Germany is among the most popular destinations for foreign students applying for college. Reason being is a combination of the low to free tuition fee, reasonably cheap living cost compared to many other European counterparts, and rich history. Germany is also place of some worldwide high ranking universities thus its education standards are not to be questioned. Below is an overview of what you need to know about studying in Germany:
Studying in Germany is popular to be low cost, sometimes even free. However keep in mind that from 2017 on, students that do not come from EU or EEA countries will be charged tuition fees as little as 1,500 Euro per semester in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which is still cheaper compared to neighboring countries. This will apply in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and some other cities.
Also while universities do not apply tuition fee there is a chance that you will still be charged administrative fee starting from 300 Euro per semester. Only public universities will be free of tuition, private universities will still charge. However, due to the tight competition with public universities, the cost will generally also be cheaper or come with additional benefits.
To apply for university in Germany, prospective students will need to submit proof of higher education qualification. Students from non-EU countries will normally need to sit through Studienkolleg or preparatory school and later pass the entrance exam. Also while they exist, courses in English are very rare in German universities. Most courses are conducted in German so you will need a proof of German language proficiency.
There is two main tests to proof your proficiency, first being the German language examination for university entrance and the second being TestDAF. If the course you are applying for is conducted in English you might also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test results unless you are a native speaker.
Living in Germany can be possible with as little as 800 Euro per month. However, when obtaining visa to study in Germany you need to proof that you have an access to fund as big as 8,700 Euro per year. The living cost might also vary between cities, with Munich being the most expensive according to a survey done by Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey.
Your administration fee paid to the university might also come with benefits for transportation which immensely helps in cutting cost.
Choosing a University
The German Academic of Exchange Services (DAAD) has a database of around 2000 university programs you can choose from. Admission is generally done twice a year for enrollment in either summer or winter. For a higher chance of acceptance, prospective students might want to apply for multiple programs at once.
Rankings for universities in Germany are widely available online for your reference. To find out more on information regarding studying in Germany, one can head to www.uni-assist.de that is run by DAAD.