Studying in Germany
Germany is home to close to 82 million people, making it the most populated country in Europe. Historically known as the land of poets and thinkers, it has made a name for itself through its contributions to philosophy and poetry.
The introduction of internationally recognised degrees in recent years is good news for both German and international students, as it enables them to complete their degrees quicker and has more opportunities in the international job market. However, do take note that German programmes are known to be highly structured, content heavy, rigorous and intensive.
German students visas and residence permits need to be renewed annually. To apply for a student visa you will need to submit the following to the German embassy:
- A valid passport and recent passport photos
- Accommodation details
- Proof of admission from a recognised German institution
- Evidence of previous academic achievements
- Proof of sufficient funds for one year's stay (minimum of RM4,058 a month).
Upon arriving in Germany, you will need to apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Affairs Office. Required documents include:
- A valid visa
- A valid passport and three passport-size photographs
- Completed application form
- Health insurance
- Proof of physical examination
- Copy of rental agreement or letter from landlord.
You are advised apply three months in advance to allow enough time for your application to be processed.
Language of Instruction
German and English. Students need to prove their proficiency in the German language by taking the Test of German as a foreign language. To find out more, click here.
International students are allowed to work for 90 days or 180 half days annually without a work permit. Certain Federal states only allow students to work during the summer vacation period, though some areas may grant an additional ten hours per week.
There are no tuition fees chargeable for undergraduate study in a German university be it for local or international students. However, students must pay an enrolment or confirmation fee of around RM1,432 per term, whereby they will receive a student ID. With the ID, they will be able to get discounts or concessions on many items including movie, museum or theatre tickets etc.
Living in Germany
To live in Germany, you will need about RM4,058 a month to cover all basic necessities such as food, accommodation and other necessities. About a third of the amount will go to the rent. Accommodation for students in general, may be in a residential housing, apartment or flat; temporary housing (for students who just arrived and need a place to crash for a few days) is provided in the form of student hostels, also known as guesthouses. Contact Studentenwerk for help in this area.
Return tickets can be purchased at RM2,403 onwards.
All students below the age of 30 are insured at a cost of less than RM238 a month with public health insurance companies. All doctor visits, hospital stays and treatment are free of charge. Students above 30 are not entitled to the student rate and may purchase insurance from public and private health insurance companies.
German institutions, the German government and foundations offer many scholarships for foreign students through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Click here for more information.
German Embassy Kuala Lumpur
26th Floor, Menara Tan & Tan, 207, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur