Click any of the questions below to get impartial information about studying abroad in Germany, from the admissions process at German universities,\u0026nbsp;tuition fees in Germany\u0026nbsp;(or lack thereof) and German student visa\u0026nbsp;applications,\u0026nbsp;to scholarships to study in Germany\u0026nbsp;and more.\r\nIf we haven’t answered your question, please either ask us in the comments at the bottom of this page or post your question in our international student\u0026nbsp;forum.\r\n1. Can I study in Germany free of charge?\r\n2. What qualifications do German universities offer?\r\n3.\u0026nbsp;How can I study medicine in Germany?\r\n4. What are the entry requirements to study abroad in Germany?\r\n5. Do I need to speak German?\r\n6. How do I apply to universities in Germany?\r\n7. Do I need a German student visa to study abroad in Germany?\r\n8. Where can I study in Germany?\r\n9. What’s the difference between a university and a ‘Fachhochschulen’?\r\n10. Are scholarships available to cover living costs?\r\n11. What is studying in Germany like?\r\n12. Where will I live during my studies?\r\n13. Can I work in Germany during my studies?\r\n14. Can I stay in Germany when I complete my studies?\r\n15. Further questions?\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n1. Can I study in Germany free of charge?\r\nThis will depend on your study level, country of origin, and which state you study in. Tuition fees at all public universities were originally axed in 2014, but were reintroduced for non-EU/EEA students in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg in autumn 2017.\r\nThese fees are set at €1,500 per semester – therefore coming to €3,000 per year (~US$3,440). Students obtaining a second degree will pay a reduced rate of €650 per semester, or €1,300 per year (~US$1,500). Students from Erasmus member states are exempt from these fees. Although no longer free, tuition fees are still far lower than other popular study destinations.\r\nIt’s possible that non-EU/EEA tuition fees will be reintroduced to other states in the coming years, but, for now, undergraduate-level tuition at all other public universities in Germany remains free of charge for all students, both in and outside the EU. You will, however, need to pay a nominal administration fee per semester, which is typically no more than €250 (~US$225).\r\nFor postgraduate students, however, tuition fees still exist.\u0026nbsp; These fees may be avoided (or cut dramatically) if you have already graduated from an undergraduate program in Germany in the last few years. If you studied in another country at undergraduate level, you are classed as a non-consecutive student and will need to pay tuition fees, which will vary between universities and courses.\r\nFor more information about tuition fees in Germany, see the following:\r\n\r\n\r\nHow Much Does it Cost to Study in Germany?\r\nTuition Fees Reintroduced at Some German Universities\r\n\r\n\r\n2. What qualifications do universities in Germany offer?\r\nUnder the Bologna reform, all\u0026nbsp;universities in Germany\u0026nbsp;offer internationally recognized degrees. A BA or a BSc (Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science) will usually take six semesters (three years) to complete, and these are the most common undergraduate degrees. For postgraduate studies, an MA or MSc (Master of Arts / Master of Science) will take two-four semesters (one-two years) and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) will last four-six semesters (two-three years).\r\nMore specialized degrees are also available at certain German universities. If you’d like more information about gaining an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) in Germany, visit\u0026nbsp;this guide\u0026nbsp;on our sister site\u0026nbsp;TopMBA.com.\r\n3. How can I study medicine in Germany?\r\nYou can study medicine for free at any public university in Germany, but will need to have a strong knowledge of both German and English, among other requirements. Medical training programs in Germany are not split into bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and will take at least six years and three months to complete. Spaces are very competitive, with many more applicants than places. You can read more about the requirements, application process, program structure and more in our article How to Study Medicine in Germany.\u0026nbsp;\r\n4. What are the entry requirements to study in Germany?\r\nTo study abroad in Germany you need to hold a higher education entrance qualification or Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB). This qualification can come in many formats, particularly for international students who have gained their school-leaving qualifications in a different country.\r\nFor prospective undergraduate students, a high-school diploma, school-leaving certificate or university entrance exam result is usually sufficient. For postgraduate programs, students need to provide an undergraduate degree certificate. Usually, if your qualification would allow you entry into higher education in your home country, it will also be sufficient to allow you to apply to German universities. To check whether your current qualifications are recognized for study in Germany, use the form on\u0026nbsp;this page.\r\nIf you find that your qualification is not recognized, you are also able to take a preparatory course at a Studienkolleg before taking a compulsory assessment test known as a Feststellungprüfung. This assessment will cover areas that are relevant to the program you wish to study and will prepare you for university.\r\nIf you wish to undertake a program being taught in German (the teaching language of most undergraduate programs in Germany), you will also need to prove your German proficiency (see question five below for more information).