Becoming a student in Germany is a straight-forward process and many institutions.
You’ll need to think about whether you want to study at a private or public institution and in what language (German or English). Many universities offer courses in English, providing you show proof of your proficiency in the language.
Germany is a popular study destination for students; in the 2018/19 winter semester alone, there were almost 400,000 students enrolled in programmes in the country. Berlin, the country’s capital, was also ranked as the 5th best student study destination by QS Best Student Cities 2019.
To study in Germany, you’ll need to take the following steps:
- Find the right programme: There are lots of universities and programmes you could pursue in Germany but it’s essential you choose one that will help you meet your career goals.
- Make an application: Check out what the entry requirements are for the programme and make an application. You’ll need to consider factors such as whether you want to study in German or English. In order to study in these languages, you’ll need to provide proof of your proficiency. For example, Arden University Berlin requires students to have an IELTS score of 6.0 to study in English. Many institutions also provide proficiency tests if you don’t have the proof needed to apply.
- Apply for your German student visa: Students applying to study in Germany from outside of the Schengen Area will need to apply for a student visa. In order to do this, you’ll need to get in touch with the German embassy or consulate in your country of residence to start the process. You will be required to provide a number of documents and attend an interview to discuss why you want to travel to Germany.
- Secure your accommodation: You’ll need to find somewhere to live before you get to Germany; there are lots of websites you can use to find a property or housemates. Some institutions may also offer support with this. More information about finding accommodation in Berlin can be found here.
- Travel to Germany: Once you’ve acquired your visa, you’ll be ready to travel to Germany and start your course!
You can find more information about studying in Germany, and specifically Berlin, here