Germany Tuition Free Universities and Scholarships for International Students

Germany has become a popular destination for international students looking for international education. German Universities awards internationally recognized programs at a relatively cheaper cost compared to the UK, USA, or Australia. Moreover, there are a meaningful number of available scholarships that enable foreign students to study in Germany for free.

As of October 2014, all Universities in Germany will not require any tuition fees for undergraduate studies.  In some Federal States, Universities will charge a semester supplement (about 50 euros) and/or administration fees (about 50 euros). This tuition fee structure can grow in the future, you should check this page for updated information on tuition fees in different federal countries in Germany. For example, The federal state of Baden-Württemberg is charging tuition fees (for Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma, and state medical degree programs) of €1,500 per semester for non-EU citizens.

Unlike undergraduate studies, the largest Master’s or Ph.D. studies in Germany are fee-based. The costs for postgraduate studies are in supplement to the enrollment and documentation fees.  Fortunately, there are a good number of scholarships for Masters and Ph.D. studies in Germany.

The Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship Program)  presents financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all across the world. The Germany Scholarship supports highly skilled students at all participating universities in Germany. The scholarship is awarded externally consideration of personal or parent income and one’s nationality is not material to award each.   The scholarship amounts to 300 EUR per month and is granted for at least two semesters but may be stored for a maximum time that covers the standard time of the study.  To find out which organizations of higher education in Germany offer the Germany Scholarship, go to the interactive map of Germany at this link.

DAAD is a joint organization of Germany’s higher education institutions and is effective for promoting international academic relations, principally through the exchange of students, academics, and researchers.  The DAAD scholarship database contains scholarship and funding opportunities for foreign students, graduate students, and scientists who are seeking financial assistance for their studies, research work, or teaching assignments in Germany. The database not only lists all the scholarships offered by the DAAD, but also diverse programs administered by a wide diversity of institutions.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany for International Students

There are two ways of applying: On the one hand, you have the possibility to apply for a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung outside at the respective foreign office where there are planned selection conferences. For 2020, they are held in Budapest, Seoul, Amman, and a capital city in a West African country (yet to be determined). If you are residing in a country or region close to these cities, you may send your written application directly to the qualified KAS office – please check their websites for the exact procedure and addressee.  The deadlines can be found on the social websites of the KAS offices and are independently set.

On the other hand, if you are already in Germany, you can apply online immediately to the Foundation before 15 July (12:00) of the respective year.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed knowledge on how to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The duration and level of funding vary for different types of studies. Graduates (master or postgraduate students) receive a monthly scholarship of € 850. The standard funding time is two years. After having obtained unlimited admission to doctoral studies at a German university, PhD-students receive a monthly scholarship of € 1.200. The standard funding period for Ph.D. scholars is three years. Study stays in Germany are also funded for a minimum of three semesters.  In addition, PhD-scholars can apply for financial support for research stays abroad.

Fees resulting from courses at the university in Germany that are immediately related to your studies can be refunded up to the amount of € 1.500 per semester. Upon request, health care insurance, family allowance, and children’s allowance can also be subsidized.

Eligibility:

They should:

  •  have a university degree, as we do not provide support for bachelor studies,
  • prove above-average educational performance,
  • be no older than 30 when applying,
  • have a good understanding of the German language (B2-level),
  • be actively engaged in voluntary work,
  • plan to study a minimum of three semesters at a university in Germany,
  • possess a broad global education and distinct interest in political issues,
  • have a positive attitude towards constitutionalism and human rights,
  • be open to improving their personal points of view and practice tolerance,
  • be highly motivated and able to assure us of their goals in life.
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