Preparing for Germany

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Germany is highly popular among international students. This is mainly because of the country's many excellent universities, its dynamic student life and good funding options. If you have decided to come to Germany, read on to find out how you can plan your study visit and what help is available.

Choosing the right university

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Prospective students can choose between different types of higher education institutions in Germany: there are universities, universities of applied sciences, private universities and universities of cooperative education in many different German cities.

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The main subject groups

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What study topics are you interested in? What subject interests do you wish to pursue? Here we present academic subject groups relating to your studies in Germany.

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The right degree programme

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There are many courses and degrees to choose from. Make sure you know all about Bachelor's and Master's degrees, state examinations and doctorates before making a decision. Here is an overview of the options.

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The first point of contact

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The International Office is the most important point of contact for international students. Among other things, its staff can answer any organisational questions relating to your degree programme.

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The requirements

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If you want to study at a German higher education institution you will have to meet certain requirements. The most important prerequisites for applying are explained here.

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The German language

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If you want to study in Germany, you will need German language skills. International students who apply to a German higher education institution therefore usually have to pass a language proficiency test before enrolling.

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Financing

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Germany is not particularly expensive compared to other European countries. But if you want to successfully study abroad, you will have to correctly estimate the costs. An overview of the expenses you can expect.

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Applying

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If you want to apply for a place at a German higher education institution, there are some rules you will have to observe. These are explained here.

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Health insurance

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Health insurance is a prerequisite for enrolling at a higher education institution and gaining a residence permit in Germany. You should therefore address this issue before leaving your home country.

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Visas

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Whether you need a visa depends on which country you are from and how long you intend to stay. Many international students need a visa to come to Germany.

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Renting a room

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If you want to study in Germany, you will have to arrange your own accommodation. What is a student residence, and where can you find the most affordable accommodation? Here are a few tips.

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