Study in Germany: 10 Most Commonly Asked Questions 

Study in Germany

1. Why consider Germany as my study destination?

Germany is an excellent study destination choice for those who are keen on getting the high-quality education. In case you didn’t know already, German universities occupy top slots in global university rankings.

The system of education is such that it focuses on output based learning and research driven education.

This country boasts of the best education in the field of technology, science, and engineering.

2. Do German universities offer courses that are taught in the English language?

There are a number of International Degree Courses that are taught in the English language. They include a vast number of postgraduate courses including Ph.D. courses.

Furthermore, the universities and schools offer German language learning courses both before and during the course of study.

3. What is ‘Studienkolleg’?

‘Studienkolleg’ refers to a preparatory course whose duration is 1 year. This course has to be completed by applicants who are keen on studying in higher educational institutions in Germany but their prior qualification is deemed insufficient for making an application for a degree program.

The course is designed to provide full-time education in the German language as one of the subjects and other subjects for a chosen degree program. Your score in the assessment exam determines if you qualify for a degree program in the German university.

4. Does Germany offer Free Education?

Only the public universities in this country offer free education at undergraduate levels both for domestic and international students. The public universities just charge administration free and that is quite nominal.

If you are looking at pursuing postgraduate courses in Germany, you’re required to pay tuition fees. The fee can, however, be avoided if you have completed an undergraduate course from Germany in last few years.

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5. For a program taught in English in Germany, is it compulsory for international students to write IELTS or TOEFL exam?

Yes, you need IELTS or TOEFL scores to demonstrate your English language proficiency for pursuing a program, which is taught in English, in a German university. However, there is no such condition for native speakers of English.

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6. Are students allowed to work in Germany while studying?

An international student (not an EU citizen) is allowed to work for a maximum of 240 half days or 120 full days in one year.

The given number of days also includes work positions that are taken voluntarily irrespective of whether they are paid or not.

7. What are good places to apply for a scholarship other than universities?

Check the following resources:

German Research Foundation 

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

8. What documents are needed for applying for a student visa?

We recommend you check with German embassy or consulate general in your country once to be sure of the documents that are required.

You may, otherwise, refer to the general document checklist given below:

  • An offer letter from a German university.
  • A proof of previous studies and academic background.
  • A proof that confirms the availability of finances required for your stay in Germany. You are required to demonstrate the source of approximately €8000 per year.
  • Health insurance proof.

9. Do I need to leave the country immediately after the completion of my course?

Not really! There is a possibility of getting your student visa extended for one year after the completion of your Bachelor’s degree.

10. How can one get a residence permit in Germany?

People coming to this country with a visa and an intention of staying for a longer time need to get a residence permit. For students, a residence permit is issued for 2 years and needs to be renewed before the expiry date.

In order to get a residence permit, you need to contact the foreign office and require the following documents:

  • Enrollment letter from the University
  • Financial proofs
  • Health insurance proof

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