Study in Germany

Germany is regarded as the most welcoming country for international students and the German government is spending EUR 12 billion on education and research. Many universities in Germany is listed among the top 500 universities of the world in a recent ranking list compiled by Webometrics. The largest city in Germany is Berlin. It is the most populous and the largest economy in the European Union and a technological leader in many fields.

Quick Facts
Capital Berlin
Currency Euro (EUR)
Official Language German
Population 82.67 million
Calling Code +49

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  • Why Germany
  • Education in Germany
  • Universities in Germany
  • Jobs in Germany
  • Entry Requirements
  • Cost of Education
  • Student Visa Process

Why Germany

It is dream of every international student to study in Germany as it attracts students from across the world. More than 350,000 foreign students are seeking admission in German universities which increases year on year. The reasons are many.

  • Germany is a Paradise of higher education
  • Germany is known for Engineering and Technology
  • It has many world rank Universities
  • Many Universities offer Program fully taught in English too
  • These Universities are closely connected with Industries
  • So Universities provide courses with latest curriculum matching the Industry requirements
  • Since they offer Job-Ready courses, Employment rate after graduation in Germany is very high
  • Wide Range of Academic Courses are available to choose from
  • Education is Free in many of the Public Universities for the students with High Profile
  • Even there are many other Universities which offer courses with nominal tuition fee where there is high possibility to get admission
  • There is a high possibility to Get Admission even without IELTS or GRE or any German Language Courses
  • Germany comes under Schengen Area which allows to travel to other European Countries too
  • Germany has a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle with the right mix of modern and the classics
  • Cost of Living in Germany is highly affordable
  • International students are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week or 120 full days of a year
  • International students can get 18 month of Post Study Work Visa
  • Internship is quite popular in Germany
  • Lot of companies are there in Germany from Startups to MNCs
  • Popular Brands like Benz, Adidas, Siemens, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagon, SAP, Daimler AG, Aldi, Deutsche Telekom etc.
  • So there are great opportunity to Study and Settle 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

  • Universities
  • Universities of applied sciences
  • 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

Universities in Germany

Some of the universities and institutions in Germany are as follows. Click on the link below to know about each University.

  • Aachen University of Technology
  • Berufsakademie Ravensburg
  • Berlin School of Business and Innovation
  • Dortmund University
  • DresdenTechnical University
  • Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald
  • Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Fachhochschule Fulda
  • Fachhochschule Karlsruhe
  • Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Hochschule fär Technik und Wirtschaft

Jobs in Germany

  • Over 10 lac Engineers, IT & Management Professionals are required in Germany with an average salary of Euro 1,20,000 (Rs 1 crore)
  • Germany faced a shortfall of 117,300 skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and the mathematics, according to the Cologne Institute of Economic Research’s Spring report, which predicts a gap of nearly one million skilled staff by 2020
  • Average starting salaries for STEM graduates are between Euro 35,000 and Euro 40,000 a year
  • Candidate with years of professional experience, salary levels rise to an average of about Euro 70,000
  • Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the 4th largest in the world
  • Internships: Germany is arguably the only country in the world where completion of study programs in universities is smoothly followed by paid internship in top MNCs that eventually lead to full–time placement
  • 1500 German MNCs in India
  • After completion of their study programs, students are allowed to stay on for 1.5 year for applying for full-time jobs
  • Become eligible for PR after working (full time) in Germany for 3 years
  • Only country that allows Indian students for part-time MBA allowing greater time for full-time work opportunities
  • The cost of living in Germany is the cheapest in Europe
  • Part-time jobs allowed 20 hours per week making learning and living conditions easily affordable
  • On the same visa you can travel across Europe
  • Germany has more than 330 state universities offering more than 15000 Bachelor, Master and PhD degree Programs
  • Student contract when entering the job market and have a significantly higher earnings

Entry Requirements

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.

Cost of Education

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.

Enrollment fees are EUR 1000 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.

Cost of Living

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 can be a little cheaper.

Student Visa Process

For Photo visa specifications, Please click on the following link Germany Visa Photo Specifications

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

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


Students are advised to carry their original documents along with photocopies for verification.

Post Study Visa

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