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Germany is known for breathtaking mountains, historic castles and affordable colleges. Most public universities in Germany offer free tuition to all international students. As a result, Germany is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students.
Here’s why you should consider studying in Germany
Germany has world class ski resorts and beautiful North Sea beaches. The country has produced some of the world’s finest artists and greatest minds. Einstein, Beethoven, Bach and Durer have all made significant contributions to our world from their humble beginnings in this amazing country. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world. From major banks in Frankfurt to tech startups in Berlin, the country offers lots of incredible career opportunities for international students considering studying here.
There’s currently over 400,000 international students studying in Germany. This number is expected to grow significantly over the next few years. There’s already large communities of students from India, China, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Vietnam, Tunisia, Egypt and Cameroon studying in Germany.
Germany is generally a very safe country and ranks 16th in the world in the 2022 Global Peace Index.
In 2014, Germany removed tuition fees at public universities for all undergraduate students. This means both German and international undergraduates at most public universities in Germany can study for free.
There’s usually a small administrative fee paid by all students to their German university but this is a small fraction of the cost of studying at most universities in the US or UK.
It is important to note that the state of Baden-Württemberg has introduced tuition fees for Non EU/EEA students and the state of Bavaria is also considering adding similar fees. However, most public universities are free for international students from all countries.
While Germany’s cost of living is generally lower than some of its European neighbours, it can still be quite expensive to live here.
Here’s some monthly expenses students can expect in Germany’s 5 biggest cities:
Health insurance for international students in Germany can cost around €110 per month.
Students from EU or EEA countries do not need a visa to study in Germany.
If you are a Non EU/EEA citizen, you can apply for a German Student Visa. This is the most common student visa for international students that have been accepted to an official university in Germany and are ready to start their studies.
International students can work up to 20hrs a week. As of October 1st 2022, the minimum wage in Germany is €12 per hour and you can earn up to €450 per week tax free.
Once international students have completed their course, they can apply for an 18 months post study work permit. Many international students choose to live in Germany permanently after finishing their studies.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD is the world's largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. This is by far one of the best and most popular scholarships available for international students in Europe. DAAD offers a variety of scholarships for postgraduates to study and research in Germany. There are also many scholarship options for undergraduates.
Other great scholarships for international students are:
LMU is one of Europe’s leading research institutions. The university consistently ranks as one Germany's and Europe's best universities
Humboldt University, founded in 1810, is one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious universities
As one of the country's largest universities, the university offers a diverse range of courses and excellent research opportunities
Each federal state in Germany has the power to set its own university fees. Currently all German states, except Baden-Württemberg, offer tuition free programs to international students
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