\r\nIn addition to German-language proficiency and an entrance qualification, you may also need to meet the specific entry requirements of your chosen university program. These requirements depend on the reputation of the school and of the program, and can be found by looking at the program information in the university’s prospectus or online.\r\n5. Do I need to speak German?\r\nThe language of instruction at most universities in Germany is German. All students undertaking a German-taught program will need to be able to demonstrate a firm knowledge of the language, either by means of a language test result or by taking a preparatory course. Accepted proficiency tests are the\u0026nbsp;DSH\u0026nbsp;(German Language University Entrance Examination for International Applicants),\u0026nbsp;TestDaF\u0026nbsp;(Test of German as a Foreign Language),\u0026nbsp;GDS\u0026nbsp;(Goethe Institut German Language Diploma) and the\u0026nbsp;DSD\u0026nbsp;(German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Level II). If you are only studying in Germany for one or two semesters you may not need to provide this evidence.\r\nIf you have a limited knowledge of German, you could consider taking an English-language program. There are a growing number of English-taught programs at universities in Germany, particularly at postgraduate level. If you are a non-native English speaker, you may be required to provide proof of your English-language proficiency with a\u0026nbsp;TOEFL\u0026nbsp;or\u0026nbsp;IELTS\u0026nbsp;result. If your chosen school requires this, they will list proof of English-language proficiency as an entry requirement.\r\nHowever, even if you do study in Germany in English, it’s advisable to learn the basics of the German language to enable you to communicate more effectively with the local residents.\r\n6. How do I apply to universities in Germany?\r\nAdmissions processes vary between institutions, so make sure you check the information given by your chosen university before applying. If you’re unable to find the entry requirements of a program you want to apply for, or you aren’t sure how to apply, visit the university’s International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) and either read the information provided online or contact the office directly. There should be staff members available to provide support and advice on any topic relating to international student applications.\r\nGenerally, you’ll be asked to provide the following documentation with your application:\r\n\r\nA certified copy of your higher education entrance qualification (e.g. a high-school diploma) and any other relevant qualifications in the original language\r\nA translated overview of the subjects and grades of your qualifications\r\nA passport photo\r\nA copy of your passport (personal information and photo ID)\r\nProof of language proficiency (a test certificate or online equivalent)\r\n\r\nFor most public German universities, the application period for the winter semester begins in early May and ends mid-July. For the summer intake, the application period is between early December and mid-January. You should expect to receive a formal acceptance or rejection approximately one to two months after the deadline has passed.\r\nTo ensure the best chances of acceptance, take care to provide all the documentation asked for, make sure all your documentation is certified (copies of documents also need to be certified by the awarding school) and check that you’ve filled out all your information correctly before submitting your application.\r\nFor more information on how to apply, see\u0026nbsp;this article.\r\n7. Do I need a German student visa to study in Germany?\r\nWhether you need a German student visa depends on your country of origin. If you are from a country within the\u0026nbsp;EU or the EEA\u0026nbsp;or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you do not need a student visa. If you are from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan or South Korea you still do not require a student visa, but you will need to register for a residence permit upon arrival in Germany. If you are from Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino or Taiwan, you only need a visa if you plan on working in Germany before or after your studies. If your home country hasn’t been mentioned above, then you will need to apply for a German student visa at least three months before you are due to travel.\r\nFor detailed information on how to apply for a German student visa or a residence permit, check out this article:\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Get a German Student Visa\r\n\r\n\r\n8. Where can I study in Germany?\r\nA total of 45 German universities currently feature in the\u0026nbsp;QS World University Rankings®, meaning that you have a great selection of world-leading universities to choose from. If you want to study in a world-renowned student city, you might consider\u0026nbsp;Munich\u0026nbsp;or\u0026nbsp;Berlin, both ranked among the world’s top 10 cities for students in the QS Best Student Cities index.\r\nHowever, there are lots of regions of Germany with something to offer, including North Rhine-Westphalia (home of cities such as Dusseldorf and Cologne), Baden-Wurttemberg (home of Stuttgart), Bavaria (home of Munich), Hesse (home of Frankfurt am Main), Lower Saxony (home of Hannover), Saxony (home of Dresden) and Hamburg (a state which is also a city).\r\nTo help you choose a university, the QS World University Rankings by Subject has rankings for 48 subjects as of 2018 – simply narrow the results down by country to select only German institutions. You can also use the\u0026nbsp;compare tool\u0026nbsp;to further narrow down your choices on factors such as international diversity and rankings history.