Why Study in Germany? 5 Benefits for International Students (2021)

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Germany is one of the best studying abroad destinations because of no or low tuition fee, quality education, work opportunities – during and after study, and more…

Germany always seems to be a prospect when a student considers studying abroad. As a non-English speaking country, Germany is the first to offer the most English-taught programs for international students. German taught programs are also open to international student admissions.

Germany has the largest economy in Europe. According to the stats of 2018, the reported GDP of Germany was 3.948 trillion USD. Only the USA, China, and Japan had a better figure. Germany always had a significant focus on its education system, which is why it is one of the top destinations for international students after the US and UK, and attracts approximately 11% of the total international students. It is expected that this number is going to increase tremendously after Covid-19. Germany has pretty much everything to attract a student. From top-quality education to countless work opportunities. The following are five benefits of why you should study in Germany.

1. No or Low Tuition Fees at German Universities

The tuition fee is the most concerning factor for many students when considering studying abroad. Germany is among the few countries providing free education in Europe even to non-EU students (international students from non-European Union countries). The majority of the study programs offered at public universities charge no or relatively low tuition fees. This is the primary reason for students to pursue their higher education in Germany.

Tuition Fee at Public Universities:

At public universities where there is no tuition fee, students have to pay a small semester contribution (Semesterbeitrag) fee ranging from €50 to €350 (maybe more) depending upon the services and benefits provided by the universities. This contribution will cover your semester ticket, the discounted price at the university canteen (Mensa), free access to the internet, libraries, legal advice, career counseling, and many more services.

Exception: In the state of Baden-Württemberg, non-EU students have to pay €1500 per semester at public universities. It is relatively cheapest than other top-quality education provider countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, etc.

Tuition Fee at Private Universities:

At private universities, the tuition fee varies and some could be expensive more or less similar to the countries mentioned above while others are still cheaper. Only apply to private universities if you can afford the expenses.

2. Attractive Job Opportunities in Germany

Germany lacks specialists in many areas and there are always attractive job opportunities. It’s one of the countries where students play a great role to overcome the gap of lack of specialists and boost the economy. Students can get trained while working in companies and universities to be fit for industry and research-oriented jobs.

Covid-19: During covid-19 some sectors are winning as IT but others have been affected. We recommend doing research on your own for your chosen career.

During studies:

According to German law, international students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week or 120 full days/240 half days of a year. One full day is equal to 8 hours/day and one half is equal to 4 hours/day.

To cover monthly expenses, international students work partially during the course of study. There are numerous options for students to work part-time. They can work part-time as a research assistant (HiWi) at a university, research institute or work in a company (Werkstudent), or find side jobs. This way, besides managing living costs it helps them to gain practical experience in their field of interest, which could lead to their desired career. This is considered to be the most effective approach.

After Completing Studies:

Furthermore, when international students complete their studies in Germany, they are allowed an extended stay of 18 months. During this time they can search for a full-time job in their respective fields. Until they have found their dream job, they are allowed to work for covering their monthly expenses. Such employment opportunities are the icing on the cake for students who want to work in Germany during and after the completion of their studies.

Germany also provides excellent Ph.D. opportunities to students who are more interested in research instead of working in the industry. Ph.D. candidate position at a German university can be either half-time or full-time. During the period Ph.D. students are employed by the university. Students who have previously worked as HiWi or those who have a research background are the most suited for pursuing a Ph.D. Interestingly, Ph.D. can be completed in a German company due to the close collaboration of universities and industries.

International students and graduates can find jobs in English but most jobs are available in German. To increase your job chances, learning German is strongly recommended. So, make it a priority on your list besides other skillsets.

3. Top Quality of Education

German universities provide the students with the highest standard of teaching and research facilities, ranking among the best in the world. A degree provided by a german university is internationally renowned, giving you excellent opportunities to work in the global market. Germany has more than 400 universities and almost 300 are public. Germany has the top 45 universities around the world as recognized by the QS world universities ranking. Only the USA and Uk have more number top universities. Moreover, 10 percent of the top 100 universities are of  Germany according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. It is one of the primary benefits to study in Germany. There are around 300 public and various private universities in Germany, while some focus on the research-oriented study (Univeristät, Technische Univeristät) and others make you ready for the job market (Fachhochschule and Hochschule). You can find the links to the types of universities in Germany and how to shortlist your programs at the end of the article.

Find more about subject-wise German universities CHE ranking >>

If you in the types of world universities ranking are:

  1. QS ranking
  2. Times ranking
  3. Shangai ranking
  4. Leiden ranking

4. Student Life in Germany

Being an international student in Germany is one of the great experiences. You might live with locals and internationals in a student dorm to make history and experience. Below are a few points about student life in Germany.

Europe Travel:

International students can travel to other Schengen countries once they have granted a study visa or residence permit of Germany. Also, Germany is located in the center of Europe which provides you with opportunities to travel to other European countries via train, bus or air in no time.

Germany is considered one of the safest countries not only in Europe but in the world.


As an international student, you’ll get to know other students from Germany and around the world. Students share experiences and explore each other cultures, work ethics and more. It will help you grow from many different perspectives. You can learn more about diversity in Germany in this article.

Recreational Activities:

Moreover, Germany itself has a lot to offer in terms of recreational activities such as festivals, football matches, museums, and many places with extraordinary natural beauty. You will surely have an amazing experience in Germany whether you study or work as an expat, attend their festivals or watch a football match in Dortmund or Munich.

Public Transport and Semester Ticket:

Public transport is very efficient and cheap as compared to the rest of Europe. Most of the universities charge students a social contribution fee each semester, which includes payment for public transports at the lowest prices. Therefore, you should not worry about traveling.

Learn a New Language:

Universities offer free language classes on campus and there are many other ways to learn German language. You can also learn other languages of your interest on campus. Isn’t great to learn a language to know more about a culture. It will help you meet new people and be part of the social integration and diversity.

5. Funding and Scholarship Opportunities in Germany

Although German universities charge either no or relatively low tuition fees and the cost of living is also relatively low as compared to other top countries like the US, still it can be tough to manage expenses as a student in Germany depending on the university city. However, there are numerous scholarship opportunities for international students provided by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and various other business and political agencies. Moreover, you can also apply for other scholarship opportunities provided by your home country for their students abroad. When applying for a scholarship, make sure you are eligible otherwise you might just waste time.

If you are excited to know more about studying in Germany and how to apply, check the quick links below. For bachelors, and Ph.D. the articles are yet to be published. 

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