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01.04.2021 - Article

Germany is the fourth most popular destination among international students in the world. Not only does Germany enjoy an excellent academic reputation and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide but studying in Germany is also comparatively affordable...

General Information

Germany is the fourth most popular destination among international students in the world. Not only does Germany enjoy an excellent academic reputation and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide but studying in Germany is also comparatively affordable. While a majority of studies are still conducted in German language, there is an increasing amount of English speaking ones offered among´the wide range of courses in Germany. Do you want to develop your personal and intellectual potential in an interesting,  safe and economically stable environment that is well known for closely combining theory and practice? Germany might just be the right place for you!

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the responsible institution for international students who are interested in studying in Germany. Check out their homepage here.

Germany's higher education system

There around 400 state-accredited and a number of privat higher education institutions in Germany. Besides classical universities, you may attend the more practice oriented universities of applied sciences, colleges of art and music and other specialized institutes. Learn more about the German higher education system, the different types of universities and the degrees they offer here and here .

Plan your studies

Requirements, Application, Financing - find everything you need to know about studying in Germany here in the DAAD pocket guide .

You can study almost anything in Germany: there are more than 18,000 different courses - including more than 2,000 international ones. Scroll through the databases to get inspired or determinately find the exact subject you were looking for here and here. If you are interested primarily in programmes in English, you can also check out the DAAD international programmes database .

If you already own a Master's degree and want to continue your academical career, you can find relevant information about PhD programmes here and about post-graduate research programmes here.
Find more than 95,000 research institutions listed in the GERiT database .

You want to know which German university or university of applied sciences is considered to be the best for your course of study (please note that universities of applied sciences are often not considered in international rankings)? Check out the DAAD university ranking here.

You have decided that you want to study in Germany, but need more specific information about the requirements for your study of choice or the right contact person at your designated university? The information portal My Guide is the right place for you. Create a Profil to receive personalized specific information for your needs.

Financing / Scholarships

Germany strongly believes in the profit of making higher education available to all talented and interested students independent of their financial background. While remaining politically independent, public institutions of higher education are subsidized by the government and generally do not ask for tuition fees. Therefore, excellent Quality education can be offered at very affordable cost. Further, a number of scholarships are on offer for national as well as international students.

Please note that the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) generally does not sponsor students, who are still obtaining their first degree, but there are a few other institutions who will. If you are considering to apply for a scholarship, remember to start the process in due time (at least six months prior to your intended start of

study). Find out if you qualify for a scholarship here .

Any more questions?

For any further questions, contact the DAAD information center here or talk to the Chatbot Amiko here.

If you prefer to speak to someone on the phone, you may also call the DAAD information center hotline (please consider the time difference):

- (+49) 228 882 180 -

Obtaining a student visa

Studying in Germany - DAAD guide

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