Germany – The vibrant hub of knowledge

Germany is a cosmopolitan country shaped by a pluralism of lifestyles. Germany lies at the heart of Europe. It shares its borders with nine other nations. No other European country has more neighbours. Germany is well positioned as an academic hub. The reforms of recent years have taken effect; research has a more international focus than ever before.

Educational perspective

Germany is one of the top places in the world for research and academic training. This is symbolised by the fact that with more than 80 awards, Germany places third among the nations with the most Nobel laureates. Three major aspects shape this vibrant hub of knowledge: the dense network of around 400 higher education institutions, the four internationally renowned non-university research organisations, and strong industrial research. The country has its impressive research achievements to thank for the fact that within the European Union (EU) it is assured a firm place in the group of innovation leaders. Particular attention is paid to an internation¬al focus. As part of the Bologna Process, most higher education courses now lead to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, with many of them offered in a foreign language. For international students Germany is one of the five most popular countries in which to study.

Why choose Germany – From a student perspective

Colourful, international, diverse: Germany’s student landscape truly has a lot to offer. If you want to study in Germany you can choose from among 415 universities. Basically, there are three kinds: applicants who consider themselves scientific and ana lytical normally choose one of the 106 universities, while those with stronger practical skills find a suitable course at one of the 207 universities of applied sciences. And for students with creative talents there are 51 universities specialising in film, art or music. Moreover, there are six teacher-training colleges, 16 theological colleges and 29 public administration colleges. Together they offer some 18,000 courses, of which about 1,400 have an international focus and are held in a foreign language (English).

Intakes

Summer Session - which starts in March every year

Winter Session – which starts in September every year

Deadlines

Summer Session – January 15

Winter Session – July 15

Passport validity requirement

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required.

Living cost

Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite reasonable. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 850 euros a month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent.

You should expect to pay the following expenses during your stay in Germany:

  • Living expenses (rent, food, clothing, books, telephone, …)
  • Semester contribution : administration work (for registration and re-registration), for the student services (Studentenwerk) and the activities of the student council or union (AStA) – the fees average between 50 to 250 euros per semester, as it varies depending on the university
  • Health insurance
  • Possible tuition fees

After studies – settlement options

Most foreign residents can apply for a permanent residence permit – a “settlement permit” (Niederlassungserlaubnis) – after five years. However, you need to fulfil various other conditions: you have to prove some basic knowledge of the German language, Germany’s political system, and German society. Moreover, you need to show that you are able to earn a living and that you have made financial contributions to Germany’s national pension plan for five years. Additionally, proof of accommodation is also required.