Why is higher education in Germany free?

Because taxpayers subsidize it heavily. Going to university is a considered a basic right.

Isn’t that free-loading?

Not at all. Foreign students are welcomed with open arms in Germany – for a variety of reasons. They are bright additions to local campuses. As consumers of housing and services, they boost local economies. Moreover, they are considered to be future employees – a key consideration in a booming country contending with a shortage of qualified personnel.

How hard is it to be admitted to a German university?

Virtually all appropriately-qualified students secure enrollment in a German university, and then thus go on to receive a superior higher education. Your chances of being admitted to the university and major of your choice depend on your GPA and other qualifications.

When is the best time to apply?

July 15th is the deadline for the winter semester, which generally starts at the beginning of October. Correspondingly, January 15th is the one for the summer semester, which starts in April. Add on at least three months to get visas and to finalize applications.

How hard is to find affordable housing?

Very easy at nearly all of Germany’s universities, many of which maintain dormitories. The notable exception is Munich, which is tough. Berlin, the mecca of the world’s hipsters and other innovators, is still eminently possible, but getting harder.

Are German degrees internationally-recognized?

Yes. Like the systems of higher education in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia, those of 47 European countries – among them of course Germany – use the BA/MA/PhD arrangement. This means that credits and degrees are transferable on an international basis.

Can I go for a semester or two?

Very definitely. Many of the international programs at the offer intensive courses and academic years abroad for majors. All universities offer non-German speakers semester and year-long instruction in German.