Study in Germany

Study in Germany

Last edited on 14 Jun 2024

Welcome to Germany!

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe. It is a cosmopolitan, democratic country with a rich tradition as well as a vibrant modern life. Germany is one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time, it has a dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with over 83 million inhabitants. It is surrounded by nine neighboring countries, and its territory encompasses roughly 357,000 square kilometres - stretching from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in the north to the Alps in the south. Since 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany has been a democratic parliamentary federation. It is made up of 16 Länder (federal states), each with its own constitution, parliament and government. Germany is a modern and open-minded country with high quality of life, influenced in many ways by multinational diversity. Berlin is the capital of Germany.

Germany is a country characterized by variety. Trendy and modern Berlin can seem a world away from the more traditional and conservative Munich. The gleaming skyscrapers of Frankfurt form a stark contrast to quaint Heidelberg. And if bustling and fast-paced Hamburg becomes too much, you can always retreat to the peaceful and picturesque Middle Rhine region.

Higher Education System

In Germany there are around 400 institutions of higher education*, of which 120 are entitled to award doctorates, and around 205 universities of the applied sciences. Courses at German Higher Education Institutions cover more than 400 disciplines, and many institutions offer courses taught in English that lead to internationally recognized degrees, including Master’s and PhD. Prominent fields of study include: Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Arts, Music, Architecture and Design – and there are over 2,130 international programs*, most of them taught in English, listed on the DAAD database. Almost half of Germany’s 2.9 million current students are women. With around 320,000 foreign students* enrolled at German institutions of higher education, Germany has the fifth highest number of foreign students in the world. The number of Indonesian students in Germany has decreased due to coronavirus pandemic. Currently there are almost 4.900 Indonesians studying in Germany*. Germany offers various forms of research locations: All in all, there are approximately 1.000 public-funded research institutions in Germany, plus research and development centres run by industrial corporations. The annual research budget is about 110 billion euro ( German universities do not charge tuition fees, neither from German nor from the international students.
(*Data Sources:,, DAAD International Programs Database, Wissenschaft Weltoffen Kompakt 2022)

Universities in Germany