Studying in Germany
Have you ever thought about studying abroad? You have a plan to study in an international atmosphere and boost your knowledge in your filed?
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Then, you are in the right place! The German high-quality educational system will help you to advance your career!
Whether you want to study Engineering or Medicine, Architecture or Art, Business or law, Germany is one of the best destinations!
You can learn a new language by making new friends and socializing with other students, and make an amazing life experience to remember for years to come by studying and living as an international student in Germany.
There are hundreds of universities in Germany that have no or very low tuition fees with many variable programs in both German and English language for international students. The main reason why young people from all around the world come to Germany is combining high quality education with a unique cultural experience.
Different Types of higher education in Germany
You may apply to different types of higher education institutions in Germany.
• Technical Universities (Hochschule)
• Music and art colleges
• Teacher Training Colleges
• Universities of Applied Science (Fachhochschule)
• Colleges of Public Administration
Requirements to study in higher education
Candidates must have gained the school-leaving qualification (according the local law in their country of origin) that entitles them to study at the type of institution of their choice.
If an applicant went to school abroad and has foreign qualifications (graduate or postgraduate degrees), the international office at the higher education institution or the ‘’uni-assist’’ Certification Office is responsible for deciding whether the application requirements have been fulfilled. However, essentially the institutions and universities themselves decide on the extent to which course credits that have been gained during higher education studies in another country can be counted towards a qualification in Germany. You might need to pass some courses in order to gain entrance qualifications and prepare for a course of study at an institution of higher education.
No general tuition fees (Studiengebühr) are charged for most of courses at German state universities. Each student must pay a so-called semester contribution (Semesterbeitrag) which is variable between 200-300 Euro per semester and which is mostly paid for the student semester ticket to use the public transportation free of charge. Tuition fees may be charged only for some certain Master programs like MBA, Business or Law. Private institutions also usually charge considerably higher fees. There are grants available to finance all or part a course, for example, those awarded by the government support scheme for talented students (Begabtenförderung) or by some foundations.
Students who fulfill certain conditions are entitled to receive state education assistance, in Germany known as BAFöG, which is acronym for
(Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). Part of this has to be paid back after the training or course of education has finished.
Apart from the classic courses that are only taught at universities and other institutions of higher education, an increasing number of ‘’dual courses’’ have been offered over the past years. These take a much more practical approach.