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Study in Germany: Language & Culture

The people, language, and traditions are what makes the German culture unique, and great for international students. Germany has cold, snowy winters and hot, bright summers. Spring is extremely beautiful in this country, with blossom and colorful sunsets. 

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Germany has one of the largest and most stable economies globally. Today, about 83 million people live in Germany. Germany is a country with different cultures and festivals which have unique attractions for students and tourists alike. Germany also has many fascinating historical buildings and monuments. In culture, German art has played a significant role in shaping art as we know it today, and it's very important in Europe. The German people know how to enjoy life and have fun, so there are fascinating festivals and celebrations in the country that many people travel to Germany to attend.

You should keep in mind that, in Germany, all shops, supermarkets, and even pharmacies are closed on Sundays and public holidays. So students who move to Germany quickly learn to do their grocery shopping in advance.

Learning German (Deutsch) in Germany

Although opportunities to study in English are becoming more widespread, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) only has 88 English-taught programs in its database. There are some courses which are taught in both languages, usually starting with English and progressing to German. If you wish to take learning the language into your own hands, there are many language schools and programs in Germany. The most famous of these is the Goethe Institution – a cultural association with 159 operational institutions offering courses in German, as well as about German culture.

Why learn German (Deutsch)?

The German language has around 100 million native speakers and around 80 million non-native speakers. It is the most widely spoken first language in the EU, and Germany’s prominence in business means that it is the operational language of much trade in Europe. Furthermore, German is a language that has shaped European thought in many ways, and so in immersing yourself in the German-speaking world you will truly be experiencing the heart of culture in Western and Central Europe.

Study in Germany - Overview

Over 400,000 international students choose Germany as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

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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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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® test is accepted by more than three-hundred leading schools right across Germany. Find out more about the TOEFL® 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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Last update: 30 Jun 2021


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