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Price of Uni in Germany for foreign students

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1. Posted by Kyra (Inactive 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I have 2 more dreadful years of high school to go, and the prices of college in the US are pretty devastating... I thought a year abroad in Germany would be fun in college, but then I thought why not just attend Uni there? For residents in Germany, it used to be free to go, but now they've added a small price I believe (except for Länder?). It's still incredibly cheap compared to University in the US and I'd just like to know how much admission is in Germany for students coming from the states.

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'm keen on finding out about this as well. Actually I have about a dozen friends who are studying in Germany at the moment, some of them full-time. Surely this can't be a coincidence.

You'll need to speak sufficient German though. At least that's what I was told as they will test you on it.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2008, at 11:27 PM by NantesFC ]

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

it is true that tuition fees in Germany were just recently introduced in several of the 16 federal states and I have found this sceme, so you can have a look here.
Prospective foreign undergraduate students normally pay the same than German students, but must meet the German educational background requirements for admission (they are usually posted on the individual university websites). German skills are an essential precondition for studying. The level required for a full enrollment is TestDaF 4 or a recognized equivalent.
Hope this helps as a start. I'd also always recommend having a look at the website of the university you would like to study at. And if you have any more specific questions about student life in Germany (used to study in Berlin) feel free to pm me.


4. Posted by daviddelan (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

Best of luck with your studies..
I am from Ireland, but have studied previously in Austria.

As you are non-EU students, you will more than likely have to pay a lot. Although, by US college standards, it will be much less. as far as I can remember!!!
the five Chinese students on my Masters course in Limerick, Ireland (just completed) paid about 10,000 euros or roughly $13,5k each for the course.

So, while to us, it seems they were extorted, it is a far cheaper option than further study in the States.

Whatever course you are thinking of doing, contact the "ADMISSIONS OFFICE" of the college you are interested in.

best of luck,

5. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You should see if you're eligible for any German gov't funding for international students, check out DAAD. I've met German students studying in Canada and they had everything paid for to come here, including flight, accomadation provided by this organization. But they also provide money for Canadians wanting to study in Germany. There must be something similar for citizens of other countries as well.

Contact German uni's and find out about funding for foreign students. Also check with local uni's in your area about funding/scholarships to study abroad. In Canada every uni has some sort of program sponsoring studies abroad as it is more expensive for Canadians to study abroad.

Good luck and happy planning!

6. Posted by Kyra (Inactive 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all so much, this was very helpful.