Known for its tuition-free university education, Germany is the most popular non-anglophone study destination. It boasts 426 world-class universities that attract more than 370,000 international students every year.
It is home to some of the world’s most prestigious academic universities. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), six of the top 100 universities were German.
No Tuition Fees at Public Universities in Germany
There are 426 universities in Germany. A majority of them are primarily funded by the state and they do not charge both domestic and international students any tuition fee.
Students have to only pay a nominal semester fee of not more than USD 346 that covers administrative costs and travel semester tickets.
More than 2.4 million students are enrolled in public universities. Less than 5 percent enroll in private institutions that enroll less than 5% of the total student body.
High Quality of Education, Faculty, and Infrastructure
Germany has the third best education system in the world, after the United States and the United Kingdom, according to US News & World Report. It can be attributed to the country’s research-intensive curricula and world-class infrastructure.
More than 1,300 international Master and Ph.D. degree programs in various disciplines are taught in English. So if you do not have knowledge of German, you can still study in Germany.
Under the Bologna reform, universities in Germany provide all students with a uniform and internationally-recognized degrees. The country also practices a dual education system wherein students can do apprenticeships in a company while pursuing a vocational course at a vocational school.
The three major type of German higher education institutions – Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences Technical, and Art, Film and Music Colleges – cater to specific needs of students. Most importantly, Deutschland is very lawful and hence, there is no question of fake universities.
With 12% of the student body being international, universities in Germany embrace cultural diversity.
One of the best things about studying in Germany is its transport network, which is well-connected, affordable, and fast. Students can use their semester tickets issued by their universities to travel for free. If a student does not hold a semester ticket, they can avail student discounts to travel at very low prices in railways.
According to the Economics Times, Germany is the best country to live in after Australia and Switzerland. On the safety scale, it scores a total of 64.25 which higher than the US (52.71) and the UK (50.79).