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Study In Germany - International Students

Study in Germany, and find the best universities in Germany.

Germany is the powerhouse of Europe known for its car manufacture, urban art and unique cuisine – all set against a backdrop of hard work, efficiency and rich cultural history - all of which could also apply to its excellent education system.

It is the world’s most popular international study destination other than the US and the UK.

For international students it is one of the most inclusive countries in the world – cities such as Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg have thousands of international students, as do smaller ones such as Heidelberg.

If you are looking for a place to study abroad that will offer you a strong cultural learning experience as well as an academic one, heading to one of Germany’s university cities could be the perfect choice - study a degree in Germany and make the most of your talents.

Bachelor Degree In Germany

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Germany with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Germany

Universities in Germany offer a lot of choice to international students with some of the most prestigious institutions in western Europe, if not the world.

There are more than 400 higher education institutions in Germany, falling into four main areas:

• Universities (universitaten) – Institutions with a strong research element
• Technical universities – Institutions with a focus on engineering and technology postgraduate courses
• Colleges of art, film and music – Institutions focusing in these areas with special admission requirements
• Universities of applied sciences – Institutions focusing on a practical approach to study


Germany is well represented in world university rankings, with 15 making the top 250 in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17.

The Technische Universität München ranks at number 60, with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München at joint 68th and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg featuring at 72nd.

Almost every German city you can think of has a top ranking university with 31 in the top 500 institutions in the world.

Tuition Fees in Germany

Explore tuition fees in Germany for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate courses in Germany generally last three years.

If you are an international student you may have to take the German Language University Entrance Examination (DSH) to check your language ability.

Undergraduate courses in Germany may be taught in English or German.

As in much of the western world, the German higher education system follows the bachelors/masters route, meaning students achieve first a BA or BSc, and then if they continue their education an MA or MSc.

In most cases you can apply directly to the international office of a university.

Immigration & Visa in Germany

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Germany, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

European Union citizens can study a degree in Germany without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:

• They are studying for more than three months
• They have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during their studies
• They are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution


Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which comes in two stages.

You can obtain the student applicant visa before you have gained admission to a German university.

This visa will allow you to stay in Germany for between three and six months whilst you apply to German universities, and you can apply for this via the German embassy or consulate in your home country.

Once you have obtained admission to a German university, your student application visa can be upgraded to a student visa. This visa lasts for three months, during which you will have to apply for an extended residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town.

It is normally also necessary to demonstrate that you have adequate study abroad travel insurance, which you must buy before you travel, and you will need to prove that you have the financial resources to support yourself whilst studying in Germany.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Germany

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Germany.

The main options for undergraduate students in Germany are:

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – house and flat rentals


Student accommodation provided by universities in Germany is by far the cheapest option for international students. University accommodation will usually consist of shared communal facilities such as kitchen and bathrooms.

Living in Germany is comparable with the rest of Europe, and is cheaper than in Scandinavia. Cost depends on the size of the city – Munich, for example, is significantly more expensive than Leipzig or Heidelberg.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Germany. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Germany?

Germany is a very safe and secure country, although students should be aware of pickpockets around tourist attractions, and especially during the famous Christmas markets. Bike theft is also an issue – to prevent this students should make sure they are aware of the number on their bicycle frame.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Germany

Apply to Study in Germany and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Germany.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Cities in Germany



Berlin is a thriving social centre, famous for its music scene and nightlife. If you are looking to study a degree in Germany, there may be no better place than Berlin.

Dresden is home to a number of well known and respected universities offering undergraduate courses. Come study a degree in Dresden and find out more.

Frankfurt is an international destination that offers students the chance to learn in one of the world's leading cities.

Munich may be the third largest city in Germany, but it still retains a community feel and is often referred to as the ‘village with a million inhabitants'. Study a degree in Munich and become part of the world's biggest village.

Stuttgart is a city with a thriving cultural scene and a large student population. Choosing to study a degree in Stuttgart is a decision you won't regret.