WHY STUDY IN GERMANY?

    Why is Germany the ideal place for studying abroad? In recent years, Germany has become a real magnet for international students from all over the world. We shall examine why this is so and what this incredible country has to offer. Germany has imposed itself as a paradise for higher education.


    Compared to any other country of the world, in Germany you can find many more high-ranking universities and countless programmes and globally recognised degrees that provide you with secure employment and affordable living expenses. It is also a country with a long and rich history, a dynamic lifestyle that is a mixture of the modern and the classic, interweaving the urban and the rural in every corner of the country, which will make you love every second you spend in it.


    Not surprisingly, Germany has been among the highest-ranking destinations for international students for many years now. According to the latest public statistics, there are over 357,000 international students who are studying hard in order to obtain diplomas.

    How much does it cost to study in Germany?

     

    At a time when higher education has become necessary because of the increasing demands for a highly qualified workforce, and in this regard, with the rapidly growing cost of education, Germany is the only high-education destination that does not charge tuition fees. This decision, which came into force in October 2014, allows all international students to attend state universities in Germany without the obligation to pay regular tuition fees.


    Foreign students are required to pay for only a few student administrative costs, such as student contributions, a contribution to the student union and a public transport ticket, which comes to a total of about €250 per semester (in some cases, this cost can go up to €1,500). 


    German universities enjoy a good global reputation thanks to their distinguished excellence in lecturing and research, built on a long and rich tradition in higher education. Besides the traditionally high-ranking education institutions, there are several other German universities present on this ranking list each year. Besides being among the best in Germany, these universities are also among the oldest educational institutions in Europe.

    VISAS FOR STUDYING IN GERMANY

     

    If you are a European student and want to study in Germany, you will enjoy the same rights as a German citizen or EU/EEA citizen regarding free entry, study and work without any additional permits being needed. If, however, you are not a European student, you will have to apply for a visa. Unless you are admitted to a summer language school, you will have to apply for a student visa that will allow you to stay in Germany for a period of more than 90 days. After that comes the application procedure for your stay. This will allow you to move freely around the territory of Germany.


    An approved stay allows you to travel without a visa throughout the Schengen zone, which gives you a unique opportunity to visit other European countries during this timeframe. As soon as you receive the letter from the German university informing you that you have been admitted to the school, it is advisable to immediately apply for a student visa at least three months before the intended departure date for your studies.


    As far as a residence permit is concerned, all the necessary documents must be sent to the Immigration Office in the region of Germany in which the university is located and after completing this bureaucratic procedure, you will be issued with permission to stay for the duration of your studies. Given that there are a large number of universities Germany also offers countless different programmes and courses that are designed to meet any interest. 


    As an industrial country, Germany has invested heavily in engineering, and these programmes are also the most popular ones. In any case, there are still numerous programmes available, such as in medicine and pharmacy.

    LIFE IN GERMANY DURING AND AFTER STUDYING

     

    If you have decent skills in managing your personal finances and you abstain from any overly lavish habits, the cost of living for international students in Germany is quite reasonable. With that said, bear in mind that it is normal to expect city centres to be more expensive than the more peripheral parts of the country.


    Renting accommodation is a major financial hurdle that you will need to tackle right at the beginning of your stay. However, there are a variety of different options available, and the cost of renting ranges depending on the location of the apartment. In order not to bear the burden of an entire rent, you can find a flatmate to share an apartment or room with, while the costs of food, clothing and public transport are lower than the European average.

    German law states that international students can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week for 120 days a year. Statistics show that over 60% of international students currently at university are taking advantage of this opportunity.


    Qualifications for such jobs are not primarily important, as there are many different positions on offer, so there is a high probability that you will find a job that suits your needs. The most common jobs that students opt for during their studies in Germany are as bartenders, waiters, administrative staff, babysitters, foreign language tutors, etc. A diploma from a German university is widely recognised and highly valued. This is reflected in the fact that German students have a high employment rate on the global market. In this regard, once you graduate, you can expect a lot of employers to be ready to take you on for a trial working period or a paid internship.