Germany – FAQ

The public universities and Institutes will not charge any tuition fees. They are free for all the national and international students. The private universities will charge the tuition fees;however, you have to pay a small amount of 50 to 100 euros in public universities and institution for admission.

You can apply online through the website of the university. Most of the universities in Germany have their own website. You can also directly contact the university’s international office through phone or email regarding the process of application. You will be asked to provide certain documents with your applications.

In Germany, German dominates all the other foreign languages. The medium of instruction in almost all of the universities is German. Moreover, you need to know German in order to survive in Germany during your time there. So you have to learn German before leaving for Germany. You should take certain courses for learning the German language. You must take the recognized tests like, the DSH (German Language University Entrance Examination for International Applicants), TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language), GDS (Goethe Institut German Language Diploma) and the DSD (German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Level II) to prove your eligibility in the German language before applying for a university or a visa.

If you are anywhere from one of the European Union countries, you need not have to take a visa to study in Germany. If you are anywhere from Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland or Israel, you will need to register for a residence permit upon your arrival in Germany. If you are anywhere from Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino or Taiwan, you no need to take a visa unless you want to work in Germany after your studies. If your country is not among the above-mentioned countries, you need to apply for a German student visa three months prior to your travel.

There are more scholarships are available for the students in Germany. These scholarships will cover the additional cost of studies and other funds. You can find the details regarding the scholarships in DAAD website. The government of Germany offers scholarships through DAAD and the European Commission’s Erasmus+. There are many different scholarships given by the universities of Germany for their students which are purely based on merit. You can find the details on each of the university websites.

Most of the universities in Germany do not offer accommodations for the students. You have to find your own place to live. There are many student residences, shared accommodations, and apartments according to your funds for you to stay in Germany. Since the education in Germany is free, accommodation will be your highest expense. The cost of accommodation is highly depended on the city you are living. If you live in big cities of Germany, the cost of accommodations will be comparatively high than in smaller cities of Germany.

If you are from any of the EU countries, there will be no restrictions for working in Germany while studying. If you are not from EU, you will be allowed to work 190 full days or 240 half days per year or 20 hours per week during your studies in Germany. You approach your university or Student employment agencies for searching part-time jobs.