Germany has been the most important higher education destination in Europe showing an increase of 114% in the number of Indian students in Germany since 2008, according to the latest figures released by the regional office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 


The number of students enrolled has increased from 3,516 in the 2008-09 academic yer to 7,532 in 2012-13. There are either no tuition fees or a negligible amount at German universities. The expense for foreign students is the same as for the German students themselves. German academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a number of scholarships for students with excellent academic track records. In the year 2011, DAAD granted 1,281 scholarships to Indians to pursue their academic endeavours in Germany, an increase of 51.6% in financial support from DAAD since 2008.

Know All About Studying in Germany

Studying in Germany means being a part of an international, highly-qualified academic community. Academic institutions and business enterprises pool their innovative forces and this integration of industry and academia makes Germany a leading country in various fields.

Germany tops the list of the most internationalised countries in the higher education arena. Germany bags the first position beating Australia, the United Kingdom and China, as reported by a recent British Council survey.

Education system in Germany

German higher education system comprises mainly two types of institutions.

Universities (including Universities of Technology or TU) are research-oriented and offer a wide variety of subjects. These universities can award doctorate degrees.

Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), on the other hand, are practice-oriented and offer courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design. These have very strong links to the industry and offer reasonable possibilities like joint supervision of the professor and a company for a master’s thesis.

FH do not award doctorate degrees, however, as a master’s degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a university.

Under Graduate admissions in Germany

Fulfilment of one of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of the first year of a bachelor’’s programme from a recognised university in India in the relevant subject field.
  • Successfully clearing the IIT Joint Entrance Examination for admission to courses in technology and natural sciences.
  • Passing the qualification assessment examination in Germany, called Feststellungspruefung

The Feststellungspruefung is an examination conducted by universities that assesses your proficiency in subjects that are crucial to your chosen degree programme and also in German language. A foundation course (Studienkolleg) in Germany can help you prepare for this examination. This is a full-time course with about 32 hours of instruction per week and usually takes up to two semesters to complete. The two components of the course are German language and subjects relevant to the study programme you want to register for later.

The minimum eligibility criteria for enrolment in a Studienkolleg are a valid school leaving certificate (12th) with relevant subject combination and proficiency in German language (approx. B1 level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The subject knowledge and, if applicable, German language proficiency will be tested in an entrance exam (Aufnahmepruefung) by the course coordinators before you enrol yourself in foundation course.

On successfully taking the Feststellungspruefung, which has a written and an oral component, you are eligible to apply for a bachelor’s degree course. But you should remember that success in this examination does not automatically lead to an admission to a University or Fachhochschulen.

The_Brandenburg_GatePost Graduate admissions in Germany

In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university/study programme has its own set of criteria for admitting students. So please check the university website, and specifically the course you are interested in to find out the exact admission requirements. 

Some universities accept GMAT/GRE scores for certain programmes.

Admission Application Procedure in Germany

The website of the course/university you have chosen will carry details about application procedure to be followed. Accordingly, send your application either to the university or to UNI-ASSIST.

UNI-ASSIST is a body that accepts your application, screens it and forwards it to its member universities of your choice against payment. The fee for applying to one university through UNI-ASSIST is 55 Euro and then 15 Euro for every additional university.

Member universities of UNI-ASSIST often do not entertain direct applications. So please check well before you send in your papers. For detailed information and list of member universities, you can visit the website

If you have chosen a university that is not a member of UNI-ASSIST, send your application directly. In any case, the webpage of the course you have selected will always give information about the application procedure.

Application forms and other relevant material can be downloaded from the Internet.

Life, culture & Taboos

Not only hi-tech and multinational diversity but great cuisine and fine wines, relaxing in the lap of Mother Nature, festivals and celebrations, vacation, design and fashion, inspiring architecture… Germany has plenty to offer – and is far removed from all the clichés! Apart from punctuality, Germans also love finesse in whatever they do. After working hard throughout the week, the weekends are time for enjoyment with friends and family. 

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Cost of living in Germany

Germany is an expensive country but most university towns will have second hand shops selling items like furniture, equipment and computers and other utility items.

In Germany, education is subsidised by the state and therefore most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fee – to the tune of 500 Euro per semester. Thus, in Germany virtually every student gets a scholarship! However, you need to pay semester contribution ranging from Euro 50 to 250, depending upon the university and the services or benefits provided.

For certain special courses you may need to pay higher fees.

Apart from the tuition fees, if any, you will require about Euro 740 (approx. INR 45,000) per month for subsistence i.e. housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary from city to city.

Working while studying in Germany

The part-time work limit for foreign students has been increased to 120 days instead of, as previously, 90 days per year.

Stay and work after studies

After graduating, the foreign students will be allowed to stay in Germany for 18 instead of 12 months to seek qualified employment during which they can work an unlimited number of hours or days. They are no longer obliged to seek the approval of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA). Another novelty is that they are eligible for a settlement permit, in other words an indefinite right of residence, as early as after two years.

