Excellent Education "Made in Germany"


Germany is the most popular non-Anglophone study destination.


Located in the heart of Europe and hosting 428 state universities, over 16.066 Bachelor, Master and State Exam Programmes, Germany is definitely the place to be. But with so many options to choose from, it's not always easy finding the right one.


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Table of Contents

1. Institutions of higher education in Germany

2. Why Studying in Germany

2.1 The Global Importance of Germany

2.2 Academia, Research and Industry

2.3 World-Leading Universities

2.4 Courses in English and International Recognition of Credentials

2.5 Low Tuition Fees and Living Costs

Institutions of higher education in Germany

Institutions of higher education in Germany, be they state (public) or state-accredited, are generally divided into:


• Universities;

• Universities of ‘Applied Sciences’ (a.k.a. “Fachhochschulen”);

• Colleges of Art and Music;

• Cooperative State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg (essentially a university of education, where training is provided for different teaching degrees);


The entire system in Germany totals nearly 400 higher education institutions, with roughly 120 universities (or their equivalents), 189 Universities of ‘Applied Sciences’ (including universities of public administrative sciences), and over 50 art colleges.

©Joachim Müllerchen
©Joachim Müllerchen

Why Studying in Germany


Did you know that one hundred years ago half of all students studying abroad were actually studying in Germany? At that time, Germany was a magnet for all those keen on getting top-class education and training. The country can look back on a long university tradition. The oldest university in present-day Germany is the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, founded in 1386.


Universities in Germany have a quite good network with universities all over the world. Every year thousands of students have the opportunity to go abroad and spend some time in a different country, studying and living. This should be the same way for international students. Because of this, German universities and technical colleges try to provide enough university places for international students and they also make efforts to support them in many other questions concerning the time abroad.



Not that the German universities ever lost the attraction they used to garner in the past, but there has been, in the last few decades marking the current age of globalization, a notable increase in the options available to international students, who now can enroll in studies at universities in many far flung places of the globe.


An increasing number of young people from all over the world are setting their sights on Germany, as the end destination for the pursuit of their higher education goals (Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. studies).

The Global Importance of Germany

Germany is located in the heart of Europe. From the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in the North to the Alps in the South, Germany borders nine countries.


By both European and international standards, Germany boasts an excellent position in the fields of science, research and development. German companies are leaders in developing innovative products, and "Made in Germany" is regarded as a seal of quality throughout the world.

World-Leading Universities

World-renown for top-notch universities and outstanding standards of academic excellence, Germany has one of the densest landscapes of institutions of higher education in the world; not only are the renowned technical institutes, such as TU Darmstadt, RWTH Aachen, and others, ranked as some of the best in the world, but the study courses offered in a variety of other disciplines such as: medicine, law, social sciences, arts etc., are highly acclaimed internationally.


There are a total of 16.670 degree programs available at German universities and colleges, many of which are international and dual-degree programs.

Courses in English

Although the vast majority of courses offered by German universities are predominantly German taught, there are, due to a growing demand and a steady rise in the influx of foreign students, various universities that are switching to English taught courses, today numbering a total of over 900 university courses taught in English. These courses, offered across the spectrum of disciplines, are internationally recognized, a fact which lays to rest whatever concerns foreign students may have about the validity of their degrees earned in Germany.

Academia, Research and Industry


German universities, dispersed all over the country, form a web of higher education institutions (numbering over 300) with the density unparalleled anywhere in the world. Conveniently located near focal points of interaction between industrial plants and scientific/technological research centers, these universities provide opportunities that seldom exist elsewhere for students: find employment upon graduation and live & work in the same city where they studied.


©Friedrich Petersdorff
©Friedrich Petersdorff

Low Tuition Fees and Living Costs


Nearly all German universities and colleges are financed by the state. So far, German and international students have been able to pursue their studies and research without having to worry about tuition fees.


With tuition fees significantly lower than in most other developed western countries, and with many student benefits and discounts available across the board, the total living costs for students in Germany can be kept well below €700 per month.