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Study in Germany

Germany is the world’s most popular non-Anglophone study destination, and the third most popular overall – only the US and the UK welcome more international students each year. Find out what motivates so many to study in Germany, and how to choose and apply to a German university.

Germany is a country characterized by variety. Trendy and modern Berlin can seem a world away from the more traditional and conservative Munich. The gleaming skyscrapers of Frankfurt form a stark contrast to quaint Heidelberg. And if bustling and fast-paced Hamburg becomes too much, you can always retreat to the peaceful and picturesque Middle Rhine region.

Fast Facts

  • Area: 357,022 sq km (slightly smaller than Japan)
  • Population: 81 million – second largest in Europe, after Russia
  • Borders with: France, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Austria
  • Capital and largest city: Berlin
  • Official language: German
  • Federal republic split into 16 states, known as Länder
  • Germany has the world’s fourth largest GDP
  • There are no speed limits on German motorways (autobahn)
  • Central European Time (UTC+1), switching to Daylight Saving Time in summer (UTC+2)
  • International dialing code: +49
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Influential member of the European Union
  • Famous for beer brewing, Christmas markets and bratwurst (sausage made from pork, beef or veal)
  • Famous dead Germans include classical music composers Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and philosophers Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.