With about 82 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union. After the United States, it is the second most popular immigration destination in the world. Germany’s capital and largest metropolis is Berlin. Major urban areas include Ruhr, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Germany is a ‘great power’ and has the world’s fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, as well as the fifth-largest by PPP. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world’s third-largest exporter and importer of goods.
Germany is a developed country with a very high standard of living sustained by a skilled and productive society. It upholds a social security and universal health care system, environmental protection and a tuition-free university education. It is known for its rich cultural history and has been continuously the home of influential artists, philosophers, musicians, sportspeople and entrepreneurs. It is also a global leader in science and technology.
|Capital||Berlin||Total Area||357,168 km2|
|Largest city||Berlin||Population||82,175,700 (2015 est.)|
|Government||Federal parliamentary republic||GDP (Nominal)||$41,267 per capita (20th)|
|Calling code||+49||Currency||Euro (€)|
Why study in Germany?
With approximately 240,000 foreign students, or one in ten of all university students, Germany is the third most popular destination after the United States and Great Britain among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide. In case you are wondering, here are few of the reasons that makes Germany such an attractive place to study.
- More than 400 German world-class universities with over 15,000 degree programs offer excellent opportunities for learning, research and teaching. Germany has a density of universities which is practically unequalled around the world.
- Unlike many other countries, no tuition fees are charged at universities in Germany. In addition, living expenses in Germany are very affordable and there are many and varied opportunities to receive funding and scholarships. Many international students don’t know, but Germany has one of the cheapest educational systems in Europe.
- By German law, an international graduate is allowed to stay for at least 18 months in order seek employment in Germany.
- Germany’s economic power and associated career prospects attract people from all over the world. A German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world.
- Germany is a very safe country with a high standard of living, a rich cultural history and a very diverse population. Located in the heart of Europe it offers endless possibilities of travel to other European countries. Germany is itself a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place. Travelling options include all kinds of attractions, like traditional architecture, historical places, modern cities and amazing sight-seeing.
- With roughly 100 million native speakers, German is the most widely-spoken first language in Europe. The strength of German business and industry and the increasing global activities of German companies and corporations means that the German language is also becoming increasingly important in the international market.
- The wide range of leisure activities and pastimes offered by the universities and colleges are complemented by numerous opportunities outside the university grounds. Sport, culture or simply having a good night out – something is offered for each and every taste.
- Many German higher education institutions offer courses leading to an international degree. These courses are designed to attract foreign students and Germans looking to study with an international dimension. The range of study opportunities covers undergraduates, graduate and postgraduate degree courses (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD levels). Courses and lectures are taught in English, often exclusively during the first year of study. German language courses are offered before and during the program.
- Renting a room in a shared student apartment usually costs between 180€ and 290€ per month. For many students, the cost of doing a Master’s Degree in Germany can be even cheaper than in their home countries.
- On the streets, especially in bigger cities, it is also very common to find people who can speak English and are open to help foreign people.
- The number of international students is increasing every year. And this makes the idea of living and studying in Germany even better, because you will not only experience the German culture, but also get in touch with people from all around the world.