What it costs to study in Germany?
In the past some federal states in Germany charged tuition fees until 2014,at the moment students at public higher education institutions in Germany don’t have to pay tuition fees. For some master’s programs in Germany, tuition fees may apply. In some states, such as Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, and Thuringia, you have to pay only an administration fee of usually 50 EUR per semester to support the teachers. Tuition fees are only applied in some federal states to long-term students who are not able to finish their study program within the designated time. These states are: Bremen, Lower Saxony, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. This means that now, both domestic and international undergraduate students at public universities in Germany are able to study in Germany for free, with just a small fee to cover administration and other costs per semester.
According to DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the cost on average to study in Germany stands at US$10,520 per year, covering tuition fees, food, accommodation and transportation. This is far less than in countries like USA where fees and living costs are outrageously high. This figures are just averages, hence any student wishing to study in Germany should check on the living cost in his area and tuition in his particular university before going in for this venture.
Depending on whether a university is private or public, tuition fees could go as high as $20,000 for private schools, though most German Universities are public -owned. A private university like University of Witten-Herdecke, charges $15,000 for a degree program though its students may choose to pay their fees while working with a percentage from their income.
Take note here that tuition is not free for all master degree programs. Some are paid. So, while considering this, you may look for organizations like Federal Student Financial Aid Program to subsidize your fee should you be found eligible for their funding schemes if you dont have enough cash to take care of your self and your studies
Housing and food costs in Germany
In Germany like any other place, housing and food costs vary from state to state; while some states are affordably low, some are still outrageously high. From figures from DAAD, average monthly costs are €165 (~US$190) for food; €52 (US$60) for clothes; €82 (US$95) for transport; €33 (US$38) for telephone, internet and TV license; €30 (US$35) for work/study materials, and €68 (US$80) for leisure activities.
Getting study VISA in Germany
If you are a member of the EU or EEA, you will have special benefits as there can be a mutual agreement between your country and Germany and your health insurance be transferred to Germany. For other citizens, such as India, you will need health insurance as a precondition to register into German universities. VISA costs in Germany generally range from $160 to $200 for students.
To obtain a German visa, you’ll have to show concrete finance proof of your ability to finance your accommodation and feeding expenses during your time of study. This can be done in either of two ways:
(1) Submit a letter of finances to the German consulate or embassy. You can obtain this sponsor letter from your parents or a German relative who is willing to sponsor your studies in Germany.
(2) Open a German blocked account and deposit roughly 7000 euro. This can only happen once you’ve received your letter of admission. This blocked account is opened in the German embassy.
For more information, visit a German consulate in your home country or check out their websites for further details.