Study in Germany

A wide variety of study and research opportunities await you in Germany. German institutions of higher education enjoy an excellent reputation around the world, providing stimuli for innovation and progress that are significant even on the international level. This makes Germany one of the most popular destinations for international students.

What are the conditions to study in Germany and how you apply for a place at a university – you will find out in the category “Five steps to studying in Germany”.


The different types of higher-education institution

In Germany, there are three different types of higher-education institution: traditional universities for distinctly academic studies; universities of applied sciences for studies with a greater practical focus; and art, film and music schools for artistic studies. Most German institutions of higher education are state-funded. There are also privately supported institutions and others that are financed by the Catholic or Protestant Church. They offer over 16,000 programmes. A database containing all of these programmes is available at www.hochschulkompass.de/en.html. Another database containing over 1,000 international bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes – most of them conducted in English – can be accessed at www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programs/en/.

By the way: International students can benefit from the academic quality and reputation of a German institution of higher education – but without having to leave their country. In cooperation with partner institutions – predominantly in Asia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe – many German institutions of higher education offer numerous German programmes of study in other countries. Binational institutions have also been established, such as German University in Cairo (GUC) and German Jordanian University (GJU), as well as offshoots and extensions of German institutions – such as GuTECH Oman, an institute connected to RWTH Aachen.

The increasingly popular dual programme of study and vocational training is not a pure programme of higher education in the traditional sense, since prospective students must also apply – as with an apprenticeship – directly to companies cooperating with the higher-education institution. Successful applicants complete alternating periods of practical training in a company and periods of theoretical study at an institution of higher education or a university of cooperative education. As a rule, the qualification obtained corresponds to a bachelor’s degree combined with a vocational qualification.

The cost of studying

Academic studies in Germany incur relatively low costs. All students at institutions of higher education pay a minor semester fee, part of which covers social facilities provided by the university and, in many cases, a ticket for the Local transport network. However most public universities do not charge tuition fees. Only in the state Lower Saxony students have to pay fees (€500 per semester) until the summer semester 2014. But all over Germany certain master’s programmes can have tuition fees. Certain privately funded institutions also charge tuition fees.

Read more about costs and financing options like scholarships in the category “Five reasons to study in Germany”.

Information on this portal

Why Germany is the right place for your studies

Skills that are especially sought after (German, English, Spanish)

Adjusting to your new environment

Here, you can find the nearby office or information centre of the German Academic Exchange Service

Information on the World Wide Web

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Scholarships data bank (German)

Information on Germany scholarship (German, English)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information on visas for foreign trainees and students (German, English)

TU9: Germany’s leading institutes of technology

The network of the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (English, German)

uni-assist

The university application service for international students (German, English, French, Russian, Spanish)

Directory „German organisations abroad“

Tasks and services of German organisations (PDF, 2MB) (German)

Introduction to Germany

Find out more about the country and its people. more