Things you need to know about Studying in Germany

Recognition of German degree worldwide

Hopefully, you will like life in Germany so much that you will want to stay here after you have finished your studies. However, if you do subsequently decide you want to work in another country, you can be rest assured that German Bachelor and Master degrees are recognised on the international labour market. This is not the case with Staatsexamen, the exam you take when you study law, medicine or pharmacy. That is why you should check in advance which courses of study offer good job prospects in Germany and abroad. We are here to advise you more on what to choose and how to to go about your courses.

Work opportunities

Students are allowed to work for up to 120 calendar days per year (or 240 half-days, up to 4 hours per day) outside the university without needing any extra work permit. Students are responsible to keep track of these days. In some cases they may have to sign a confirmation about how many days they have worked. If you work more than these stated 120 days/240 half days, you might have to pay a fine.
There are so many jobs available for students in Germany. In other to get a job easily, its advisable students have at least some basic knowledge of the German Language.

Health Insurance


Health Insurance

In Germany, it is mandatory for all students to have German health Insurance, and in order to enroll in school, you must have a proof of adequate health insurance. Health Insurance from other countries is not accepted. For students under the age of 30 years, the public health insurance will cost approximately €80 per month. The insurance can usually be arranged at short notice once you are in Germany.




Accomodation cost in Germany varies from city to city. Some cities are quite more expensive compared to smaller cities. The hostel rates ranges from €180 to €350 per month depending on the size and location. Rent is being paid monthly in Germany.
We assist students in finding appropriate accommodation and reserving before arrival in Germany.

Cost of living


Cost of Living

The estimated living cost for students range from €350 to €500 per month excluding rental fees.
You can find a breakdown of costs below:
- rent: 180-500 EUR/month
- health insurance: 80-150 EUR/month
- transport: minimum 65 EUR/semester (c.11 EUR/month)
- food: approx. 150-200 EUR/month
- study materials: approx. 50-100 EUR/month

Working in Germany after graduation

Germany is Europe's largest economy and most industrialized nation. Germany rebounded quickly and convincingly from the global financial crisis in 2008/2009. Germany offers today one of the most resilient job markets. Strong GDP growth and low unemployment levels are forecasted up to 2019. Due to the nations ageing population there is high demand for skilled immigrants to fill gaps in the labour force. There is a high demand for graduates in the STEM sections (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
International students can extend their residence permits by 18 months after studies in order to seek work commencing from the date on which final exam results are issued in writing. After two years of employment in Germany, it's possible to apply for permanent residency status

CIM Returning Experts programme

The centre for International Migration and development offers a programme for Returning Experts that Studied or acquired training in Germany and will like to go back to their home country and work. This programme is specifically targeted at Graduates or trained Experts from a developing nation. CIM assist in Job Placement in the applicant’s home countries and awards benefits support inclusive to the salary up to €1000 monthly for a period of one year.


In Germany you can study at universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of art, film and music. Choosing the right type of university largely comes down to what you would like to study. Universities are also divided into private and publicly funded institutions. The quality of instruction, however, is comparably high at all institutions of higher education.


There are 427 state accredited universities in some 180 towns and cities around Germany. Together, these universities offer a total of over 18,000 degree programmes.



There are three types of higher education institutions in Germany:

  • Universities
  • Universities of applied sciences
  • Colleges of art, film and music

Choosing the right type of university largely depends on what you want to study.

Universities offer strong theoretical and academically-oriented degree programmes and a broad range of disciplines. Some universities are specialised in certain subject areas, for example, technical universities, medical schools and colleges of education. If you would like to pursue a doctorate (earn a PhD) at some point, a university is the right place for you.

Instruction at universities of applied sciences is strongly practice-oriented. The course work provides the theoretical background and prepares students for the real-world requirements of professional life. Internships and practical semesters form an integral part of the degree programmes.

Colleges of art, film and music offer instruction in artistic subjects, such as Fine Arts, Acting, Dance, Industrial and Fashion Design, Graphic Art, Instrumental Music and Singing. Students enrolled at colleges for modern media are trained to become directors, camera operators, screenwriters and film and television professionals.


Education in Germany is not centrally regulated. Each of the 16 states is permitted to issue its own university regulations and guidelines. German universities exercise a great deal of independence. For this reason, rules do not always apply to all universities in the same way.
To gain admission to such programmes, you have to demonstrate special artistic talent, normally by means of an aptitude test. There are also special admission requirements for these colleges. Please note that most art, film and music colleges only provide instruction in German.


Most universities in Germany are publicly financed. A few universities receive their funding from the Protestant or Catholic Church. However, there are 120 private universities – most of them universities of applied sciences – whose degrees are recognised by the state.
Most students in Germany are enrolled at public universities. Only around 5.5 percent attend a private university. This is because private universities often charge high tuition fees. The quality of instruction at both types of universities is comparably good.

Facts & Figures for wintersemester 2014/2015. There were 2.7million students enrolled at 427 Institutions

University of Applied Sciences:
College of art, film & music:
College of theology:
University of education:

``source: Federal statistical office``


1.7 million students