Why Germany
  • Nearly one-tenth of world’s international students choose Germany as their study destination
  • Internationally recognized qualifications
  • Emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, international outlook, and theory balanced with practical applications
  • Excellent greenery & beautiful environment
  • Offers a blend of modern and traditional cultures
Location and Geography

Germany (Deutschland) is the sixth largest country in Europe by land area (349,520 sq kms), is situated in central Europe, with coastal access to the North and Baltic Seas. It is bordered by nine other European countries to the north, east, south, and west. It comprises of lowlands in the north, uplands towards the centre and the Bavarian Alps to the south. Berlin is the capital.

Climate

The climate of Germany is temperate with cool, cloudy, wet winters and warm summers, occasionally tempered by the Föhn, a warm mountain wind. There can be marked variations in climate from region to region.

Education System

The fundamental structure of the German education system is similar to that of many Western countries. It consists of elementary (primary), secondary (lower and upper) and tertiary/higher education. Most of these institutions are public (government). There are some privately run institutions; however, public education is the first choice for most (more than 90%).

Specific Information for International Students

Close to 250,000 international students are enrolled at German institutes of higher education. This makes Germany among the most sought-after destination countries in the world.

International students living in Germany can generally live on €750–€950 a month: depending on location and type of housing. Tuition fees, where applicable, are an additional cost. Health insurance is usually around €50–€60 a month.

German language proficiency is a requirement for entry to higher education institutions in Germany. In some situations, basic language may be accepted but depending upon the course, the level of study, and the language of instruction. German-language courses are available at most institutions.

Within seven days of arriving in Germany, all nternational students must register with the relevant district administrative office. Proof of, or application for health insurance coverage, must be submitted to the district office of the AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse). After three months, all international students – regardless of country of origin – need to apply for a esidence permit.

German Visa Application

International Students need to prove financial capability to study in Germany while applying for their student visa. Applications should include evidence of capacity to meet the costs of studying/living in Germany. Visa application processing for long-stay visas can take several months, so students must allow sufficient processing time prior to their intended date of entry. Students who wish to seek work while studying need to check if they will need a work permit.

Employment Options

International students can work while they study in Germany, and because student jobs are subsidized (entailing lower social security costs for employers), many German employers find student workers an attractive option.

Related Links for more information:
www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de Information on German government, society, and culture
www.bmbf.de Official site of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
www.studienwahl.de Study programmes in Germany
www.hs-kompass2.de/kompass/xml/index_en.htm HRK: Information on higher education institutions
www.study-in-germany.de Deutsche Welle: Information on studying in Germany and student visas
www.auswaertiges-amt.de German Foreign Office