Germany, a nation, a voice and a land that brings back many memories from the world’s history lessons. One lesson that we ought to particularly remember is about the sheer determination and perseverance that Germans kept and used it to excel in almost every field. Any nation’s progress can be judged with the education system that prevails in the country and it is not far from the truth when we say that Germany’s higher education is among the top worldwide.

Not only the Germans are considered world leaders in medicine and engineering but the country has become a top center for study abroad among international students. Especially for the Indian students whose numbers have almost tripled between 2010 to 2016. You must be wondering why?


Why are the international students and especially Indians choosing to study in Germany?

Let us find out a few reasons below:

1. Germany offers free education to both domestic and international undergraduate students in its public universities. Apart from a minimal fee to cover administration and other costs per semester, students study for free in Germany. How about it?

2 The students prefer to study in Germany because of the prevalent Bologna reform which ensures that students are offered a unified and globally recognized degree for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. This is not only respected by the top employers of the world but also leaves doors open for students for brilliant future career opportunities and possibilities.

3. As if tuition-free education was not enough, students are also offered excellent scholarship programs to study in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest German organization that helps students with a variety of scholarship options in their chosen course of study or research.

4. The global ranking of German universities and higher education institutions becomes a yet another reason to study in Germany. Approximately, 24 German universities are listed among top 400 universities in the world and reputed for world-class education with a great infrastructure, research and innovation opportunities for students.


Let us now look at the basic cost structure for studying in Germany. While you pursue your higher education in Germany, the cost of which is fairly trouble free but the living costs are an inevitable aspect of residing outside your home location.
The living costs can be subdivided into the following:

  • Food: €165 (~US$180)
  • Clothes: €52 (~US$56)
  • Transport: €82 (~US$90)
  • Telephone, internet and TV license: €33 (~US$36)
  • Work/study materials: €30 (~US$33)
  • Leisure activities: €68 (~US$73)


Some of the popular courses that students can choose to study in Germany are as follows:

  • Business and Management
  • Engineering
  • Physics and Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Health Professions


Now, this is an interesting section to look for because after all the reasons stated above to study in Germany along with the costs structure, it is only obvious to ask ‘Which university shall I choose to study in Germany?’

There are two types of universities in Germany:

1. Public Universities: All international students are eligible to study in these ‘tuition-free’ institutions for their Bachelors and Masters degree alike.

2. Private Universities: Being established by private organizations or individuals, there is a tuition fee that is levied on the students that can be anywhere in the range of 3,000 and 20,000 EUR/year depending on the course of your study.

Now that you have your fair share of information on choosing Germany as your next study abroad destination, what are you waiting for?

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