Study In Germany

About Germany

Germany is the most chosen European country and the world’s 3rd most popular study destination for most international students, one of the reasons being students can study in Germany for free without having the stress of lots of loans and thousands of tuition fees. 

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There is no doubt that Germany is one of the most well-known countries in the Modern era. This land of wonder and weirdness is known for a wide range of things, including its weird but wonderful language, education system, and culture.

In the modern era, Germany is indeed one of the shining beacons in the world of language and education. This is why this land of seriousness has become a central hub for those seeking to gain higher ground in their education. Did you know that having German Language skills is always a good idea even if you do not want to study in Germany? This is because there are a lot of research papers that can only be accessed if have German language skills.

Along with this, because of education programs in Germany, free universities, and college cultures, studying abroad in Germany is without a doubt a dream of many scholars. But do you know how you can achieve this dream?

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How to apply to German Universities?

It is always tough to do anything in a foreign country, especially for young students. Thankfully, there are education consultancies like Edu Zeit that can help you along the way. To process of studying abroad in Germany is quite simple. All you need to do is gather the required documents, learn Deutsch, get health insurance in Germany, pick a university and start studying. Of course, you will need a sizable financial backup as well.

This is the general gist of how to study in Germany. Although the process is indeed simple on paper, it's tough to put into practice. So, let’s go a bit into detail with our step-wise guidance on the process to study in Germany.

Step 1: Find a Study Program

Before you even start thinking about going to Germany for education, you first need to confirm what you want to study and whether you have the qualifications to study the said program. Just because you want to study in Germany doesn’t mean that you can study any subject in Germany. You must meet the requirements for the said subject beforehand. You must find a study program that you can find valuable.

It would be great if you research well into your wants and needs. The good news is that as long as you know your wants, Germany will have a programming course for you.

Step 2: Meet all the requirements

Once you decide on what you want to study and pick an education program in Germany, the next step is to meet all the requirements you need to study in Germany.

The first thing you should ensure is that you have a higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung [HZB] / Abitur). Should your School-leaving Certificate be invalid in Germany, then an additional preparatory course called StudienKolleg must be attended. Besides this, depending on the university of your choice, you may also need to give an aptitude test known as TestAs. This test is designed specifically for Non-EU students.

Besides, there are a few more requirements that you should meet to apply to German University which will be covered a bit later. 

Step 3: Be Proficient in the German Language

Regardless of if you take the course in English or German, you must learn the German language. The normal language requirement for education is a B1 level of German language proficiency. However, it is always a good idea to be extra prepared and we would recommend for you to take the B2 level of the German language course and be proficient at it.

If you need German Language courses, you can contact us. We provide German Language courses up to B2 levels.

Step 4: Secure Financial Resources

As you may expect, studying abroad in Germany is not cheap, at least not for us. The cost of living in Germany is somewhere around 800 euros per month. This is if we assume you can find a cheap apartment, have a thrift store nearby and can live in Germany on basic food, and can cook. 

This is also excluding the cost to study in Germany. Although the Public Universities in Germany are Technically free since they do not charge a tuition fee, you still need to pay semester tuition fees. These tuition fees can range anywhere from 300 euros to 3000 euros. The cost to study in Germany at public German universities is indeed cheap, but they are not free.

Step 5: Apply for Admission

Once you have secured all your documents and financial resources and have gained proficiency in the German Language, then you will need to submit the documents along with the application form to the related German University.

Along with this, you should also be noted that there is no guarantee that you will successfully gain admission to the university of your choice. If your qualifications do not meet the technically required standard, then you can and will be denied admission.

Step 6: Get Students Visa

If your application gets approved, then you are ready to move on to the next phase of the process. Collect all the technically required documents and contact the German embassy to make a Visa appointment. Patiently follow as guided, and you will get your student visa in due time.

Besides your documents, you should also show the authorities that you can support your stay in Germany. Although this is not a requirement, opening a Blocked Account is a great way to convince the authorities about your financial capabilities.

Step 7: Find Accommodation

This process is as simple as it gets - you cannot study unless you have a place to stay. Well, the good news is that you can easily find accommodation in Germany. 

You can either stay at a local hostel or find an apartment, if possible. Among these two, the former is indeed cheaper, but your freedom will be restricted. If you choose to stay in the apartment, you will need to spend a lot more. However, it will be your own small home.

Step 8: Enroll

After everything has been confirmed and settled including the tuition fees, all you need to do is travel to Germany and register at your University. To do this, you will need to visit the University and submit the technically required documents. 

Once you submit these documents, the university will issue you an ID card that can be used for residence permit application and class admission.

General Application Requirements to Study in Germany

As we mentioned, the specific requirements to study in Germany largely vary depending on University. Some universities in Germany may ask for specific documents and qualifications such as a B2 level of German Language proficienc. 

