Free Tuition at Public Universities in Germany for International Students

Free Tuition at Public Universities in Germany for International Students

If you would like to keep university costs down and avoid exorbitant student loan debt, Germany’s low tuition rate is a very attractive option to cost conscious international students. In 2005 Germany’s constitutional court scrapped a ban on tuition fees and waived tuition fees at all public universities for students, including international students from other countries.  While tuition is not entirely free, (students are required to pay administrative fees and living costs), it is considerably less expensive than a degree in the United States or United Kingdom where tuition can cost up to $40,000 a year.  Should Germany decide to start charging tuition to non-EU students, it will still likely remain cheaper than the primarily English speaking countries.

German universities offer a broad range of academic fields taught in English. These programs may culminate in receipt of various degrees  including Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees. If you are wondering if an education in Germany will compare to a university degree in the United States, Germany has 40 universities listed in the Times World University Rankings for 2017-2018. If you still need convincing, The U.S. News, Best Global Universities ranking for 2017, listed 15 German universities in the top 200 best world universities.

In addition to low tuition fees, students can also find affordable housing arrangements.  While students are responsible for finding their own accommodation, dormitories to flat share arrangements can be very economical in Germany.  Housing costs range from $325 to $600 a month in a dormitory and around $333 to $450 a month in a shared flat rental.

Germany also has a very nice post-graduate residence permit for graduating students.  After you graduate from your studies, you can apply for an 18 month residence permit to look for a job that corresponds to your qualifications.  You can take up any kind of employment during this time to support and fund your employment search.  You may apply for the permit  immediately after completion of your final exams.

*If you are interested in studying in Germany you can find more information here.

A list of German Public Universities is provided below: (It is important that students verify tuition information directly with the university as some public universities have started charging tuition as of 2017.)

Institution NameDegrees in EnglishTuition Range
Braunschweig University of TechnologyMaster's 1FREE
Chemnitz University of TechnologyMaster's 8FREE
Clausthal University of TechnologyMaster's 1FREE
Darmstadt University of Applied SciencesBachelor's 1, Master's 4FREE
Darmstadt University of TechnologyBachelor 1, Master's 4FREE
Deggendorf Institute of TechnologyBacherlor's 5, Master's 5FREE
Dresden University of TechnologyMaster's 2FREE
FAU ErlangenMaster's 29FREE
Frankfurt University of Applied SciencesBachelor's 3, FREE
Free University of BerlinBachelor's 1, Master's 24FREE
Humboldt University of BerlinMaster's 20FREE
Humboldt University of BerlinBachelor's 18, Master's 9FREE
Ruhr University BochumMaster's 14FREE
RWTH Aachen UniversityMaster's 14FREE
Technical University of BerlinMaster's 10FREE
Technical University of BerlinMaster's 10FREE
Technical University of DortmundMaster's 2FREE
University of Applied Sciences MittweidaBachelor's 1, Master's 2Some Programs are FREE
University of AugsburgMaster's 4, PHD 15FREE
University of BambergMaster's 8FREE
University of BayreuthMaster's 6FREE
University of BielefeldBachelor's 4, Master's 16FREE
University of BonnBachelor's 3, Master's 23FREE
University of BremenMaster's 12, PHD 2FREE
University of CologneMaster's 4, PHD 4FREE
University of Duisburg-EssenMaster's 15FREE
University of DüsseldorfMaster's 4, PHD 7FREE
University of PotsdamMaster's 7, Doctoral 3Some Programs are FREE
Master's 1FREE

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