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Last updated: Jan 2023
TL;DR: Here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider studying in Germany. Among others, the main traction to study in Germany has always been the opportunity to study at a prestigious university without paying tuition fees and the reasonable cost of living.
Many students aim to study in English-speaking countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. However, not many students will come across the idea of studying in Germany. Although Germany is not as widely known among school leavers, it is in the top 10 for “2023 rankings for Top 10 Places in the World to Study Abroad”, and ranked #3 in Europe!
So, why study in Germany? Have you been missing out on all the benefits of this underrated study option all this while? Check out 10 reasons you should really consider Germany to further your higher education.
Many public universities in Germany extend the tuition-free policy to international students. That means students from Malaysia are eligible too! Only in the state of Baden-Württemberg, public universities require non-EU international students to pay €1,500 tuition fee per semester. That’s a total of just €3,000 per year!
According to a survey done by Study.EU, Germany is the most attractive country for international students. International students make up more than 12% of all students in Germany, and in some popular universities, the number can be as high as 20%!
There are over 100 universities and technical universities, 220 universities of applied sciences, 60 art, film or music colleges and various other professional certification institutions.
There are a total of 21,000 courses to choose from. Popular courses include engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, business, finance, medical studies, language, and cultural studies.
German education prepares the student for their career. In addition to lectures and coursework, students have to complete their industrial internship at companies.
Germany offers students a high standard of living at a relatively lower cost compared to other popular study destinations. It’s recommended for students to set aside €934 per month for expenses. This includes food, rent, insurance, transportation, and all necessary essentials.
Non-EU students are allowed to work part-time up to 120 days or 240 half-days yearly. This helps to cover some of their living expenses while studying in Germany.
International students who graduate from a German university enjoy great job opportunities. Graduates can apply for an 18-month job seeking visa and this allows them to stay on in Germany. In addition, many German companies are international and some, Deutsche Bank, Infineon, B Braun, Deutsche Post, Allianz, and Bayer to name a few, even have offices in Malaysia.
Germany is surrounded by 9 countries – Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It is easy to travel to those countries via bus, train or low-cost airlines.
Universities receive ample funding from both the government and the private sector. Students will have the opportunity to assist researchers and be at the front of cutting-edge technologies.