If you cannot afford the exorbitant tuition fees in places like the US, UK, Australia, Netherlands etc, why not think of studying in Germany. Universities in Germany have high educational standards and are ranked among the best in the world. Another good reason why one should study in Germany is the fact that almost all the universities there are operating tuition free. Meaning that as a student, you are exempted completely from tuition fee payment. Some of these free universities are; University of Jena, University of Duisburg Essen, University of Gottingen etc.
Students are exempted from paying fees because education in Germany is heavily funded by the government. Please note that not all universities in Germany are free. Private universities impose tuition fees and it usually ranges from €10,000 to about €30,000 per year. So if you do not have sufficient funds to study in private universities you can enroll in public universities where you only need to pay semester contribution of about €50 to €300.
Let’s now look at the cost of living in Germany, which is one of the highest in Europe.
Cost of living in Germany
Cost of living is the estimated amount a student needs for his accommodation, food, books etc. In Germany, cost of living is a little bit high and usually estimated at €600 per month. This amount is just an estimate and may be lower or higher depending on the student’s spending habbit. Note that you will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses for one year before you will be given a visa to study in Germany. This amount must not be less than €8000 and a blocked account will be open for you by the embassy.
After looking at the cost of living in Germany, let’s now take a look at the visa requirements and documents you need to submit at the embassy.
The first thing you do is to apply to a school in Germany and get the admission letter. When you have received your admission letter, put together your results, transcripts, International passport, proof of health insurance, proof of German language skills or plans to take a language course in Germany, as well as proof of financial resources. When you have assembled these documents, work up to any German embassy or consulate office and start your visa application which may take weeks or months. If you want to apply for scholarships or funding, you can apply to various DAAD scholarships available for undergraduate and postgraduate applicants. Kindly visit the DAAD official for more information.
How to apply to universities in Germany
Most universities in Germany accept online application while some will want you to pass through ‘Uni-assist’ . Uni-assist is an agency that helps international students with admissions into over 130 German Universities. Their official website can be found. They charge about €70 per application for their services. So if your school doesn’t accept online or direct application, then you are left with no other choice than to apply through ‘Uni-assist’.
List of public/tuition free universities in Germany
- Ø Dortmund University
- Ø University of Berlin
- Ø University of Jena
- Ø Duisburg Essen University
- Ø University of Bremen
- Ø Medical University of Luebeck
- Ø University of Bamberg
- Ø University of Augsburg
- Ø University of Bonn
- Ø University of Bielefeld
- Ø University of Flensburg
- Ø University of Gottingen
- Ø University of Hannover
- Ø University of Kassel
- Ø University of Koln
- Ø University of Konstanz