BBC reported that Germany has recently abandoned tuition fees altogether for international students. German and International students pay similar very negligible certificate fees for obtaining a degree from German university.
Other popular destinations of studying abroad, like UK, USA and Australia, discriminate international students on the basis of tuition fees, Germany also provides full financial support through various scholarships programs.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its Regional Branch Offices, its Information Centers, and DAAD Professors around the globe provide information and financial support to over 120,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study per year.
Requirements to Study in Germany
Visa and Residence Permit
As an international student you may need an entry visa for Germany depending on where you come from and how long you plan to stay here. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country.
Proof of Financial Resources or Scholarships
Before you begin your studies, you will have to prove that you have enough money to support yourself. In most cases, applicants have to prove that they have around 8,000 euros at their disposal for one year.
University Entrance Qualification
If you want to study at a Germany university, you will need a “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” – or “university entrance qualification”. This is a school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university study.
German Language Skills
For most degree programmes, knowledge of German is a prerequisite for admission to German university. However, you don’t need to know German if you intend on enrolling in an international degree programme.
If you’d like to study in Germany, you have to have health insurance. You will need to present proof of health insurance when you enroll at university and apply for a residence permit.
With the Test for Foreign Students (TestAS), you can realistically assess your chances of completing your degree programme successfully. The test is comprised of three parts: the “onScreen” language test, the Core Test and “subject-specific test modules”.
Key Steps to Study in Germany
Germany has many different kinds of universities. They all offer excellent quality. But with so many to choose from, it’s not always easy finding the right one. We help you understand what’s what.
1. Find a university
Germany has public and private universities. They are usually divided into universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of art, film and music. Find a university which is of your interest.
The vast majority of students are enrolled in state-run universities. Anyone studying at these universities pays no or only a nominal amount of tuition fees.
2. Find a study programme
Use site:de university Google search for searching universities and their courses.
3. Find International Degree Programs
Almost all universities have international degree programs. International students must focus on finding international degree program or they’ll have to qualify for the German language requirement.
4. Check admission requirements
Check the admission requirement with the university’s admission office.
5. Check German language requirement
International degree programs do not have German language requirement. However for other programs you need German language test completion.
6. Decide how to finance your studies
Decide how you want to fund your studies. Scholarships, Loans or self-funded options are available. For Self-funding options you need to show financial backing documents.
7. Apply for Visa
Once accepted by the university you’ll need to apply for Visa in your home country.
8. Find accommodation
After granted Visa you must 1st contact university’s international office for cheaper accommodation. Many international students also live in shared accommodation off campus.
BBC News About Study in Germany
BBC focused its report for American students but this is also true for any international students from other countries, including developing countries.