Study in Germany– Know all about studying in Germany
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A renowned technology hub, Germany presents countless research and education opportunities to international students looking for high quality education with cost advantage. The country currently hosts more than 30,000 international students pursuing programmes like engineering, computer science, business administration, among others. Germany is one of the best destinations to pursue studies if you want a high quality education at an affordable cost.


Here, we have presented some of the major frequently asked questions by aspirants who want to pursue a degree from a German university.


Q: What are the top universities in Germany?

A: Germany does not only provide one of the most cost effective education in the world, it also tops the list of the most internationalized countries in the higher education arena.





Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München




Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg




Technische Universität München




University of Munich




University of Bonn




Georg-August-Universität Göttingen




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin




Freie Universität Berlin




Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen




Universität Freiburg




Q: How to get admission in a German university?

A: German universities offer both summer and winter intakes, depending on the programme and university. Winter semester begins in September/October, and summer semester in March/April. One should generally plan a year in advance. For the winter semester, the application window opens around March.

Application checklist for admission:

  • Complete the application form

  • Score required: TOEFL, GMAT, GRE and German language

  • Academic transcripts like transfer certificate, marksheets, among others

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Statement of purpose

  • Cover letters

Q: What are the popular courses in Germany?

A: STEM subjects are most popular among international students. STEM subjects include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The STEM subjects are followed in popularity by Economics, Law and Social Sciences.

Here are the top programmes pursued by international students in Germany


Engineering Sciences

Mathematics, Natural Sciences

Information Technology

Law, Economics and Social Sciences

Q: What are the major scholarships for international students in Germany?

A: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest provider of scholarship funds to international students. Besides DAAD, some of the popular scholarships in Germany are:

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru award for international understanding – Dr. Angela Merkel Scholarship: This scholarship offers students to pursue a master’s degree programme in Law (LLM) and specialize in European Law at selected German higher education institutions. It offers a monthly award of €750. The scholarship also includes fee for two months German language course in the country before the start of the scholarship.

  2. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS): This scholarship  programme is generally available for 12 to 36 months for foreign graduates from developing countries to pursue development oriented postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state-recognised German university. The scholarship covers monthly payments of €750 for graduates and €1,000 for doctoral candidates.

  3. Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students:
    The Heinrich Boll Foundation grants scholarships to around 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students across all subjects and nationalities every year. There are over 950 scholarships under this programme which is shared by both German and international students. The application process is generally held twice a year and the online application portal is open 6 weeks prior to the application deadline.

  4. International Climate Protection Fellowships: The programme lets fellows to work on a research-based project in Germany for a year. It is open to young climate enthusiasts who are interested in conducting a climate-based project in Germany. The scholarship covers a fellowship amount between €2,150 and €2,750 a month depending on the fellows qualification.

Q:How to get German student visa?

A: Since the student visa takes around 25 days for processing, candidates must ideally submit the application for the student visa three months prior to the date of travel.

You require the following documents while applying for a German student visa:

  • Valid passport with at least 12 months validity after the scheduled return;

  • Duly signed application form

  • A4 size copy of passport’s data page

  • A cover letter explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay

  • Letter of admission

  • Proof of payment of study fees, if applicable

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS) and/or German if the course is partially taught in German). The proof should not be older than 2 years.

  • Proof of other academic qualifications, if applicable

  • Proof of finance to cover the costs of your studies.

Q: How much is the study cost in Germany?

A: In Germany, most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fee. However, students need to pay semester fees within 30 to 250 Euros a semester and the living cost in the country for students’ average at 740 Euros per month. A student must also shell out around EUR 800-1000 per month on food, travel and other expenses.

Q: What are the work-after study opportunities in Germany?

A: The German Parliament has introduced an EU Blue Card and a new unlimited work and residence permit to grant international graduates of German universities unrestricted access to the job market. After obtaining a degree from Germany, one can stay there for up to 18 months to look for employment.

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I am bca student I want to take an admission in Germany for msc computer . what should I do? or what is my eligibility criteria?

Sanjay Khandelwal 20th Feb, 2020
You will have to look in the colleges and universities providing this course and see which has better ranking and are under your budget. You must have good score in UG. You will need a good IELTS score above 6 band. And see whether course is available in English. German language isnt must but start learning. Go straight to their website apply directly and wait for their response.

I have done my bachelors in Civil Engineering. I want to pursue Masters in architecture either in India or abroad. is it possible?

Deblina Maity 20th Feb, 2020

Yes, it is possible to do M.Arch. in India. But, there are only few colleges who provide this option and also you will get only two or three streams under M.Arch which are related to civil engineering like urban planning and development. But in abroad as they provide interdisciplinary courses so you have better options and scope.


which all universities in germany provide ms in embedded systems??

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Well German universities offer a variety of courses,According to your preference

Some of the German universities that provide MS in Embedded Systems are

1.TU Chemnitz

2.University of Sttutgart(Infotech branch)



Well you can find many more public and private university on the official website (//

In this website you can sort your preferences ,location,and subject

I hope this helps

Thanks and Regards


i am planning to do ms in engg in germany !!! so how do i start?

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Getting into German universities can be quite tough,As the give you world class education they also expect you too be quite advanced with your work

Here are some tips to start preparing

1.Complete minimum A1 and A2 exam in German language(Basic requirement),they have 2 types of course English taught and German taught

Even if you are getting into English Program they will still need German language for basic interaction

2.Get a good score (2.5 on German scale)

3.Collect your documents right away(All important marksheet)

4.Show your X-factor(can be anything from playing guitar to writing a book)

5.Apply at all German univ of your chioice

and then sit back and relax.

I hope this helps



iam completed my diploma mechanical engineering I want to study higher education in Germany so plz give me some information about this

deepika bala Student Expert 11th Feb, 2020
Hello Susan,
The diploma degree u pursued is validated in Germany but with the standard equivalent to German school of mechanics. You can contact the concerned university for diploma students acceptance and moreover the practical based learning  is essential for engineering courses which is not so common in india so you should definitely give it a try for great experience and exposure.
Best of luck .
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