Cost of Living

All students are charged a Semester Fee which they have to pay every semester and which can change from one university to the other. A semester fee includes social contributions, student representation, and semester ticket.Though most universities have no tuition fees, some federal states are gradually including tuition fees in their semesters. These fees will differ from one federal state to another


Cost of living is differ from city to city and it is depend on students personal choices of city. You should reckon on spending between 540 euro and 670 euro per month on your cost of living (including mandatory health insurance, social contributions to the higher education institutions, etc.)Rents range from 180 Euros to 325 Euros per month. Rents in cities like Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main are higher than other cities. If you are thinking it’s more expensive you can take a room in a student hall of residence or a shared flat. Deutsches Studentenwerke offers a specially-developed value-for-money service package for foreign students which substantially help foreign students begin their studies and life in Germany.


The student housing options in Germany usually depend on what type of studies you conduct. Students on an exchange programme are usually provided a room in student accommodation. The German student affairs association (Deutsches Studentenwerk) offers around 180,000 places in student housing all over Germany and is the cheapest form of housing for students.


Getting to start:

International students from a country within the European Union or Australia, Japan, Canada, Isreal, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino do not need a visa to apply to study in Germany. However, if you are from a country not included in the above you will need to apply for one of the following visas. Make sure that you apply for the right visa; a tourist visa can for example not be converted into a student visa.

  • Visa for study purposes: valid for one year. Student must provide proof of admission and financial support for the duration of study to receive this visa.
  • Language course visa: valid only for the duration of the course.
  • 3-month study applicant’s visa: valid for those who have not yet been admitted to a university. Upon admission, it must be converted into a resident permit for student purposes at the office for foreigners’ affairs as quickly as possible.

You have to apply for student visa atleast 3months before of your travel because the visa process may take 6 to 12 weeks. Remind short term visas cannot be converted into residence permits after arrival in Germany. Following documents are required…

  • Application form
  • 2 photographs
  • Visa fee to be paid through Demand Draft made out to the "Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi", payable in New Delhi.
  • Valid passport with a validity of at least 12 months along with two copies of all printed pages
  • Letter of Admission from the German University
  • Marksheets and certificates
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • Proof of German Language proficiency
  • Confirmation of Scholarship or stipend received by them
  • Formal letter of sponsorship from a sponsor living in German

After reach the Germany you have to provide the proof of health insurance which is brought in India. For any query regarding this you can contact with competent department of the German University and / or the competent Aliens Office