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"Study in Germany" - our tips for foreign students

In this blog article you will find out everything about "Study in Germany" - and what you need to be able to study at a German college or university.

Many young people around the world dream of studying at a German college or university. Not without reason, because numerous German educational institutions have a very good name internationally and open the doors to many career aspirations. The comparatively low study costs and the growing number of courses in English also make studying in Germany extremely attractive.

What do I need for my studies in Germany?

Many prospective students who deal with the topic of "Study in Germany" are confronted with a huge mountain of information during their research. This not only scares off at first, but also creates uncertainty. There are concerns like “Is it worth so much stress and effort - even before you start your studies? Is studying in Germany really the right thing for me? " Do you recognize yourself here? Then we can give you the all-clear at this point. With a good plan, you can handle the application process and the necessary applications without any problems. In the following we have put together 6 steps that will make organizing your studies in Germany much easier for you.

"Study in Germany" - in 6 steps to your dream study place

The most important consideration should always be which career path you would like to pursue later. Remember: Your job should not only bring you a good income, but also be fun. Of course, you need the appropriate qualifications for this. The best thing to do is to think about what exactly you want to study a few months before the start of the application phase. This gives you enough time to get an overview of the courses on offer in Germany and to choose a university that fits your plans perfectly.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the admission restrictions.

Many degree programs have so-called admission restrictions at German universities and colleges. This means that applicants * have to meet certain requirements in order to be admitted to a degree program. These can usually be found on the website of the relevant educational institution - e.g. in the form of NC tables. Just check whether there is a certain minimum average grade or waiting semester for the course of your choice. Some courses are also linked to a special admission test.

Step 2: Secure the financing of your studies.

Studying in Germany is much cheaper than in many other countries around the world, but you can't get by without money here either. Make sure you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of

  • your tuition fees
  • your accommodation
  • the use of public transport
  • your daily supply

to be able to cover.

Danger! As an international student, you have to prove your financial security in Germany. For this you need a so-called Blocked account for students, on which at least 8,640 euros must be deposited. This is the minimum amount that you need to show in order to apply for a student visa or a residence permit for Germany. In this way, the authorities make sure that you can finance your studies in Germany yourself - because international students are usually not entitled to state support.

But take into account that the amount of 8,640 euros really only allows you to have your absolute basic needs. How well you get along with it depends primarily on where in Germany you want to study. In many cases the costs for accommodation, public transport etc. are significantly more expensive in western Germany than in eastern Germany.

We recommend that you set a financial limit of 10,000 to 12,000 euros per year. After all, you want to be able to do something every now and then during your studies. It is best to find out about rental prices and leisure activities in the relevant city and the costs you would incur for them before starting your studies. You can find more information on financing your studies here.

Step 3: Apply for a study place in Germany.

After you have carefully checked your documents and certificates and clarified the financing of your studies, you can apply for your dream degree. Most German colleges and universities now apply online. The best thing to do is to find out which application modalities are available directly on the website of the FH or university.

Bear in mind that German colleges and universities sometimes receive a large number of applications from foreign students. Checking this takes time. So apply as early as possible, speak right at the beginning of the application phase so that you have enough time to deal with the necessary administrative procedures when you receive the confirmation of admission.

Step 4: Apply for your student visa / residence permit.

Once you have received confirmation of admission to study in Germany, you should get your residence permit as soon as possible. There are some special features here:

Also make sure that your health care is secured in Germany. So find out in advance whether your health insurance is recognized in Germany or whether your home country has a so-called social security agreement with Germany. Otherwise you would have to take care of your health insurance yourself on site, which would result in additional monthly costs of 80 to 160 euros.

Step 5: Find suitable accommodation.

A place at a German university or college does not automatically mean that a place in the dormitory will also be reserved for you. In Germany, it is common for you as a student to find suitable accommodation yourself. Ideally, find out during the application phase how many places are available in the student residence and whether there are inexpensive alternatives - e.g. renting an apartment or a room in a shared apartment. In some cities, private companies also offer so-called “temporary accommodation” - here you have the chance of temporary accommodation until you have found a suitable student room. Since cheap apartments are scarce in many cities, you can conclude an individual rental agreement with such providers, which has proven to be a sensible interim solution. The XU offers apartments close to the campus.

Step 6: Enroll at the university or college.

You are not yet enrolled at the college or university with the confirmation of admission alone. First of all, you have to pay your tuition fees. How much the corresponding amount is and in what period of time you have to transfer it is usually stated in the confirmation of admission. Get a receipt - you may need it as proof of your enrollment. Now you can contact the office of your university or college and receive your student ID. To do this, however, you need:

  • your valid identity card
  • a passport photo
  • possibly your student visa or your residence permit
  • completed and signed application form
  • Confirmation of admission from your FH or university
  • Proof of your eligibility for admission or your previous educational background
  • Proof of health insurance in Germany
  • Receipt for payment of the tuition fee

In turn, you will need your student ID to take part in your courses or to apply for a place in the student dormitory. In many cities it is also recognized as a public transport ticket. That depends on whether the corresponding ticket costs are already included in the tuition fees. Even if you don't, your student ID will, in most cases, allow you to buy train tickets and tickets at discounted prices. Incidentally, this also applies to various leisure activities such as cinemas, sports clubs, zoos, amusement parks, etc.

ATTENTION: In order to study regularly, you have to pay your tuition fees punctually every semester. It is therefore essential that you adhere to the relevant “re-registration deadlines”. Otherwise you will be de-registered and your student ID will no longer be valid.

Thought of everything? Then it's time to enjoy your studies in Germany!

As you can see, “Study in Germany” is not that complicated - as long as you know what to look out for. So that your everyday life as a student in Germany runs as smoothly as possible, we recommend that you attend a language course before starting your studies and at least learn the basics of the German language or brush up on your existing language skills - even if your lectures are in English will take place. You will quickly notice that it is much easier to organize your studies and assert yourself outside of the lecture hall if you can at least communicate in German.

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