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Study in Germany for free

Germany 24 April 2014, 15:31

There are a number of countries in the world that offer higher education to domestic and international students for very low or no tuition fees. Germany is one of the countries in which tuition fees are mostly reduced or not charged at many of the universities in the country.

Heidelberg University in GermanyThere are a number of countries in the world that offer higher education to domestic and international students for very low or no tuition fees. Germany is one of the countries in which tuition fees are mostly reduced or not charged at many of the universities in the country.

German students and international students are able to take advantage of this low cost to higher education as long as they meet some basic requirement.

Basic requirements to study in Germany

In order to study at a German higher education institution, international students must have the following qualifications:

  • have previous diplomas or educational certificates that are recognised in Germany (students should get a Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, or a “school leaving certificate”, to prove their previous education is at an appropriate level.
  • international students may be required to take certain aptitude tests. There are four main ones for international students that test language skills, qualification levels, and the ability to cope with higher education demands at German institutions.
  • language levels that are appropriate for the study chosen in either German or English.
  • proof of sufficient financial resources to cover accommodation, food, and other expenses during your study.
  • some international students may require study visas in order to study in Germany, depending on the country they come from.
  • completion of the correct application form to study at a German university, depending on the subject chosen. There are two types of applications, numerus clausus or non numerus clausus, restricting admission nationally or locally. Generally, subjects that are very popular, such as Medicine, Pharmacology, and Dentistry, have a national restriction policy on admission.
  • valid health insurance that will cover you throughout your stay in Germany. Without valid insurance, universities will not accept a student’s application.

Study costs

University of Marburg, GermanyFor many Bachelor’s degrees, tuition fees are still minimal, generally only requiring the student to pay a confirmation or enrollment fee of €50 per semester in order to receive their student card. Another €50 may be required to pay for the administration fees each semester, which bring the total fees to around €100 each semester in order to study. Students are then only required to pay for accommodation and food and do not have to worry about any extra fees for courses throughout the year.

However, since 2005 when the ban on tuition fees was lifted, some institutions in certain regions of the country have begun charging tuition fees, especially for Master’s degree programmes. It is advised to confirm with the university or faculty whether or not a particular programme has tuition fees or plans to implement them in the near future.

Tuition-free states

As of 2014/2015 year higher education programmes in all states in Germany are generally tuition free, these are:

  • Bavaria,
  • Baden-Württemberg,
  • Berlin,
  • Brenburg,
  • Hamburg,
  • Hesse,
  • Lower Saxony,
  • Mecklenburg-West Pommerania,
  • North-Rhine-Westphalia,
  • Saxony,
  • Schleswig-Holstein.

Wuerzburg University Students attending private institutions or studying in Germany at a post-graduate level will usually be charged tuition fees. Long-term students, those who go over the standard study period by more than four semesters, may also be required to pay tuition fees. However, these tuition fees are still relatively low compared with other countries that charge tuition fees for their higher education programmes. For example, long-term students will have to pay up to €800 per semester. Administration fees of €50 per semester will also be charged.

Students that are able to meet the requirements of study in Germany and successfully complete the application and admission process will be able to take advantage of a low or no-tuition fee education.

On the contrary to Germany, In the Netherlands universities charge tuition fees for higher education programmes, but most of them also provide numerous scholarships and grants for EU and non-EU students, which can fully or partially cover study expenses.

Source: study-in.de/en

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