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Study in Berlin, Germany

Population: 3,499,900

City overview

As Germany’s capital city, Berlin has a wealth of history that is unrivalled by anywhere else in the country. From the Thirty Years War and the Enlightenment to the Holocaust, the Cold War and the eventual fall of its eponymous Wall, Berlin is a city that has been at the forefront of major political and social change in Europe over the last centuries.

Now the city is a thriving social centre, famous for its music scene and nightlife. If you are looking to study a graduate program in Germany, there may be no better place than Berlin.

Education profile

Berlin and its surrounding area is one of the most prolific areas for Higher Education in the whole European Union, with a large number of research institutions that may or may not be connected to the city’s universities. Coupled with the fact that German is such a widely learnt modern foreign language, it is easy to see why almost 140,000 students have made the choice to study here.

There are four public universities in Berlin. They are:
There are also 27 colleges, which may be private or offer a technological education.

Graduate programs in Berlin 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

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.

Life in Berlin

Berlin is a well established centre for popular culture in Europe, largely due to its music scene and the fact that it has become a haven for artists over the last few years. It is well known for its underground and often edgy nightlife – something that attracts thousands of travellers and students every year.

On a more mainstream note, Berlin has a large number of museums – including the famous Museum Island, which is a World Heritage Site. In 2005 Berlin as a whole was named City of Design by UNESCO.

It goes without saying that life in the city is framed by its history. It is only just over 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the fact that much of Berlin and Germany’s history is so recent means that it can often still be felt very heavily.

Germany is of course also famous for its markets, especially at Christmas – and Berlin is at the heart of this, with over 120 to choose from.

Working in Berlin

Non-EU international students wanting to stay on to work in Berlin after their postgraduate course will need to apply for a work visa.

Berlin is home to businesses including Deutsche Bank, Siemens and Daimler. Its fastest growing industries include life sciences, transport, IT, media, advertising, biosciences, the environment and music. Its tourism sector is also booming. There are many diverse opportunities for you to pursue in the city after completion of your graduate program.


When coming to Berlin to study on a postgraduate course you will obviously have to find somewhere to live. You may decide to live in halls owned by the university, where you will such things as bills included in your rent. You should check with your university to see if you will be eligible for a room.

Another option is to live in student accommodation that is run privately, and so is independent of your university. These residence halls will be shared with other students and may cost you around €200 per month, with all utilities included. A good place to look is through Deutsche Studentenwerk.

Weather and climate

Berlin has a temperate oceanic climate, which means it can experience humid summers and fairly cold winters. Temperatures may sometimes be higher in the city than in the surrounding area. Winter is roughly from October to February and summer from May to September.

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