A right of residence for up to 6 months is introduced for foreign academics seeking employment. Anyone able to present an employment contract as an academic or qualified professional with a minimum salary of around €44,800 (around €34,944 for certain highly-skilled occupations) may work in Germany for up to 4 years using the ‘’Blue Card’’. Blue Card holders will already be eligible for a settlement permit after 2 to 3 years. Family members of foreign skilled workers will also find it easier to take up employment, for example by no longer requiring the approval of the German Federal Employment Agency.

Approvals and Accreditations of Study Programmes

There is wide range of study programmes with

i. German as medium of instruction
ii. English as the sole or primary medium of instruction, called International Degree Programmes (IDPs). A database of such programmes is available at

All the programmes are internationally recognised and are very multicultural in nature as the classroom has a varied mix of students from many countries.

Popular universities preferred by Indian students going to Germany

There is no “best university”, neither in one subject nor across all subjects. What Germany offers instead is a multidimensional ranking, considering various criteria like student and staff judgments on quality of teaching, atmosphere at the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduations, third party funding etc. Several tables based on these considerations give you a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university on

TU9 is the alliance of the leading institutes of technology in Germany. The member universities are: RWTH Aachen University, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU Munich, University of Stuttgart. For more info visit

Germany is known all over the world for its expertise in technology and engineering marvels

Affordable tuition fee is one big advantage of studying in Germany

Right to residence gives foreign graduates the freedom of choice for long- term employment.

Admission Cycle

Session Begins: October (Winter semester) April (Summer Semester)

Application Deadline: Summit your application before 15 January for summer semester and before July for winter semester

Visa Cycle: Best to apply 3 months before the day of travel

 Visa Guidelines for Germany

  • In order to apply for a student visa, a valid passport, entitlement to university admission, as recognised in Germany, evidence of previous academic performance and proof that complete financial support for one year is guaranteed are required. The German Embassy and the Consulates require proof of funding for the first year of studies
    (approx. INR 4-5 lakh).
  • The VFS is close to Rs. 4000/- from August 2011
  • A complete medical check-up from a qualified medical doctor concerning illnesses or important drugs.
  • Applicants from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand as well as the Union territories need to send application to German Embassy office, New Delhi.
  • The German Consulate General deals with the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
  • To find out where you should apply for a visa, visit:

Source: DAAD India



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what is the duration of MBA in Germany - MBA is difficult or easy - fees structure - stay cost - expenses cost - A to Z total cost

Smeet Almeida 13th May, 2020

Greetings, aspirant!

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and offers much more immigration friendly laws as compared to USA.

The duration of full-time MBA in Germany can last anywhere between 12-24 months depending on your university, state norms, specialization choices and such. You can opt for part time MBA as well if you're a working class individual in which case, your classes are held in the evenings and/or weekends.

Some of the best Universities for MBA in Germany include:-

  • Manheim University :- the MBA program in Manheim spans over 24 months and the fee structure stands at around 3.5 lakh rupees for the first year
  • Leipzig University :- the MBA program in Leipzig spans over 2 years as well and fees structure stands at 50.3k for the first year.
  • Technical university of Munich :- the MBA program of TUM spans over 2 years and the fee structure is a bit hefty at 25.7L for the first year.
  • EU business school (Germany) :- the MBA program here spans over 1 year and costs about 23L for the first year.

The living cost in Germany depends on your lifestyle preferences as well as the area of accomodation as apartments in major cities cost substantially more than those in the outskirts.

The eligibility criteria for applying in a German Based University is different for each University. However, the common tests include IELTS, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL etc.

Hope this information helped you!

Best of Luck!


How to read *MBA germany there for free Tell me step by step, sir

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 18th May, 2020


the only way to make a free degree is to get a scholarship. if you have good education qualification or merit then you can apply for scholarship by performing best in the test/exams.

Nothing comes for free. even expecting a free degree from Aboard won't be logical. You have to pay fees and have personal expenses like hostel, mess.

You have to appear GRE/TOFEL and clear it so that you will be eligible for going aboard. Choose a college and go through the selection process. meanwhile prepare and apply for scholarships programs.

Hope it helps!


BCA+MCA BCA+MBA (which specialisation is best for future) BCA+MS which is best for future *i can do masters in Germany

Rehan Alam Student Expert 12th May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

All the streams you have mentioned have a good career with the following equation:-

BCA+MBA( IIMs/FMS) == BCA+ MS(foreign) > > BCA + MCA

If you do your mba from a top institute or go for masters from Germany then surely you will have a good career as compared to doing MCA.

The difference is in MBA you will make a career in finance or managment roles while in MS you make career in tech field.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


What engineering cgpa is minimum required for Ms in Germany?

Devanshi Adhikari 12th May, 2020

Hello aspirant,

To do MS in Germany, the minimum CGPA requirement is 6.5. To get admission in a good university you need to get a very good score in IELTS and your CGPA must be above 8. You will also need to do research work and also have them published from organizations like IEEE , it can be on any field.

Thank you.


Could someone do B pharma from other country like Germany, Sweden etc

Bhawna Mehbubani 12th May, 2020

Yes, you can surely do B.pharma outside India. I would recommend some countries like Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany,Sweden and USA.

There are many scholarships tests available as well. For studying abroad you may need to give TOEFL exams and pass with a required score.

I wish you All the best for your further studies !

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