German universities – the new destination for higher education

The following article is written with the aim of providing relevant information to students wishing to pursue higher education in Germany. The article contains information regarding the procedures for admission and the criterion required of the students seeking admission.

Germany is becoming a hub for higher education with the number of international students joining universities for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on the rise. The universities offer a diverse selection of programmes for higher education along with a chance of undertaking research projects. In addition to theoretical teaching, the education system in German universities pays ample stress on the application of the theory lessons, ensuring students get a balanced education and not just book knowledge.

All foreign students seeking entrance in schools and universities abroad need to meet a certain criterion for gaining admission. It is the same with German universities as well. Various steps involved for studying abroad in Germany are discussed below –

The First Step

Students wanting to seek admission in German universities can contact The Application Services for International Students; which is a cell set up primarily for assisting foreign students. The cell is a collaboration of close to a hundred academic institutions, the Conference of University Rectors and DAAD, which is the German academic exchange service. The cell has a centralized listing of all the German educational institutions, including universities along with admission criterion and other essential information with regards to studying in Germany.

In addition to this students need to choose programmes they are interested in pursuing prior to selecting the universities offering the desired courses. Contacting the university is the next step as they can provide the list of documents which are essential for the admission process. Some universities might test the students on different abilities based on which they grant admission. Most universities, however, ask for a standard set of documents for processing admission formalities.

Documents Required

Students will require the following documents for the immigration process –
  • Valid Passport
  • Student Visa for studying in Germany
  • Certificates in original
  • Duly attested copies of all certificates translated in German
  • Recent passport sized photographs
  • Vaccination certificate from certified doctor
  • Requirements for Submitting Application to Universities

Before applying for admission in a German university all foreign students need to have the following documents ready for submission –
  • Certified true copies of educational qualification
  • Students applying for undergraduate courses must furnish proof of having qualified the university entrance in their home country
  • Certificate for proficiency in German
  • Certificate for English proficiency for international programmes
  • Passport photographs
  • Additional Certification

In case the school certificates of a particular nation are not recognized by German universities, students are required to take an evaluation test (Feststellungsprüfung) prior to seeking admission. The examination is conducted every six months and students would be required to clear at least three subjects, including one in German language. Students can register for the test online and appear for it in their home country.

The evaluation tests are also conducted by concerned universities students want to attend. Students need to submit a written request for taking the test at the university instead.

Admission Procedure

With the relevant certificates and documents in place, students can forward applications to universities of their preference for admission. The application needs to be submitted directly to the university along with the documents and processing fees. The processing fees vary between universities and details for the same may be obtained directly from each institute.

Applications for the summer semester need to be submitted directly to the universities on or before January 15 and before July 15 for the winter semester. The concerned office processes the applications received and students who meet the requirements are sent letters of acceptance. Students who do not qualify are sent letters of regret.

Advantages of Studying in a German University

German universities are highly acclaimed because of the following reasons -
  • The tuition fee at most German universities is low in comparison to other institutes around the world
  • DAAD offers scholarships, educational grants and loans to deserving candidates
  • There are over 350 institutions offering various programmes across Germany
  • Combined the universities offer more than 13,000 degree programmes
  • An increasing number of programmes are taught in English to cater to the international students
  • Each year around 250,000 international students take admission in German universities
  • Over 12% of the student population at German universities comprises of foreign students
  • The Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees from German universities are recognized internationally
  • The Zoology and Architecture programmes are amongst the best in the world
  • Professors at the universities are highly erudite
  • World class laboratories and other teaching facilities are available at each university
  • Multinational companies look for students who have international experience providing students better bob prospects

Cheap Education

Education in German universities is cheaper as compared to studying in American universities. Students have to pay around $10,000 annually, which is minuscule in comparison to what the American counterparts of similar calibre charge.

DAAD also proffers educational grants to international students. Deserving students whose academic performance is consistently above mark can hope to get an educational grant for their entire education if they choose to study further and work on research programmes.

Cultural Education

Apart from the various benefits related directly to education, foreign students also get to experience the real Germany. The country has a rich history and culture which foreign students are automatically exposed to. Germany at present has the biggest economy in the whole of Europe. It can be a real learning experience where students can pick up European dining etiquettes.

Other Advantages of Studying in Germany

Moving around within the country is convenient because of the excellent transport system. The facilities are safe and easily accessible. Students can avail of the semester ticket which allows free use of public transport within the region the university is located. Germany is centrally located in Europe and moving around to other countries within the continent is inexpensive and easy. A train ride can transport students to different countries in the continent in less than 12 hours. Weekend trips to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, England and other countries can be made. Students can opt for the unrestricted rail pass to travel across countries within the continent. The help desk at railway stations is of tremendous assistance to foreign students.

Meals cost low and an average meal at the university cafeteria costs just three Euros. Monthly rent for the hostel is inexpensive and students can also choose to rent an apartment for their stay. Further, there are various other discounts available to the student community such as subsidized opera and theatre tickets etc.

List of Popular Universities in Germany

  • University of Oldenburg
  • University of Regensburg
  • University of Ulm
  • Goethe Institute in Berlin
  • Northwestern University
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Universität Heidelberg
  • Technische Universität München
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • ohann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Universität Konstanz
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Universities, colleges and schools in Germany offer world-class education at a cheaper fee and other overheads as compared to the rest of the world. The degrees and programmes are recognized world over. According to the THES – QS World University Rankings, a large number of German universities are listed among the top 100 educational institutions in the world. Students seeking higher education can look to German institutes for high standard opportunities.

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