1. High-quality teaching and research
Numbering around 400, German universities offer excellent opportunities for learning and research.
The British magazine Times Higher Education ranks eleven German universities among the world’s 200 best. International students also rate German universities highly: in a 2012 survey, a good 85 per cent of the international students surveyed stated that they were satisfied with the quality of the teaching. And more than 90 per cent praised the high standard of equipment of German university laboratories.
2. Attractive international courses
German universities also offer a large number of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and doctorates aimed at international students. Depending on the university and availability, the students can take these courses in English or French, for example.
In 2013 about 282.000 international students were enrolled at a German university. This corresponds to a share of 11.1 percent among all students in Germany. Most of them come from China followed by the Russian Federation, Austria, Bulgaria and Poland.
Then take a look at the German Academic Exchange Service database. There, you will find further information about the courses, sorted by field of study, degree/level, language, location and duration. For 2013, 612 international courses are listed in the fields of life science and information technology alone. There are 397 engineering courses and 117 in the field of medicine.
3. Low fees
Unlike many other countries, no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate degrees at most of the public universities in Germany.
The university year is usually divided into two semesters, and from the 2013/2014 winter semester only the universities in Lower Saxony will still be charging tuition fees. One semester costs 500 euros in fees; one trimester costs around 330 euros. In other words, German universities offer sound academic training for relatively low costs.
To live on, students in Germany need around 800 euros per month on average. You can earn something towards this by getting a student job.
4. Good career prospects
Studying at a German university could be your first step towards a career in Germany. Because German companies are looking for university graduates in a variety of sectors – especially in the fields of engineering, medicine, the life sciences and information technology.
You are advised to build contacts with suitable companies – for example by means of an internship – during your course of study. With your German degree, you can score points with internationally operating companies, since by moving to Germany you have proven that you are flexible and keen to learn, and that you are at ease in an international environment.
Studying in Germany can also pay off financially. Just remember that salaries differ from sector to sector and the amount depends on different factors such as the need on the labour market for certain qualifications or professional experience.
On average, university graduates aged between 25 and 30 earned a gross salary of 3,537 euros in 2010. Salaries usually rise the more professional experience you have, and so the 30-35 age category were earning an average gross salary of 4,768 euros a month. Students of mathematical and technical
subjects, including information technology, have better salary prospects compared with the average for graduates.
Remember that as a rule, company employees have to pay social contributions and are protected by unemployment, health, nursing care, pension and accident insurance. In this
case, the contributions are deducted directly from your salary. You can find out more about social security in Germany
5. High quality of life
Life in Germany is very good. If you study here, you will not only find Europe‘s most dynamic economy. Germany is also a very safe country, with a high standard of living, a rich cultural history and a very diverse population.
The country also has an excellent infrastructure at the centre of Europe as well as numerous opportunities for recreational activities.
Also, at university you can do much more than just study: you can join a university sports club or theatre group, or engage in social or political activities. You can also go to university parties, music festivals, to the cinema or to night clubs with other students. You will soon make friends and through them get to know the country where you are studying even better.