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I've already studied a few semesters in my home country and now I'd like to continue studying in Germany. Will the German university recognise my previous degree/ credits in its degree programme?
Each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database.
Where do I find the requirements for studying in Germany?
You can find general requirements on our website. For specific admission requirements pertaining to your course of study, you should refer to the degree programme’s website. For suitable degree programmes you can also check out our database.
How can I find out whether my school-leaving certificate will be recognised in Germany?
The DAAD admission database will tell you whether your university entrance qualification is recognised in Germany. You can obtain more specific information about other countries and certificates at Anabin. This database contains information on how foreign secondary school-leaving certificates are evaluated. It provides all relevant information, e.g. whether your certificate will be recognised and whether you will need to meet further requirements. The final decision is always made by the university, to which you apply. Therefore, we recommend asking the International Office at the university of your choice whether you meet all the requirements!
What can I do if they don’t recognise my school-leaving certificate?
If your secondary school-leaving certificate is not recognised in Germany, you can gain entrance qualification to German university by completing a foundation course (“Studienkolleg”). You first have to pass an entrance examination to participate in a foundation course. Good German language skills are a prerequisite (B1 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages). For more information, see the section on foundation courses.
I want to apply for admission to a bachelor’s programme. What do I have to do?
The first thing to do is to find out whether your university entrance qualification is recognised in Germany. The DAAD admission database can help you with this. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact one of the DAAD offices all around the world. For more information, see the section on application.
How much money do I need for my living expenses in Germany?
Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite reasonable. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 670 euros per month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent. In most cases, applicants have to prove that they have around 8,700 euros at their disposal for one year. For more information, see the section on money and costs.
How high are the tuition fees at German universities?
The tuition at German universities is very low, and some universities charge no tuition fee at all. Most German universities are funded by the government. Normally students in bachelor’s programmes don’t have to pay tuition fees. Low tuition fees are charged, however, for master’s degree programmes. All students have to pay a semester contribution. For more information, see the section on money and costs.
How do I get a visa to study in Germany?
Some international students require an entry visa for Germany depending on where they come from and how long they plan to stay. You will find general information on visas and residence permits on our website. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad.
Where do I find visa information for my country?
On the website of the German Federal Foreign Officeyou can view the most recent visa requirements for all countries.
How do I find a suitable degree programme at a university?
I want to study in Germany. Where do I start?
In the section service you can find our helpful guide Ten steps to studying in Germany.
I'm looking for the best university in my area of study. Where can I find it?
As all German universities offer very good education, it’s hard to say which university is the best. The best university for you is the one which best meets your expectations. When choosing a university, you should take several aspects into account, like the range of subjects, the size of the university and city, as well as the cost of living in that city. You can find all of the degree programmes at German universities in our database.
Which are the best universities in Germany?
As all German universities offer very good education, it’s difficult to say which university is the best. You might say the best university is the one which best meets your expectations.
Where do I find information about the city in which I’d like study?
For information about German university towns, visit our section German cities.
How do I find the degree programme of my choice in a specific city?
Our database allows you to search for specific degree programmes in all German university towns.
I’d like to enrol in a bachelor’s programme in Germany. How can I get a scholarship?
You can find undergraduates scholarships on the DAAD Scholarship Database. The application requirements are listed in the respective description. Please note, however, that very few scholarships are awarded tofirst-time students.
I’d like to enrol in a master’s degree programme in Germany. How can I apply for a scholarship?
You can find scholarships for master’s degree students on the DAAD Scholarship Database. The application requirements are listed in the respective description.
How do I find a scholarship for my subject of study?
You can search for subject-specific scholarships on the DAAD Scholarship Database. Information about application requirements is listed in the respective description.
Which scholarships are available to people from my home country?
You can search for suitable scholarships for various countries on the DAAD Scholarship Database. Information about the application requirements is listed in the respective description.
I want to study in Germany. What do I have to do?
The application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. On our website you can find more information about the application process. In the section service you can find our helpful guide Ten steps to studying in Germany.
How do I apply to a German university?
Visit our website for information about applying for enrolment in degree programmes at German universities. In the section service you can find our helpful guide Ten steps to studying in Germany.
How do I apply for enrolment in a degree programme in my area of study?
First of all, you should check the admission requirements in the degree programme of your choice. You’ll find them on the degree programme’s website. That’s where you will also find information about application procedures. Visit our website for general information about applying to German university.
I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree. I want to know whether you can get into a master’s programme at a German university with a three-year bachelor’s degree.
