Study in Germany
Boasting many universities within the World Rankings, Germany offers high quality education opportunities. Germany also has a strong reputation for research. Renowned for their forward thinking and modern facilities, Germany is a great choice for international students.
Despite being slightly smaller than Japan, and much smaller than some other popular study abroad destinations such as the USA, Germany offers a wealth of cultural experiences. It is a great location to further your education if you already hold a degree. The country offers many postgraduate opportunities, especially at doctoral level.
Why Study in Germany?
Bordering with 9 other European cities, Germany is the ideal location for foreign students. This is, in part, due to how easy it is to explore Europe from Germany. In 2014, it was reported by the OECD that Germany was the world’s third leading destination for international study.
Germany’s higher education institutions are split into three main types; Universität (university), Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) and Kunstschulen, Musikhochschulen, or Filmschulen (colleges of art, music, or film). Thousands of programmes are offered, meaning there will be a course for everyone. Whilst many of the institution types offer similar courses, their focuses are slightly different. Universitäts generally focus on research-driven programmes, whereas Fachhochschule offer a more practical approach to subjects.
Germany also offers a wide range of unusual degrees including Aerial Archaeology, which studies the history of the earth from a bird’s eye view. Another example is Bionics, which teaches students to imitate nature as closely as possible, fusing technology, biology and engineering.
Germany is the most populous member of the European Union, with almost 83 million inhabitants. The country is known for its turbulent history and relationship with neighbouring countries. However, in the 21st Century, Germany has established itself as a global powerhouse. It has a strong economy, with the 5th largest GDP in the world (2017). This makes it a fantastic place for employment once your studies are complete. It boasts a universal healthcare system, environmental protection and tuition-free higher education system.
Whilst the climate does change from the Northwestern and Coastal regions of the country as you head inland, the overall climate of Germany is moderate. The country tends not to have any long periods of cold or hot weather.
With a long and established tradition for culture and tourism, Germany has many interesting and historical attractions that are worth paying a visit! Many of the museums and art galleries throughout the country offer reduced prices for students, which is definitely worth taking advantage of.
The top tourist attractions in Germany include:
- Oktoberfest (Munich)
- Berlin Wall (Berlin)
- Kölner Dom (Cologne)
Cost of Studying & Living in Germany
Germany uses the Euro (€) for its currency.
Many public institutions in Germany offer their programmes for a very small price. Generally they ask for an admin/registration fee of €50-€250 per semester. Depending on the university of choice, this applies to EU and non-EU students. However, in the state of Baden-Württemburg, institutions can charge a fee of €1,500 per semester for non-EU students. Private universities are permitted to set their own tuition fees, so they can charge anything up to €20,000 per year. When choosing your institution, make sure you are aware of fees and budget for your situation.