Why study in Germany?
Germany is located at the heart of Europe and it is no wonder it is the fourth most popular destination among international students in the world: Island chains with long sand dunes on the North and Baltic Seas, dense forests and medieval castles in the rolling mountains of central Germany and, in the south, the Alps with their sparkling lakes rising above the lowlands. And that’s just the leisure part.
German universities offer outstanding teaching and research, ranking among the best in the world. The range of courses offered at German universities is immense and gives you the opportunity to choose whatever area of study you want to focus on – while earning an internationally-renowned degree that gives you excellent prospects on the global labor market. More than 13% of students at German universities come from all over the world - just like you.
Research and Innovation
Not convinced yet? Innovative ideas have strongly shaped Germany’s past and will continue to do so in the future. Germany has produced a long list of revolutionary inventions, such as the automobile, the airbag, X-ray technology, Aspirin and the computer. Germany registers more patents than any other country in the world. The list of German Nobel Prize winners is quite impressive as well - over 80 Nobel Prize winners, of which there are more than 70 from the natural sciences and medicine alone, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and Albert Einstein.
Prospective students can choose between different types of higher education institutions in Germany: there are universities, universities of applied sciences, private universities and universities of cooperative education in many different German cities. Every type of higher education institution has particular areas of specialization.
Financing your studies in Germany
Approximately 60 percent of higher education institutions in Germany are funded by the Federal Government and the federal states. The majority of students are enrolled at this type of higher education institution and mostly do not pay tuition fees. All students at a higher education institution are required to pay the so-called semester contribution, however. The amount varies depending on the higher education institution, partly because different services are included in the contribution, but on average, the contribution is around 250 euros per semester.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. For 40 years now, the DAAD has been committed to advancing study exchange and academic relations between Germany and the Philippines. The programmes of the DAAD pursues range from short-term exchanges for research or teaching purposes through to doctoral scholarships, from information visits to long-term regional programmes.
There are many ways to finance your studies in Germany. To find out which program is right for you, we recommend checking out the DAAD’s scholarship database .