Free Undergraduate Education in Germany

Study in Germany Tuition Free

Here’s the good news

For a many years there have been no tuition fees in Germany.

In the case of undergraduate studies, such as degree (or bachelor) courses, at many universities this is still true today. Students pay only a small enrollment fee. Once they have enrolled students receive their student ID. This provides a wide range of concessions: for bank accounts, sometimes telephone companies, but also for cinema and theater tickets. This is true for all including INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.

  • The above is true expect the following federal states have introduced general tuition fees of up to 500 Euro per term: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg and Lower Saxony. In these states, therefore, undergraduate studies will be subject to charge.
  • Master’s courses are liable for costs. Make sure you get exact details from the university where you have applied. Ask whether they plan to introduce tuition fees! Information on this can be obtained from the students’ offices or from the enrollment offices.

 Here’s the rest of the Story

COST OF LIVING – Self Funded

Although tuition is free, this is not the only expense you will encounter when studying in Germany

The financing of studies is one of the most difficult and important subjects that international students have to deal with. As early on as when you apply for a visa and a residence permit you must prove that you have enough financial means to finance your studies in Germany.

At the moment the German authorities require proof that you have 8,040 Euro for one year of studies. This proof of financing is meant to ensure that international students can finance their studies themselves since they do not normally qualify for state help in Germany.

  • Even if you provide evidence of financing your financial worries are not yet over. In Germany, a budget of around 8,000 Euro per year will only allow you to lead a very modest lifestyle!
  • International students often have to go to work in order to finance their cost of living, but the amount of work they are allowed to do is restricted! Unfortunately financial difficulties are part of many international students’ lives.

Summary – Just because it is tuition free does not mean everything is free, you would need to be prepared to work the maximum number of allowed hours and live a very modest lifestyle in order to manage your studies.

GERMAN LANGUAGE SKILLS – Required

Since ALL courses are offered only in Germany you need to have German language skills to be accepted as an undergrad student

So that you can be admitted on a study course you must have sufficient knowledge of the language. The usual certificates for this are the DSH or the Test DaF. In principle, both examinations are on a par, however, for some courses there are special requirements in the examination result.

What happens if I don’t have good Germany Skills?

In this case your can take a preparatory course at the Studienkolleg to improve your German language skills.

However, you will already be expected to have attained a certain proficiency level right from day one. You can prove that you have reached this level by presenting a certificate issued for passing a DSH or TestDaF exam (after approx. 400 to 600 class hours).

  • This language level corresponds roughly to level B1 of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”.
  • Some Studienkollegs even require you to pass a DSH 2 exam. Please contact the Studienkolleg directly to inquire what language skills the Studienkolleg in your university town requires you to have.

One thing is certain, however: If you don’t have any previous German language skills, you will not be able to take a course at the Studienkolleg.

STILL INTERESTED and QUALIFIED?

HOW TO APPLY

The application procedure for German universities is a little complex. The universities have a relatively free hand in the arrangement of the procedure and for individual subjects there are different conditions and practices.

There are different addresses for your applications. For some courses of study you must apply directly to the university, for some to the admissions office “uni-assist” and others go to the foundation for the allocation of study places.

Very often applications fail due to formal errors because documents are incomplete or deadlines are missed. In order to avoid mistakes, therefore, you should check thoroughly:

  • what requirements you must fulfill for your chosen course of studies
  • where you must apply
  • until when you must apply
  • what documentation (certified copies) must be included.

Information on the above is provided by the students’ offices or the academic international offices of the universities.

Next Step

VISIT – Uni-Assist

  • It is an association of German universities.
  • It was founded on the initiative of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). uni-assist (originally ASSIST) is a certification office founded to make the application procedure for international student applicants easier and at the same time to support German universities in the selection of their foreign students.
  •  All applicants wishing to study at one of the member universities of uni-assist must send their applications to uni-assist rather than to their chosen university.

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24 thoughts on “Free Undergraduate Education in Germany

  1. Dear sir or madam
    I kindly ask you to send me information about undergraduate scholarships for Afghanistan.It would be so grateful if you accept me in your undergraduate scholarship program for Afghans because I am really interested in learning Deutsch language.
    best regards
    auf viedersien

  2. Dear sir or madam.
    I am interested in doing a bachelors degree in architecture in either Germany or Austria. please send me as much information about the costs i should expect in both countries so i can compare them. thanks alot

    • Gbadamosi Ibrahim says:

      yeah! Education is really free in both countries. However, you will need to pay a fee of about 500 euros each semester as a contribution to the school.

  3. Sayed Abbas hossainzada says:

    I am from Afghanistan and when can I apply? Is your scholarships free for Afghan student completely or no? please give me complete information.

  4. i am jalal from afghanistan i am graduated from high school
    i want to study in Germany is your study really free for afghans
    please send me complete information
    thank you

  5. i am bangladeshi.how can i get full free schooiership and how can i apply.

