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Study in Germany

Education in Germany

There are 409 officially recognised institutions of higher education throughout Germany. In total, German universities and colleges offer more than 14,500 degree programmes.

A total of 2.12 million students were enrolled at 355 officially recognised universities and colleges. 1,392,556 students at 104 universities, 644,778 students at 203 universities of applied sciences, 32,237 students at 51 colleges of art, film and music

Types of Educational Institutions

  1. Universities
  2. Universities of applied sciences
  3. Colleges of art, film and music

Public and Private universities

Most universities and colleges in Germany are public, i.e. they receive funding from the federal government. Some are also financed by the Protestant or Catholic Church. In addition to these subsidised institutions, there are now more than 100 private Universities and colleges which confer officially recognised degrees. A majority of these are universities of applied sciences.

Most students in Germany are enrolled at public universities. Only three percent of all students attend a private institution, perhaps due to the fact that private colleges and universities tend to charge high tuition fees. The quality of instruction at both types of universities, however, is comparably high.

Degree Programs in Germany

Bachelor's degree - B.A., B.Sc., Bachelor of Engineering, etc
Master's degree - M.A., M.Sc., Master of Engineering, etc
Doctoral degree - PhD programme with completion of a research paper

Kind of examinations

There are several types of examinations, for example:

  • Written examinations
  • Short presentations on a particular subject
  • Seminar papers on a particular subject
  • Oral examinations

Tuition Fee

Compared to countries like Great Britain or the U.S. studying in Germany is much cheaper. At the same time that doesn't mean it's completely free of cost. At the moment only two out of 16 Federal states still charge tuition fees.

Long term tuition fees:

Some universities request approx. 500 Euros each semester from those students, who need three to four semesters longer then their fellow students to complete their programme.

The cost of living in Germany is relatively high.
EUR 1.000 per month is a realistic..
EUR 12000 per year

Accommodation, food, leisure, utility bills, transport, etc. - sums up to approx, depending on where and how you choose to live. Living in the eastern part of Germany canbe a little cheaper.

Enrollment fees are EUR1000 per year to an institute.
The cost of tuition is EUR 700 approx. per year.

Graduate studies

In most cases you need to pay for Master's programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. Regardless of these tuition fees, each students has to pay a certain amount of money as a semester contribution to the university.

Please do not mix up tuition fees with semester contributions. The semester contributions have nothing to do with the tuition fees and vice versa. The specific amount of money depends on each university. This money covers parts of the administration costs of your university as well as social contributions to the ASTA and the Studentenwerk. In addition, many universities finance your semester ticket with this money. It allows you to use public transport facilities throughout the semester.

Documents Required to Apply

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Passport - Front & Back page
  • Birth Certificate
  • IELTS / TOEFL Score
  • German Proficiency if applicable
  • University Entrance Qualifications if applicable
  • Work Experience Letter if applicable
  • All mark sheets and degree attested by notary
  • Documents proving expertise in Specific subjects ( For select University)
  • Telephonic Interview ( If applicable)
  • International Reply coupon for select University to return the application if application is not successful

Documents Required for Visa

  • Passport with at least 12 months validity
  • 3 Passport Pictures
  • Demand Draft for Visa Fee
  • Two sets of application documents
  • Application Form
  • Declaration on True and Complete Information, signed and dated
  • Cover Letter
  • Letter of Admission from a German University
  • University Certificates
  • English language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) score
  • Proof of Financial Means, one of the following documents
  • Confirmation of Scholarship
  • Formal sponsorship letter from sponsor living in Germany
  • Confirmation of a German blocked account
  • A4 sized copy of your passport
  • If applicable:Proof of previously acquired German knowledge

Post Study Visa

International Students will get 18 months of stay back period after the successful completion of studies.

Part time Work

International Students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week.

When do I apply?

January 15th and July 15th. If you wish to begin your studies in the winter semester (October) the submission period is from the beginning of June to 15th July. If you rather prefer to start your studies in the Summer semester (April) the submission period is from the beginning of December to 15th January