How to study in German universities

Germany is a highly attractive place for foreign study. For such a lucrative location, it is obvious that there would be a lot of competition and vying that’s in store for study in Germany. Here we highlight the things that you should start in a delicate order for studying in any universities in Germany

Courses and Universities

The first thing to do is identifying the course that you want to join, and finalise a rough list of top universities in Germany that offer the course. The second thing is identifying whether you are eligible for the course or not. If not, one should consider the things to do to make themselves eligible. For example, if you don’t meet the minimum requirement of certification of high school or high school equivalent, there are several exams that cater to that you can complete to be eligible. Such an exam is called Hochschulzugangsberechtigung which literally translates to high school entrance exam.

Thankfully there is German Study Exchange, a common portal on which you can view the number of universities the same course, as well as the general requirements of admission into that university. Language is a concern too because most courses are taught in German, and you are expected to speak German with a certain level (C1) of fluency to get admitted to that university. Most of the courses that are taught free of tuition are also taught in German. For that, you have two most accepted exams which are DSH and TestDaF whose scores are accepted the universities as proof of German knowledge. While DSH is only taught in Germany, TestDaF has centres in almost 90 different countries.


Finances are an important aspect because to fulfil the Visa requirements, you need to show proof of about 8000 Euros a year and income source substantiating that. This figure is considerably lower compared to several European Union counterparts. That roughly is what you would be needing for an average lifestyle done in Germany. While some of the bigger cities need about 650-700 Euros a month for survival, your lifestyle can significantly alter this figure. If you live in some of lesser cities, you’ll need about 550-600 Euros a month.


While there is a centralised portal that deals with applications to all the universities, not all universities use this. Besides, most Universities in Germany have their international offices where you can apply. The application seasons are usually twice a year. Before mid-July for fall session, and mid-January for spring session. It is advisable to send the applications well in advance to allow for any corrections or changes. If you are accepted, you can expect a formal letter one or two months after the deadline, and if you are rejected, at around the same time as well. The documents typically required are transcripts of your previous education, copies of passports, copies of your relevant scores from the tests etc.


You need to take out health insurance to stay in Germany. Go with a normal policy initially and then upgrade accordingly. You also need to look for accommodation because students there are not high on staying on campus accommodation. Sometimes your university itself may have some tie-ups with student residences that you can pursue. 

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