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

Tuition-Free Colleges and Universities in Germany

As of October 2014, all Universities in Germany will not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate studies.  In some Federal States, Universities will charge a semester contribution (about 50 euros) and/or administration fees (about 50 euros). This tuition fee structure can change in the future, you should check this page for updated information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany. 

For example, The federal state of Baden-Württemberg is charging tuition fees (for Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma, and state examination degree programmes) of €1,500 per semester for non-EU citizens.

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

DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship Programme

The Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship Program)  provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. The Germany Scholarship supports highly talented students at all participating universities in Germany. The scholarship is awarded without consideration of personal or parent income and one’s nationality is not material to award either.   

The scholarship amounts to 300 EUR per month and is granted for at least two semesters but may be provided for a maximum time which covers the standard period of study. However, to find out which institutions of higher education in Germany offer the Germany Scholarship, go to the interactive map of Germany at this link.

DAAD Scholarship Programs

DAAD is a joint organization of Germany’s higher education institutions and is responsible for promoting international academic relations, primarily 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 support for their studies, research work, or teaching assignments in Germany. In addition, the database not only lists all the scholarships offered by the DAAD, but also diverse programmes offered by a wide variety of institutions.

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The most popular DAAD scholarship program for developing country students is the DAAD Scholarships for Development-related Postgraduate Courses. Another popular example is the DAAD Scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance.

Germany Foundations’ Scholarship Programs »

A number of political and religious foundations in Germany offer scholarships to international students from various backgrounds, interests, and qualifications. outlines them in this list.

Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships and Friedrich Naumann Foundation Scholarship for International Students are examples of scholarships offered by German political foundations while Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships and KAAD Scholarships are examples of scholarships offered by religious foundations in Germany.

Check out the list of scholarships for international students: See List

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