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Recent years have seen a surge in the number of international students wanting to study in Germany. It’s already surpassed its goal of hosting 350,000 international students by 2020, with a whopping 359,000 international students enrolled in 2017. Factors behind this surge include the solid reputation of Germany’s universities, living standards and economy, combined with the fact that many students are able to study for free – although non-EU students are now required to pay tuition fees to study in Baden-Württemberg.

While most programs are taught in German, there are opportunities to study in Germany in English, with a growing selection of English-language programs designed for international students.

English-language programs are already fairly common at master’s level, particularly within the social sciences and business-related subjects. They’re now also becoming more widely available at undergraduate level – so with a bit of patience and research, you too might get the chance to study in Germany in English.

How to study in Germany in English…

International students who do not sprechen Deutsch may find it hard to gather the right information on how to study in Germany in English, particularly at undergraduate level. Although many students attracted to study in Germany are motivated by the free tuition, finding free English-language programs at public universities is not easy. This is because the majority of undergraduate courses at German universities are taught in German.

The International Program search tool from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) currently finds 116 bachelor programs taught completely in English, many of which have international in their title. When the search is narrowed down to show only bachelor’s degrees with no tuition fees, only 60 programs remain.

So, you may need to pay tuition fees at a private university in order to study your chosen course in Germany in English. This is not necessarily a catastrophe – the fees may still be lower than those in other popular study destinations.

Another search tool, offered by Study-in.de, currently finds 231 English-taught bachelor’s degrees in Germany. Again, some of these are offered by private universities who set their own fees, many of which are below €10,000 (~US$11,200) per semester. 

You can now also easily search for English-taught courses in Germany with our free matching tool, which features more than 900 programs in Europe.

As an example, the private Jacobs University Bremen is the only German university to appear in the search tools offering an English-taught bachelor in mathematics program, with tuition fees of €20,000 (~US$22,200) per year. The university also offers the only English-taught undergraduate psychology degree to appear in the search, again at €20,000 per year – although you can study a business management and psychology degree for free at Furtwangen University.

You’ll notice than some subjects are more often offered in English than others. For instance, there are a good number of English-taught options in subjects such as businessEnglish/American studies and engineering.

Other options to study in Germany in English

There are alternative options. For example, the pan-European business school ESCP Europe offers the chance to study in the capital cities of three countries (London, Paris/Madrid and Berlin) on its Bachelor in Management program for €14,000 per year for EU students, or €19,000 (~US$21,280) per year for non-EU students.

ESCP Europe also offers graduate programs taught in English across all five of its European campuses (in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw), including the Master in Management program.

To study in Germany in English for free, you might want to look beyond the most famous universities in Germany, to consider institutions which are perhaps smaller, specialized or vocational in focus. For instance, you may consider Germany’s Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen), which offer more specialized pathways of learning to create highly skilled graduates in the science and technology sectors. This option can be good for those who already have a career path mapped out and wish to get practical skills in their field alongside a recognized degree.

Before applying, make sure to do some research regarding the institution’s reputation in your chosen field. You should also ensure that the institution offers the right qualifications for your career, as some only offer diplomas, rather than full degrees.

German universities offering undergraduate English-language programs

There are currently only a limited number of undergraduate English-language programs at top universities in Germany. Due to the scarce nature of these programs, if you really want to study at a leading university, you may have to be a little bit flexible on your choice of program.

Below is a short list of the opportunities available for undergraduates to study in English in Germany at universities featured in the QS World University Rankings®. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and new courses are being developed continuously, so it is important to conduct additional research yourself – using online searches, the DAAD, rankings, student sites/forums and other organizations offering advice and guidance.

As well as offering a range of English-language master’s programs, Universität Freiburg is also one of few German universities to offer a bachelor-level degree program taught in English, allowing international students to study for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc), depending on their major. Universität Freiburg has a strong international reputation, ranked joint 169th in the QS World University Rankings® 2020.

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, at 181st in the world rankings, offers a BSc in Molecular Ecosystem Sciences which is taught in English. The school also offers a number of international graduate programs.

You can study for a BA in American Studies and a BSc in International Physics Studies in English at Universitat Leipzig, which is currently ranked 531-540 in the world rankings.

All programs are taught in English at this University of Applied Sciences. However, you will need to pay tuition fees of €7,200 (~US$8,050). They offer programs in two faculties, Architecture and Design, plus Business Administration. The English-taught programs are: Master of Business Administration (MBA), MA Interior Design, BA Interior Design, BA Architecture, BA Product Design, BA Graphic Design & Visual Communication as well as BA Business Administration with either focus on International Management and Marketing or Organizational Psychology and Digital Business & Management as a separate program. 

