Three Top Reasons Why You Should Study in Germany
More and more students seeking an excellent and affordable international education are turning to Germany. World-renown programs, an inexpensive price tag, and a breadth and depth of scholarships for foreign students are just of the few of the reasons why so many students are electing to study abroad in Germany.
The vast majority of Germany’s academic institutions are tuition free. Those that do charge are shockingly inexpensive: approximately 500 Euros per semester. While most master’s degree programs do charge tuition, the fee is just a fraction of other countries’ academic costs, with plenty of scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate international students. A few of Germany’s most popular scholarship programs include the following:
DAAD: Designed to promote international academic exchange, this scholarship is a collaborative offering of Germany’s higher education institutions. Information about scholarship and funding opportunities are maintained in a helpful database, which is not just limited to DAAD scholarships but also includes other institutional programs.
The German Foundations’ Scholarship Programs: A collective of Germany’s political and religions foundations offer scholarships to international students in a range of disciplines. While a comprehensive list can be found online at The Studentenwek Berlin, sample scholarships include:
Germany has not only overcome the language barrier, but has adapted its language offerings into a selling point. The country was recently named by the British Council, a cultural relations agency focused on providing international relations opportunities, as the top destination for international students in its comparison of education activity in different countries, Global Gauge. Addressing factors including availability, access, quality and recognition of degree, Global Gauge ranked Germany first, in part because of its premiere international student services and the availability of English coursework. Trailing behind Germany were the U.K. in third, China in fourth and the U.S. in sixth in the overseas market.
In fact, English programs are so widespread in Germany at both the undergraduate and graduate level, that it’s possible to receive your degree without ever taking a class in German. Typically falling under the International Studies heading, English courses are available in everything from the social sciences to medicine and agricultural sciences, offering the unique opportunity for international students to study English while attending a German institution.
3) Your degree will be attractive to future employers and respected all over the world.
With a global focus and a network of relationships with academic institutions all over the world, German schools prioritize international students by seeking to provide spaces, supporting their educational pursuits, and offering scholarship funding. And because of the strength of Germany’s educational system, German students are considered attractive job candidates with great international career prospects. Degrees from German institutions are respected all over the world because of a focus on practical studies and research projects. While the coursework is not easy, degree recipients hold a prominent place at the head of the job line in many industries across the globe.
While small in stature, Germany is not only rich in history, but is strategically positioned as a significant economic and political power, both in Europe and internationally. Additionally, the quality of life for students in Germany is exceptional, with unparalleled opportunities for discovery and travel. Germany offers four seasons of fun from serene lakes to breathtaking mountaintops, and is also an ideal home base for European adventures.