Unfortunately we cannot provide information about admission criteria because each German university is responsible for determining its admission policies. Nevertheless, you can check out the requirements of the programmes you wish to apply to on their website. You can find information about the courses in our database.
What is a “Studienkolleg” (foundation course)?
If your school-leaving certificate is not recognised in Germany, you can still study at a German university by participating in a “Studienkolleg” (foundation course). Good German language skills are required. To gain admission to a foundation course, you must first pass an entrance examination. Participation in the course is usually free of charge. Foundation courses take one year to complete and conclude with the “Feststellungsprüfung” (university qualification assessment examination). On our website you can find more information on foundation courses.
Can I enrol in an English-language degree programme in Germany?
Yes, there are many courses and degree programmes taught in English, especially master’s courses. You can get an overview in the extensive DAAD database of International Programmes. Having said that, we strongly recommend that you try to learn a little German, because knowing the language will make you feel more at home in Germany and help you make German friends faster.
How do I get a visa for a language course?
If you want to attend a language course, you can apply for a language course visa in many countries. It’s only valid for the duration of the course and cannot be converted into a student visa (“Visum zu Studienzwecken”). If you want to attend a language course in combination with university studies, you have to indicate this on your visa application form. In this case, make sure to apply for either a student applicant visa (“Visum zur Studienbewerbung”) or a student visa (“Visum zu Studienzwecken”). On our website you can find more information on visa procedures.
I want to attend a language course in Germany. How do I gain admission?
You can find German language courses offered at German universities on the DAAD Language and Short Courses database. If you don't have any German skills yet, we strongly recommend attending a language course in your home country first, for example, at the Goethe-Institut. Visit the the website of the Goethe-Institut for more details
I’m looking for German courses at language schools which can help me prepare for my university studies.
Check out this database of German courses and providers.
I’d like to improve my German using free online sources. Are there any good website you can recommend?
How and where can I get a language certificate?
There are two different tests you can take to demonstrate your language proficiency in German. One is called the “DSH” (German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreign Applicants) and the other is the “TestDaF” (Test of German as a Foreign Language). Language certificates are also issued by the Goethe-Institut. On our website you can find more information about language certificates.
Do I need to take an English test to apply for admission to a degree programme?
If you want to study in English, universities generally require an official English test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Exemptions are made for native speakers. For a listing of programmes in which English is the language of instruction, check out the DAAD database of International Programmes.
What are my chances of finding a job after my studies in Germany?
With a degree from a German university, you have numerous job opportunities on the German labour market. On our website you can find more information about how to launch a successful career in Germany.
I want to work in Germany. Where can I find information on that?
You can find extensive information about working in Germany on the website Make it in Germany
Where can I find information about internships in Germany?
Our website outlines all the requirements for doing an internship in Germany and includes numerous links to job portals.
Are there any student job sites for English speakers?
You can find jobs for English speakers on the job database of the Federal Employment agency which includes a search field for key words, e.g. “English”. There is also a section called "Small jobs/ mini jobs” which includes student jobs. Please note that most job descriptions are in German because they require German skills.
How do I find a room in a student residence hall in a particular city?
The Accommodation Finder on our website is a helpful tool for obtaining information about various student residences in your university town. Our website offers information on finding accommodation as well.
I'm searching for master’s degree programmes in Dentistry. Where can I find them?
There are no master’s degree programmes in Dentistry in Germany because Dentistry is not split into bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dentistry programmes usually takes six years to complete and conclude with what we call the “State Examination” (Staatsexamen). Courses on Dentistry you can find in our database.
I am interested in doing a postgraduate medical course in Germany. How should I apply to the university? Are there any specific requirements like German language skills?
There are no postgraduate courses for Medicine in Germany because Medicine is not split into bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Medical students in Germany have to complete a six-year programme which concludes with the State Examination (Staatsexamen). There are no courses offered in English, so you will need very good German skills to complete the programme and pass the examinations. Courses on Medicine you can find in our database.
I graduated and I have two years of work experience as a general physician. I would like to do my postgrad work in Germany. How do I know if my degree is recognised in Germany?
Like all special areas of medicine, Internal Medicine is not offered as a course of study at German universities. Candidates must complete a period of medical specialisation training. To be eligible for admission, you will need very good German skills and usually a degree similar to the German State Examination (six years of university study). For more information about working as a doctor in Germany, visit the website of the German Medical Association.
Can “study-in.de” help me process my application to a German university?
Study-in.de is not an agency or advising service, and that’s why we cannot offer you any direct help with your application to German university. However, if you have general questions or want to be pointed in the right direction, please feel free to contact one of the DAAD offices all around the world.