Study in Germany

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Undoubtedly, Germany is one of the most popular destinations for higher education in the world. Every year, German universities claim top positions in the QS World University Rankings. There are over 400 higher learning institutes in Germany. Many of these universities/ institutes offer around 1,000 English-taught study programmes to ensure that international students do not face any difficulty in pursuing various courses in the country.

If you are planning to study in Germany, you can expect world-class education delivered by reputed faculty members and industry leaders. Established among the world’s higher education elites, Germany prides itself on several aspects including low tuition fees (sometimes free as well), extensive financial support, more than 2,000 diverse programmes across 68 subjects, high quality of life and good employment scope after graduation. Of them, the most sought after fields of study include Engineering, Business & Management, Humanities, Mathematics & Computer Science and Physical & Life Sciences. 

In the year 2020, the country welcomed a total of 302,157 international students with 20,562 students representing India. Apart from India, other major countries of origin include China, Austria, Russia, Turkey and Cameroon. With 162,392 applications, inbound students in the country mostly enrol themselves in postgraduate courses, compared with 113,730 applications for undergraduate courses. 

International students can also explore a good number of job opportunities after graduation/ post-graduation. With one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Europe, the scope of employment is high for international students who want to settle down in Germany after studies. 

Talking of life in the country in general, located at the heart of Europe with above 83 million people, Germany boasts of a wealth of culture. From nearly 5,000 museums, 8,000 libraries, 44 World Heritage Sites to diverse festivals, exhibitions, among others, the country is filled with excitement and a huge scope for exploration. 

International Students in Germany by Field of Study, Study in Germany

COVID-19 Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to not just dramatic loss of human life across the world but also posed a risk to the world of education. Adhering to the various safety and health practices put forward by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the German government has also established certain guidelines with respect to current and prospective international students.  

  • All students from Covid-19 risk countries, such as India, are required to register on before entering Germany, following which a 10-day home quarantine is compulsory.

  • In order to reduce the quarantine time, one must submit a negative Covid-19 test, taken not earlier than 5 days after arrival, to the local Health Authority. Violation of the same will result in a fine of up to € 25,000.

  • All the people in Germany have been advised to follow the necessary public health guidelines including covering of mouth and nose in any public place, quick disposal of used tissues, using sanitiser, avoiding shaking hands and more.

  • If a visa for studies issued by the Embassy or one of India’s German Consulates, has expired during lockdown, one can submit an application to get it reissued through VFS Visa Application Centres in New Delhi by the end of this year. After 2020, a new visa application with all necessary documents should be submitted.

Education System

Universities in Germany offer courses in various subjects/ specialisations at different levels. The higher education system in Germany can be elaborated as follows –

Types of Higher Education Institutes in Germany

The higher learning institutes in Germany are broadly divided into three categories –

  • Universities
  • Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Universities of Arts/ Music


The universities in Germany offer a wide range of academic disciplines. As per German education system, universities majorly focus on basic research so that the advanced stages of higher education will have theoretical-orientation and research-oriented components.

Universities of Applied Sciences

Universities of Applied Sciences offer study programmes in engineering, design, social work, business studies and other technical related disciplines. These universities focus on the application-oriented and professional character of studies that include supervised and integrated work assignments in enterprises, industry and other relevant institutions.

Universities of Arts/ Music

These universities offer courses that focus on an artistic career in fine arts, music and performing arts. The fields that cover these courses include film, theatre writing, production and direction. These universities also offer courses in media and communication, architecture etc.

Types of Programmes

The courses/ programmes offered in German universities/ higher learning institutes are divided as follows –

Level Duration 

Integrated Programmes –

Diploma-Degree Programmes

Diploma (FH) Degree

4-5 years
Bachelor’s Degree (UG)* 3-4 years 
Master’s Degree (PG)

1 Year

2 Years if the course is more practical or research-oriented

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) 3--4 years 

Why Study in Germany

In recent years, Germany has been attracting a high number of international students. Germany is a paradise for higher education. One can prefer Germany as a destination due to the prevalence of top world ranked universities, numerous courses, globally valued degrees and higher employability rate. At the same time, you can pursue higher education in Germany at affordable costs.

The following are some of the major advantages of studying in Germany –

Low Tuition Fees: Germany is the only higher education destination in the country where many universities do not charge tuition fee from students. Since 2014, international students enrolled in public German universities are exempted from paying normal tuition fees.

Top Ranked Universities: Out of 492 public higher learning institutes in Germany, almost 106 universities feature in world university rankings.

Countless Degree Courses: Due to the prevalence of a huge number of universities in Germany, countless degree courses are offered in various disciplines. Engineering programmes have a greater demand for German universities. At the same time, Germany is one of the global leaders in medicine and pharmacy fields.

Affordable Cost of Living: The cost of living for international students in Germany is quite affordable. You can find rooms for rent at affordable costs.

Vast Job Opportunities for International Students: As per Germany immigration policies, international students can engage in part-time jobs besides academics up to 20 hours a well. Almost 60% of international students in Germany work part-time. At the same time, there are a good number of job opportunities for international students in Germany after graduation/ post graduation.

Diverse Community and Cultural & Historical Heritage are the other benefits of pursuing higher education in Germany.

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