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Universities for Expats in Germany

Submitted: December 2013

If you make the decision to pursue higher education in Germany, you will be met with the daunting task of selecting the appropriate university for your particular academic needs and interests. There are hundreds of institutions that will allow you the opportunity to acquire an advanced degree or some other type of professional qualification.

In Germany, you will find that there are over 300 state-run universities, private universities and cooperative universities, as well as other schools offering a wide range of studies, full-time or part-time. While there are many universities that offer degree programmes taught in English, the vast majority of programs are taught in German, particularly in the state-run institutions.

Germany has several types of higher education institutions:

Entrance Requirements

When you are applying for entry into a German university, the following requirements must be met:


Many German universities are state-funded. In 2012, only two of the 16 states of Germany charged tuition fees up to 500€ per semester, at state-funded colleges; while in 14 states, tuition was provided free of charge. For an overview of tuition fees in different federal states, see: https://www.hochschulkompass.de/en/degree-programmes/fees-funding/semester-fees-tuition-fees.html





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