Studying in Germany

Universities in Germany

Why study in Germany

Germany has always packed a punch when it comes to academia. Its long list of Nobel Prize winners dates back to 1901 and includes one of the world’s most famous scholars, Albert Einstein. It is also home to many highly-rated institutions that feature prominently in international rankings.

Entry and visa regulations

EU students do not need a visa to study in Germany, but will need to apply for a residence permit from the local resident registration office.

Funding your study

Tuition at all public universities is free for both German and international students. Students may find that they are charged an application fee, but this varies between institutions.

According to a HSBC survey, Germany is the least expensive study destination for UK students, with annual costs of just above £4,200 per year. Some typical costs (GBP, March 2015) include:

As a student from an EU country, you are allowed to work part-time without any extra permit so long as you don’t work more than 19 hours per week during term-time. Many students work in hospitality and customer service roles, but to secure this type of job you’ll need good German language skills. Hourly rates are likely to be at least on par with the UK, and in some cases slightly higher.

Health and safety

EU students are entitled to use Germany’s healthcare system in the same way as nationals so long as they have a European Health Insurance Card.

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