Why Study in Germany?

Germany is identified as a great study destination because of it’s internationally recognised universities, great funding options and flexible education options that allow accumulation and transfer of modules. Germany is the identified globally as the land of ideas, it is one of the most industrially developed nation after USA and Japan. Education, science and research play a central role here.

1. Quality:

German universities offer excellent teaching and research, ranking among the
best in the world. It’s universities are ranked among the best in the world, it
offers innovative and international programmes.

  1. High academic standards and well organized study programs
  2. International degrees, i.e. Bachelor’s and Master’s
  3. Courses taught in English, additional German language courses
  4. Special Services: Academic and personal support, study counselling, study periods abroad

2. No tuition fee:

German Universities are tuition free as of October, 2014. Such an advantage to higher education in Germany is not only offered to its citizens but to all international students willing to pursuit a degree in Germany irrespective of their origin, a free qualitative education taking pride on building experts and professionals for the global market.

However, this doesn’t apply to the private Universities around the country where there is no ground standard and tuition fees vary depending on the institution. Meanwhile, at the public Universities students are required to pay only the semester contributions (a symbolic fee) which includes free access to public transportation within the region. Free
tuition applies only to undergraduates studying for a Bachelor’s degree; post-graduate degrees like Masters and PhD still charge the same tuition fees as in the past.

3. Work in practice:

German universities provide outstanding academic programmes, along with practice-oriented options. Many study programmes combine theory and practice. Combining studying and working simultaneously not only facilitatea a great career start but, also has psychological impact on process of maturation.

4. Safety:

Germany offers economic and political stability, which makes it an ideal place to study. It is considered to be much safer comparative to many other countries.

5. Diversity:

It is a place of remarkable beauty. When you take time off from your studies, there are 1001 ways of finding out more about your host country. For example, you can go to a museum, a cinema or a theatre, you can sit in a beer garden, you can go for a walk on a beach, you can swim in a lake, climb a mountain or visit an old castle.

Germany is Europe’s most industrialised and populous country. Famed for its technological achievements, it has also produced some of Europe’s most celebrated composers, philosophers and poets.

Germany is located in center of Europe bordered in north by The North Sea, The Baltic Sea and Denmark, in west by Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France, in south by Switzerland and Austria, and in east by Czech Republic and Poland. Additionally the country shares marine borders with Sweden and United Kingdom. Germany’s capital and largest metropolis is Berlin, while its largest urban area is the Ruhr, with its main centres of Dortmund and Essen. The country’s other major cities are Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Bremen, Dresden, Hannover, and Nuremberg.

It has been associated with learning as the oldest university in Germany was founded in Heidelberg in 1386. Germany currently has more than 300 institutions of higher education that include 82 universities, 132 such institutions that offer shorter and practically oriented courses, and other institutions. Germany has a high turnout of foreign students as it offers a high range of study possibilities. Germany is a global leader in science and technology as its achievements in the fields of science and technology have been significant. Research and development efforts form an integral part of the economy. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 107 German laureates. It produces the second highest number of graduates in science and engineering (31%) after South Korea. In the beginning of the 20th century, German laureates had more awards than those of any other nation, especially in the sciences (physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine)

German universities are autonomous and provide special emphasis on research and teaching. Most of the German universities are public institutions, and students traditionally study without fee payment. According to an OECD (Organization for economic co-operation and development) report in 2017, Germany is the world’s third leading destination for international study.

Germany has a long tradition of higher education. The established universities in Germany include some of the oldest in the world, with Heidelberg University (established in 1386) being the oldest. It is followed by the Leipzig University (1409), the Rostock University (1419) and the Greifswald University (1456). The University of Berlin, founded in 1810 by the liberal educational reformer Wilhelm von Humboldt, became the academic model for many European and Western universities. German universities offer course in Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, English and various other disciplines.

1. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)

Open for – All engineering graduates

Scholarship is given for all Postgraduate courses falling under programme

Duration of the funding – 12 to 36 months (dependent on study programme)

Value – Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates

Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

Selection Candidates fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)

Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject Candidates have at least two years’ professional experience

Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship

2. India IIT Master-Sandwich-Programme (IIT)

Open for – Students from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in the 2nd semester of their 2 year Master’s programme or 4th Semester of their 3 year master’s programme or in the 8th semester of an integrated / dual degree programme.

Scholarship is to applicants of –

  1. RWTH, Aachen
  2. TechnischeUbiversitatBraunschweig
  3. TechnischeUniversitat Darmstadt
  4. TechnischeUniversitat Dresden
  5. KarlsruherInstitut fur Technologie (KIT)
  6. TechnischeUniversitatMunchen (TUM)

Duration of the funding  7 months (September to March)

Value – Scholarship payments of 850 euros per month

Payments towards health, accident and liability insurance cover

4 to 6 weeks German course at the host university

One-off research allowance of 266 euros

Monthly rent subsidy where appropriate

Selection results are announced by May every year

3. Practical Trainee ships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE)

Who can apply?

Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry who are enrolled in member countries of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

What is supported?

Internships in commercial enterprises, research and higher education institutes.
(This programme is only offered in the countries where there is an IAESTE national committee. Section ST41 of the DAAD assumes the role of the German national committee of the IAESTE.)

Duration of funding

Internships of usually two to three months are arranged, in some cases longer. The length of the internship is decided by the internship provider.


Interns are usually paid 650 euros a month; all IAESTE interns (incoming) are covered by the DAAD’s medical, accident and personal liability insurance. The DAAD cannot contribute towards travel expenses.


Applications must be submitted to the IAESTE committee in the country in which the students are enrolled. The responsible national IAESTE committee carries out a selection procedure on a national level and nominates the most qualified applicants. The internship provider decides which applicants to accept.

Interns are usually paid 650 euros a month; all IAESTE interns (incoming) are covered by the DAAD’s medical, accident and personal liability insurance. The DAAD cannot contribute towards travel expenses.

4. Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in various fields of Architecture/ Music/ Performing arts/ Fine arts/ Design/ Visual Communication / Film

  1. TechnischeUniversitätMünchen
  2. Universität Heidelberg
  3. FreieUniversität Berlin
  4. Georg-August-UniversitätGöttingen
  5. Jacobs University
  6. BerufsakademieRavensburg
  7. Dortmund University
  8. Dresden Technical University
  9. Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald
  10. Europa-UniversitätViadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  11. Fachhochschule Fulda
  12. Fachhochschule Karlsruhe
  13. Fachhochschule Reutlingen, HochschulefärTechnik und Wirtschaft
  14. Frankfurt University
  15. Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena
  16. Heinrich-Heine-UniversitätDässeldorf
  17. Humboldt-University, Berlin
  18. Institut f. SemantischeInformationsverarbeitung
  19. Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz
  20. Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Wärzburg
  21. KatholischeUniversitätEichstätt
  22. Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  23. Medical University of Luebeck
  24. Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburg
  25. Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  26. TechnischeHochschule Darmstadt
  27. TechnischeUniversität Berlin
  28. TechnischeUniversitätBraunschweig
  29. TechnischeUniversität Chemnitz-Zwickau
  30. TechnischeUniversitätClausthal
  31. TechnischeUniversität Dresden
  32. TechnischeUniversität Hamburg-Harburg
  33. TechnischeUniversitätIlmenau
  34. University of Oldenburg
  35. Universität Augsburg
  36. Universität Bamberg
  37. Universität Bayreuth
  38. Universität Bielefeld
  39. Universität Bonn
  40. Universität Bremen