How to study in Germany?

How to study in Germany?

Germany has become one of the most popular countries for international students. If you study in Germany, then you can benefit from many great worldwide-ranked German universities with globally valued degrees.

Germany offers many high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate university programs almost for free. International students pay the same low university administration fee of about 250-300 Euros per semester. 


 Requirements to study in Germany


At the beginning of this article, you will get information about university programs in Germany. Then you can read details about the university requirements, and proof of financial funds, at the end, we talk about the German student visa. 


Best German universities


Whether public or private German universities offer great courses. However, most students choose public German universities since they can study in Germany for free. Another reason is that public universities in Germany have in general a better ranking than private ones.

As of 2014, Germany's 16 states have revoked tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate students at all public German universities. You only need to pay a small administration fee of about 250-300 Euros per semester. At this price is a semester ticket included. This ticket allows you to take local public transportation within the state for free. As a student, you also get a lot of benefits in Germany like discounts on the cinema. 

The 3 best universities to study in Germany you can consider are Technische Universität München,Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. This applies to the total ranking. You can see the university ranking for European universities here. There are also many other good universities like Universität Köln or Universtät Münster.

You can choose an international degree program. So you won't need to take a German language test. If you decide to take a regular program, it requires German language proficiency.


What are the university requirements for German universities?


German universities


Every German university has certain requirements and an application process. In general, you should submit the following documents:


a certified copy of your previous degrees in the original language 

a translated transcript of record showing your courses, modules, and grades 

a copy of your passport 

proof of language proficiency


To be able to study in German you need to pass one of the following Tests: 


TELC C1 university 

Goethe C2 

TestDaf with 4 points 

DSH (normally DSH2) 

University qualification exam 

Other (sometimes the university accepts other certificates like ÖSD)   


We recommend you to take the TELC C1 university or TestDaf exam. The exams normally contain the following parts: writing, reading, speaking, listening, and some grammar.

For TestDaf and DSH you normally have to describe statistics, sometimes this also applies to the TELC university C1 exam. If you fail one part, you can only repeat this part when you decide on a TELC university exam. If you fail a TestDaf exam then you have to write the whole exam once again.

The advantage of a TestDaf compared to TELC is that you only need "4 points" which is between B2 and C1.  In case you get for writing, speaking, and listening 5 points but in speaking only 3. Then the total number is only 3 points and you would have to repeat the exam to be able to study in Germany.


Proof of financial funds


You must show your financial plan, starting from the tuition fee, cost of living, health insurance, and other expenses. If you get a full scholarship, it won't be a problem.


However, if you use your own money, you must show proof of financial funds to ensure  that you have enough money to study in Germany. In most cases, applicants must have at least 10332 Euros in their bank account. The money needs to be in a special student bank account which allows the student only to withdraw up to  861 Euros per month. Detailed information about this can be found at the following link.

You also need health insurance to study in Germany. Public insurance providers in Germany offer student insurance for a price of around €80/month (under 30 years and studying for less than 14 semesters). In case you are 30 years or older the health insurance fee in Germany is about €160/month.

You can get a part-time job if you want to earn money while studying in Germany. You can work up to 20 hours a week


German student visa


The requirements for a German student visa rely on your country of origin. There are different types of student visas. The student application visa “deutsches Studienbewerber Visum” is valid for 3 months and can be extended in Germany for 6 months. When you get the confirmation of acceptance from the university, then you can change the visa to a student visa. This allows you to stay in Germany for the time of your study. When you have a visa, you should look for an accommodation before arriving in Germany. Finding an accommodation can be challenging. It makes sense to look in Facebook groups and 

Most German universities do not offer accommodation to students. Hence, you can rent a place. The cost can vary depending on which part of the country you live in. In the big cities of western Germany and student-oriented cities, the rent cost can be higher than in eastern Germany.

Once you have found a place to live, you need to register to get a two-year residence permit. However, you still can extend for the full duration of your study


         Are you ready to study in Germany?

Start your university program soon and enjoy a great time for your career and life!


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Article by Niko

Published 23 Sep 2022