Have you considered studying abroad in Germany? Based on benefits like free tuition and travel opportunities, you definitely should!
You’ve made the decision to study abroad, but now what? You’ve got a whole world to explore; how can you narrow down your study abroad location to just one country? Well, universities in Germany make that decision simple for you with all the benefits they offer. Discover the top four reasons why you should study in Germany:
1. FREE tuition
This sounds too good to be true — right? Typically, the more popular a study abroad destination is, the more expensive it can be. But that’s not true for Germany! As of 2014, the German government got rid of tuition fees for all students (yes, including international students!) enrolled in public universities. Luckily, there are more public universities — schools funded by the government — in Germany than private universities — independent schools that rely on funding from tuition fees. However, you’ll need to pay tuition fees if you attend a private university. Some graduate programs may also charge you tuition fees as well, so make sure you do your research!
Unlike in other countries, you won’t have to worry about exorbitant tuition fees due to your status as an international student. However, while your tuition fees are free, you’ll still need to pay a small amount of money known as a semester contribution. These small fees will cover public transportation, administrative costs, student union costs, and more.
2. Study in English
If you want to study in Germany, but the thought of pursuing a degree in a different language scares you, then don’t worry! There are programs in German universities that are offered in English! You can study in the language you’re more comfortable in, while learning German (if you want) at your own pace. Keep in mind that most undergrad programs are offered in German, while many more post-grad programs are offered in English. Some schools may require you to provide proof of efficiency in German, so make sure you check with schools you’re interested in. Explore this list of programs offered in English to get your search started.
Another bonus is if your German is a little rusty (or nonexistent) is 56% of the population in Germany speak English. So, you can practice your German, but also get by with your English if needed.
3. No student visa required
Typically, when you apply to a school outside of Canada you’ll need a student visa, which can take months to prep, apply, and receive an answer. But, as a Canadian studying in Germany, you don’t need to apply for a student visa!
So, what do you need to study in Germany if not a visa? If you’ll be staying in Germany for longer than three months, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit within 90 days of entering the country. This will allow you to stay in Germany for the duration of your studies. Make sure you reach out to your school and local embassy to confirm this process.
To apply for a residence permit, you’ll usually need the following:
- a valid passport
- proof of enrollment at your school
- proof of registration from the Residents’ Registration Office
- proof of health insurance valid in Germany (not typically offered by universities)
- a blocked account
What is a blocked account? It’s a special bank account for international students in Germany which acts as proof of your financial resources. You’ll deposit the required amount of money needed to cover your living expenses for one year. The amount you’ll need is approximately 11,208 EUR ($16,527 CAD), which you can withdraw 934 EUR ($1,377 CAD) each month.
4. Travel opportunities
When you’re studying and living outside of Canada, you’re going to want to explore as much as you can with the time you have. Luckily, Germany has plenty of great places to explore, like Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, and Konstanz.
But, if you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can check out some neighbouring countries during your weekends and breaks for a little vacation. The countries that surround Germany are France, Austria, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium. So, if you want to go swimming in the sea, skiing in the Alps, exploring glaciers, tasting world renowned chocolate, checking out gothic churches and fascinating architecture, wandering through tulip fields, and more, then Germany puts you in the centre of all this fun!
If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to study abroad, then Germany is a great option! How can you say no to these incredible benefits? Remember to do your research and ask the schools you’re interested in all your questions to ensure you know exactly what to expect. Bon voyage!