How to Study in Germany for Free Tuition [Step-By-Step Guide]

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Do you know you can study for free in Germany? In this guide, I will show you how to apply to study in Germany tuition free universities. With this guide, you can also apply to study for free at both undergraduate and graduate degrees at public universities in Germany.

How to Study in Germany for Free Tuition

International students can actually study free at public universities in Germany. However, you will be required to pay only administration fees, that cost around 100 – 200 EUR/year. The fees are dedicated to students services, covering costs for bus tickets to the university, students cafeteria and more.

How to Study in Germany for Free Tuition

Below is the complete application guide on how to apply and study in Germany for free tuition. International students who wish to benefit from Germany’s free tuition education programs, show endeavor to read this guide.

1. Choose a University in Germany

There are a lot of tuition-free universities in Germany, which you can study for free. You have to choose a study destination. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a database of almost 17,000 programs available to search from, including 88 English-taught programs.

  • You should also consider the latest rankings of the top universities in Germany while making your decision, or check the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject to find the top German institutions in your field.
  • When choosing a university and a course you should also make sure the course content suits you.
  • Check the information provided on the official websites of universities you’reconsidering, and get in touch to request more detail if needed.

2. Take Care of Your Finance

Studying in Germany’s free tuition universities requires some form of financial commitment. In order to fulfill the German student visa requirements, you need to show proof that you have, or have access to around €7,908 per year (US$8,722) or €659 (US$727) per month to cover your living costs, although you may find you need more, depending on your lifestyle and spending habits (the average student spends€800/US$877 a month).

If you’re concerned costs, there are scholarships available to support students studying in Germany at various study levels including undergraduate level, despite the tuition itself being free.

3. Start Applying to Universities in Germany

For most subjects, you can apply directly to the international office of the university. Alternatively, you can use the website www.uni-assist.de, a centralized admissions portal for international students, run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), although not all universities use this. You may wish to apply for several universities separately to increase your chances of being admitted.

Its recommended to submit applications at least six weeks before the deadline, to ensure time for corrections or additions if any information is missing. You should expect to receive a formal acceptance or rejection approximately one to two months after the deadline has passed.

The specific documents required and application process will be set by each institution, but you will typically be asked to submit:

  • A certified copy of your high-school diploma or previous degrees, and any other relevant qualifications in the original language
  • A translated overview of your course modules and grades
  • A passport photo
  • A copy of your passport (personal information and photo ID page)
  • Proof of language proficiency (a test certificate or equivalent)

Make sure you provide all the documentation requested and check that you’ve filled out all your information correctly before submitting your application. An application fee may be charged.

4. Get a German Student Visa

The requirements for obtaining a student visa for Germany depend on your country of origin. You can find an overview of the countries for which a student visa is or isn’t required on the Foreign Federal Office’s website.

5. Find Accommodation

Most German universities do not offer accommodation to enrolling students. Rent is likely to be your biggest monthly expense. This will vary depending on which part of the country you live in, so sorting out your accommodation early is imperative.

When looking for accommodation in Germany, you should consider student residences, shared accommodation or an apartment. An unshared apartment is the most expensive choice, and this will generally cost in the region of €350-400 (US$386-441) a month.

Shared accommodation is the most popular form of accommodation and would be cheaper at around €280 (US$309) a month. Student residences are cheaper yet again at around €240 (US$265) a month. Hostels are cheap alternatives if house hunting is proving difficult.

6. Enroll for Studies

Enrolment is the turning point, it is when your status changes from Applicant to Student. Without enrollment, you can’t start your course and use university facilities such as the library. You will also need to re-register before the start of every semester.

This usually costs between €150 and €250 (US$165-275), depending on the university. Depending on the university, you may need to enroll in person or simply email or post the necessary documents before a certain deadline.

7. Time to Settle in

Congratulations! you should now be all set to begin your studies in Germany. Don’t forget to pack all the essentials, as well as arrange a few more important affairs.

  • If you haven’t already, once you’ve found accommodation you must register with the local registration office of your city. Once registered, you’ll receive a document confirming your registration at that address, which you can then use for the next step.
  • Get a student bank account. Most banks offer these for free, and it will make managing your regular payments (such as accommodation) much easier. You should open this account as soon as possible and ensure you have enough money in the meantime.
  • Full-time EU or EEA students can get a part-time job while studying, with no restrictions on where or when they can work. If you are a full-time student from outside of the EU, you will be limited to working up to 90 days full time or 180 days part-time per year. Upon gaining paid work in Germany you should contact the German employment office to learn about the legal conditions.

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