Answering your FAQs about studying in Germany
Tuition fees: Is studying in Germany really free?
Most degrees at all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD) in Germany are entirely free - even for foreign students. Use this tool to discover free degrees in your area of interest
Language: Can I study in English in Germany?
Many degrees are also taught in English. Find a selection here and use the filters to find your degree level and subject interest.
Visa: Is getting a student visa for Germany difficult?
Often, not at all. Students from many countries do not need a student visa.
Cost of living: Is living in Germany affordable?
The cost of living in Germany is comparable to that of many other West European countries and the USA. Living costs vary by city, with Hamburg and Munich being more expensive than Berlin or smaller German cities. As an average, most students live well on ca. €800 per month. The standard of living is quite high in Germany, so your university accommodation or shared flats are usually of a high quality. Notably, cost of living in any German city including the capital, Berlin, is markedly lower than that in some other large West European cities like London, Paris, Stockholm or Copenhagen.
Degree quality: If education is free, is it good?
Education in Germany has a very good international reputation. For anyone looking for a high-quality and demanding degree, Germany is an excellent choice. However, it must be noted that Germany does not boast particular elite universities on the same level as Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League and similar schools. In consequence, Germany offers great degrees for anyone who would not otherwise go to Oxbridge or the best US universities. If you are a candidate for Oxford, Cambridge and the Ivy Leagues, we generally recommend those schools due to the particular teaching styles and student composition there (see also Oxbridge tutorials).
Living in Germany: what if I don't speak German?
Germany is generally a very safe country and open to foreigners. Depending on the city, you may even get by without learning German as Berlin, for instance, has a high international population and Berlin residents are often happy to serve or speak in English. In other cities, it is advisable to learn enough German to make basic requests in shops but the younger generation will usually be comfortable - and often more than happy to - speak with you in English. Studying an English language degree you will be able to meet and make friends with like-minded people your age.
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