Study in Germany

Germany has become an increasingly important player in international education in recent years. According to UNESCO data, in 2016 the country overtook France in international student enrollments to become the fourth-largest host country of international students worldwide after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Germany has become an attractive study destination as students from all over the world flock to Germany to pursue education as international students.


World-class education

German higher education is one of the best in the world! Whether it’s cars or education, people everywhere recognize “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. You can benefit from Germany‘s long and famous university tradition especially in the fields of engineering and science.Germany has many Top universities in the World. There are 44 universities in the QS World University Ranking.

No Tuition Fees

The most important reason for studying in Germany is that most courses have no Tuition fee [4]. But, you will need to pay a semester contribution up to 250 Euros, depending upon the university

English-taught course

Good news for those who don’t know any German or if your German isn’t good enough yet. Many courses and degree programmes are being offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level

Job opportunity

Germany provides excellent job and Ph.D. opportunities. After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay on in the country for up to 18 months to look for a job related to your qualification.

World’s fourth-largest economy

It is the largest economy in the European Union (EU) and 4th largest in the world, following the USA, China, and Japan. Factors like great innovativeness, competitiveness, global networking and a strong focus on exports have helped Germany to achieve this position in the global economy.

Numerous scholarship programs

If students have an excellent academic record, they can apply for a range of scholarship programs provided by the German universities to finance their overseas studies in Germany. Global Opportunities will help students finding the best financial aid.

Most multinational business giants have their presence in this country.

Famous brands like Adidas, Puma, Hugo Boss, Volkswagen, Allianz, Daimler, BMW, Siemens, BASF, Munich Re, E.ON, Bayer, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are German-based companies. Hence, commodities made in Germany enjoy the highest reputation and consumer satisfaction all over worldwide. This means that there are limitless career and networking possibilities for the students after you complete your studies.

A safe and welcoming environment

German people are very amicable and highly disciplined. An exceptional welcoming attitude of the local populace provides a very comfortable living environment. Also, the support service for international students is among the best in the world.

Ease of visa acquisition and residency

The country’s government invest a large amount of money in its higher education sector, both in quality and infrastructure, aiming to attract more international students in the increasing globalized scenario. The country has moderate entry requirements so that international students can easily apply for the courses that they offer. Moreover, an international student is permitted to stay in Germany for 18 months after completing their education. International students can easily get a residence permit in Germany.

World’s biggest country for Engineering and research-based program

Germany is known for its engineering degree courses. With more than 3,500 engineering degree courses and 250 international Master’s courses, the country opens the gateway for ample career opportunities to international students in various fields of engineering. The country invests nearly € 80 billion yearly in research and development (R&D) and promotes research-based programs.

Strong Internal Relations between India and Germany

There is a strong bilateral relationship between India and Germany like cultural, diplomatic, linguistic and educational. The mutual relationship between both the countries offers a warm, welcome and friendly environment to Indian students who want to study in Germany.

The Universities in Germany are divided into following broad categories:

Type of InstitutionDescriptionFocus and CharacteristicsAdditional Information
Universität (Uni)(Research-driven) universityTerm referring to universities that emphasize theoretical knowledge and academic research.- Universitäten (plural) are known for their emphasis on research and comprehensive academic programs leading to Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees.
Technische Universität (TU)Technical universitySub-type of university known for focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.-Technical Universities (TU) in Germany, such as RWTH Aachen, are renowned for their strong emphasis on engineering and technology disciplines.
Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften (HAW) / Fachhochschule (FH)University of applied sciences (UAS)Term used interchangeably to denote universities emphasizing practical, applied learning.- After the Bologna reforms (1999), Fachhochschulen (FH) were renamed Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften (HAW) to reflect equality with traditional universities in terms of educational standards.
Technische Hochschulen (TH)Technical university of applied sciencesSub-type of UAS specializing in STEM subjects, combining practical learning with theoretical foundations.- Some institutions, like RWTH Aachen, despite being research-driven, carry the "TH" designation, emphasizing their focus on applied sciences and engineering.

List of Top Universities in Germany:

Most Public Universities (Technical and Applied Science) have almost zero tuition fees whereas Private Universities have a nominal Tuition fee.

Top 9 Technical Universities in GermanyOther Top Technical UniversitiesTop Applied Science UniversitiesTop Private Universities
RWTH Aachen UniversityLMU MunichBerlin School of Economics and LawHHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Technical University of MunichUniversity of CologneFulda University of Applied SciencesBerlin School of Business and Innovation
Universität BerlinHumboldt University of BerlinTechnische Hochschule IngolstadtJacobs University Bremen
University of Braunschweig – Institute of TechnologyFree University of BerlinDeggendorf Institute of TechnologyCologne Business School
Technical University of DarmstadtUniversity of HamburgFH AachenEU Munich Business School
Technische Universität DresdenUniversity of HeidelbergHTW BerlinInternational School of Management (ISM)
Leibniz University HannoverUniversity of KasselDarmstadt University of Applied SciencesEU Business School, Munich
Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyUniversity of MannheimEsslingen University of Applied SciencesSRH Hochschule Hamm
University of StuttgartUniversity of PassauHof UniversityDresden International University

University of PotsdamHeilbronn University of Applied Sciences

University of BonnKonstanz University of Applied Sciences

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

List of Top Universities in Germany:

Most Public Universities (Technical and Applied Science) have almost zero tuition fees whereas Private Universities have a nominal Tuition fee.


