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Jun 06, 2018

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Germany is greatly popular among international students primarily because of the excellent universities, the vibrant student life and excellent funding options. Apart from the above mentioned features it is also essential to note that Germany is not so expensive as compared to other European countries. The fact that international undergraduates, post graduate or research students can mostly study for free at Germany, gives an added and the biggest advantage. 

If you’re looking for options with no tuition fee or low tuition fee, then this blog is especially for you. 

No Tuition Fees for International Students 


In 15 States of Germany 

Majority of the higher education institutions in Germany are financed by the state. There is usually no fee for Bachelor's courses or most of the Master's courses at state higher education institutions. You may have to pay tuition fees for certain continuing education Master's programmes, but the fee is not particularly as high as compared to other countries. But you need to keep in mind that you may have to pay substantially higher fee if you decide to pursue a degree program in any of the Private higher education institutions. This is applicable to 15 states of Germany. 


New Rules in one of the States 

Out of the 16 states of Germany, the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg has decided to charge a certain amount of fee from the international students studying their State. 

The non-EU citizens will have to pay tuition fees of EUR 1,500 per semester for (Bachelor's, Master's, Diploma and state examination) degree programmes from the 2017/18 winter semester onwards. This fee is not applicable to doctoral students. Students who have already enrolled for a degree programme in Baden-Württemberg but will not graduate by the 2017/18 WS need not aforementioned fees. 


Monthly Expenses 

As an International student a budget of EUR 725 per month will suffice and in case you manage to get an affordable accommodation and control your expenses you will very well be able to manage with this sum. 


Free Sports Programs 

If you are passionate about sports, you will be delighted to know that most of the sports programmes at higher education institutions are free for international students. 


Discounts for Students 

Apart from the free tuition and free sports you can also avail a number of discounts for amusement like tickets to the theatre, museums, opera houses, cinemas and other cultural institutions. You just have to show your valid student ID. 


Part Time Jobs and Scholarships 

Once you have a fair idea of the cost of studying in Germany, you can plan how to fund your degree in Germany. 

It’s essential to note that international students do not have unlimited permission to work in Germany. Though a part time job can help you raise your budget, it's too difficult to fund your entire expenses this way. As such it would be better to apply for a scholarship. As an International student you can apply to various organisations for a scholarship like 

  • The DAAD, 
  • Party-related foundations, and 
  • Business-affiliated organisations 

Smaller foundations often provide scholarships based on particular subjects or cities. Most of the Higher education institutions offer the Deutschlandstipendium and approximately eight percent of recipients of this grant are foreign students. 


Scholarship Requirements and Probability of Success 

Good grades in school and university 

Social Service 

Social, family-based or personal criteria 

Usually one third of the scholarship applicants usually receive the funding they apply for. You will probably get scholarships easily from smaller, less well-known foundations than from the larger funding organizations. 

Around 80 percent of all students in Germany have never applied for a scholarship. 

Don’t you think Germany can be the best place to study with so much for free and the ample scholarship opportunities. Thorough research and planning will help you zero down on the best destination to study overseas and make your study overseas experience quite memorable and rewarding.

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