Germany is the fifth most popular destination for international students migration after the UK, US, Australia and France according to UNESCO’s 2014 data, even though it is non-anglophone. Ever since Germany’s government authorized low to virtually no tuition fees for higher education institutions, to promote its commitment to universal education, there has been a certain surge in its education sector. In 2013/14 the total number of international students in Germany were 301315, 53.3% of that contains Nigerian students (Project Atlas). Students have stated low tuition fees, excellent quality of education, STEM courses, high quality of life, availability of research scholarships, language integration programs and post-graduation employment prospects as some of the main reasons for picking Germany as a top destination for study. Although, tuition fees are free in most public universities for international students, you are required to pay a nominal fee per semester; this covers administration, student support and other costs. If you want to study in Germany at a higher level of Masters or PhD, you may need to pay tuition fees.
If you intend to apply to study in Germany, the following supporting documents will be required for the application process:
- University online application form
- A certified copy of your high-school diploma (WAEC or University Year one transcript) or previous degrees equivalent to the German grading system (Bachelor or Masters degree), and any other relevant qualifications in the original language. Visit here to calculate your grade
- A translated overview of your course modules and grades i.e. transcripts
- A passport photo
- A copy of your international passport bio data page
- Proof of English language proficiency, IELTS or TOEFL test scores
- German language proficiency (optional) i.e. DSH, TestDaF, etc
- Medical certificate
- Curriculum vitae
- Letters of recommendation
- Letter of motivation (personal statement)
- An application fee may be charged
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If you would like to study in a prestigious university located in Germany, look no further, I have listed 12 of the best German universities for you to consider.
TUM is the highest ranking German university; it is a research university which excels in offering a wide range of courses in various disciplines like engineering, natural sciences, life and medical sciences and economics.
It is located in the city of Heidelberg; Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university founded in 1386. The university consists of twelve faculties and offers numerous degree programs at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in about 100 disciplines with a good number taught in English. It is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities.
This is a public research university situated in Munich, the university consists of 18 faculties and numerous research centres which offers a variety of study areas, an increasingly large number of its classes are offered in English to encourage international students enrollment.
Humboldt is an excellent research university with renowned faculty in fields such as science, quantitative economics, humanities, arts and climate and sustainability research. Its alumni history contains an impressive 29 Nobel Prize winners including Karl Marx.
This is an international university with an international campus situated in Heidelberg. It serves a large number of students with its courses taught in English. It is accredited in the United States and is based on the American system of education. Its course programs include international business, business administration, international relations and diplomacy, management of information technology, and hospitality and tourism management.
It is based in the city of Karlsruhe in south-west Germany. KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.
This is an excellent research university situated in Berlin, it is highly recognized for its research in the humanities and social sciences, along with natural and life sciences.
Universität Freiburg is a highly ranked public research university with a long standing reputation in teaching of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences programs.
RWTH Aachen University is a highly ranked technology-focused research university in Aachen. RWTH Aachen offers excellent courses in high quality facilities; its core disciplines include arts, social sciences, economics, engineering, the natural sciences and medicine.
The University of Göttingen is a public research university in the city of Göttingen. The university offers a wide range of degree programs from its 13 faculties in departments like humanities. Its research centres include the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the German Aerospace Centre and five Max Planck Institutes, which provide collaboration in research and teaching.
Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen is a prestigious public research university which has a good reputation in medicine, natural sciences, theology and humanities.
This university is located in Baden-Wurttemberg; it is highly ranked in courses like the applied sciences, international Business Management, computer science and engineering programs. It comprises of 10 faculties and about 43 degree courses.
I hope you have a lovely time studying in Germany!