A Guide to Studying in Germany for Free for Foreign Students
Last updated: 03 Feb 2014
Germany has become a popular destination for foreign students looking for an international education. German Universities offers internationally recognized programs at a relatively cheaper cost compared to UK, USA or Australia. Moreover, there are a significant number of available scholarships that allows foreign students to study in Germany for free.
Tuition Free Colleges and Universities in Germany
Before 2006/2007, Germany has been one of the European Countries with tuition free programs. Since then, German universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. Currently, only four out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. These states are Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony. All other federal states do not charge tuition fees and only request a certain amount of money as a semester contribution (about 50 euros).
In most cases, you need to pay tuition fee for Master’s programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. As outlined below, there are a good number of scholarships that can fund Master’s Programmes in Germany.
Detailed information on which universities in which federal states charge tuition fees can be found at this page.
DAAD Scholarship Programs
DAAD is a joint organisation of Germany’s higher education institutions and is responsible for promoting international academic relations, primarily through the exchange of students, academics and researchers. The DAAD scholarship database contains scholarship and funding opportunities for foreign students, graduate students and scientists who are seeking financial support for their studies, research work or teaching assignments in Germany. The database not only lists all the scholarships offered by the DAAD, but also diverse programmes offered by a wide variety of institutions.
The most popular DAAD scholarship program for developing country students is the DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate Courses with Special Relevance to Developing Countries. Another popular example is the DAAD Scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance.
German Foundations’ Scholarship Programs
A number of political and religious foundations in Germany offers scholarships to international students from various backgrounds, interests, and qualifications. studentwerk-berlin.de outlines them in this list.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Germany
German Universities participate in quite a number of study programs which are funded by Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. The scholarships allow international students to pursue a participating Erasmus Mundus study program for free.
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