Yes, you’ve heard right! You can study in Germany without speaking the language (because, let’s be honest, not a lot of people speak German fluently). Despite the fact that German as a language is often mocked (it’s not as horrible as you may think), the country is really beautiful and has a lot to offer.
THE GERMAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Most universities in Germany are financed by the government. Therefore, you do not have to pay tuition fees. But don’t get over excited just now! There is a semester fee payable for all students at all universities. This covers costs for the student union, for the student administration and sometimes for a student “Semesterticket” (bus or train ticket for students). The amount differs from university to university, but it should be around 100/150€. Ok, so this is probably a lot less than in other countries, so a little happy dance is acceptable at this point!
There are some private universities as well, which are approved or recognised by the government (you may need to pay tuition fees for those). However, most of the students are enrolled in state-run universities.
Are you still with me or still dancing? Let’s get into the German education system a little bit more. There are three different types of universities: “colleges of art, film and music”, “universities of applied sciences” and “universities”. So, what is the difference? Universities generally have a strong research focus and are the only institution that can award an academic doctoral degree. Universities of applied sciences are more focused on a practical approach and less on theoretical background. Colleges of art, film and music educate artists, musicians, actors and designers. To get in you need to have a special artistic talent that you have to demonstrate in an entrance exam. Sounds alright to you? Great.
I’m sure that especially this question is on the tip of your tongue right now: What courses can I do if I don’t speak German?
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UNIVERSITY COURSES IN GERMANY
Courses at a German university are generally held in German. However, there are some that are taught in English. I don’t want to spoil your mood, but of course I would suggest that you at least try to learn a bit of German, because you will be living in the country for the duration of your course.
How can you find your dream course in Germany? The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a search engine for university courses. You can specify your search for “Course Language >> English only”. Don’t forget to specify that you only want to see courses with no tuition fees – because I just know that you’re all in for that!
There are around 72 pages of courses (Masters as well as Bachelors) when I do this search. Obviously, I can’t list every single one here. But to get an impression, there are, for example, MSc Applied Mathematics in Digital Media (English level B2, German not required but A2 recommended), BA International Business (Advanced English Knowledge IELTS 6.5, Basic Knowledge of German A1), or the MA North American Studies (English C1).
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
- What are the requirements for the course?
- When is the deadline for applications?
- What documents do I need for the application?
Also, I just wanted to give you a fist bump and say thank you for considering going to Germany because it’s an awesome place to go! I genuinely hope the post was helpful for you. Now, I REALLY want you to digest the tips and start planning your study abroad experience. In case you didn’t do it already, check out these 6 things you need to do before you go abroad. If you do go to Germany, make sure to shoot me a message so that I can cheer you on.