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Study a graduate program in Germany

Graduate programs in Germany

Germany is Europe’s powerhouse and largest economy with a tradition of leading academics and quality education.

Taking a graduate program in Germany is a guarantee of quality. Germany’s universities regularly rank amongst the world’s finest – and often offer international students extremely competitive tuition fees.

Germany is a popular destination for students from the European Union and Turkey who are seeking postgraduate courses.

Population: 81,725,000

Education overview

There are more than 400 higher education institutions in Germany offering postgraduate courses, with universities free to see their own laws, guidelines and examinations. There are four main types of university or hochschule.

  • Universities (universitaten) – Institutions with a strong research element
  • Technical universities – Institutions with a focus on engineering and technology postgraduate courses
  • Colleges of art, film and music – Institutions focusing in these areas with special admission requirements
  • Universities of applied sciences – Institutions focusing on a practical approach to study

Masters programs in Germany generally last two years for taught courses, with research programs and PhDs taking up to three years to complete. 

Although international degrees are taught in English, many postgraduate courses will be taught in German. As such, you may have to take the German Language University Entrance Examination (DSH) to check your language suitability.

Immigration and visas in Germany

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate course in Germany without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:

  • You are studying for more than three months
  • You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution

Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which will normally be issued for an initial three month period before being extended on arrival. You cannot come to study in Germany on a tourist visa.

It is normally also necessary to demonstrate that you have adequate study abroad travel insurance, which you must buy before you travel.

Life in Germany

Germany is a welcoming country used to working with international students. Few countries have had as much of an impact on the world as Germany. This is a country that invented the printing press, cars and aspirin and gave us Karl Marx, Beethoven and Albert Einstein.

German cities dominated a recent Quality of Life survey, with three cities in the top ten, - Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. You can expect top quality food – although there is a strong focus on meat and carbohydrates - and plenty of beer and wine.

Working in Germany

Germany is one of wealthiest and largest countries in Europe, putting in a prime position to be one of the world’s major economies. Despite the recession, the German economy remains relatively strong and the job market is robust.

Particularly strong graduate programs in Germany include engineering, manufacturing and IT, which are all booming sectors in Germany.

Although the majority of Germans will have a strong grasp of English, you will be expected to have a good knowledge of written and spoken German before you got into employment.  

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation in Germany varies depending on where you choose to study your postgraduate course. There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals

Accommodation costs in Germany vary depending on where you choose to study. As a guide, you should expect to pay the following:

  • Room in a student hall of residence: € 200
    Room in a shared flat: € 245
    Flat by yourself: € 315

Climate in Germany

Germany’s climate is moderate, without the extremes of hot and cold you find in alternative destinations. The area of Germany around the North Sea typically experiences colder weather than the continental interior.

Expect an average temperature of between 0C and 2C in winter and 16C-18C in summer.

Transport

German transport stands up to all the stereotypes of the country. It’s efficient, modern and well organised. The country has a large road network and a well used rail system which is great for getting around the country easily.

  • One way bus ticket – €1.50 per journey
  • Taxi – €2-€3 charge then €1-€3 per kilometre
  • Train from Munich to Berlin - €120 one-way

Currency

The currency of Germany is the Euro.

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