Germany: Affordable education of a high standard

Overseas-education | 11 Feb 2021

Located in the heart of Europe, Germany has become the world’s top study destination for international students, thanks to its tuition-free and top-notch university education.

As the strongest economy in Europe, Germany is also leading the world in various aspects, ranging from engineering to literature, and its universities are of the highest international standard. 

Aside from its diverse quality programs, what makes studying in Germany more attractive is that these universities charge no tuition fee, even if you are from Asia, Africa or elsewhere.

The decision, implemented in 2014, abolished all tuition fees for undergraduate courses at state universities for both German and international students. Foreign students will only have to pay for administrative costs, amounting to about HK$4,000 to HK$7,000 a year.   

There are two types of universities in Germany: state-funded and private universities. They could be general universities, universities of applied science, or colleges of art, film, and music. To date, there are around 450 state-accredited universities, offering more than 17,500 programs, including 1,000 courses taught in English.

With most courses taught in German, the competition of English-taught courses is fierce. Thus, students should first check the language requirement with the university before applying, to see whether they are qualified. 

Different from Hong Kong’s university admission requirement, students need to achieve level 3 or above in six subjects, viz, four core subjects and two electives. They should note that subjects with overlap components will not be considered by German universities, such as English and English Literature. In addition, the results of applied learning subjects, such as Accounting and Financial Studies (BAFS), will not be accepted either.

Therefore, students who are interested in studying abroad in Germany need to be careful when choosing the elective subjects in their third year of secondary education. It is recommended to choose traditional subjects like History and Science, to meet qualifications for admission.


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