Study in Germany
Study in Germany
The German higher education system stands out with the wide range of different kinds of higher education institutions that it offers. You can choose from traditional universities (Universitäten), universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) and specialized universities (e.g. for education, arts etc.). Most of these higher education institutions are public institutions. But higher education institutions supported by the church also exist, while recent years have seen the range of private universities grow.
Since the winter semester 2006/07 German public universities are allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. In some federal states you are asked to pay up to 500 every semester (2012: Bavaria & Lower Saxony), while more are less all universities charge about 200 per semester administration fee. If the studies take longer than planned, some universities request approx. 500 each semester from those students. For private universities and non-consecutive programmes (studies you follow after work experience) fees usually apply.
Applicants from EU countries and from the European Economic Area:
In general, if your school leaving certificate (possibly in conjunction with a university entrance exam) entitles you to study in your home country, this is also accepted when you apply for a study place in Germany.
Applicants from non-EU countries (third countries) and stateless persons:
To qualify for admission to studies at a German higher education institution you must be able to prove that you hold a higher education entrance qualification with which you can be admitted to higher education in your home country. This would be a secondary school leaving certificate. This certificate must be recognised as equivalent to the German higher education entrance qualification called Abitur. You can check whether your higher education entrance qualification is equivalent to the German qualification by going to the DAAD Admissions data base or to the KMK database.
If your certificate is not recognised as equivalent, you must take an assessment test called “Feststellungsprüfung”.
The first few days in Germany are certainly very interesting, but also very strenuous. Universities offer various support services to help you settle in and feel at home. For example, many Student Services (Studentenwerke) run a Newcomer Service, which, for example, provides you with a tutor or helps you cope with bureaucratic formalities. A special service for newcomers is also offered by the International Offices, the Student Councils and other organisations. They organise excursions, welcome parties and evening get-togethers. Take up such invitations. They are the best way to make contacts quickly.
Students: All students are obliged to have health insurance up to the 14th full study semester (Fachsemester) or up to a maximum age of 30 years. This means that the statutory (public) health insurance fund has to insure you at favorable student rates up to this point in time. Statutory health insurance premiums for students lie at around 280 Euros per semester. You must pay the sum to the health insurance carrier before you register at your institution. If you are older than 30 years of age when you enter Germany, you must make sure that you insure yourself with a private health insurance company.
The Social Counselling Service of your Student Services Organisation (Sozialberatung des Studentenwerks) tells you when you have to pay social security contributions (statutory health insurance, nursing care insurance, accident insurance, unemployment insurance and pension insurance). This is also where you can find out whether your insurance covers you sufficiently when you take up a temporary job or do an internship or work placement. You can also find good advice at the Student Council’s Social und Legal Advice Department (Sozial- und Rechtsberatung)
Germany, Bundesrepublik Deutschland, is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered on the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, on the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, on the south by Austria and Switzerland, and on the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Germany is a democratic parliamentary federal republic of 16 states (Bundesländer). The country previously consisted of several sovereign states with their own history, culture, and religious affiliation. Germany was first unified as a nation-state after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.
The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, the G8 and the G4 nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It has the largest population and largest economy of all European Union member states. Germany is both the world’s third largest economy and its largest exporter of goods.
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