University Students

Main aspects of student life in Germany


Studying in Germany – a major step

Germany has one of the best public university systems in the world, with students being able to choose between traditional Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen). Almost 10% of students undertaking an undergraduate degree in Germany are foreigners. 

The German education system has an excellent reputation that compares with the US and the UK. Studying in Germany is growing year-on-year in terms of popularity amongst international students. With a large number of courses provided in English, as well as low, or even no fees for some international students, Germany is fast becoming the most popular choice. Other reasons for this popularity include excellent living standards and a world-class reputation for degrees in applied sciences, especially engineering. Many international students are also able to stay in the country and seek suitable employment after their studies.

Settling into a new country is not always easy, but registering with the DeGiS can help international students find friendly support and helpful advice.

International students in numbers

There are almost 3 million students in Germany studying for a degree (Bachelor or Masters)! Of that number more than 300,000 (10%) come from abroad. This number has grown by more than 50% in ten years. The countries that are most represented in the international student community are China and India.

How to apply for a German university course

There are over 300 public universities in Germany and over 1000 different study programs. Deciding which one you want to apply for is the first task. The most important things to consider are the location of the university and the course structure. Once you’ve chosen a course, you will need to start your application. To do this you will need proof of your high school qualifications, copies of your ID, a letter of motivation and proof of German language proficiency.

Student essentials for living in Germany

Once you have a university offer you will need to apply for a student visa before you can officially enroll in the course. Prospective students will only be granted a student visa when they have proved they have sufficient living funds, as well as healthcare insurance. As a confirmation of sufficient funds, prospective students are required to have at least €10,326 in a blocked account. This amount has been calculated to be the average student living costs for one year. In order to gain your student visa, it is essential that you set up a German blocked account and ensure sufficient funds have been deposited in it.

It is also mandatory for all residents of Germany to have healthcare insurance. The vast majority of the population has public health insurance. International students on degree courses are able to take out a subsidized Student Public Health Insurance package with would normally cost around €100 and is much cheaper than the average coverage cost which German residents pay.

Applying for a Blocked Bank Account and Student Healthcare Insurance can be carried out online easily with the help of dedicated digital relocation services like Coracle, Expatrio or Fintiba.