All about studying in Germany

Germany is considered an attractive study destination worldwide. Germany boasts more than 400 higher education institutions with over 19,000 different study programmes. There is a wide variety of international programmes on offer, meaning you don’t have to be able to speak German to study in Germany.

The German education system

 The German higher education system enjoys a sterling reputation internationally and is well known for its excellent conditions. Studying in Germany for Indian students comes with a lot of benefits because German universities are globally ranked and valued for their top-class quality. Their state-of-the-art facilities, countless funding options, research-based courses, award-winning curriculums, diverse and vibrant student community, plus a unique lifestyle ensures you get the best studying experience ever.

 These features have turned them into a hub for talented international students who are willing to improve their academic and research capacities. And a lot of Indian students find themselves part of this group of scholars.

Employers worldwide value German degrees. And there is a huge range of courses on offer. Whether you want to study medicine, environmental engineering, robotics, agricultural sciences or peace and conflict research, you will find the right course.

 Cost of studying in Germany

 Studying at a public tertiary education institution in Germany has been free of charge. Nonetheless, the costs of rent, food and mobility quickly add up. If you want to save money here it is worth taking costs of living into account when choosing a study location. You need certain funds in order to be allowed to study in Germany as a foreign student. The government is interested to give the opportunity to those students who can cover themselves and don’t expect to rely directly on government funds which would burden the country’s budget. There are several ways you can prove your financial resources to study in Germany with the blocked account being by far the most suitable.

 Indian students in Germany are the third largest group of international students. According to official statistics, in 2017/18 there were 17,570 Indian students studying in Germany.

German University Requirements for Indian Students

The entry requirements to study in Germany for Indian students change from university to university and depending on the chosen course.

Indian students who want to study in Germany for a Bachelor’s degree must submit the following documents:

  • Entrance Qualification
  • Transcript of Grades
  • Proof of Language Proficiency
  • ID or Valid Passport Copies
  • Letter of Motivation (Optional)

 As for language proficiency, keep in mind that there is hardly any undergraduate study program in Germany offered in the English language. Also, note that if you haven’t attended any year of master’s studies in India you will only be allowed to study in certain subjects as they expect you to complete a preparatory course.

Indian students who want to study in Germany for a Master’s degree must submit the following documents:

  • Recognized Bachelor Degree
  • Transcript of Grades
  • Proof of Language Proficiency (German or English)
  • Motivation Letter
  • Important References
  • Work Experiences (Optional)

Working opportunities 

Another way you can cover a portion of your spending as an Indian student attending university in Germany is by working part-time. Germany is among the very few countries which allow international students to work for up to 20 hours a week to help them to cover the cost of their studies.

Most international students, including those from India, are a bit confused about the fees applied in Germany. As it stands, most public higher education is offered for free, but there are some states in Germany where universities charge low tuition fees and also private universities in Germany apply tuition fees to international students.


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