Study in Germany


Study in Germany

Germany’s higher education institutions enjoy an excellent reputation. Teaching and research provide key impulses for innovation and progress. German universities combine research and studies and have been the scene for ground-breaking discoveries such as the printing press, computer and mp3 that have become an inseparable part of our modern lives.

Every year, thousands of young men and woman from abroad decide to begin or continue studying at a German university. There are very good reasons for this, which include among others International degree Programmes (IDP) taught in English medium, excellent quality of education, low or no tuition fees, career opportunities after graduation and above all social security.

What is the German university system like?

There are three types of institutions of higher education in Germany: 

Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) Studying at the university is a good idea if you are interested in a scientifically-oriented education. Universities offer a broad range of courses and subjects.  If you would like to enter a doctoral programme in Germany, then a university is the perfect place for you.

Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), on the other hand, are practice-oriented and offer courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design. These have strong links to the industry and offer possibilities like joint supervision of the professor and a company for a master thesis. Fachhochschulen do not award doctorate degrees, however as a master degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is in principle eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a University. 

Colleges of art, film and music with artistic/design-oriented programmes. Here you will find courses in Fine Arts, Industrial and Fashion Design, Graphic Arts, Instrumental Music, Voice etc.
Your interest and inclination should define which kind of institutions you choose.

Which is the best university in Germany?

The German answer to this question is: There is no "best university", neither in one subject and certainly not across all subjects. What Germany offers instead is a multidimensional ranking, considering various criteria like student and staff judgments on quality of teaching, atmosphere at the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduations, third party funding etc. Several tables based on these considerations give you a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university on DAAD-CHE Ranking. Here you can find your programme by selecting a subject, a university or even a city in Germany.

What kind of bachelor/master programmes does Germany offer?

There is wide range of study programmes with

  1. English as the sole or primary medium of instruction, called International Degree Programmes (IDPs). A database of such programmes is available here.

  2. German as medium of instruction. A comprehensive database of all study programme in Germany is available here.

Besides Bachelor and Master Degrees there is a state examination which is issued by the federal states to the graduates in fields of medicine, law, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutics and education.  If you considering to study one of this subjects in Germany please contact our office for more information.

Am I eligible to apply for a bachelor/master degree course?

In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study programme has its own set of criteria for admitting students. So please check the university website, and specifically the programme you are interested in to find out the exact admission requirements. Universities will ask for very good German language skills in case you want to take up a programme in German medium. In such case, your knowledge of German needs to be certified through examinations like the TestDaF

In principle you are eligible to apply for a bachelor or master programme if you fulfill two of the following criteria:

  • You successfully graduated from Israeli High school and possess school leaving certificate (Teudat Bagrut)

  • You successfully graduated from one of the Israeli Universities/Colleges and possess B.A. or B.Sc. degree

  • You possess  a language certificate German (TestDaF) or English (TOEFL) required by the course of studies of your choice
Generally speaking “Teudat Bagrut” is your university entrance qualification, there is no need to complete a pre academic programme in Germany.

How do I apply?

Make sure that you start preparing at least a year in advance and follow these steps:

Step 1
  1. Collect general information from the DAAD, internet and brochures.

  2. Attend counseling sessions at the DAAD Information Center Tel Aviv. The contact details can be found here.
Step 2
  1. Contact the selected university (international office). This will be your most important source of information as far as exact details about eligibility, course duration, fee, application procedure etc. are concerned.

  2. Check the application deadline for courses chosen.
Step 3
  1. Send the application packet.

  2. The website of the course / university you have chosen will carry details about application procedure to be followed. Accordingly, send your application either to the university or to UNI-ASSIST.
    UNI-ASSIST is a body that accepts your application, screens it and forwards it to its member universities of your choice against payment. The fee for applying to one university through UNI-ASSIST is around 70 Euro and then 15 Euro for every additional university. Member universities of UNI-ASSIST often do not entertain direct applications. So please check well before you send in your papers.

  3. If you have chosen a university that is not a member of UNI-ASSIST, send your application directly. Application forms and other relevant material can be downloaded from the internet.

  4. Make sure you have a valid passport.
Step 4
  1. Contact German Embassy in Tel Aviv to clarify visa details
Step 5
  1. Arrive in Germany at least a week before your course begins. Contact the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of your university for guidance.

What kind of budget should I have in my mind?

In Germany, education is subsidized by the state and therefore most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fee – to the tune of 500 Euro per semester. Thus, in Germany virtually every student gets a scholarship! However, you will need to pay semester contribution ranging from Euro 50 to 300, depending upon the university and the services or benefits included. For certain special courses you may need to pay higher tuition fees. Apart from the tuition / semester fees you will require about Euro 740 per month for subsistence i.e. housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary from city to city, and of course from lifestyle to lifestyle!

Are there any scholarships available?

Funding in Germany is available in principle for research and in some cases at the master level. To get a comprehensive overview of various funding possibilities, click here.

Can I work in Germany – as a student and later as a professional?

As an international student, you are permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. This will help you in getting a bit of extra pocket-money. After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay on in the country for up to 1.5 years to look for a job that is in keeping with your education. Once you find a job, the residence permit issued to you for the purpose of studying, can be converted into a residence permit for taking gainful employment. Germany has always had a very strong industry-academia linkage. A lot of scientific research is funded by the industry as well. During your studies you can get the opportunity to do internships with German companies, which can open new vistas for your professional career.

The website informs you about studying and living in Germany. Find a study programme, read experiences of other international students who’ve already studied in Germany or meet your peers on Facebook! On this website you get many useful tips if you want to study in Germany.

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  • Handy database with all degree courses of German universities
  • Helpful guideline “Studying in Germany in ten steps”
  • Video about how to apply for admission at university in Germany
  • Insider information about German university cities and towns

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