Study in Germany


Study in Germany

With nearly 400 institutes of higher education, Germany has a university density unlike any other country in the world. The teaching staff is highly qualified and the range of subjects is vast. The freedom to conduct research and attend courses enables students to freely determine their research needs and set the focus of their studies according to their interests and abilities.

Furthermore higher education in Germany is international! All higher education institutions are open to students of all nations. Tuition fees at the state-maintained institutions are waived by the German government, even for international students (some exceptions apply). Which means that Germany is not only one of the most sought after study destinations in the world but at the same time one of the cheapest one in terms of tuitions fees and living expenses. Even without a scholarship it is therefore feasible for many students from abroad to self-fund their stay.

About 282,000 students at German higher education institutions of a total of almost 2.85 million come from countries all over the world. So according to the OECD Germany has the third highest number of foreign students in the world. 

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But how does the German system work?

As Germany took part in the Bologna-Process the German System has been converted into the Bachelor/Master/PhD-system. Hence a student reaches the degree of a Bachelor in about three to four years, after approximately two more years the Master's degree and about another three years later the PhD-title.

Exceptions can be found in the subject group in which the German "Staatsexamen" needs to be passed; e.g. medicine or law.

Today there are several different types of institutions of higher education;
which are:

  • Universities
  • Technical universities
  • Universities of applied sciences
  • Colleges of music, art and film
  • Private colleges and academies

Which institution you should choose depends on your aims and the subject of interest. Furthermore you should consider if you aspire an occupational graduate degree or one that enables you to pursue an academic career.

Here you get a small overview over the existing institutions and their characteristics:


  • Total: 115
  • Focus on methodical and theoretical knowledge
  • Students may choose courses of interest, not all courses are prescribed
  • Research-based final thesis
  • Wide range of subjects
  • Degrees: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, post doctoral, as well as traditional German degrees (Diplom, Magister and state examination)


Technical Universities

  • special focus on natural scientific courses of studies and engineering

University of Applied Sciences (german: Fachhochschulen)

  • Total: 213
  • Highly praxis-oriented with close connection to the professional world
  • Fixed course groups (“classes”)
  • Praxis-oriented final thesis
  • Typical subjects: Engineering, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Design
  • Degrees: bachelor’s, master’s and the traditional German Diplom (FH), (no doctorals)

Colleges of art, music and film

  • Total: 57
  • Highly praxis-oriented
  • Admission frequently based on the merits of a portfolio and aptitude test
  • Artistic and design-oriented subjects: Design, Graphic Arts, Music, Voice, Directing, Camera, etc.
  • Degrees: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and traditional German degrees (Diplom and, in some cases, state examination)