Studying in Germany at a glance
"Studying in Germany helped me a lot with my further career. Especially in dealing with different kind of people and coping with new challenges" (John, 27 years)
A lot of high school students dream of studying abroad for one semester or even their whole university period. Countries like Great Britain or the USA might be the most popular among students, but commencing a study in Germany presents a great and affordable chance to every young person. About 300,000 international students choose to study in Germany every year. With over 400 higher education institutions, Germany has a lot to offer.
The country lies in the heart of Europe and is one of the most important economic players in the world. Universities in Munich, Berlin and Stuttgart rank among the best in the world. Most universities have a strong focus on research and practical application of theoretical knowledge. Additionally, German universities are very well-connected with companies from all over the world; students can gain valuable work experience at an early stage of their study. Many lectures have an international focus and it’s therefore easy to study in Germany in English . English is often the language of instruction at German universities.
In Germany, most degree programs are either Bachelor or Master programs. Following the “Bologna standards” most degrees and credit points earned while studying in Germany are internationally accepted. This is a huge plus if you’re thinking of coming to Germany for only one or two semesters. Your study achievements will most likely get acknowledged all over the world.
But it’s not only great study chances that make a stay in Germany so attractive: the country’s rich heritage, friendly people and numerous leisure-time possibilities create a top destination for students. Additionally the country is very safe. Germany has a very good social security system. Every student is therefore required by law to have a valid health insurance By taking up your study in Germany, you will make great new friends, experience a new way of life, soak up the German language and set sails for the future.
Luckily, studying in Germany is affordable even for international students. Education is a state affair and funded by the government. There are no study fees at all state-run universities. Wonder about how much it costs to live in Germany? Read on in our finance section.
Graduates from Germany – especially those with degrees in technology, engineering and science – have a world class reputation and are in great demand. But even if you seek to study in another field - with a strong and growing German economy you still have realistic chances of getting a job after graduation.
Even if you don’t have a European passport, you are allowed to stay in Germany up to 18 months after graduation, in order to look for a job.
On the following sites, we’ve collected information about visa and entry requirements, admission requirements, insurances you need, and much more to help you with your first steps towards your journey to Germany.