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Considering higher education in Germany?
Is German university education free for all students?
German university education is free of charge for Germans and international students. The semester registration fee of 100-300 Euro includes a public transport ticket and the use of university facilities.
Your chances of being accepted will depend on your academic performance in the past and your formal eligibility. Internships, GMAT, GRE, work experience is always a plus, especially when applying for a post-graduate degree. However, every university has its own application procedure and requirements. Make sure that you hand in your complete application early.
Why study in Germany?
German universities do not only offer high standard education, excellent research facilities and internationally recognised degrees. A German degree, especially in the engineering, trade and medical field will give you incredible employment opportunities on the German and international market.
During your studies you can profit from a good network of student housing, extra-curricular activities and internship opportunities in German companies. You are also allowed to work with your student visa. International students can work part-time (120 full days or 240 half days) during their studies also as a non-EU national.
Am I eligible?
Universities in Germany will evaluate your academic background according to federal equivalence standards (recommended by the KMK/ Kultusministerkonferenz) and will transfer your grade into the German grading system for admission. This determines if you need a University Foundation Year (Studienkolleg) or have direct access to Bachelor or Master Programmes.
APPLY GERMANY will help you evaluate your academic certificates and eligibility prior to your application to find the university that is suited to your interests and academic background.
What do I need and how do I apply?
You will definitely need authenticated copies of your high school/ university degree certificate with transcripts. Additionally sworn translations of your certificates. Although most universities will accept certificates that were issued in English. You also require authenticated language certificates (German/ English), a copy of your passport and CV. Additional documents for application vary. You need to check this with each university application!
Always keep your originals with you! You might need to present them for registration at a university.
Do I need to speak German?
You are required to prove German language proficiency, as most programmes offered are in German. General language requirement for university registration is one of these two exams: DSH2 or TestdaF (4x4) or equivalent. Your level required for application depends on individual university regulations. Some universities offer preparatory German languages courses. You would then be able to continue your language studies at the university, before beginning with your degree.
For Studienkolleg requirements differ from B1 to C1 level, but the higher your level, the bigger the chances to secure a place in a Studienkolleg.
If you want to work internationally after your studies, there are some English programmes available. Programmes taught in English are mostly available on post-graduate level in Engineering and Economy. You will need to produce an English language proficiency certificate for application.
However you will need some German language in order to survive in Germany!
APPLY GERMANY will help you find a German language school or university language preparation course according to your level.