There are various reasons why Germany has become the fourth most favourite study abroad destination for international students worldwide. One of the biggest reasons is the German education system, and many universities in Germany promote free education. Germany is home to the oldest universities in Europe

Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest university and sixth oldest university in Europe, founded in 1386. Heidelberg University continues to contribute as one of the world’s best educational institutes and has produced more than 30 Nobel prize laureates in recent times. 

Germany is home to 1029 universities, and out of the 46 universities are featured in the recently released QS World University Rankings 2021. 12 Universities are placed in the top 200 globally this year. 

Germany is tagged as “The Unity of Learning and Research” because, unlike in any other country, Germany has adopted the dual education system — combining practical and theoretical education, an apprenticeship system. The apprenticeship teaching method offers on-job training to accompany the study. You can choose from countless courses and promise globally valued degrees that can get you high-level jobs globally. 

In Germany, all international students joining a public university in Germany are free from paying normal tuition fees. International students only have to pay student contributions, student union fees, and a public transport ticket that accounts for around €250 per semester altogether. The amount could be varied as per the universities you select.

Living expenses in Germany are affordable as well, international students have the flexibility to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week or 120 full days/year. Currently, it is estimated more than 60% of international students work part-time while studying. The student working experience assists them in future jobs.

The student visa allows the student to travel in the entire Schengen Area, a beautiful opportunity to travel and explore places. Germany has few more benefits such as universal healthcare, working hours are lesser than any other developed nation that is not more than 48 hours per week. Germany is a technology and high brand hub (SAP technology, Audi, Adidas, borsch, Mercedes Benz, DHL, and many more). Germany has 46 world heritage sites, the fourth most of any country.

With more than 409 higher education institutions across the country, Germany provides each student with the possibility to choose more than 14,500-degree programmes. German universities and their professional academic staff offer high quality and up to date education in Engineering, Medicine, Science and Economics. 11 out of the 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all, while some states require a maximum of only $500 per year. The cost of living on average is around $700-800 including rent, food, transport, health insurance, telephone/internet, study materials and leisure activities. Besides studying, you have the chance to live and explore one of the world’s most developed countries and its unique culture, history, and landscape. While you will study as an international student, enjoy a beer at Oktoberfest, eat a tasty Würst sausage in Frankfurt or watch a Bayern soccer game, you will have an unforgettable experience .

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