Germany is in Western and Central Europe, bordering Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria to the southeast, and Switzerland to the south-southwest. France, Luxembourg and Belgium are situated to the west, with the Netherlands to the northwest.
Germany has a temperate climate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters. Rain falls throughout the year and extremes temperatures sometimes reach -10°C (5°F) in winter which is from December to February. Summer is from June to August and temperature can go as high as 35°C (95°F) and the days are long. (light until after 21:00) Spring is during the months of March, April and May (Average low 33°F, average high 47°F) whereas Autumn is during the months of September, October and November. Average day temperature drops to 17-18°C (62-64 °F). Same time average night temperature drops to 10°C (50 °F) and it is the rainiest season in Germany.
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Many universities charge very astronomically high tuition fees. For instance, tuition fees for The Juilliard School in New York City is charging about 38,000 Euros/$45,000 per year and tuition fees for Royal College of Music in the UK is about 17,000 Euros/$20,000 per year for international students. In 2014, Germany’s 16 states abolished tuition fees for all undergraduate students, including international students, at all public German universities. Students only need to pay a small fee to cover administration and other costs per semester. This is because Germany believes that free access to higher education ensures economic growth and social benefits. Please note that private universities charge tuition fees.
The Federal State of Baden-Württemberg has however decided to charge non-EU citizens tuition fees of EUR 1,500/US $1782.41 per semester for (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma and state examination) degree programmes as of 2017/18 winter semester . These fees do not apply to doctoral students.
How Much Do You Need to Pay to Study in Germany
In order to receive a study visa for Germany you will be required to present proof of financial resources. This serves as a guarantee that you can afford the cost of studying in Germany; from January 2020 you will be expected to demonstrate a minimum amount of 10,236 EUR/ US $12163.18 in your blocked account. A blocked account, also known as a Sperrkonto, is a special type of bank account for international students in Germany to prove they have enough funds to live in Germany for a year. For further information please contact the German Embassy or Consulate in your country.
In Germany, all students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment has nothing to do with tuition fees; this is for student services and the student government (AStA). At many higher education institutions, it also includes a semester ticket that allows you to use public transport in the region. The semester contribution varies among higher education institutions and ranges from 100-350 EUR/US $120-420. It has to be paid during enrollment and before the start of every new semester.
Berlin is very popular among international students as there are many public universities that teach in English. One of them is The Free Univeristy which is ranked one of the the world’s top 100 universities by Times Higher Education.
Berlin is an ideal choice for international students with a limited budget as rental of a room cost about 300 euros/US $357 or less per month. A small apartment cost about 795 euros/ US $945.
International students need to have health insurance. Click here to apply. Health insurance for international students costs from €103.94 – €111.75/ US$ 123 – 132 per month with a public health insurance provider, and it covers basic healthcare as well as long-term care insurance.
International students with a valid student ID will pay less for tickets to the theatre, museums, opera houses, cinemas and other cultural institutions. If you are into sports, there are many free programmes at the universities.
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Reputable Public Universities That Offer Free Programmes
Berlin University of the Arts
Hanns Eisler Academy of Music
Free University of Berlin
Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts
Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin
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It is important to consult Embassy of Germany in your country for other queries.