Top Reasons to Study Abroad in Germany

Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

Top Reasons to Study Abroad in Germany by Send My Bag

Germany is the fourth most popular study destination in the world for international students. A 2019 report found that the country now overtakes France in its number of enrolled international students. Send My Bag have put together the top reasons to study abroad in Germany in this blog.

Tuition- Free Universities

Tuition fees were eliminated in Germany in 2014 at all public universities in the country. Although some states have since re-introduced tuition fees for non-EU students, there are still tuition free universities in Germany that are popular choices for international students. Some of these include Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Humbolt University of Berlin, University of Gottingen, University of Hamburg, and University of Stuttgart. There are some universities in Germany that charge a mandatory tuition fee for international students, but they are quite low.

Top Universities

There are many top universities for studying abroad in Germany, as 48 universities located within Germany are among the best in the world, ranking in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2020. Eight of which are in the global top 100, including Humbolt University of Berlin, LMU Munich, Technical University of Berlin, and Heidelberg University. German universities have also been ranked highly for graduate employability, with four coming in the global top 100 of the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. 

Culture and History

Germany is at the heart of some of Europe’s finest culture and history, with so many great cultural figures being of German heritage – Beethoven, Albert Einstein, Anne Frank, Grimms Brothers, Bertolt Brecht, Rudolf Diesel and many more. With over 6,200 museums and a piece of history on every street corner in Germany’s cities, you will not fall short of things to explore!

Booming Economy

As Europe’s largest economy, Germany has a major influence in the world of business. So many big brands were invented in Germany – from Mercedes-Benz, to BMW, Volkswagen, Adidas, Aldi, Allianz, Huge Boss, Beck’s and many more. Many of the European headquarters for major companies are located in Germany, meaning that it is a major hub for international business and therefore there are endless career opportunities for internships and graduate jobs! Germany is a great place to build a network and to be able to say that you studied there will be hugely beneficial for your CV.

Some of the Best Student Cities

In QS Best Student Cities 2020, Munich was ranked 4th and Berlin ranked 5th. Berlin was named as one of the best start-up and tech scenes in the world by Forbes and as the best party city in the world by Time Out. As the beer capital of Europe, throwing the world’s biggest beer festival every year, Munich is another German city where there is a great social scene.


The cost of living in Germany is considerably low, which makes the country even more appealing to students. According to the QS Best Student Cities (2020) ranking, Berlin is the most affordable city in Germany, placing 29th in the affordability rank and Munich came in 38th place. A recent article in Forbes pointed to Berlin’s cheap rent prices as one of the key factors making the city an affordable place to live.

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