Germany has become a popular choice for foreign students seeking an international education. The country’s universities offer internationally recognized programs at a relatively lower cost compared to the UK, USA, or Australia. Additionally, there are numerous scholarships available that allow foreign students to study in Germany for free.
As of October 2014, all universities in Germany stopped charging tuition fees for undergraduate studies. Some Federal States may require a small semester contribution (around 50 euros) and/or administration fees (about 50 euros). However, it’s essential to check for updated information on tuition fees in different federal states as the fee structure might change. For instance, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg charges tuition fees of €1,500 per semester for non-EU citizens pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma, and state examination degree programs.
Unlike undergraduate studies, most Master’s or PhD programs in Germany come with fees. These costs are separate from enrollment and confirmation fees. Nevertheless, there are many scholarships available for Master’s and PhD studies in Germany.
One such scholarship is the Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship Program), which offers financial and non-material support to high-achieving and dedicated students from all around the world. The scholarship amounts to 300 EUR per month and is granted for at least two semesters, covering the standard period of study. It is available at various universities in Germany.
Another opportunity is the DAAD Scholarship Programs. DAAD is an organization responsible for promoting international academic relations through student, academic, and researcher exchanges. Their scholarship database provides opportunities for foreign students, graduate students, and scientists seeking financial support for their studies, research work, or teaching assignments in Germany.
Several political and religious foundations in Germany also offer scholarships to international students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and qualifications. Examples include the Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarships, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships, and KAAD Scholarships.
Overall, Germany provides an excellent educational opportunity for international students, with affordable or free tuition options and a wide range of scholarships to support their academic journey.