With a considerable number of excellent universities and bustling cities packed with art galleries and vibrant nightlife, it’s no wonder thousands of young people are deciding to pursue their academic ambitions in Germany. Germany has some of the best universities in the world.

There are many reasons why a student finds Germany to be the ideal foreign destination for higher studies. Teaching is emphasized in German universities over research, with research being the focus of independent institutes known for their traditional approach to the social sciences. For students who wish to pursue a degree in psychology, anthropology, philosophy or sociology, acceptance into one of these research universities is extremely competitive and geared towards students who have shown exceptional talent and brilliance towards a particular field.

Cost of Education in Germany

Students would mainly think about the tuition fees when it comes to financial planning for a study abroad plan. In Germany however, there are no tuition fees charged for undergraduate and PhD (to both local and international) students. Most German universities are financed by the state and government.
Students of Master degrees, on the other hand, will still have to pay tuition fees.
For a Master’s programme, annual tuition fees for an international student would usually cost between €20,000 (USD 11,450) – €30,000 (USD 34,300) depending on the program and the university you are in.


Some of the popular scholarships that international students can apply for to study in Germany include – DAAD, Heinrich Boll and Erasmus Mundus scholarships.
* The Erasmus+ Programme: the Erasmus+ is a European Union programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport that develops the employability quotient of youth in Europe and supports their education. This works if you are already enrolled as a student in an Indian university which is a member of Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. You can then apply to study for a higher degree at a German university, which is also a part of the Erasmus Charter.

Apply for Visa

If you are from a country within the EEA, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, you do not need a visa to study in Germany as long as:
You are studying for over three months
You have enrolled at an approved university or other higher educational institution
You have sufficient income (from any source) to live without requiring income support
You have valid health insurance.

Top Courses

The German academic year is typically split between the summer and winter semesters. The former runs from October to March, and the latter from April to September. Lectures will usually finish by late July and there’s also the Christmas break and other holidays to take into account.
Study programmes in Germany are similar to those in the UK. Undergraduate degrees are offered as Bachelors of Arts (BA), Bachelors of Science (BSc) and Bachelors of Engineering (BEng), and typically take a minimum of three years to complete.

Top Universities in the Germany

Germany has many highly acclaimed universities that are attended by several Indian students. Check out the list of top five universities that you can enroll at in Germany –
Technische Universität München
Ludwig Maximilians – Universität München
Ruprecht Karls – Universität Heidelburg
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Countries outside of the EEA

Students from countries outside of the EEA will need a visa to study in Germany. You can start this process at the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country for €60. Within 2 weeks of your arrival you will need to register with the Aliens Registration Office and you local registration office to obtain a residency permit. You will receive a two-year residency permit, and this can be extended if it is needed. You must apply for this extension before your permit expires.

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Eligibility for pursuing education in Germany

  1. When it comes to admission, the eligibility requirements differ from one institution to another. For master programs, most German Universities require a 4 year Bachelor degree to pass with the admission.For English taught programs, students need to appear for IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80. GRE is recommended for admission for in top MS programs taught in English and for admission to top MBA programs taught in English.For German taught programs, students need to pass German language test— Testdaf or DSH— for bachelor programmes. Students need to have at least 60 percent in class 12 or pass an entrance test conducted by some universities.For most Master programs in German Universities, students need to have scored at least 60 per cent in their 4 year Bachelor degree. Some master programs accept students with three-year bachelor degrees. MBA programs require that students have a bachelor degree with at least two-years work experience after their graduation.