Americans can study for free at German universities
April 16, 2016
While the cost of a university education has been steadily increasing in the US, Germany has abandoned tuition fees for German and international students. Germany is one of the coolest destinations for young people due to its diverse, trendy social scene and its popularity is set to grow. International students are relocating to German cities to experience an exciting new culture while gaining a university degree for free.
Living expenses are unavoidable and students are required to pay a small fee of up to 150 euros each term. In many cases, it includes public transportation tickets and other living costs. Living expenses can be paid by family or scholarships and many students are able to get part-time jobs to support themselves while studying.
International students find the night life and cultural attractions make relocating to Germany a rewarding experience.
Here is some information about studying in Germany:
Cost of living
Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite reasonable. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 800 euros a month to cover your living expenses and the largest expense will be monthly rent.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its regional branch offices, its information centers, and DAAD Professors around the globe provide information and financial support to over 120,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study per year.
Visa and Residence Permit
As an international student, you may need an entry visa for Germany, depending on where you come from and how long you plan to stay in Germany. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country.
University Entrance Qualification
If you want to study at a Germany university, you will need a "Hochschulzugangsberechtigung" – or "university entrance qualification". This is a school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university study.
German Language Skills
For most degree programs, knowledge of German is a prerequisite for admission to German university. However, you don’t need to know German if you intend on enrolling in an international degree program.
If you’d like to study in Germany, you have to have health insurance. You will need to present proof of health insurance when you enroll at university and apply for a residence permit.
With the Test for Foreign Students (TestAS), you can realistically assess your chances of completing your degree program successfully. The test is comprised of three parts: the "onScreen" language test, the Core Test and "subject-specific test modules".