Spotlight on: Postgraduate Study in Germany |
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Posted on 5 May '21

Spotlight on: Postgraduate Study in Germany

Germany has long been one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world, recently welcoming over 376,000 international students. It’s not too hard to understand Germany’s appeal, with world-class universities, long-standing educational heritage and extremely affordable tuition fees.

This blog will explain everything you need to know about studying a PhD or Masters in Germany this year, from applications and visas to arrivals and teaching methods. We’ve made every effort to ensure that this information is up-to-date but you should be aware that the situation can change very quickly and that governmental websites will provide the very latest info.

Applying for a postgraduate programme in Germany

It’s a good idea to begin the visa application process as early as possible in order to account for any possible delays caused by the pandemic (it’s possible to apply before you have an offer of acceptance from a German university). Find out more in our guide to German student visas.

You’ll also need to register at your local Resident Registration Office and apply for a residence permit once you’ve arrived in Germany.

Studying in Germany

Over the past year, most universities in Germany have moved to a ‘blended learning’ model, with a mixture of online teaching and face-to-face classes / lectures.

The German states / Lӓnder each have some degree of control over coronavirus restrictions, so you’re likely to see a range of different lockdown policies according to the region your university is based in.

Many universities are aiming to deliver a set proportion of sessions in-person over the coming summer semester, so there’s reason to feel hopeful that by autumn more and more normality will have arrived at German university campuses.

In any case, it’s well worth checking the coronavirus info page of your prospective university to find out what the current local situation is and to get an idea of the direction of travel.

For more general information on what it’s like to study there, check out our dedicated guides to PhD study and Masters study in Germany.

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Last Updated: 27 November 2023