education or school-leaving certificate. If your certificate is considered insufficient, you may have to attend a foundation course before you’ll be accepted. Some universities may ask you to complete a Test for Foreign Students (TestAS), which is an aptitude test that realistically assesses your chances of completing a program successfully. If you’re applying for a course taught in German, you’ll need to prove your knowledge of the language, but this is not required for most international degree programs.

English language tests

If you want to study on a program taught in English in Germany, you will probably be required to take a test to prove your English proficiency. Most universities will accept TOEFL or IELTS language tests. The exact scores you need for admission will depend on the university and specific program you choose.

Germany student visa

EU citizens can study for a degree in Germany without a visa, but non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which comes in two stages.

You can obtain the student applicant visa before you have gained admission to a German university. This will allow you to stay in Germany for between three and six months while you apply to German universities, and you can apply for this via the German embassy or consulate in your home country.

Once you’ve been accepted into a German university, your student application visa can be upgraded to a student visa. This visa lasts for three months, during which you will have to apply for an extended residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town.

You’ll also need to show you have adequate study abroad travel insurance, which you must buy before you travel. You will also need to prove that you have the financial resources to support yourself whilst studying in Germany.

Germany student visa requirements

How to study in Germany

  1. Find a university and program you want to study in Germany
  2. Create an account on the University’s website to apply
  3. Fill in your personal details
  4. Submit or upload your supporting documents as requested. This may include translated and notarized transcripts, test scores, your passport, and reference letters
  5. Pay your application fee and submit the application. Organize a phone or video interview if required
  6. Submit credential assessment evaluations (if required)
  7. Receive an offer to study at a German university
  8. Accept your offer and pay any fees or deposits to secure your place
  9. Start the process for your German student visa (studentenvisum) and residence permit

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