Study abroad semester in Germany

Germany has an enjoyable weather both during summer and during winter: it’s not too hot, too cold, too windy, too humid or too arid. Hence, living standards are high just by nature. Furthermore, the level of wealth that the country enjoys now in 21st century give its inhabitants one of the best living experiences on earth. Like in France, workweeks are shorter compared to the European average, leaving space to leisure activities. Germans are not necessarily hard workers, they’re productive workers.

In Italy we see a lot of German tourists. They have the financial and temporal capability to enjoy amazing holidays throughout the year. I think that a nation with free time is definitely a wealthy nation, and I admire Germany for that. Nonetheless, inbound tourism in Germany is attractive as well. It is one of the most visited countries in the world and is the stage of many important events.

Social assistance is also great. Germany have been the pioneer of many revolutionary social initiatives. Financial aid is provided to needy people, and medical assistance is free for all the residents. Education is free as well. This wealth comes in part from the excellent trade balance the country enjoys within the EU. Industry is well developed and cutting-edge in processes and products’ quality. Transportation quality is also excellent, with an extensive and well-kept network of autobahns, railroads and airports.

What are the best universities in Germany for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Germany might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 39 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Germany. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positioning of the German institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
Goethe University Frankfurt 311 251–300 101-150 129 273 4 222 -
Heidelberg University 64 42 57 70 105 - - 61
University of Hamburg 228 135 201-300 167 186 3 155 112
University of Freiburg 175 83 101-150 127 237 3 168 155
RWTH Aachen University 145 107 201-300 218 164 3 184 121
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management - - - - - 5 - -
University of Konstanz 443 251–300 601-700 620 783 - 511 481
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 131 201–250 201-300 239 199 3 197 103
University of Marburg 651-700 301–350 401-500 369 535 - 499 370
Leipzig University 483 - 201-300 271 381 - 342 663
Ruhr University Bochum 439 251–300 - 312 - - 372 334
University of Stuttgart 333 301–350 301-400 430 485 - 564 290
Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Undergraduate level) - - - - - - - -
Bauhaus University Weimar - - - - - - - -
Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences - - - - 731 - - -
CBS International Business School - - - - - - - -
Europa Universität Flensburg - - - - - - - -
FH Dortmund - - - - - - - -
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - - - - - 5 - -
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - - - - - - - -
Hamburg School of Business Administration - - - - - - - -
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences - - - - - - - -
Ilmenau University of Technology - 801–1000 - 1390 - - 1356 -
Jacobs University Bremen - 251–300 - 1125 - - 1113 -
Kühne Logistics University - - - - - 1 - -
Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg 470 - - 450 631 - 604 431
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences - - - 1136 - - 1100 -
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg - - 601-700 683 705 - 791 -
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences - - - - - - - -
SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences - - - - - - - -
Technical University of Cologne - - - - - - - -
TU Kaiserslautern - 601–800 - 866 932 - 978 633
Ulm University 344 140 301-400 314 462 - 316 336
University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt - - - - - - - -
University of Bayreuth 521-530 301–350 701-800 616 725 - 697 547
University of Bremen 541-550 401–500 501-600 525 656 3 520 318
University of Duisburg-Essen 751-800 201–250 301-400 307 379 - 285 218
University of Greifswald - 301–350 - 668 744 - - -
University of Hohenheim 651-700 201–250 701-800 832 813 2 623 728

German education enjoys a good and distributed reputation. There is no outlier, and the majority of its universities are internationally recognized. It is like a solid football team with many good players but no champions. That is not bad at all, because it gives the possibility to have accessible education to a wide plethora of students. So, immerse yourself into the semester offering on wearefreemovers and pick your next destination!

Costs and fees of studying in Germany

Germany is quite an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are close to 750€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Germany is extremely cheap, with a median 290€/semester for EU free mover students and 1000€/semester for non-EU free mover students.

Which German cities are available for free movers?

Currently there are 44 cities that accept free movers in Germany. Have you ever dreamt of studying in Berlin or any other city in Germany? Here you can find institutions divided by city: