Most universities and colleges in Germany are public, i.e. they receive funding from the federal government. Some are also financed by the Protestant or Catholic Church. In addition to these subsidized institutions, there are now more than 100 private Universities and colleges which confer officially recognized degrees. A majority of these are universities of applied sciences.
Most students in Germany are enrolled at public universities. Only three percent of all students attend a private institution, perhaps due to the fact that private colleges and universities tend to charge high tuition fees. The quality of instruction at both types of universities, however, is comparably high.
Education System in Germany
- Universities of applied sciences
- Colleges of art, film and music
Degree Programs in Germany
Bachelor’s degree – B.A., B.Sc., Bachelor of Engineering, etc
Master’s degree – M.A., M.Sc., Master of Engineering, etc
Doctoral degree – PhD programme with completion of a research paper
INTAKES FOR GERMANY
If you want to apply at universities for Study in Germany two dates you should keep in mind and mark red in your calendar. These are January 15th and July 15th if you want to join the university in winter semester (October). Applications can be submitted from the period beginning of admission (start of June) to 15th July. If you want to join the summer semester (April) the submission period is from the beginning of December to 15th January.
In most cases you need to pay for Master’s programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. Regardless of these tuition fees, each students has to pay a certain amount of money as a semester contribution to the university.
Please do not mix up tuition fees with semester contributions. The semester contributions have nothing to do with the tuition fees and vice versa. The specific amount of money depends on each university. This money covers parts of the administration costs of your university as well as social contributions to the ASTA and the Student enwerk. In addition, many universities finance your semester ticket with this money. It allows you to use public transport facilities throughout the semester.