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Cost of Living in Germany for International Students

There are a number of compelling reasons to select Germany for advanced studies.

Germany provides a rich and diverse environment on every level. The landscapes and scenery are spectacular, the country has a rich history and the art and culture scene is vibrant and inspiring. Additionally, Germany’s prominence as a leading world political power is increasing. When these aspects are coupled with a world-class economy and Germany’s leadership role in technology and advances in innovation, the country provides an excellent environment for a very well-rounded education.

A large number of German institutions have introduced Bachelor’s and Master’s programs that are internationally compatible. This benefits students from other countries in a number of ways. This approach gives students further assurance that their degree will be accepted and honoured back home. It also makes it easier for students from abroad in terms of entrance requirements and helps to ensure that their previous education provided the tools needed to excel at a German university. German universities are also offering more multilingual degree programs with many classes being offered in English.

The German higher education system consists of state-run universities (some with a specialised focus such as applied sciences and art, music, and film), church-affiliated schools, private schools and cooperative education universities.

The cooperative education institutions are not “universities” in the strictest since. These institutions focus on specific areas such as business, social studies and technology, providing a combination of workplace training and academic studies. The certificates and degrees are in many cases recognised and being approximately equal to a degree from one of the more traditional university. Many worldwide concerns have shown strong interest in graduates from these institutions.

Most universities have an International Office which deals with applications and admissions for students from abroad.

Cost of Living

When compared to most European countries the cost of living is Germany is very reasonable. The largest expense students will incur is rent.

As is the case with most countries, prices are higher in the large metropolitan areas like Berlin and Munich than in the lesser-populated areas.

Tuition is very low if a fee is charged at all. A Bachelor’s degree at most of the state-run universities is tuition-free. Tuition at private universities can be as high a €4,000 per semester.

All students pay a “semester contribution” which is usually about €250, which covers social services and fees. Universities in some states are required to charge an additional administrative fee, which typically ranges from 50 to 75 euros.

Here are some average prices:

Casual restaurant meal – 10.00.
Fast food combo meal – 7.00.
Domestic beer – 3.50.
Cappuccino – 2.63.
Coke/Pepsi – 2.06.
Loaf of fresh bread -1.15.
Dozen eggs – 1.91.
One-way local transport ticket – 2.70.
Monthly local transport pass – 69.65.
Basic utilities – 213.78.
Internet access – 24.59.
Cinema ticket – 10.00.
One-bedroom apartment: 490 to 653 (depending on location).
Three-bedroom apartment: 943 to 1,258 (depending on location).


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