1- Cost to study in Germany:

It is important to know about costs before starting the process to study in Germany. You can expect two types of costs during the study in Germany.

  • Education costs
  • Living costs

Education costs:

The general perception about Germany is that it offers free education to international students. But in reality, some public universities in Germany offer free courses and some charge the tuition fee. The tuition fee depends on your area of study, chosen university and federal state. Generally, tuition fees in German universities are between 300 euros to a maximum of 1500 euros per semester. So, must check these details before selecting a course or university for admission.

Living costs:

You will definitely have the living expenses while studying in Germany even you choose a free or paid course. These living expenses can be apartment rent, health insurance cost, food expenses, radio & TV fee cost, internet cost, mobile expenses, traveling cost and study material costs. According to a standard estimation (calculated by the German officials), you require 853 euros monthly for living expenses in Germany. It’s a fixed amount that you cannot change. You need 10,236 euros per year according to this estimation. It is also necessary to show this amount of 10,236 euros in your blocked account in order to get a visa for Germany. If you are a citizen of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) then you don’t need to show such kind of money.

What to do if I don’t have money for a blocked account?

You have three options to finance your studies in Germany:

  1. A blocked account with 10,236 euros
  2. Scholarship
  3. Sponsor

If you don’t have 10,236 euros and still want to study in Germany then try to get a scholarship or a sponsor letter. You can get scholarships from the following organizations in order to study in Germany.

If you want to get a sponsor letter then find any German resident that can give an assurance to bear your educational and living expenses in Germany. This sponsor can be your family member, relative, friend or any German resident.

2- Admission requirements and eligibility:

You can take admission in Germany in a German language course, bachelor, master or PhD.

Language course:

If you want to take admission in a German language course then apply for admission with your current education status.

Bachelor:

If you want to take admission to a bachelor’s degree then first you have to check your eligibility whether your higher secondary certificate/national diploma is acceptable in German universities or not. If your higher secondary certificate/national diploma is not directly acceptable in German universities then you have to study first a foundation course (Studienkolleg).

Requirements to take admission in Studienkolleg:

  • B1 level of German language proficiency
  • A blocked account with 10236 euros

In case you have O-level and A-level certificates (GCE certificates) then you can directly apply admission for bachelor in German universities. You are not required to study Studienkolleg with GCE certificates.

Requirements to take admission in bachelor with GCE certificates:

  • C1 level of German language proficiency
  • A blocked account (10236 euros)

Master:

If you want to do a master’s in Germany then you need a four years bachelor’s degree. You can also eligible to take admission in master’s with a three-year bachelor’s degree but only in specific courses where universities demand 180 ECTS points not 210 or 240 ECTS.

Students cannot apply for direct admission to a master’s degree with a two-year bachelor’s. If you hold a two-year bachelor’s then you are only eligible to take admission to a bachelor’s degree in Germany.

Requirements to study master in Germany:

  • IELTS with 6 plus bands
  • A blocked account with 10236 euros

PhD:

If you hold a bachelor’s (3 or 4 years) and a master’s degree then you can directly do a PhD in Germany.

Requirements to do a PhD in Germany:

  • IELTS with 6 plus bands (depends on your university)
  • Scholarship or a blocked account with 10236 euros

How can I check eligibility or equivalence of my certificates according to the German education system?

You can check your eligibility or equivalency of your certificates on following German portals.

3- Learn a language:

Once you know about your eligibility and requirements then start learning the language according to your chosen course. You don’t need to learn the German language if you want to study a master’s or PhD in Germany.

4- Document attestation:

You can also get attested to your educational documents from related education boards during the process of learning the language. Please check this information on the website of the German Embassy or on the website of the Higher Education department of your country.

Use scanned copies of your attested documents for online admission applications and use notary attested photocopies for admission applications that you want to send by post.

5- The admission process to study in Germany:

When you will successfully complete your language course then immediately start your admission process. You will need the following documents for admission applications:

Scan your language certificate and educational documents on your computer and also get a few sets of notary attested photocopies of all educational documents.

Choosing the right course and university to study in Germany:

You can search your desired courses on the following online portal.

