Studying in Germany will put students at the heart of Europe. With its relatively low tuition fees, it is one of the most popular countries worldwide for international students, studying in America and the United Kingdom are the most popular places.
Home to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, not only will Germany boost your language skills, it is renowned for its talented writers, musicians and book lovers and it’s unbeatable museums and festivals. Rest assured there will never be a dull moment in this exciting country.
There are nearly 400 officially recognised universities and institutions in Germany that offer more than 15,000 programmes of study and degree courses.
There are 16 federal states in Germany and they all have their own government and higher education laws. If you apply for more than one university in the country, they could have different rules as the German education system isn’t centralised or consistent throughout. It is wise for students to check each of their desired institutions thoroughly beforehand have to have a study abroad back up plan!
Students wishing to study in Germany will need a higher education entrance qualification, named Abitur. This is a school leaving certificate or equivalent, and to check if you have the right qualifications students should first contact the international office at their chosen university.
Undergraduate degree courses generally ask for four A-levels with one including a second language and another focusing on natural science or mathematics (learn more – what A levels should I study). Again, contact desired institutions for the right information for you application.
If students wish to study degree courses in German they will need to sit an exam to prove they are comfortable and adequate enough to understand the course. There are two tests that students may take:
Certain universities may offer TestDAF whilst other institutions offer DSH, both are recognised at all universities in the country. An examination fee must be paid when registering for TestDAF and the fee differs in each country. In Germany, the test can cost between 150 to 175 Euros, and the cost of DSH differs in each university. International degree courses are also taught in English but students should research before application.
Germany’s institutions of higher education are either private or public. The majority of institutions are public, these are funded by the government and some offer low or even free tuition. Private universities will charge higher fees for the programmes however, it is good to know that EU citizens will pay the same as German nationals for their tuition fees.
Germany has substantial funding options for students that are seeking support during their time of study. Scholarships and programmes can be diverse and are offered by many institutions of the German higher education system. Students should contact the international office or funding/financial department in their chosen German university to see what they are eligible for. For more information on funding visit here (DAAD – Scholarship Database).
EU nationals can live and study in Germany if they are enrolled at an approved university or other educational institution. They must have enough money (from any source) to support themselves as well as health insurance cover, EHIC cards are sufficient however we do advise obtaining extra health cover on top of this. Some countries require you to register at a local authority after three months, more information can be found here (Europa – Rights, Conditions and Formalities) and here (Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany – Study and Scientific Research ).
Part of the process for planning to study abroad includes an understanding of the living costs in your chosen country. We have compiled a list of everyday items in Germany and their average price to get you started below.
Dining out: 8.00 Euros/£7.04 per meal
McDonalds: 6.95 Euros/£6.12 per meal
Beer: 3.00 Euros/£2.64 per pint
Coke: 1.94 Euros/£1.71 per can
Water: 1.65 Euros/£1.45 per bottle
Milk: 0.37 Euros/£0.33 per pint
Bread: 1.40 Euros/£1.23 per loaf
Bus ticket: 2.50 Euros/£2.20 one way
Bus Ticket: 64.00 Euros/£56.23 monthly
Utilities: 208.00 Euros/£183.04 per month
Internet: 22.00 Euros/£19.36 per month
Cinema: 9.00 Euros/£7.92 per ticket
Rent: 551.00 Euros/£484.88 per month
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