Anyone looking to study in Germany is spoilt for choice. There are many different types of universities, all of which provide outstanding quality.
Germany has public and private universities. They are usually divided into universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of art, film and music. About 95 percent of the universities are financed by the government and are therefore state-funded. Only 5 percent of the institutions of higher education are private universities. The vast majority of students are enrolled in state-run universities. Anyone studying at these universities pays no tuition fees rather only a nominal amount of semester enrollment fees.
Private universities, which are government approved or recognised, are generally the universities of applied sciences. Their uniqueness lies in the small study group sizes, their close link to industries and their international focus.
Furthermore, there are a few universities that are run by the Protestant or Catholic Church. These are generally officially recognised universities with a focus on specific subjects – for example theology, philosophy, social work, nursing science or education.