What requirements do I need to study?

The main requirements are academic qualifications that entitle you to study at a higher education institution. In Germany, having higher education entrance qualifications makes you eligible for study. You must also have sufficient knowledge of German.

If you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit or a visa to study. However, you must register yourself with the relevant local residents’ registration office.

Citizens of third countries need an appropriate visa. You can stay in Germany for up to 3 months for the purposes of applying to study. If you are offered a place on a course, you have to change the purpose of the visa to a visa for study. For this you need confirmation of admission to higher education, medical insurance, sufficient German language skills and proof that you can cover your own living expenses. The visa must be renewed annually.

You can find out if your foreign qualification is equivalent to the German “Abitur” (school/college-leaving qualification) and what other individual requirements you need to meet based on your citizenship by checking the Admissions Database of the German Academic Exchange.

What types of higher education institutions are there?

In Germany there are universities, universities of applied sciences, and colleges of art and music. In total, you can choose from 399 higher education institutions with various disciplines and focuses. These are mainly financed by the state. A small proportion are private or church institutions.

In the region, there is the Braunschweig Technical University, the Braunschweig University of Art, the Ostfalia University for Applied Sciences and the Clausthal Technical University. All four have a Student Advisory Service and an International Office that provides information and advice for foreign students.

What courses are there?

In 2015, prospective students had a choice of 17.731 courses of study. To get an overview of where your preferred subjects are offered, check the University Compass.

How do I apply for a course?

Applications for a place on a course are subject to individual requirements. The requirements vary depending on the type of institution and the nature of the course. If you are interested in a particular course at a specific higher education institution, you should seek advice from the institution’s Student Advisory Service or International Office.

How much do the courses cost?

Semester fees are payable per semester. The amount varies from institution to institution. In Lower Saxony, it can be up to 300 euros. This includes administration fees, contributions to the student council and the student union, and a semester ticket for public transport.