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Germany is the fourth most popular destination among international students
German universities offer excellent teaching and research, ranking among the best in the world.
Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.
With vibrant cities and picturesque scenery, Germany is situated in Western Europe and boasts a population of just over 83 million. With Berlin the German capital, Hamburg, Munich Cologne and Frankfurt make up the top 5 cities of where people choose to live work and study!
Formality and titles are important in Germany. So too is the custom of shaking hands with everyone! Good manners are a sign of respect when meeting and greeting people in Germany. The environment and getting around using 'people power' is highly encouraged in German society. Using bicycles and walking is common, alongside recycling and using solar power. While the official language is German, you'll find a great many Germans are multilingual- speaking fluent English and French as well!
In all university towns in Germany – from the large, pulsating cities to the quieter towns you will have a great time studying and living.
Berlin : Germany’s capital is both a popular tourist destination and a diverse student city with a rich variety of opportunities and experiences for students. It’s home to three of the top universities in Germany.
Hamburg : Germany’s second-largest city is a cosmopolitan transport hub with the nation’s busiest port, on the River Elbe.
München (Munich) Capital of Bavaria and third-largest city in Germany, Munich is currently ranked 14th in the QS Best Student Cities index, beating even Berlin. It is home to the famous Oktoberfest beer festival, as well as two more of the top German universities.
Dresden : The capital of Saxony, Dresden is a cultural, educational, political and financial center which contains many tourist attractions, such as the beautiful Zwinger Palace.
Frankfurt is the largest city in the federal state of Hesse, and home to the Messe Frankfurt, one of the world’s largest trade fairs. It is a diverse urban hub, and a major center for business, culture, education and tourism.
Bonn is one of Germany’s oldest cities, and holds the distinction of serving alongside Berlin as the seat of government, as well as being the birthplace of Beethoven.
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany, and is home to the world-famous annual Cannstatter Volksfestbeer festival and traveling funfair.
The largest city in Saxony, Leipzig is well known for its musical tradition, with its St Thomas Church famous for being the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a Kapellmeister (cantor.)
Some of the popular smaller cities amongst students are Heidelberg , Karlsruhe, Freiburg im Breisgau, Göttingen
There are many traditions and rites in Germany - a lot of them are being celebrated since hundreds of years. The traditions and rites are having an important impact on the German culture and everyday life. As an international student you will get to know a lot of these traditions and maybe you will even celebrate some of them after you finished your studies in Germany. Some of the popular ones are Easter, Hamburg Port Anniversary, The DOM Hamburg , The Oktoberfest , The Striezelmarkt and many more
Germany’s economy is the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. In 2018, German companies exported goods worth more than €1.3 trillion. Most of Germany’s exports are products made for the areas of electrical engineering, mechatronics, heavy machinery, the automotive industry, environmental technology, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Consumers around the world recognise “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. Germany is home to many trusted and renowned market leaders, such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Bayer, Siemens and many others.
Non EU/EEA students are also able to work in Germany alongside their studies, for 120 full days or 240 half days per year. If you take a job as a student assistant or research assistant at your university, this is usually not counted in your limit. You must notify the Alien Registration Office if you take up this type of work..
Internships– Students can take an internship during their semester break, this is regarded as normal work, even if it’s unpaid. This means that every day of your internship is subtracted from your 120-day credit balance. However, mandatory internships which are required for your course do not count towards your limit.
N.B.– Non-EU students are not permitted to work in a self-employed or freelance capacity.
Earning during Studying – Students in Germany can earn up to €450 (~US$491) per month tax-free. If you earn more than this, you will receive an income tax number and have automatic tax deductions from your salary. Some employers may withhold income tax despite the low income, but you can reclaim this after submitting your income tax statement. To find work, it’s very useful if you have a good knowledge of the German language and/or have completed an internship during your studies.
Working in Germany after your studies – If students want to stay in Germany to find work after graduating, they should start planning for this while you’re still a student. It’s highly beneficial to have proficiency in the German language to find work in Germany, as the number of jobs open to you will be very limited without knowing the language German.
Students from non-EU countries who wish to work in Germany after graduating can extend their residence permit for up to 18 months to find work relating to their studies. To apply for the extended residence permit, student's will need:
This 18 months begin as soon as you receive your final exam results, so you should start looking for employment during your final semester. In these 18 months, you can work as much as you like and take up any kind of employment to support yourself.
Compared to some other European countries, Germany is not very expensive. The costs of food, housing, clothing and cultural activities are slightly higher than the EU average. On average, students in Germany spend around 850 euros per month on living costs. The largest expense is rent.
According to statistics students in Germany spent around 850 euros per month for living costs on average. Prices differ significantly between the large cities in Germany. You would need more money for living and studying in Munich than you would in Leipzig, for example.