Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – For Studying In Germany


1. Is Germany a safe Country to study?

Germany is a paradise for students. Because of the Government updated regulations, the ease of coming to the country has gotten easier. Germany is home to top-ranking universities from the globe, ensuring high-quality education to its students. The crime rate is also quite low, this assures the parents of sending their child to a foreign land. All in all, Germany is a safe country with reams of opportunities and character, ideal for any international student.

2. What Admission Criteria Do German Universities Have?

Admission criteria may vary depending on the university. On the other hand, admission requirements remain the same.

3. Is A1 level of German fluent enough to converse easily with locals in Germany?

No, to have a decent conversation with the locals or even at the marketplace, you need to have at least a B1 level of proficiency.

4. Can I study in Germany for Free?

Germany offers tuition-free education to everybody! YES, all non-Europeans, including Germans and Europeans, are not required to pay tuition to study in Germany. It makes no difference whether you are from the EU or EEA. Nearly all study programs at public institutions fall under this category. 

5. How to find accommodations in Germany for students? Are there any students’ special forms?

Although a majority of German universities offer accommodation facilities like student hostels themselves, external accommodation like private housing, flats, dormitories, and apartments are also some options. Below you can find a few useful links to find accommodation:

6. How long does Visa work and what rules and regulations do we need to follow for a work visa?

A schengen visa or Student visa works for studies that last up to 6 months.

7. Which universities require Studienkolleg?

In case your school leaving certificate is not accepted in Germany, then you need to enrol for studienkolleg which is a one-year preparatory course. This course prepares students for the university entrance examination Feststellungsprüfung, which will ultimately provide an equivalent qualification as the Abitur.

Specialized courses offered at university Studienkolleg:

    • T-course – For mathematics, science, or technical degrees.

    • M-course – It is for medical, biological, and pharmaceutical degrees.

    • W-course – It is for business, economics, and social science degrees.

    • G-course – It deals with humanity degrees or German studies.

    • S-course – For language degrees.

Specialized courses offered at University of Applied Sciences Studienkolleg:

    • WW-course– For economics and business degrees.

    • TI-course – For technical and engineering degrees.

    • GD-course – For design and art degrees.

    • SW-course – For social science degrees.

8. How much money will I need to study in Germany?

International students must possess a bare minimum of 931 EUR monthly or 11,208 EUR Annually in the Blocked bank account.

9. Is Germany affordable to study?

YES, studying and working in Germany can be affordably done while earning a good life. Furthermore, there are no tuition fees for public universities, however, certain universities do levy semester contribution fees that range from €300 to €500 (24,309- 40,516 INR)

10. What qualifications do I need to study in Germany?

The qualification for students who desire to study in Germany is the completion of an 8-month pre-bachelors/pre-masters program. The foundation course for the primary course you wish to apply to is also included. In order to get admitted to German institutions, students must apply through the Uni-assist website in Germany. For students to survive among Germans, their German language proficiency should be at the A1 or B1 level. A student should receive at least 60% of the possible points. Students must demonstrate strong English language proficiency with IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.

11. Which country is cheaper to study?

In comparison with other countries, Germany offers affordable and high-quality educational programs. Public universities in Germany provide free education for undergraduate and doctoral programs.

12. How much money a student can earn in Germany?

According to German laws, Students can work up to 20 hours a week and 120 full or 240 half days. they can Earn up to €450 monthly without paying any tax but if they earn more than €450 then they need to pay standard German taxes.

13. How do I apply for a student visa to Germany?

  • Set up a blocked account.

  • You need to locate the nearest German embassy/consulate and book an appointment.

  • Apply for Health insurance.

  • Fill in the application form.

  • Keep all visa application documents ready.

  • Prepare for your visa interview.

  • Take a demand draft for visa application.

14. Do I need to open a German bank account?

Yes, you do need to open a Blocked Account. A blocked account is a kind of German bank account for international students to prove that they have sufficient funds to survive in the country over their study duration. Since the average living costs round up to 861EUR/month hence an amount of 10,332EUR(for 12months) must be present in the account. This serves as the year’s living cost. This is essential for your visa application process.

15. What are the Quarantine rules at present?

The rules associated with COVID in Germany are enlisted below:

  • Those travelling from COVID-19 risk areas need to register on https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany.

  • Mandatory COVID-19 Testing(PCR/Rapid Antigen Test).

  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

  • People entering Germany from high-risk areas need to be self-isolated for 14 days. During this period, you are not allowed to leave your accommodation.

  • Wear masks. Masks should fulfil the requirements of FFP2 or KN95/N95.

16. What are the working Opportunities?

International students are allowed to work for 120 full days and 240 half days annually. According to the statistics, more than 60% of them work part-time while completing their education. Germany provides a dual learning system in which students can study and at the same time intern in a company. Employers trusts the German credit system and believe in students’ credibility, thus offering a range of lucrative offers.

17. Is it possible to survive in Germany without a proper proficiency in the German language?

If you have opted for an English language course, then there’s no need for German proficiency. However, if you have a knack for shopping and exploring new places, then knowing the German language will help you throughout your stay in Germany. Essential (registration/visa/bus stops)

18. How long will my student visa be valid?

The validity of a German student visa is 6 months.

19. I wish to settle in Germany, how long do I need to stay there to be a permanent resident?

To become a permanent resident, at first, you need to apply for a permanent residence permit. The permanent residence permit, popularly known as a Settlement permit is issued after you have lived in Germany for a specified period of the period. Majority of the time the duration is 4 years, however in some instances, you can get it quicker.

20. What should be my Educational Qualifications for studying in Germany?

For bachelors, you need to have just a high-school passing certificate. However, for a master’s, you need to show your graduation degree on top of the high-school passing certificate. You will need, a Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Abitur) which is the equivalent of the high-school passing certificate. It is an education certificate that students receive after completing 12-13 consecutive schooling years. Usually, it showcases the grades students achieved over the last 2 years of schooling.

21. Can I bring my immediate family with me while studying in Germany?

Yes, but you need to cover up all expenses and get proper approvals.

22. What is the method or mode of exam in German Universities?

Exams can either be written or oral depending on the university regulation.

23. Can I Get a Scholarship to Cover My Expenses?

Yes, you can avail a range of scholarships to ease your way in Germany.

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