Do you dream of studying in Germany but cannot afford living cost and tuition fee? Do you know that you can actually study in Germany for free? There are a list of Universities in Germany that provide free tuition for both domestic and international students. These German universities do not charge tuition because it is the policy of the government. Some private universities do charge tuition, but I have excluded them from the list. This post will tell you all you need to know to achieve your goal.
You are expected to have a good GPA, good test scores in IELTS or TOEFL, and German proficiency test if your degree requires you to. Then, you will need to apply by completing the application form, submitting required documents, and fulfilling the eligibility criteria. Apply to as many universities to increase your chances, but don’t apply to too many because you will not be careful with your application. Around 10-15 is sufficient for undergraduate, and around 5-10 is sufficient for Master’s and PhD.
List of Universities that you can study for Free in Germany
- University of Cologne
- Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU)
- Goethe University Frankfurt
- RWTH Aachen University
- Humboldt University of Berlin
- University of Münster
- Ruhr University Bochum
- University of Duisburg-Essen
- Universität Hamburg
- FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
- Technical University of Munich (TUM)
- Free University of Berlin
Although you can study for free in any public University in Germany this is just a few out of the 300 or more Public schools in Germany.
Why do public universities in Germany not charge any tuition fees?
Almost anywhere in Europe and the world, universities charge tuition fees – if only from foreigners who come to that country for their studies. Germany is one of the few countries in Europe where you can study for free, even if you are from Asia, Africa or elsewhere.
Germans generally believe that education should not be treated as a commercial product, and that free access to higher education ensures economic growth and welfare for the greater population. In the recent past, there was legislation allowing public universities to charge very modest tuition fees of 1,000 euros annually. But after years of public protests, the tuition fees were abolished again in 2014.
Also, Germany’s governments of recent years have realized the economic and social benefits of immigration. Germany wants to get the smartest minds to study into the country, and ideally to stay after graduation; and that is why they generally oppose tuition fees for foreigners, as well.
Other costs that need to be considered when studying in Germany?
While there usually aren’t any tuition fees at public universities, you might have to pay something called a “semester fee” or “administrative fee”. But that’s a small amount: often around 300 or 400 euros for the whole semester. This then also covers a public transport ticket for your city and sometimes even the surrounding areas, at a fraction of what you would normally pay for such a ticket. Other than that, Germany is one of the more affordable Western European countries. You can get by on 800 euros per month, give or take a bit, depending on what city you study in. Larger cities like Munich, Frankfurt or Hamburg are known to be more expensive than smaller towns.