Others may simply require you to be proficient in A1. As we mentioned, the specifics may vary depending on the University and the course you choose. That said, there are a few general requirements that you need to meet. 

Below are the requirements that you need to meet regardless of the course or the university you choose. 

  • German Application Form

  • Copy of High School Diploma

  • Relevant and Recognized Certificates

  • Overview of your Modules and Grades

  • Copy of Passport sized Photo

  • Copy of Passport

Besides these, you must have some form of German Language proficiency and substantial financial support as well. Although the specific requirements for the language vary from University and your course, you will need to be proficient in the German Language. 

Once you have these documents and meet the requirements, you now prepare to meet the specific requirements for the selected university. 

DAAD Scholarship

DAAD which or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst is a German Scholarship is the biggest funding organization for international students from international organizations. This German Academic Exchange Service supports over 100,000 students and researchers globally. 

This scholarship is aimed primarily at graduates, doctoral students, and postdocs. Along with this, it should be noted that DAAD scholarships are rewarded for study and research visits to universities and non-university research in Germany. When you apply for DAAD scholarships, it is reviewed by independent and voluntary selection committees. They also decide the allocation of scholarships based on subject-related criteria. 

The best part of DAAD is that you do not have to be paid back. That said, there are some strict requirements that you need to meet to get this scholarship. They are:

  • The applicant should have completed a bachelor's degree in the past 6 years. Should the time from the last completion of a bachelor's exceed 6 years, the applicant will not be eligible for DAAD Scholarships.

  • The applicant must have a minimum of two years of work experience.

  • The course will be based on the degree of choice.

Once you have met these requirements, you can fill out the application. In the application, the following information should be included:

  • Name 

  • Nationality

  • Your Degree Application 

  • Gender

  • Academic Title

  • Date and Place of Birth

  • Country of Permanent Residence

  • Contact Information

  • School Information

  • Higher Education

  • Degrees 

  • Duration of Course

  • Choice of University

  • Language Skills

  • Previous visits abroad

  • Work Experience

  • Leave of Absence

  • Career Goal

  • ECA interests

Along with these basic requirements, there are some requirements for the document as well. 

The documents required are:

  • Letter of Motivation

  • Detailed Proposal

  • Reference from a University Teacher

Once you have all of this information, and documents, and meet the requirements, you can apply for a DAAD scholarship. 

How much does it cost to Study In Germany?

The cost of study in Germany will vary depending on the University and Bachelors's degree course you choose. Despite that, we can still make a rough estimate of the general cost of education in Germany.

The primary factor that will affect the cost of living in Germany is the type of University you choose. If you study at Public University in Germany then your cost to study in Germany will be lower. This is because the general cost of a Public University ranges from 100 euros to 1500 euros per semester. 

 

On the other hand, the cost of studying can easily range between 1400 at the bare minimum to 40,000 euros. However, the average cost is around 5000 to 6000 euros per semester. 

These cost estimation exclude the cost of additional study equipment and study materials. If you add the cost of living in Germany for an international student which ranges from around 1000 euros , you should realize that it is expensive to study in Germany. 

As a side note: A student must have a blocked account with 10500 euros in deposit for the first year of living costs.

Requirements to Study in Germany as a Nepali Student

The simplest answer to this question is - it will depend on the university and bachelor's course you choose. These two factors play a big role in requirements. That said, there are some general requirements for each level. 

Let's take a look at them. 

Studienkolleg Program

  • Applicant must have completed High school or equivalent course with a minimum of 2.7 GPA or 65%

  • B1 German Language proficiency is a must

  • The applicant must apply before 2 years from the start of the German Language Course at the A1 level

English Taught Foundation Course on Private University

  • Applicant must have completed High school or equivalent course with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or 55%

  • Applicant must have a score of 5.0 in IELTS or an equivalent score in other forms of English language 

  • German language proficiency of A2 level is recommended

  • The applicant must apply before 2 years from the start of their language class

German Taught Bachelor Taught Program at Public University

  • The applicant must have passed First Year Bachelor Degree in Nepal or equivalent levels

  • The applicant must have a B1 level of German Language capability

  • A semester of German Language course at the university and Graduation from DSH-2 is a must

English taught Bachelor program at Public University

  • The applicant must have passed First Year Bachelor Degree in Nepal or equivalent levels

  • The applicant must have an IELTS score of 5.5

  • Basic German language proficiency is a must

English taught bachelors degree programs at program universities

  • The applicant must have passed High school with a minimum of 2.7 GPA or 60%

  • An IELTS score of 5.5 is a must

  • Basic German language proficiency of A1 is a must

Side note* if the high school or equivalent is not recognized as German Abitur A, it is possible to attend the bachelor's after attending a year of the foundation course.