How much will it cost to study in Germany?

September 28, 2021
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Studying abroad is a dream for many international students. The amount of money it requires to make a real dream creates a hurdle in it. A common myth is around, the more popular a study destination is the higher is the cost of education. Fortunately, Germany is an exemption to this. Despite that the country is the most popular study destination in the world, the cost of studying in Germany is very affordable.

University Fees in Germany

Germany has both types of universities, public and private. The tuition fee of these universities also differs accordingly. Here we throw the light on it:

  • Public universities: These universities are managed and run by the government. So they do not charge tuition fees. However, they charge for enrolling students for every semester, and administration. All this usually adds up to a maximum of 300 EUR every semester, with slight variation from one university to another.
  • Private universities: These universities in Germany are financed from tuition fees, and hence international students are required to pay 3000 and 20000 EUR a year. The reason for this range is so wide is that the fees depend on factors like the degree course a student is pursuing or the university in which he or she is studying.

Costs of studying in Germany

The tuition fee in universities in Germany also depends on the level of your study and the subject you choose. Here are some details on it: 

  • Undergraduate degree at public university in Germany – Although you can study for free at public German universities as an undergraduate, there is a charge per semester for enrolment, confirmation and administration. This is typically no more than EUR 250 per semester but varies depending on the university. There may be an additional charge to purchase a “Semesterticket”, which covers public transport expenses which could be as much as EUR 500 per semester.
  • Undergraduate degree at private university in Germany – Private institutions are usually dependent on tuition fees for their funding and set their own fees, which can be anything up to and beyond EUR 20,000 a year.
  • Consecutive master degree in Germany – Master’s degrees at German universities are usually free if they are considered as “consecutive”. This means if they are following directly on from a related bachelor’s degree gained in Germany. They are is a small charge per semester for enrolment, confirmation and administration, plus a Semesterticket.
  • “Non-consecutive” master’s degrees in Germany – Tuition fees for these master’s degrees, vary between universities and maybe around EUR 20,000 per year at public institutions and up to EUR 30,000 at private German universities. This is for those who have gained their bachelor’s degree elsewhere in the world.

Student visa cost for Germany

You won’t need a visa to study in Germany if you’re a citizen of the EU, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. Otherwise, expect to pay €60 for your student visa, but there are also fee reductions or waivers for Schengen visas. In order to fulfil the student visa for Germany requirements, you will need to show proof you have, or have access to, around €8,700 per year or €725 per month to cover your living costs.

Cost of living in Germany

Germany is very much an affordable country. An international student can easily live a Simple life at 800 euros PER month. However, the living costs differ depending on the city you choose to live in. Here is an estimated cost of living in the following cities in Germany :

  • To live in Larger cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, etc would cost around 950 euros a month
  • To live in Smaller cities such as Hannover, Freiburg, etc would cost around 750 euros a month

Average Monthly Expenses in Germany

  • €168 for food and drink
  • €94 for transport 
  • €42 for clothes 
  • €20 for work/study materials 
  • €31 for telephone, internet and TV license 
  • €61 for leisure activities 

We hope this article will help you to estimate the cost of studying in Germany. However these costs are average, actual cost may vary depending upon the level of higher education, the university you choose to study in, the city you choose to stay in, and the lifestyle you want to live. 

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