A public university with an international orientation, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences offers various English-taught bachelors degrees, including International Relations, Sustainable Tourism and Gender Diversity. There are no tuition fees, so students only need to pay the semester fee, which currently amounts to €302.88 (~US$340).

Universities in Germany offering international graduate programs

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. For the full list of German universities featured in the QS World University Rankings 2020, visit this page. You can also find more information on international graduate programs offered at Germany’s leading institutions on the TU9 website, which has a list of courses available at the nine engineering and technology-focused universities which comprise the TU9 group.

For answers to all your queries about studying abroad in Germany, see our list of Frequently Asked Questions About Studying in Germany.

This article was originally published in February 2015. It is updated regularly, most recently in June 2019.

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Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hello, I'm from Pakistan and I want to study mechanical engineering in 2021. Any university in germany offer it in english ?

Hi Aizaz, You can view the most recent subject rankings for engineering here. In these rankings you can filter by Germany and do further research into each of the universities. 

Hi I am from Cameroon and I am interested in doing a master program in computer engineering. Any school in Germany offering masters in English language in the field of computer networks.

Hi Sone, You can view scholarships to study computer science here. You might want to take a look at the full rankings for computer science, which allows you to sort unis by location. 

Hello , I m from andrapradesh,india, I wanted to do my bachelor program in computer science engineering in English in2021, are there the universities provide the same... Plz help me ... I completed my 12 in 2019 march

Hi, i'm from india i wanted to do Bsc. Chemistry in Germany in English in 2021 are there any university in Germany that provide the same.

Hi, i'm from india and i want to start a bachelor program in automobile engineering in Germany in english in 2021 are there any universities in Germany that provide the same.

Hi Harsh, Here you can find a table of the top universities in the world to study mechanical engineering, which can be filtered by countrey. You can also take a look at our guide to studying in Germany here

Hi, I'm interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Germany. Are there any reputed public institutes that offer a btech program in english?

Hi Anik, You can view the latest subject rankings for computer science here, which allows you to filter by country. You can learn a bit more about studying in Germany (as well as which universities are likely to offer courses in English) with our guide to studying in Germany.  

hi, i want to do Masters in mechanical engineering. Can you please guide if it possible online/distance education and also fees. I have doe my B.E in mechanical engineering from Pakistan and now living in Australia.

Hi, I am from Iran but it's 2 years that I am studying in Cyprus and I just graduated. I am interested in dentistry but I don't know is there any dentistry program in german?
and what about the scholarship?

Hi Zahra, You can find the QS World University by Subject rankings for Dentistry here. You will be able to filter by location to view all of the universities in Germany offering dentistry courses. To find a scholarship, take a look at our guide on how to find a scholarship to study abroad. You can view a comprehensive list of open scholarships here, which include scholarships to study in Europe

Studying English in Germany is a brilliant idea because; most people in cities like Dusseldorf speak very clear English. From my experience there, Young German people enjoy speaking English and always look forward to practicing English with others.

Hi my name is Yohannes Abie lam graduate Bsc electrical & computer engineering in Ethiopia lam interesting. Studying MSC

Sounds great. What are you hoping to achieve after your studies in Msc?

i am looking for undergraduate course in chemical engineering for oct 2020 in english language.

Have you done a Foundation Course yet in English Language? That will always help before starting an undergraduate course.

Hello, I am from Nigeria and i am an high school student. I wish to study in Germany by 2020
but i am having trouble finding a free University that does undergraduate programs in english?
Please can someone help me?

Hi, You can find out about the different scholarships available to study in Germany here. You can also find out about the countries around the world (including Germany) that offer free university education here. I hope this helps! 

Hello, What about english pharmacy courses?

Hello, What about pharmacy? Where can i find an english course?

Hello, I'm a school representative for a private university in Germany and would like to be featured in this kind of articles as well as to join your fairs.

Where can I sign up ? Thank you in advance

I'm wondering if there are any German Universities that are not private and offer Business and Financial or Computer science in master or bachelor degree in English as well.
My IELTS band score is 6.0

Hi. Iam Hyacinth from Nigeria a BSc.Mathematics and computer. I currently teach mathematics in High school. Am passionate about furthering my Education with scholarship in Applied mathematics in the Germany, Uk, USA, Norway,Sweden,Switzerland and France. please guide me on how I can access scholarships. thank you.

Hi, I am Ahmad Jan, I am pursuing bachelors in Electrical Power engineering. I would like to know the requirements for taking admission in the master of electrical engineering in a public university in Germany. I would like to know the grades requirement, any experience, internships, recommendation, projects, and any other requirement.please properly guide me

Hi, I think I am part of the EU, since I was born & raised in Bulgaria until the age of 6. I was adopted by an American family, so now I have (2) citizenships..... when applying which information should I be using? Obviously a FREE tuition is the best option - I am currently trying to enter a nursing program in Colorado, but Europe is my home. I want to be THERE. Any suggestions? Thank you.

Hello, I'm interested in a bachelor degree on computer science/software development in English language. Can you please recommend the university in Germany?

hi, I am tushar, I am pursuing bachelors in mechanical engineering. I would like to know the requirements for taking admission in the master of automotive engineering in a public university in Germany. I would like to know the grades requirement, any experience, internships, recommendation, projects, and any other requirement.

Hi Tushar, this article provides information on studying in Germany at master's level, but to get further info on the entry requirements for your particular course I'd recommend checking the official website of the university you're interested in. 

Hi, im a student. I will get my diploma next years. And i want to study business and management. Does anyone know colleges in germany offer W courses in english?

i am a student from India, studying in an IB school and i have started my Diploma. just wanted to know which German universities offer business management course in English and how can I get to know the requirements and the fees?

I am a student from greece,just finished high school. And i would like to know what grades are necessary for me to be accepted to your university. I wanna study Informat.Technology (IT),in an public(non private) university.
I would also like to know if i have to pay tuition fees for non private universities that teach IT.
Have a nice day:)

Hi Kelvin, I would recommend checking the official websites of the universities you're interested in, to see what the exact entry requirements are for your course. You will need to pay tuition fees if you study at a private university. 

Am charles by name from Nigeria...I want to know the universities that offer master programs in English in electrical/electronics engineering course in Germany, their requirements and processes...i will like to know ya reply as soon as possible as i am ready to apply for one ...Thanks

I'm wondering if there are any German Universities that offer Medical School in English as well.

Hi Julie, I'm afraid there are no medical training programs available in English in Germany. There are medicine-related programs taught in English, however. You can find out more about studying medicine in Germany here

sorry to say: "International students who do not sprechen sie Deutsche" is not even correct English/German. I think you meant "International students who do not sprechen Deutsch" -- this would have a correct conjugation. Well I know, the days of German as the dominant scientific language are gone.

Hi Constantin, thanks for pointing this out, I've now edited this sentence. :)

I am from Greece and I am 18 years old.
I want to study physiotherapy in a undergraduate university where the lessons are in English.
Is there any university for free that I can join?
Thanks for helping me out!!

Iam from india
Iam a 3 year graduate in commerce with 70%
I want to study my masters in Germany
Can u please guide me?

Hi Rishabh, please take a look at our article on how to apply for a master's in Germany. Hope it's useful :)

Hi Laura
I am from Nepal, I want to study in Germany. How can i study mechanical engineer in english for undergraduate.

Hi Laura!
I am from Pakistan, I want to study in Germany i completed my inter degree in 2014 now i want to take admission in information technology .
Please could you tell me about it what shoud i do ?

Hi, I am from Pakistan, recently came back from UK. I've got Bsc (Applied Accounting), MBA (Financial Management) and ACCA (Finalist) I was thinking to go for Phd in Accounting, is there any chance I could get admission in Phd as per my aforementioned qualifications. How much would that phd cost me. Cheers!

I want to study my masters in Germany can u please guide me?

what should i do for study abroad?

I'm from Indonesia. I have completed my degree in biology in 2011. My worked experience as a teacher. In 2015 I got scholarship from Indonesia government however until now still straggle with IELTS I just got 6.0 but in writing only got 5.0. Actually my scholarship covers all. The sed new is they don't provide for English language preparation. Are there any university can over free language study or accept IELTS 6 with 5 below.

hello, i'm from japan. I was prepared to study abroad but I only know English. I am very worried about the upcoming road.

Hi, i am from India. I have completed my Graduation in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and have a work Experience of 2.5 yrs as a Design Engineer. Presently looking to pursue my Master's in MBA or Master's in Mechanical Engineering in Germany with some financial support and in terms of Scholarships or Educational Loans.

Kindly help me in this. Thank you for your consideration and time.