Greetings from Germany

PC: Jan Beckendorf

Yasaman Khorsandi | Copy Editor 

Imagine this: You’re living abroad, learning another language, getting your master’s degree and paying nothing towards your tuition. Sounds like a dream, right?

Well it is most definitely a reality for many young Americans.

Harvard University is ranked No.1 in the world as of 2015 according to Harvard Law, founded in 1817 is one of the most prestigious, reputable graduate schools to attend for law school. However, the estimated tuition rate for the 2015-2016 school year is approximately $81,000.

Heidelberg University, located in Western Germany near the border of France,  is No. 37 on the best global university list. Heidelberg is a public university well-known for research and emphasis on international relations. International students from over 130 countries make up a one-third of the student body.

As of 2014, German Universities offer free tuition not only to citizens, but international students as well. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Deputy Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service, Ulrich Grothus said,

“We’ve seen an overall increase in international students in this country over the last 10 years. Between 2003 and 2013, the number increased by 56 percent.”

More and more international students are finding out about this program and jumping on the bandwagon.

The only fees required of international students are administrative fees, which fall between 50-150 euros, less than $200 American. According to, these fees include everything from meal plans, student housing, course materials, and public transport tickets.

To add to this list of good things, according to BBC News, health insurance for German students is 80 euros a month, or $87.  To put that number into perspective, APU offers Student Health Care for $1800 a year.

While we all may be in debt from our undergraduate careers, look towards your future masters degree with hopeful eyes; the home of lederhosen and bratwurst is calling your name.

Just be sure to enroll in German 101 as soon as possible and make no promise of returning home.

For more information on the best universities in Germany for international students click here.



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