Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide. German universities offer excellent teaching and research, ranking among the best in the world. You will earn an internationally renowned degree, giving you excellent prospects on the global labour market. In comparison with other countries, Germany is a safe country. In town or in the countryside, by day or by night, you can move around freely here. Germany offers economic and political stability, which makes it an ideal place for you to study. Discover the beauty and diversity Germany has to offer! When you take time off from your studies, there are 1001 ways of finding out more about your host country. For example, you can go to a museum, a cinema or a theatre, you can sit in a beer garden, you can go for a walk on a beach, you can swim in a lake, climb a mountain or visit an old castle.
Germany lies in the center of Europe. It is the largest member state of the European Union, with over 82 million inhabitants. Cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart and many others are renowned for their cultural diversity, vibrant lifestyle and historic heritage. Museums, concert halls, theatres, opera houses, galleries, cinemas... - the wide range of cultural activities offers something for everybody. And a trip across Germany is a journey through just about every cultural epoch.
Germany ranks 1st in Europe for the highest number of newly registered patents, and it ranks 2nd in the world, after the USA. Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and the 3rd largest in the world.
The most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe is German.
Germany is home to some of the world's leading companies in many areas, such as information technology, health care, biotechnology and the automotive industry, making it the world's leading export nation.
Higher Education System
It is not necessary to learn German language as universities in Germany also provide education in English. If the course is in English, then proof of proficiency in English –IELTS 6.5 is needed.
During your studies in Germany you are generally allowed to do 120 full days or 240 half-days of paid work and take small student jobs. In exceptional circumstances your local foreigner's office may impose further restrictions.
Tution Fees & Living Costs
Regarding education, if you compare Germany to other well-developed neighboring countries one thing that strikes among others is the fact that German Universities are tuition free as of October, 2014. Such an advantage to higher education in Germany is not only offered to its citizens but to all international students willing to pursuit a degree in Germany irrespective of their origin, a free qualitative education taking pride on building experts and professionals for the global market.
However, this doesn’t apply to the private Universities around the country where there is no ground standard and tuition fees vary depending on the institution. Meanwhile, at the public Universities students are required to pay only the semester contributions (a symbolic fee) which includes free access to public transportation within the region. Free tuition applies only to undergraduates studying for a Bachelor’s degree; post-graduate degrees like Masters and PhD still charge the same tuition fees as in the past. Nevertheless, pursuing a postgraduate degree in a public University in Germany will save you a couple of thousands of euros you would otherwise be spending in a private institute.
Living expenxes is 800 euros approx per month.
German universities charge only very moderate tuition fees or even no tuition fees at all. What is more, international students are subject to the same fees as German students. Where fees are charged, they currently range from 450 Euro - 850 Euro per semester which means that a full Bachelor's programme often costs as little as Euro 3800. A Master's degree frequently costs no more than Euro 2500 and at PhD level there are generally no fees at all. As for the living costs, on average students will need about 700 to cover their cost of living.