Germany is one of the few study abroad destinations that offer free education to international students. Some countries offer these schemes to attract more international students in their country. But Germany is already 3rd best study abroad destination with 4th largest population of international students. It means that Germany actually is a promoter of education that educates even those that are financially weak and not their responsibility.
German institutes offer free education but all universities do that. There are public and private universities. Private universities are not on board with free education as they are owned by private individuals and not publicly funded. There are also some states in Germany where even public universities charge tuition fees. That leaves us with public universities of a few states.
I searched on it and I found about 42 universities in Germany that are offering higher education for international students without any tuition fees. No tuition fees doesn’t mean that you won’t have to pay anything at all. First of all, you will be required to pay the registration fee of around €100. Then comes the enrollment, and administration fees that you have to pay every semester. It costs around €300 equivalent to almost 35,000 Pakistani rupees. Now let’s see the universities in Germany that offer free education.
1 - Technical University of Munich
With 13 Nobel laureates, 18 Leibniz Prize winners in its Alumni list, Technical University of Munich is ranked the best German University to study in 2018. It is ranked 64th best university of the world. Since 2013, they have been offering free education for everyone. Students only have to pay the student union and basic semester ticket fees of 128.50 Euro.
2 - Ludwig-Maximilians - Universität München
Globally ranked 66th, Ludwig-Maximilians is the second best university of Germany to study in 2018. There is no tuition fees charges in university. However students are required to pay Basic Fees and Student Transit Pass summing up to around €109 every semester.
3 - Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Located in the city of Heidelberg, University of Heidelberg is a free university in Germany. It offers free education for all international students. It is ranked 68th in the world to study in 2018. University of Heidelberg is 3rd best university of Germany. It has no tuition fees and only costs around 152.30 Euros per semester.
4 - Humboldt University of Berlin
One of the largest research and education institutions in Germany, Humboldt University of Berlin doesn’t charge any tuition fees. It is 5th best university of Germany with a global rank of 120th.
5 - Free University of Berlin
Located in the city of Berlin, Free University of Berlin offers free education for all international students. It is ranked 125th best university of the world to study in 2018 making it 6th best university of Germany. It is home to over 35 thousand students. This university is particularly recognized for its research in the humanities and social sciences.
6 - Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
7th best university of Germany and also offering free education, RWTH Aachen University is ranked 141st best university to study in 2018 by QS Ranking. It is home to over 44 thousand students. There is no tuition fees but students are required to pay 42 Euros every month as social security contribution and semester ticket.
7 - Technische Universität Berlin
It is 8th best university of Germany with a global rank of 144th. Technische Universität Berlin doesn’t charge any tuition fees from international students. Its engineering programs are particularly high ranked in the world. It is home to over 34 thousand students. It costs 311.59 Euro per semester here.
8 - Technische Universität Dresden
Technische Universität Dresden is ranked 195th best university to study in 2018. It is 12th best university of Germany. It also offers education without any tuition fees. Students have to pay only an administrative charge of 270 Euro per term.
9 - University of Hamburg
It is 13th best ranked university of Germany. Its global rank is 223rd. University of Hamburg also offers education free of tuition fees without just a small charge of administration fee every semester.
10 - Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
It is ranked 239th best university of the world. It is also one of free universities in Germany. Students are only required to pay a social contribution of approximately €285 every term.
11 - Goethe University Frankfurt
Goethe University provides free education to all international students. This university is ranked 239th best university to study in 2018 by QS Ranking. It is located in the city Frankfurt. There over 45 thousand students enrolled here. It has educated 18 Nobel Laureates. It cost about 362.25 Euro per semester to study in this university.
12 - Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Friedrich Schiller University is located in Jena, Thuringia. With an acceptance rate of over 80%, it is home to over 18 thousand students. It also doesn’t charge any tuition fee at all but only the administration and enrollment fee. It is also one of the ten oldest universities in Germany.
13 - Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurnberg
University Erlangen-Nurnberg is a public university with multiple campuses in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg in Bavaria. As all public universities in the state of Bavaria doesn’t charge any tuition fees, this university is also free. However, you still pay administration fees every semester.
Following are also the universities in Germany that offer tuition fees free education for all domestic and international students.
1. Hamburg Media School
2. International School of Management ISM, Dortmund
3. International University, Bremen
4. International University in Germany
5. Johannes Gutenberg University
6. Medical University of Luebeck
7. Otto-Fredrick University, Bamberg
8. Philips-University, Marburg
9. University of Augsburg
10. University of Bamberg
11. University of Bayreuth
12. University of Bielefeld
13. University of Bonn
14. University of Bremen
15. University of Dortmund
16. University of Erfurt
17. University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
18. University of Essen
19. University of Flensburg
20. University of Gottingen
21. University of Hannover
22. University of Kassel
23. University of Koln
24. University of Konstanz
25. University of Leipzig
26. University of Rostock
27. University of Stuttgart
28. University of Marburg
29. University of Oldenburg
How to Apply for Admission?
1. Select a German University
2. Visit Its Official Website
3. Navigate to Admission Page
4. Fill the Online Application/ Admission Form
5. Upload Soft Copy of All Required Documents
6. Submit the Application
7. Wait for the Response from University officials
If you are selected university officials will send you an Acceptance Letter based on which you will get Student Visa.