Germany offers a vast choice of high quality English-taught programmes and is well known for innovative research. Its low or no tuition fees may also attract some of the 300,000 international students who study in Germany each year.

Basic information

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe. It is a cosmopolitan, democratic country with a rich tradition as well as a vibrant modern life. Germany is one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time, it has a dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with over 82 million inhabitants. It is surrounded by nine neighbouring countries, and its territory encompasses roughly 357,000 square kilometres - stretching from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in the north to the Alps in the south. Since 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany has been a democratic parliamentary federation. It is made up of 16 Länder (states), each with its own constitution, parliament and government. Germany is a modern and openminded country with high quality of life, influenced in many ways by multinational diversity. Berlin is the capital of Germany.



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The Higher Education System

In Germany there are over 400 institutes of higher education, of which 140 are entitled to award doctorates, and around 200 universities of the applied sciences. Courses at German Higher Education Institutes cover more than 400 disciplines, and many institutions offer courses taught in English that lead to internationally recognised degrees, including Master’s and PhD. Prominent fields of study include: Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Arts, Music, Architecture and Design – and there are over 1,600 international programs listed on the DAAD database. Almost half of Germany’s 2.6 million current students are women. With some 300,000 foreign students enrolled at German institutes of higher education, Germany has the third highest number of foreign students in the world. The number of Indian students in Germany has more than doubled in the last 5 years. Germany offers various forms of research locations: All in all, there are approximately 750 public-funded research institutions in Germany, plus research and development centres run by industrial corporations. The annual research budget is about 70 billion euro German universities do not charge tuition fees, neither from German nor from the international students. Living expenses amount to around 50,000-60,000 INR per month depending on the region. Some 35 German universities feature in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, of which 20 are in the Top 200 and 9 in the Top 100 – the highest ranked German Universities being Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen at 29, Heidelberg University at 37, and Humboldt University of Berlin at 49.


International students can apply for scholarships at numerous institutions. The extensive DAAD scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and academics offers a wide range of scholarships and additional Information to help them with their application. DAAD has a diverse range of funding opportunities, which include scholarships for post-graduates, doctoral scholars, and academics, as well as funding for cooperation and project based programmes. German universities also offer their own scholarships. When applying for a PhD position or a research grant in Germany one is usually asked to submit a research proposal. International students are permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. After completing the degree in Germany, they can stay on in the country for up to 1.5 years to look for a job that is in keeping with their education. Once they find a job, the residence permit issued to them for the purpose of studying, can be converted into a residence permit for taking gainful employment. During their studies students can get the opportunity to do internships with German companies, which can open new vistas for their professional career. Details on the programmes offered by DAAD as well as by other scholarshipawarding organisations can be found below.

For Further Information

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
  • German House for Research and Innovation:
  • Forschungszentrum Julich:
  • EBS Business School:
  • University of Freiburg:
  • Max Planck Gesellschaft:
  • International School of Management:
  • Technische Universitat Berlin:
  • Freie Universitat Berlin:
  • University of Gottingen:
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen:
  • Higher Education Compass:
  • German Academic Exchange Service:
  • International Degree Programmes:
  • Summer Schools:
  • Research in Germany:
  • Funding guide:
  • DAAD Scholarships for Post graduate studies open to Indian students:
  • Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation

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