\r\n9. What’s the difference between a university and a fachhochschulen?\r\nWhile all degree programs in Germany lead to a recognized bachelor’s or master’s qualification (or the German equivalent), there are some institutions, named fachhochschulen, which are more geared towards practical learning. Fachhochschulen or universities of applied sciences, typically offer degrees in fields such as engineering, natural science and business administration. Attending a university of applied science may give you a closer relationship with industry contacts and offer more opportunity for practical learning, including internships. If you wish to pursue an academic career, on the other hand, fachhochschulen may not be the best option, as there is less focus on theoretical work and they do not award PhDs.\r\n10.\u0026nbsp;Are scholarships available to cover living costs?\r\nAlthough tuition fees in Germany are non-existent at public universities, you still need to consider how you’ll cover living costs. If you don’t have a sponsor or supporting family member, there are countless opportunities to gain scholarships to cover these costs.\r\nScholarships to study in Germany can be obtained in several ways. The German government offers some funding to international students through the\u0026nbsp;DAAD\u0026nbsp;or the European Commission’s Erasmus+ scheme, but many opportunities are offered independently by German universities or external funding bodies. Browse the funding options on your chosen university’s website to see if they offer any international scholarships –these are often awarded based on merit, subject of study and/or country of origin.\r\nFor a selection of general and subject-specific scholarships to study in Germany, see this list:\r\n\r\n\r\nScholarships to Study in Germany\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n11. What is studying in Germany like?\r\nTo learn more about the lifestyle, student cities and the leading universities in Germany, take a look at the following resources.\r\nGuides:\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to study abroad in Germany\r\nHow to apply for a Masters in Germany\r\nHow to study a PhD in Germany\r\n\r\n\r\nArticles:\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Growing Popularity of International Study in Germany\r\nTop 10 Things to Do in Germany\r\n\r\n\r\nBlog posts:\r\n\r\n\r\n7 Perks of Studying in Germany\r\nHow Hard is it to Study Abroad in Germany\r\nStudent Life in Germany\r\nWhat International Students Say About Studying in Germany\r\n7 Videos You Must Watch if You Want to Study in Germany\r\n\r\n\r\n12. Where will I live during my studies?\r\nUnfortunately, most German universities do not offer accommodation to enrolling students. This means that finding accommodation is up to you. With little to no tuition fees in Germany, rent is likely to be your biggest monthly expense, and this will vary depending on which part of the country you live in. In big cities within Western Germany (i.e. Dusseldorf, Cologne etc.) and smaller, student-oriented cities such as Heidelberg and Freiburg, you should expect to pay slightly more than if you were living in eastern Germany (i.e. Berlin).\r\nWhen looking for accommodation in Germany, you should consider student residences, shared accommodation or an apartment. An unshared apartment is the most expensive choice, and this will generally cost in the region of €357 (~US$320) a month. Shared accommodation would be cheaper at around €280 (~US$250) a month, while student residences are cheaper yet again at around €234 (~US$210) a month.\r\nIf you struggle with finding accommodation, you can also look for somewhere temporary to cover your first few days or weeks in the country. In these instances, emergency housing may be provided by the university or you could try couch-surfing, staying in a hostel, B\u0026amp;B or hotel.\r\nFor more information on finding accommodation visit\u0026nbsp;this article\u0026nbsp;on the DAAD website. You could also use the Study-in-de’s\u0026nbsp;accommodation finder, which includes information, addresses and application details on a large selection of student residence halls in Germany.\r\n13. Can I work in Germany during my studies?\r\nYes, you can. If you are a full-time EU or EEA student (or from Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland) you can work for up to 20 hours per week. If you are a full-time student from outside of the EU, you will be limited to working up to 120 full days or 240 half days per year before you must apply for a work permit. Upon gaining paid\u0026nbsp;work in Germany\u0026nbsp;you should contact the German employment office to learn about the legal conditions.\r\nRead more about gaining work in Germany during your studies:\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Find a Student Job in Germany\r\nHow to work in Germany during or after your studies\r\n\r\n\r\n14. Can I stay in Germany when I complete my studies?\r\nYes. After completing your studies in Germany as an international student, you’re able to apply for a residence permit to stay in the country and seek work for an additional period of 18 months. If you gain work in Germany within this time you should make sure that you extend your visa, residence or work permit to ensure you are living in the country legally. Find out more here.\r\n15. Further questions?\r\nIf you have any further questions, please ask them in the comments below or in our international student forum.\r\nThis article was originally published in December 2014. 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