Eight steps to Germany

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Deutschland gehört zu den beliebtesten Studienorten für internationale Studierende. Wer an einer deutschen Hochschule studieren oder forschen möchte, hat zunächst viele Fragen. Hier erfahren Sie die 8 wichtigsten Schritte zu einem erfolgreichen Studienaufenthalt in Deutschland.

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The Right University

Anyone looking to study in Germany is spoilt for choice. There are many different types of universities, all of which provide outstanding quality.

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The Right Degree Programme

Whether Bachelor's or Master's, state exam or PhD – there is a wide range of degree courses and short courses on offer at German universities. All your options at a glance.

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The Requirements

Anyone who wants to study at a university in Germany needs a so-called "Hochschulzugangsberechtigung" (HZB) or higher education entrance qualification.

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Learning German

Learning German is worthwhile. Find out where and how you can improve your German.

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Costs of Education and Living

Compared to other EU states, living costs in Germany are relatively modest. Nevertheless, to ensure a successful stay in Germany, it is of utmost importance that funding is secured for the entire study period in Germany. Study and living costs at a glance.

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Applying

Anyone looking to study at a German university needs to fulfill certain admissions criteria.

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Visas

International students often need a visa to travel to Germany. This depends on the country of origin and how long you want to stay.

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Renting a Room

Unlike in many other countries, freshers at German universities are not automatically allocated student accommodation on enrolment. So it is important to start searching for accomodation early on.

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Help and Advice

Whether you are interested in studying or research in Germany, our employees are always happy to assist with any questions relating to your study in Germany.

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Consultations

Have you got questions about study and research in Germany? Have you always dreamed of studying in Europe? Are you looking for funding for your Master or PhD degree? Then make an appointment for a consultation with the DAAD Johannesburg Team! We would be happy to assist and advise!

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Contact

  • DAAD Information Centre Johannesburg

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