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Your guide to studying in Germany

Study in Germany

Can I study in Germany for free? Which is the best uni in Germany? How do I apply for a student visa? How can I study in Germany on a scholarship? In Germany are there uni courses in English? And what requirements do I have to meet? This is where you’ll find the answers to all these questions – and many more besides.


What to study in Germany?

Employers worldwide value German degrees. And there is a huge range of courses on offer: Germany boasts more than 420 higher education institutions with over 21,000 different study programmes. You want to do your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Germany? There is a suitable programme for almost every project. Whether you want to study medicine, environmental engineering, robotics, agricultural sciencesor peace and conflict research, you will find the right course.

Facts and Figures

Studying abroad in Germany

Germany is considered an attractive study destination worldwide and is one of the most popular destinations for international students. Some 11 per cent of all students at German universities came from abroad in 2021. And there are plenty of reasons for that. Here are some facts and figures about studying in Germany.


Requirements to study in Germany

So how can I study in Germany? You need to fulfil certain requirements to apply to German universities and to study in Germany on undergraduate or doctoral programmes. What is more, applications differ greatly from those for a job, for instance. Your first port of call is the Akademisches Auslandsamt (AAA) of the university you wish to attend in Germany. At some universities it is called the International Office or International Center (IC). There advisers are on hand to provide comprehensive information on the application process: admission requirements, deadlines, application requirements, language courses and much more besides. Here you can find guides on studying or doing a doctorate in Germany.

Tips and tricks

Testimonials and helpful links

How well do I have to speak German, how do I find the right university? Here you will find answers, the most important websites and contact persons. In addition, foreign students tell you about their insider tips for studying in Germany.

Step by step

Applying for a student visa in Germany

Obtaining a visa is one of the most important and first steps for prospective students from abroad. Germany offers various kinds of student visa, for which you can apply from the German Embassy or German Consulate in your home country. Make sure you get one before arriving in Germany.

If you are looking to study in Germany, this checklist will help get you off to a successful start:

  1. Know your goals
    Which study course or programme do you want to take?
  2. Check all requirements
    Among other things, you will need proof of financial resources – you can also find out about a scholarship
  3. Apply for a student visa
    Contact the German Embassy or German Consulate in your home country
  4. Get health insurance
    Personal health insurance is obligatory in Germany
  5. Register your new address
    Within your first two weeks in Germany


Studying in Germany


Universities and costs

Tertiary education institutions in Germany

Germany has a total of 423 institutions of tertiary education, of which 120 are universities, 246 universities of applied sciences and 57 art academies. Most higher education institutions cooperate with several universities and institutes abroad.