How to Study on Low Cost in Germany for International Students

Germany is a top tertiary destination that provides international students with solid rewards and world renowned university degrees. If you did not know, top quality is one of the major characteristics of university programmes of Germany, whether they are undergraduate or postgraduate degrees. You are able to  choose between learning in English or German. However, there are high chances you will not pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees in Germany

Till date, public universities from Germany are tuition free for Bachelor and Master programmes (except if you plan to pursue a Master’s degree that focuses on a different subject than the one you studied as a Bachelor student). The free-tuition system is available for all international students, regardless of their country of origin.

Tuition-free universities for international students

Examples of free universities in Germany include:

  1. University of Hamburg
  2. University of Bremen
  3. University of Cologne
  4. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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Tuition fees at top-ranked universities in Germany

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked German universities:

  1. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich – no tuition fees
  2. Heidelberg University – average tuition fees 6,000 EUR/year
  3. Technical University of Munich – average tuition fees 2,000 EUR/year
  4. Humboldt University of Berlin – no tuition fees

Accommodation Costs

Housing is the highest monthly expense you will have and it represents 34% of the total budget. Cheaper options for international students are in residence halls or in shared private rental apartments. You can also rent a single apartment. Below you will find the average accommodation costs for a student in Germany:

  • Living alone: 363 EUR/month
  • Living with partner/child: 351/month
  • Living on-campus: 237 EUR/month

However, rooms in student residence halls are pretty difficult to secure, since only 11% of the international students find on-campus accommodation, according to a European study. Also, 55% of the students are satisfied with the accommodation in student halls.

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Transportation Costs

According to a DAAD study, around 10% of the total monthly student budget is spent on transport.

  • A public transport pass for students is between 30 and 60 EUR/month, depending on the city.
  • You can easily get around with a bicycle throughout any city in Germany. Rates for renting a bicycle are around 15-20 EUR/day.
  • Use Germany’s Deutsche Bahn train system and visit any German city you want; fares are between 20 and 70 EUR.

Funding and Tuition

The German state strongly supports higher education and finances the universities by covering the tuition fees. In addition, the German government also includes programmes of financial support for students.

  1. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a programme of financial aid that focuses on German and international students and researchers.
  2. Deutschlandstipendium – offers awards of 300 EUR/month for talented students for at least two semesters.

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