A Guide to Studying in Germany for Free for Foreign Students
Last updated: 24 Nov 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 »
For many years, Germany has been one of the European Countries with tuition free programs. German universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. Currently, only one of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. The rest of the federal states do not charge tuition fees and only request a certain amount of money as a semester contribution (about 50 euros) plus administration fees (about 50 euros) for Universities in some Federal States.
In most cases, you need to pay tuition fee for Master’s and PhD programmes. Fortunately, there are a good number of scholarships for Masters and PhD study in Germany.
Detailed information on which universities in which federal states charge tuition fees can be found at this page.
DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship Programme »
The Germany Scholarship Program provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. The Germany Scholarship supports highly talented students at all participating universities in Germany. The scholarship is awarded without consideration of personal or parent income and one’s nationality is not material to award either. The scholarship amounts to 300 EUR per month and is granted for at least two semesters but may be provided for a maximum time which covers the standard period of study.
To find out which institutions of higher education in Germany offer the Germany Scholarship, go to the interactive map of Germany at: www.deutschlandstipendium.de/de/1970.php
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 can finance international students to pursue a participating Erasmus Mundus study program in Germany.
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