Congratulations, you’ve come a long way! You are in the process of learning more about your studies and want to make a choice for Germany.
Content: How do I get a place to study in Germany? How do I organize my first steps and what do I have to consider? We help you to fulfill your wish to study.
In this FAQ you will find many general questions about your country of choice, your possibilities and your organizational plans.
Why should I study abroad?
Studying abroad has many advantages for you. You gain new maturity, you see the world, you meet new people, prepare yourself for your career and learn to move independently in the world.
The advantages of an internship abroad are many and versatile:
- you’ll learn new ways of perceiving the world,
- you become independent and self-confident,
- you will have many adventures,
- you will have a lot of fun,
- you will find new friends and
- you will study for what you want!
But it also plays a big role where you go and where you make your experiences. If you go abroad for a short period of time, you will gain less experience than during a long stay. You will become self-employed in any case, but the longer you live abroad, the more you will make personal changes.
More information: Living expenses for foreign students in Germany
Why should I study in Germany?
Many young students go to Germany to learn the language or simply study in English. Yes – some of them only study in English! It’s almost like studying at home, but actually in Germany.
But why Germany?
- A German Master’s or Bachelor’s degree will generate great interest abroad.
- Studying in Germany is cheap.
- The link between theory and practice is very high.
- You have a wide range of interesting courses of study.
But that’s not all. You will get to know things you may not have thought of before!
Where should I go in Germany?
There are a large number of universities in Germany. The German higher education landscape is divided into different academic and didactic areas, such as universities and universities of applied sciences. There are also academies, music, art and design colleges. In short: you will certainly find exactly what interests YOU.
Since the cost of living in Germany should not be unaffordable, the quality of teaching is high and you will find a wide range of study programmes in Germany, you can choose your place of study yourself. You have great freedom of choice.
How much does it cost to study in Germany?
Studying in Germany is quite inexpensive if you study at a public university, as is the great number of students in Germany.
There are costs of 200 to 800 euros per semester. In addition, the living costs are limited as long as you don’t choose a German metropolis like Frankfurt or Munich. Obviously, you have to finance your own housing, health insurance and other services.
Is it possible to study in Germany without knowledge of German?
Yes, it is possible to study in Germany without knowledge of the German language. The numerous English-language courses of study in Germany make this possible. Thus, there is usually a very similar English-language course of study for all major subjects. This is an opportunity that many international students take advantage of.
Are there many prospects for foreign students after graduating in Germany?
Sure, there are! About a half of all foreign students succeed in finding a job or even in starting a company in Germany. Many others work for German companies at locations outside Germany.
With a Master’s degree, however, the chances of finding a great job are also very high on an international level.
Are there any instructions for enrolling me in a course of study in Germany?
We have written a guide to help you apply for a place to study in Germany.
Our goal is to prepare the information so that it can be used in a targeted manner.
How does starting a multinational career work?
A large number of companies offer a wide range of tailor-made internships for foreign students to train them for an international career. The reason for this is simply that many German companies also operate abroad and have important locations in other countries than Germany. There you will need to have a suitable partner who is also familiar with German culture as well as the specific culture abroad.
It’s a simple thought: Those who are able to cope well in Germany will (probably) also enjoy working with German colleagues at a foreign location.
Internship and part-time jobs
Is there any advice for me to get an internship in Germany?
You can look for an internship in newspapers, in journals, at university chairs, at the examinations office, at your university’s Career Center, or in the internet.
You could be more successful in your search by applying to lesser-known companies that still have international production chains and distribution channels.
How do you find such companies? That’s why we wrote you a HowTo article.
What possibilities are there to finance my stay in Germany?
If you believe that you cannot finance your studies in Germany, you can apply for a (partial) scholarship. Also, many students finance their stay with part-time jobs.
There are many companies in Germany that like to employ students. Applying for a part-time job is also not very difficult:
If you don’t have any ideas for interesting jobs, you can have a look here:
Even if you think that you do not meet the requirements, it is still worth applying for a scholarship. For many nationalities. There are special scholarship programmes to support students in their stay. Many small countries in particular, but also BRIC countries and EU states usually offer their students at least one opportunity to finance their studies. Even if you don’t receive a full scholarship, some organizations may partially reimburse you for your travel expenses, or you may receive a scholarship for some typical expenses, such as a book scholarship or a waiver of language tuition and exam fees.
Search for organizations related to your home country. There you may find addresses for your application.
You can find a short summary in many of our articles.
Is it allowed to work in Germany during my studies?
Generally, yes. However, the exact maximum working time in Germany depends on your country of origin.
Students from the EU or the European Monetary Area have the same opportunities as German students. In order to pay as little tax as possible as a student, you are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week.
If you do not come from an EU or EEA country, you are generally allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. If you want to work more, you need permission from Agentur für Arbeit and Foreigners Registration Office. Permission max depend on the local authorities’ decision, i. e. how good or bad the job market at the respective university location is.
It should also be noted that students who do not come from an EU or EEA country are generally not allowed to work independently or freelance.
Exceptions for both groups
However, there is one exception for both groups: Whoever works at the university as a hiwi (assistant researcher), tutor or student assistant, usually does not need to worry about working time regulations because these activities are classified as part of their studies.
More information: Working as a foreign student in Germany
Travel and Arrival
What preparations do I need for my trip to Germany?
If you are already done with the organisation, you are holding your documents in your hand and now wondering what else you have to do, we can support you a little bit. For example, have you thought about the following things?
- If you are already a student in your home country, ask the university if you need to sign out or take a leave of absence.
In order to benefit from tax advantages, the university in your home country should be informed of your absence.
- Take some biometric passport photos for your trip. This is especially important for students who do not come from the EU or the EEA. Often passport photos are cheaper in your home country. But the biggest advantage is: You save time.
- Create a backup of all important data!
- Make a copy of all the documents and put them in another bag when you pack your suitcase. In the event of loss, you can save yourself a lot of trouble.
- Cancel all services and insurances you won’t need.
- Did you register to our free organization tool?
Please remember the following advice:
- Keep all invoices for expenses that are relevant for the preparation of your studies in Germany. In some countries, education expenditure is seen as a valuable investment and recognized for tax purposes.
- Check whether your electrical equipment is compatible with European connectors (Euro plug – type C and type F). Get adapters in time.
Please refer to our detailed checklist. It’ll certainly help you.
What do I have to do to plan the first days in Germany?
Very often students are waiting for advice from other students or information events from the university. In principle, information events are a great source for the most important steps in your new hometown.
Besides, we have a guideline for you , that will assist you during your first days in Germany. It is designed to help you maintain an overview so that you can keep track of the most important milestones.
How do I get in touch with people in Germany?
The first few days are the most exciting, but they can also be quite challenging! It is a good advice to look for excursions and city tours first. For incoming students, all universities and colleges offer guided tours and excursions to get to know your new hometown and its surroundings. There you will also find students like you, who are new to the city and are looking for friends with whom they can get in touch.
Another possibility is to study the calendar of events at your university. There you will also find other student welcoming events such as pub crawls, museum visits and joint workshops.
You can also meet nice people at sports courses at your university. Many sports courses are also offered during the semester break. Especially when there are only a few students present during the holidays, you can get to know many people in a cosy atmosphere.