INTAKESApplication Period 
Winter Semester ( September/ October)December 1st- July 15
Summer Semester ( March/ April)September - January


  • Program Availability: More programs are available in the Winter Semester.
  • University Intakes: Some universities have only Winter Intake, some have only Summer Intake, and others offer both.
  • Variability: Deadlines and intakes may vary depending on the university and specific program. Check the university’s official website for precise information.
  • Application Procedure: The application procedure can be lengthy, so it is advisable to start early.

Medium Of Instruction:

In Germany, courses are delivered in three main mediums of instruction: English-medium, requiring an IELTS or TOEFL score of 6-7 overall, varying by course; German-medium, typically requiring proficiency levels ranging from B2 to C1 depending on the program; and bilingual instruction, which incorporates both English and German languages in teaching.


The academic intake in Germany usually starts during September and March (depending on the university). However, Major intake in Germany is September. It is recommended to start applying 7 to 8 months prior to the intake. Usually, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to process an application in Public University. Private Universities generally reverts soon

Entry Requirements for Application to Bachelors in German Universities:

Public Universities requires 13 years of schooling. Indian students after completing 12 years schooling in India have to undergo a foundation course called Studienkolleg to fulfill this criterion. Studienkolleg is a full-time course that normally takes 2 semesters to cover (32 hours of instruction per week)

At an undergraduate level majority of the course are offered in German language, hence students have to complete the German language up to B2-C1 level. (Private universities offers Bachelors in English medium)

Minimum required IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score to study in private university AND A1-C1 level of the German language to study in public university.

T- CourseTechnical (Engineering)Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, sometimes Computer Science
M- CourseEconomics and Social SciencesMathematics, Economics, Business Studies, sometimes Social Sciences
W- CourseMedicineBiology, Chemistry, Physics, sometimes Mathematics
S- CourseHumanitiesGerman Language Proficiency, Literature, Philosophy, History, Law, Social Sciences, Languages
S- CourseLanguageIntensive German Language Training, sometimes combined with subjects from other courses

These Courses typically last for one year and are designed to prepare for the Feststelllungsprufung (assessment Exam), which upon successful completion allows direct entry into a German University Bachelors program.


German Masters courses will take 2 years to complete. Internship options may extend this duration by a year, but Masters rarely take longer than that. Fast-track courses are also possible and can be completed in one year.

At the end of the course, students will be awarded a grade based on their achievements. A good grade for a Masters in Germany is 1.0-1.5 (Sehr Gut), while 1.6-2.5 qualifies as Gut.

Entry Requirement for Application to Masters in German Universities

The general criteria for applications to German universities are:

  • Recognized undergraduate certificate or 16 years of education
  • Strong academic profile
  • Minimum required IELTS/TOEFL/PTE test scores
  • GMAT score required to study economics or law programme
  • Relevant work experience (some universities require this for MBA programmes)
  • German-taught programmes require TestDaF or DSH test scores


  • Completed Application Form
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Proof of Language Proficiency (German: TestDaF/DSH/Goethe, English: IELTS/TOEFL)
  • APS Certificate (if applicable)
  • Passport Copy
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivation Letter
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Work Experience Certificates (if applicable)
  • Some Universities may equire additional documents like portfolio or an audition.
  • 11. Research Proposal (for research-based programs)

Applications through Uni-Assist :

Uni-Assist is a service in Germany that streamlines the application process for international students applying to participating German universities. It handles the verification and evaluation of foreign educational documents, ensuring they meet German standards. Applicants submit their documents through Uni-assist’s online portal, which processes and forwards eligible applications to the universities. This centralized system simplifies applying to multiple universities with a single application. However, Uni-assist charges a processing fee and not all German universities participate in the service. For more information, visit the uni-assist website (Study in Germany for Free).


APS (Akademische Prüfstelle) in Germany is essential for evaluating foreign educational credentials to determine their equivalence within the German education system. It serves several key purposes: first, by assessing the level and comparability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned abroad, APS helps institutions and employers understand the qualifications of individuals from diverse educational backgrounds. This evaluation is crucial for individuals seeking admission to German universities, applying for jobs, or pursuing professional recognition in regulated fields such as medicine or engineering.

Moreover, APS plays a vital role in visa and residence permit processes for international students and professionals, ensuring that their educational qualifications meet German standards for the intended purpose. This helps maintain the integrity and quality of education and professional practice in Germany by aligning foreign qualifications with local requirements.