Furthering your education in Germany – Where and how to start

For many, Germany does not come to mind when thinking higher education. They are either deterred by the language barrier or think a German degree may only be good for engineering.

In 2014, about 16 German states abolished tuition at all public universities. This meant, both domestic and international students could study for free. Students would only have to pay administrative fees and some other costs every semester.

Germany offers over 500 programs, mostly taught in English. You can also find programs taught in other languages and of course, German.

Where to start

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch-Dienst) is the first stop for any prospective international student. They provide a comprehensive list of all programs in Germany and details such as language of instruction, tuition fees or deadlines.

When to submit your application

The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • Wintersemester (Winter Semester): 01.10 – 31.03
  • Sommersemester (Summer Semester): 01.04 – 30.09

Application deadline is usually several months before the start of the semester. Deadline for the Winter Semester is typically around the 15th of July and 15th January for the Summer Semester.

This may vary from one institution to another. It is recommended to check with your university.

How to fund your education

To study in Germany, you need to be accepted into a university. Your financial status is not an admission requirement. You can apply to any university of your choice. Once accepted, you can obtain a visa from your home country. It may get tough at this point as you need to show proof of financial stability.

Aside the administrative fees paid every semester, you need to pay for health insurance, accommodation, internet and other necessities. This could sum up to about 700,00EUR a month.

This money can be covered by:

Scholarship Opportunities

218 other scholarship opportunities for everyone 🙂

Self Financing (Blocked Account)

Pay ~8,000.00 EUR into a blocked account. Read this post for more information on how to self finance your studies in Germany and a practical experience.

Sponsor in Germany (Formal Obligation Agreement)

It is possible to be sponsored by someone living in Germany. Not necessarily a relative of yours. Find more information here.

Where to get more information


Jennie completed her Bachelors at University of Ghana and Masters at University of Munich. You can read her post on “Most asked questions about studying in Germany” to guide you on what to expect during your application and when you arrive in Germany.


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