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Study in Germany

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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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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

  • Mustafa Farhan
    Pakistan
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    CBS International Business School General Studies
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    The country, Germany, speaks for itself as being such a progressive country with an resource rich country and them being such an substantial exporter in every country, they have the transport links all around the country and really good fashionable stores and also niche stores for foreigners so they can find the important ingredients or goods that are from their home country. The country is truly beautiful and has good connections to other tourist countries such as France, Luxembourg or Belgium etc. The people are really friendly and supportive. The German architecture is beautiful and the roads the cleanliness is on point. It is a very sustainable country making sure the future standards of livings are well protected. I truly enjoy this country and have found everyone here really loving and supportive : )
  • pedro marcon
    Brazil
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    CBS International Business School General Studies
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    Germany is a good country, but cold people compared to where I am from.
  • Sohail Saleh muhammad
    Pakistan
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    CBS International Business School Business Finance
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    The people in Germany are really friendly and ready to help, assist foreigners, traveling is easy, definitely recommend students to choose this country if they want to pursue a good career.
  • Caroline Hinrichs
    United States
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    CBS International Business School General Studies
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    I love studying in Germany. I feel completely at home here, and I would definitely recommend studying here as well. Cologne is very close to bordering countries which makes it easy to travel to a different country for the weekend. All the locals I have meet are very friendly.
  • Rowan Radhakrishnan
    Malawi
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    CBS International Business School International Business
    What's it like to study in Germany?
    It's a privilege to study in Cologne. It provides a student piece of mind when living here as everybody is very open and warm.

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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