Study in Germany

Studying in Germany is a big chance not only for European people but for students from all over the world.
They benefit from a high quality educational system, learn a new language and gain experience from this interesting country.
It doesn’t matter if one is spending his whole studies in Germany or is just interested in a term abroad; these pages provide the necessary information about all relevant topics.

German universities have a quite good network with universities all over the world. Every year thousands of students have the opportunity to go abroad and spend some time in a different country, studying and living. This should be the same way for international students.
Because of this, German universities and technical colleges try to provide enough university places for international students and they also make efforts to support them in many other questions concerning the time abroad.

But what is it that makes Germany that special and what can it offer to the students from all over the world? The Federal Republic of Germany proportionally is a quite small country but its history as well as its actual role in the world is something special.
It is not only in Europe that Germany has an important position but it is also an important international trading partner and player, concerning political and economic questions.

German employees from different fields and disciplines are in great demand all over the world and have realistic chances to get a job in an international company in many different countries.
Germany itself is also a good and attractive country to work there later.

The question “And what does this cost?” is one of the first questions one is asking or is being asked by parents when their children want to study abroad. Not only a whole degree abroad but also a single term can include costs that wouldn’t be there in the home country.

The first point of the costing is the tuition fee. In Germany these are quite low compared to other countries and at some universities there are no fees.
Most German universities are financed by the state and government and just a small amount of their money comes from tuition fees. How much has to be paid depends on the location of the university.
Every federal state can decide on its own, if it has enough money to abolish tuition fees or if it needs additional fees.
The federal states Bayern, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Nordrhein-Westfalen still charge tuition fees.
These are obligatory for most students and account about 500 Euros per semester. All other federal states do not charge tuition fees or just fees for long-time students and for a second degree.

Those who want to study at a private university have to calculate with much higher tuition fees.
The private universities are financed only from tuition fees and therefore these are much higher.
It is possible, that students have to pay up to 20.000 Euros per year. In addition to the tuition fees it is normal in Germany that there is another amount called the semester fee.
This amount has to be paid by every student and covers administration costs and the finance of cafeterias, sports areas and residential homes.
Furthermore, it includes the money for a semester bus ticket.
At most universities it is possible to use the students-card as a ticket for bus and train in the area.
The semester fee can differ from university to university and costs about 150 to 250 Euros.

The apartment-sharing is a cheap alternative to the own apartment.
Universities also provide residential homes for their students in which one can live cheaply.
In most cases the kitchen is shared with other students and one has a small single room.
Applying early for a place at the residential home raises the chance to get one of the strongly demanded places.
Residential homes cost between 200 and 400 Euros, a room in an apartment-sharing community between 300 and 500 Euros.
A single apartment can cost from 400 Euros upwards.