German Universities now all free of tuition fees for International Students

Universities in Germany are now free of tuition fees for all including international students. Yesterday, Lower Saxony became the last of seven German states to abolish their tuition fees, which were already extremely low.

German universities had been charging for tuition since 2006. The measure proved unpopular, and German states began dropping them one by one. It is now all gone throughout the country, even for foreigners.

This means that now, both domestic and international undergraduate students at public universities in Germany are able to study in Germany for free, with just a small fee to cover administration– usually between €150 and €250 (US$170-280)  – and other living expenses costs per semester (food, transport, accommodation, entertainment, course materials and other necessities).

Germans barely had to pay for undergraduate study even before tuition fees were abolished. Semester fees averaged around €500 ($630). It is now gone.


Free education is a concept that is embraced in most of Europe with notable exceptions like the U.K., where the government voted to lift the cap on university fees in 2010, and tripled the tuition fees therefore. The measure has reportedly cost more money than it brought in. The Guardian reported last March that students are failing to pay back student loans.

Maybe for now, learning German might be the best financial choice an high school student can make.


Find out about German Universities offering English only Bachelor Degree.


This article was originally published October 2014 and last updated November 2015.

313 thoughts on “German Universities now all free of tuition fees for International Students”

  1. Hi there!
    I’m a student from Morocco, I have an American high school diploma and I’m interested to study in Germany in English. I want to study The DEC Food Service Management (Kitchen).
    What can you suggest for me please?
    Thank you!

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  2. Hello I am from Syria and i came to germany as a refugee, I have a high school degree and speak English well, I want to go to university to study pharmacy


  3. I am a post graduation student in India
    I want to do my research there in a German university in the stream of Astrophysics. I want to know the eligibility criteria…can you help me out..


  4. Currently studying MSc in Agricultural Economics in United Kingdom. I want to do Phd but needed full scholarship. How is it possible.


    1. Hi Saheed, UK studies are expensive. You can look for specific scholarships offered to foreigners or specific study field. You can also think of doing a PhD in Germany where tuitions are free for PhD Students in some public institutions. You only need to apply to the ones you like and think you can apply to.


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