As of March 2018, roughly 1.21 million foreign students were enrolled and registered across the US. The UK is the second most popular study destinations worldwide which currently counts over a million international students. According to Department of Education figures in February 2018, Australia is hosting unprecedented numbers of international students with 542,054 enrolments. France comes next and is also the 1st non-English speaking host. These are understandable as English the most popular languague worldwide, and French is popular in Africa.
As of Winter semester 2017/18, 374,951 international students were enrolled in German higher education that made Germany the 5th popular country for international students. What makes Germany attractive or in other words, why is Germany the best spot to study?
The majority of Germany’s academic institutions are tuition free. Those which charge are inexpensive: around 1,000 Euros ~ $1,140 per year in comparation to the US (average fees of $25,620) or to the UK (starting at around £10,000 ~ $14,130 and going up to £38,000 ~ $53,700 or more for medical degrees).
Plenty of scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate international students: DAAD, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Erasmus Mundus, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management etc.
There are about 400 institutions of higher education that offer 17,731 courses of study. A huge number of international degrees can be studied in English.
German academic institutions have quite good network with universities all over the world. Students have opportunities to go to different countries for exchange semester or internship.
Practical part of the studies plays an important part at German academic institutions. Universities and the obtained graduate degree are well-known all over the world for firm-based education and also further knowledge.
Dual studies combine studying and working simultaneously, bring students to put in practice their theoretical gains at their educational institutions of the sort which saves time and money and gives a chance of early emancipation.
Living expenses in Germany are reasonable and affordable in comparation to the other countries in Europe (e.g. the same good has higher price in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria etc.). Students also pay special lower tickets for public means of transport as well as entry fees to various institutions and buildings (e.g. theatres and museums).
Moreover, from August 2012 on, international students are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days in a year and maximum 20 hours/week (in comparation to 10 hours/week in the Netherlands or in Austria). The minimum wage in Germany in 2018 is €8.84 per hour, or around €1,498 per month which allow many students afford their living and study without help from their families.
German is the most widely spoken mother language in the European Union and an official language in seven countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol of Italy). Around 130 million people speak German as their mother language or as a second language. In 42 countries there are more than 7.5 million people who belong to a German-speaking minority.
Germany is located right at the heart of Europe which makes it a culturally vivid and intriguing country, influenced by the surrounding diverse ethnicities.
As foreign students with Schengen visa for Germany, you are allowed to travel to 28 other countries / areas (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Vantican City)