STUDY IN GERMANY
The German language
The German language is the most frequently used mother tongue in the European Union (with 100 million native speakers).
In order to study in Germany you will need to learn German and pass a German proficiency test.
The most relevant tests are the DSH and TestDAF. After approx. 900 hours of learning you will be able to pass the test and receive the C1 certificate (after 42 weeks at Schiller Language School).
We will prepare you for the test and make sure you will pass successfully.
The German visa regulations seem pretty strict and tough to most international students. You will need to provide them with all required documents otherwise the application might fail right away. But it is not impossible to apply successfully for the German visa.
The application for a German long-term visa will cost approx. 60 EUR. For some countries the visa application might take several months. Therefore we suggest applying at least 3 months prior to your travel to Germany. This will also give you the chance to hand in missing information.
If you want to study in Germany after your language course you need to apply for a "student applicant visa" for which the embassy requires the following information:
✔ a valid passport and passport photos
✔ a proof of financial funds (approx. 7750 EUR on ✔ an existing German bank account, or a sponsorship certificate "Verpflichtungserklärung")
✔ a duly filled out visa application form
✔ a letter of acceptance from a German language school
✔ valid insurance for Germany
✔ a conditional admission from a German university
We will make sure you will have all required documents and screen them before you apply for the visa.
German higher Education
There are 103 universities in Germany as well as 176 universities of applied sciences. Most of the German universities charge no tuition fees, while some other universities charge up to 500 EUR per semester (six months), which is still reasonable compared to other countries.
Available degrees are Bachelor, Master, PhD, Diploma and State Examination.
Most universities will accept credits achieved in other countries, if you apply for a programme.
With more than 240000 foreign students studying at German higher education institutions Germany is the top 3 study destination for international students after the US and the UK.
To keep it short: Germany's summer comes along with an average daytime temperature of 20°C plus (July is the hottest month), while winter, with January as coldest month, has an average daytime temperature of 5°C plus. Rainfall is common throughout the whole year and in wintertimes you might also enjoy snowy days.
If you plan to stay in Germany for a longer time, you should be prepared for almost every kind of temperature and weather.
The German weather has a large impact on many fields of daily living like leisure activities, clothing, cooking-style. In winter many people enjoy skiing or ice skating combined with hot food and warm drinks, while in summer outdoor sports like soccer or tennis are prefered.
Also cultural activities are scheduled following the temperatures of summer and winter (e.g. outdoor music festivals, christmas marked, etc).
Germany is your link to Europe
Located in the heart of Europe and the European Union, Germany has nine neighbour countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
You can travel to all these countries without applying for additional visa. You can also travel to all other European countries which joined the Schengen Agreement.
As most of these coutries are only a few hours away from Germany, flights within Europe are pretty cheap and you can travel to Paris or Rome within less than two hours and with a little luck for less than 50 EUR. We can also prepare customised tours for you.
We will take care that your insurance will also cover the whole European Union making your journeys save and convenient. The currency in most European countries (such as Germany) is Euro (EUR). You don't have to exchange money during your trips to other countries.
Culture and arts
Germany and its citizens are well known for a couple of "strange" customs and habits like wearing leatherpants and eating sausages. In fact this is only a small part of the German culture which distinguishes itself as being multi cultural.
Beside the very diverse German culture you can find many international influences all over Germany. Almost every larger city holds mosques, synagogues and many different religious societies are combined peacefully.
As colourful as the many religions are also the ways of cooking. Many different regional specialities are available for reasonable prices allowing international students to keep their principles. Fast food, vegeterian and vegan food, halal food, Chinese, Indian, European, African... Whatever it is, you can have it!
Germany has a modern arts community. With 5000 museums, 300 theaters, more than 100 operas and music theaters as well as 7500 libraries you will be able to experience every angle of German culture. Following the tradition of reknown German writers and philosophers, today's authors publish around 95000 books and new editions each year.