Education in Germany

German education is one of the most popular in the world. Having a German diploma opens great opportunities for students such as the opportunity to find a good job or to obtain a residence permit in the EU countries.

The education system of Germany has multiple stages and includes primary, secondary and higher education. After receiving the certificate, graduates can enter special, professional, technical and higher educational institutions.

A big advantage of studying in universities in Germany is its free basis. The student must pay only a mandatory semester fee of €250-€270 that includes the cost of a travel ticket and a fee for the needs of the student union. However, in Lower Saxony, students are required to pay an additional fee for studying at a rate of €500 per semester.

It is also worth mentioning that special funds and organizations are issuing additional scholarships and grants to support students. The main criteria for giving a grant is the excellent academic performance of the student.

One more advantage of German higher education is the lack of entrance examinations. Enrollment in higher educational institutions takes place on a competitive basis, depending on the average entrant’s high school score. A person can enroll in a German university only after finishing 13 years in gymnasium. That means a person should get 13-year education regardless of the standards of his/her country of origin.

There are several types of universities in Germany: Hochschule (Institute), Fachhochschule (the highest special school where applied science is taught) and Universität (university).

As for now, German universities are following international standards.  After the completion of the program,  Master or Bachelor degrees are issued.

List of documents required for the admission to the German university:

  • The international passport;
  • student visa;
  • health insurance policy;
  • school certificate;
  • Diploma of completed higher education or academic certificate (if education is not completed);
  • Diploma Supplement;
  • Certificate of passing a special exam in German for study at a German university (DSH, TestDaF or other exam recognized by a German university).

Please note that German universities accept only certified copies of the documents. Copies can be assured from a German notary, German authorities of local self-government or the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The processing of documents is handled by a special organization called UniAssist. The organization performs most of the bureaucratic type of work instead of universities

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