  6. sourav bin hussain says:

    hi i live as a student in uk.i m from bangladesh.in uk there are lots of problem to copleat my study.every moth there are lots of university nd college has been shut.so i m very confused about my future.i want to finished my study in germany.can u send me some information that how can i apply over there from uk.

  7. i am from afghanistan how can i study in germany

  8. Nasrat Bin Shawkat says:

    Dear sir or madam,
    I am a student of Bangladesh. I have completed my 4years graduation in Business Administration. I want to do MBA in Germany as a full free scholarship without IELTS. I belongs to a very needy family. I have to do something for my family. Please tell me about this on Email. If it is possible please give me the procedures.Thank you…

  9. HUSEIN EBRAHIM says:

    I AM INTEREST TO STUDY MY MASTERS IN GERMANY FOR FULL FREE scholership in accounting . I have BA in accounting from JIMMA UNIVERSITY which is one of the higher institute of Ethiopia . please inform me if you your institution the chance of full free scholership for ethiopian masters in accounting .

  10. Uzodike Onyeka says:

    Am a Nigerian interested to study Bsc in petroleum engineering in any free tuition universities in Europe. Pls,mail me if any,am interested in scholarship. Thanks

  11. Onuoha victor says:

    I am from Nigeria, am interested in studying civil engineering at any free tuition university in an English speaking Europe nation. As an undergraduate student; if there is still vacant for scholarship program plz get me post on detail

  12. Nazmus Shakib Chowdhury says:

    Sir,
    I am from Bangladesh.I am looking for a free tuition fee scholarship for completing my BSc engineering in Germany.please contact me as soon as possible.. Thanks..

  13. Sir/Mam
    I am Bangladehi.My dream country is Germany i want to study in germany.But i im very poor so i can not study in germany. Sir please infrom me how i can full free scholarship in Germany.please email me

  14. bilal Ahmed says:

    Respected sir,
    I want to bachelor study in Germany. I am from Pakistan. so please tell bachelor value in Germany.? many consultant info me this Germany best only for master students. so please tell me real info please sir
    thanks sir

  15. ghulam mohammad hejazi says:

    dear sir or madam:
    I,m ghulam mohammad hejazi from kunduz-afghanistan.
    I have successfully ended high school in kunduz-af,iam so interested to study university in bachelor(undergraduate)degree for free in fields of(one of them) medical,law,economy,or journalism if possible, in Germany where i like & love so much & it,s one of biggest dream @ my lif for studying ,where such a (like germany).
    therefor i request u kindly & friendly to accept my application ,in cause in positive answer you would make me grateful & thanks full.
    best regards
    ghulam mohammad hejazi kunduz-af
    phone numbers; 0093 773 287 875 / 0093 799 073 785

  16. Mr. Peter says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am from Republic of Guinea, my sister really wants to study in your country Germany, please advice on your 2013/2014 academic calendar via my email:- emycilventuressa@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Mr. Peter

  17. sefat ahmed says:

    dear sir
    im from bangladesh. now im a student of Civil engineering but im interested to finish ny bsc in germany. I have no ielts or german language. so if possible my dreem plz inform me plez…..

  18. Mohamud Abdirahman Mohamed says:

    Sir,
    I am from Somalia .I am looking for a free tuition free scholarship for completing my BSc engineering in Germany.please contact me as soon as possible..
    Thanks.

  19. santosh pokharel says:

    dear sir\mam
    would you please accept my request to study civil engieneering at germany. please reply

  20. Please am from Nigeria and seriously dreaming of studying in Germany, pls can you kindly assist me with every necessary information that will be useful for me to achieve my dream in any of the free tuition/universities or colleges as the case may be. i wish to study business admin, Educational courses or similar courses. i posses with Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE).also how much do i need as financial proof and how long should the money be in the account before submitting the application letter and how many days does it take to obtain Germany visa from here in Nigeria. pls your kind response will help my life while planning for this study……. thanks

  21. dear sir! i am an afghan student in pakistan.i have passed my f.sc with 91 perennt marks and metric with 93 percent.i wished to get admission in university but they demand thousand of dollars.i belong to a poor family.i have great lust in my life to be an engineer.i have been wandering for admission in university for the last six months.i have sent my application to many universities and organizations but none has given me any response.my parents are not supporting me but my teachers have collected a fund of about 3000 dollars for me.i have heard about your generous help. .i hope you will provide me proper help.i will be thankful to you for this forever.

  22. sayed rabbi hossain says:

    Dear sir
    I am from Bangladesh.I want to bachelor study in Germany. so please tell bachelor value in Germany. please tell me real info please sir.

  23. Hy
    I am Naeem from Bangladesh. I have Complete my Diploma in Chemical Engg. Now i am very keen to complete my BSc in Chemical Engineering from Germany.
    But, for insufficient balance i need a Scholarship. Have you know any Institute who give Scholarship for Bangladeshi Student in BSc program.

    Plz reply me as soon as possible,

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