Cost of Studying in Germany for Indian Students

Germany, the heart of Europe, promises students a friendly environment, a multicultural society, an affordable education, and numerous career opportunities. Universities there teach a research-based curriculum combined with theory and fieldwork. If you are considering studying in Germany, you must understand the education and living costs to manage your funds efficiently. For that, look into key factors such as university financial aid, analyse the living expenses, cost of studying, and plan your management beforehand. Now, let’s take a look at the tuition fees at universities in Germany.

Tuition Fees in Germany

The cost of education is a major concern for students, but in Germany, you can breathe a sigh of relief as affordability is at the forefront of German higher education. Students should be happy to know that education in public universities in Germany has been free since 2014. Due to the removal of study costs, the enrollment of international students has become very high. As of now, no tuition fee is required in Public Universities, but the administrative fee / Semester contribution will be there which starts from €500 and may vary depending on the institution. The cost of studying in Germany for Indian students may vary from €13,000 to €20,000 / Year.

Living expenses in Germany

The cost of living in Germany has largely been deemed affordable by international scholars. These expenses include accommodation, food, travel, clothing, entertainment, study materials, and other miscellaneous costs. However, the range of such expenditure is somewhere between 800 Euro to 1200 Euro per month. In addition to these factors, the cost also varies from city to city. Still, students here get average accommodation facilities. The cost of living in Germany is quite low compared to other study-abroad destinations such as the UK, the US, and Australia.

Expense Average Rate (in EUR) Average Rate (in INR)
Food and drinks EUR 150 - EUR 250 INR 12,000 - EUR 21,000
Accommodation EUR 300 - EUR 700 INR 25,000 - EUR 60,000
Health insurance EUR 100 - EUR 115 INR 8000 - EUR 10,000
Transportation EUR 0 - EUR 150 Up to INR 12,000
Personal expense EUR 50 - EUR 200 INR 4300 - INR 17,000
Utilities EUR 150 - EUR 300 INR 12,000 - EUR 25,000
Total expense EUR 750 - EUR 1715 INR 64,000 - INR 1,47,500

Part-time work in Germany

Universities in Germany offer a variety of part-time jobs for international students so that they can afford to live there. Along with their studies, internationals are allowed to take advantage of work opportunities by following a certain set of rules. Let’s have a look at some of these rules. You can work for 120 full days or 240 half-days over a year.The weekly work hours should not exceed the 20-hour limit. You can also opt for a full-time job during the vacation period. Those who earn less than 450 euros per month do not have to pay any taxes or social security. Moreover, if you have worked for less than 50 continuous days throughout the year, you are exempt from this rule.

Conclusion

From a financial perspective, Germany is a country full of wonders. As you just read, education and living costs here are much more affordable compared to other countries like the US and the United Kingdom. Not only this, but the country also offers many scholarships and part-time work opportunities. The German no-tuition fee system thus benefits international students in several ways. So, choosing Germany for higher education would be a great decision.

We trust that this information has assisted you in determining your interest in studying in Germany.

If you are unsure or would like to get deeper insight, we encourage you to speak with our team of expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). If you are unable to travel to our offices, we offer online counselling services via our website. Our dedicated counsellors will provide you with the best guidance regarding your application to study in Germany. Don’t hesitate to contact us at application02@meridean.org or call us at 1800-1230-00011.

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FAQ's

Yes, you can study in Germany for free as per their norms for public universities. The exception to this is the state of Baden-Württemberg which reintroduced the fee system (costing EUR 3000 per year). Make sure to check where your school is located and confirm the fees on their website. Scholars get numerous options free as there are 1,000 subjects and 300+ universities and colleges. Here are some of the topmost universities: Technical University of Munich, Heidelberg University, Humboldt University of Berlin, and many more.

According to usnews.com, Germany has continuously placed 3rd for its quality of education since 2021. Students get the best curriculum for postgraduate, graduate, and undergraduate studies. Also, they offer a reasonable cost of living depending on where you choose to reside.

Once you have completed your studies in Germany, you can apply for a job, as a degree from Germany will make it easier for you to get PR status. Upon finding a job within the specified period, you can continue to live and work in Germany until you get your permanent residency.

Due to the fact that Germany is not an English-speaking country, it is not mandatory, but IELTS may be required for some specific courses. Moreover, there is no official requirement for work visa applicants to give any sort of language proficiency test. Make sure to check the website of the specific programme you are applying to.

Getting a student visa in Germany is quite simple. According to the research conducted in 2022, the success rate of German student visas has been reported to be around 95%. It is easy for international students to get their visas on time.

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