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Study in Germany: A Guide for International Students

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Germany is a country in the heart of Western Europe. It borders; Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Moreover, while pursuing your education in Germany, you can benefit from the excellent transport links from Germany to other European countries that give students the option of traveling and sightseeing other popular cities in Europe, broadening your study abroad experience.

Germany, due to its high academic level and free public universities, is one of the most popular destinations for students to study abroad in in the world. There are hundreds of universities in Germany that have free or very low-fee tuition programs available for international students. This is why many people choose Germany to increase their academic level. Follow this article and learn everything you need to study in Germany.

Home to 83 million inhabitants, Germany is a land of diverse beauty, historical splendor, and state-of-the-art innovation. If you like skiing, then Germany's mountains are for you. Equally, those who love urban bustle, will be drawn to Germany’s cities - the new pinnacle of cool in Europe. Tradition coexists with techno in these pulsating centers of culture and counterculture, where you can enjoy on Bratwurst and Stollen cake by day and dance in clubs by night.

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Why Choose Germany?

Germany is one of the most industrialized countries in the world. A global forerunner in industry and technology, Germany is a highly developed country with an excellent standard of living and a social market economy widely considered to be one of the most efficient in the world. For two consecutive years, Germany has been ranked the best place to study abroad in Europe and third in the world.

Germany is also known the world over for its cultural contributions – you will find everything from the high-brow to the underground across the nation’s sixteen dynamic states. From the beer halls of Bavaria to the industrial heartland of Westphalia, undertaking your education in Germany provides the ultimate opportunity to experience a corner of Europe which is both old-world and à la mode.

As an added bonus, Munich and Berlin are among the ten best student cities in the world!

Germany - Quick facts & figures

Capital

Berlin

Language

German

Population

83 million

Area Size

357,168 km²

Students

400,000

Academic Year

October - March

April - September

Currency

Euro (€)

Calling Code

+49

Time Zone

CET (UTC+1)

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Although it more than delivers on beer, Lederhosen, and sausages, there are so many more reasons to study abroad in Germany. Germany is a major power, with the world’s fourth-largest economy. It was a founding member of the European Union and remains highly influential within both bodies.

Continuously the home of influential and successful writers, artists, philosophers, musicians, scientists, engineers, and sportspeople, few countries have had as much impact on the world as Das Land der Dichter und Denker  (‘The Land of Poets and Thinkers’), and education in Germany places you right in the center of this veritable nerve center of economy, industry, and culture.

Combining high-quality education with a unique cultural experience, living in Germany is the main reason why young people from all around the world choose to study there. If that sounds interesting to you, join more than four-hundred thousand other students for the adventure of a lifetime in Germany!

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Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Germany? Germany is one of the popular destinations for a variety of students, given its diverse programs. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Germany!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Germany to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Germany.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Germany may vary. To cover the rest of the costs, there're some scholarship opportunities available.

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Language & Culture

Germany is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Meet the English Requirements

Make sure you're ready to start studying abroad in Germany. German schools will normally want to see evidence of your English-language abilities. The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by more than three-hundred leading schools right across Germany. Find out more about the TOEFL iBT test and how it can help you.

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Germany, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.

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Programs

Ready to look at education in Germany? Use our search engine to find and compare top programs in Germany today!

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Last update: 30 Mar 2022

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