  • Daad.de

Try to make a list of your desired courses on your computer and must check the admission requirements for each course. The most important thing that you have to check is the procedure of admission application. Some German universities accept direct admission applications and some accept through uni-assist.

Direct admission applications:

If your chosen German university accepts direct admission applications then apply directly on their admission portal. If they need admission application by post then send them admission application with notary attested photocopies by post.

Admission applications through uni-assist:

If your chosen German universities accept admission through uni-assist then immediately apply for a uni-assist VPD certificate. When you will receive the VPD certificate then apply for admission in these universities by post.

>>See this article to know more about the uni-assist VPD certificate.

Receiving an admission letter:

You will receive your admission letter/offer letter/conditional letter after a successful admission application. If you receive admission letters from many German universities then select one university in order to get the study visa.

6- Blocked account:

If you have a scholarship or a sponsor then skip this step. If a blocked account is the only option for you then arrange 10236 euros and open a blocked account in one of the following German banks.

  • Fintiba
  • Expatrio
  • Coracle
  • Deutsche bank

>>See a comparison of all four blocked accounts.

Once you will receive your blocked account details then transfer 10236 euros in this account. You will get a final bank statement after this money transfer. Keep it safe for the next step.

>>Best ways to send money abroad from Germany

7- Visa process to study in Germany:

The visa process to study in Germany depends on your country of origin. You have to check that you need a visa to study in Germany or not. You can get this information from your local German Embassy or on this official website. If you need a visa to study in Germany then check the visa requirements mentioned in the next part.

Document checklist for study visa:

You require the following documents in order to apply for a study visa for Germany.

  • A valid Passport
  • Visa application form
  • Biometric picture
  • University acceptance letter
  • Blocked account/Sponsor/Scholarship
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Attested educational documents
  • Proof of your language skills e.g IELTS or German language certificate
  • Travel health insurance

Book an appointment:

If an appointment is required to submit a study visa application in German Embassy then book an online appointment. You can see this information on the website of the German Embassy located in your country.

8- Get travel health insurance:

Get travel health insurance right after booking an appointment in the German Embassy. You need travel health insurance for a study visa that must be valid for 6 months. You can get it from any insurance company working in your country.

Please get a travel health insurance that must be valid for all the Schengen states and it must cover a minimum amount of 30,000 Euros for medical treatment and home repatriation( in case of death).

>>Student health insurance in Germany – 2020

9- Arrange documents for visa application:

You have to provide two sets of A4 size photocopies of all these documents to the German Embassy in order to get a study visa:

  1. Visa application form (completely filled and signed)
  2. Other documents available on the German Embassy website related to your country e.g applicants declaration
  3. Latest biometric picture
  4. University acceptance letter/offer letter
  5. A blocked account (with 10236 euros)/Sponsor letter/Scholarship
  6. Your curriculum vitae
  7. Letter of motivation
  8. Attested educational documents
  9. Proof of your language skills e.g IELTS or German language certificate
  10. Passport copies page 1 and 2
  11. Travel health insurance
  12. Appointment confirmation e-mail (if appointment required)

I recommend you to make the third set with original documents as well. It will help you to present original documents to the visa officer.

10- Preparation of visa interview:

Better preparation of the visa interview helps you to complete the process to study in Germany with positive results. So, prepare a visa interview with full dedication and attention. It will help you to answer all the questions of the visa officer actively and fluently.

>>See the list of frequently asked questions during a visa interview

11- Appear in German Embassy/Consulate General for interview and submission of visa application:

Appear in the German Embassy or Consulate-General on the day of the appointment. Dress well, reach on time and bring all documents with you. Submit your visa file and confidently answer all the questions of the visa officer.

12- Pick up your passport from the German Embassy:

Wait a few days for the response of the German Embassy. Once you will get a positive answer then pick-up your passport (with a visa stamp) from the German Embassy. Get a ticket for the earliest available flight and fly safely to Germany. Don’t forget to buy the necessary things for your luggage.

Congratulations on the successful conclusion of your complete process to study in Germany. Don’t forget to write your experience on the GSG forum.