Study in Germany

Many students come to study in Germany every year. There are several types of universities, like classical universities, universities of applied science, church-based universities and private universities. Each of these schools has a lot to offer. The terms and conditions vary, depending on which type of education you choose.

Universities in Germany

Classical universities offer different types of programs in law, medicine, social and natural sciences. Some of these schools offer their students online programs and distance learning. There are also specialized universities, like medical, technical and teaching.

Some schools combine research and teaching. This can be a great experience for students, no matter which field they choose to study.

Universities of applied science offer Master’s (or Bachelor’s) degree. Germany has nearly 160 universities of this type. These schools are more focused on teaching, and they offer degrees created for specific industries and jobs. Universities of applied science have a lot to offer, but you cannot get a doctorate. If you want to get a PhD, you need to go to a classical university.

Some universities are associated with Catholic and Evangelical churches and they train future priests. However, you can study other fields, like health care or social work. These schools are very popular, and sometimes they have more applicants than they can actually accept, so they have their own application system.

If you are interested in studying and working, you can apply at a career academy. There are several academies in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Thuringia and Saxony. These schools offer a Bachelor’s degree.

There are nearly eighty private schools in Germany. Students need to pay tuition, which can be quite pricey.

How to Get a Student Visa

If you come from any EU country, you won’t need a residence permit or visa.

Students who come from the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Korea and Switzerland won’t need a visa, but they will need a residence permit.

If you come from Honduras, San Marino, Brazil, Monaco, Andorra and El Salvador, you will need a visa if you want to work in the country after completing your studies.

If you want to stay for more than ninety days, and you are from Brunei, Argentina, Panama, Bahamas, Seychelles, Uruguay, Chile, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Guatemala, Paraguay, Croatia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Mexico, you will need a visa.

Student Visa Requirements

You will need:

• Photographs (passport size)
• Evidence of Admission to the University
• Proof of having adequate finances
• Signed and completed Visa Application
• Evidence of payment for Visa Application fee
• Health Certificate

Before the visa is issued, each candidate must prove that he or she is able to speak German. However, there are many programs for English-speaking students.

Here is  the list of the most popular German universities.

Read more about  the cost of living in Germany.

How to Germany  is another great site to visit.

If you are from the UK, read  Guide for International Students – Germany.