how to apply for free german universities

Last Updated on December 16, 2021

The ability to study in Europe is something I´ve wanted to do for several years. Living and studying abroad seems like a dream but it is achievable. There are many grants, scholarships and bursaries that students can apply for in order to study abroad in Germany. Information about free universities in Germany and how to apply for grants is included on this comprehensive guide for anyone wanting to study abroad.

Germany’s public universities have tuition-free study programs that are in English! You don’t have to be fluent or even have ever studied German to come study in Germany.

It can be daunting to get up and move to a different country with a completely different culture and language, but having your study program taught in a foreign language shouldn’t be another added stress, especially if you are a beginner or have no German skills. Having the comfort of studying in a more familiar language eases the transition of going to a new place for your studies. We understand that searching for the perfect university can be overwhelming, so let us break down the many options you have available to you to study in Germany, in a language you’re comfortable with, for FREE!

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List of Tuition Free Universities in Germany – 2021

Since the winter Semester 2006/07, German universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. Currently,  only four out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. These states are Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony (some few more schools have started to charge tuition as of 2017, this include schools like University of Hohenheim).  However, the fees charged in these schools are still relatively affordable.

All other federal states only request a certain amount of money as semester dues, Student Union dues and your transportation fares for the semester (largely depend on schools). Detailed information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany can be found on the following page.

Below is the list of the schools that do not charge fees for Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D programs. Feel free to browse through these schools and check for more information about courses, admission requirements and scholarship/funding opportunities

German Universities Without Tuition are Listed Below:

This is just a few of the many tuition free universities in Germany. This list of tuition free universities in Germany for international students will be updated from time to time.

  • Frankfurt University
  • Free University of Berlin
  • Medical University of Luebeck
  • Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurnberg.
  • International University, Bremen
  • Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
  • University of Bremen
  • International School of Management ISM, Dortmund
  • Johannes Gutenberg University
  • Hamburg Media School
  • International University in Germany
  • University of Bayreuth
  • Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (University of Munich)
  • University of Augsburg
  • Otto-Fredrick University, Bamberg
  • Philipps-University, Marburg
  • University of Dortmund
  • University of Bamberg
  • Humboldt-University, Berlin
  • University of Bielefeld
  • The University of Bonn
  • University of Flensburg
  • The University of Gottingen
  • University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
  • The University of Hamburg
  • University of Oldenburg
  • The University of Kassel
  • University of Konstanz
  • The University of Koln
  • University of Erfurt
  • The University of Hannover
  • University of Essen
  • The University of Stuttgart
  • University of Hohenheim
  • The University of Leipzig
  • University of Rostock
  • The University of Marburg

How To Apply For Admission In Germany (Use DAAD) 2021

If you want to apply for admission into these free tuition Universities in Germany, I recommend that you make use of DAAD search portal. With DAAD, you can search for any undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters or PhD) courses in these Universities. You can click here to start your search.

On the left side of the page, you can filter your search result by entering a keyword like “Business”,  “Engineering” or any filed you are interested in so that the search returns only business or engineering-related courses.

Whatever the keyword you choose, you can further filter (under Degree/level) by choosing whether you are searching for a Bachelor, Master, PhD / Doctorate, Prep Course, Language Course or a Short Course. If you chose entered Engineering above and choose Master here, you will see Master’s courses in Engineering.

Application Process Continuation

You can broadly choose the field of study by choosing one of the options under “Field of Study”. There are many options available but the most important here is the last one “More”. There you have “Tuition fee”, choose “none” so that you only courses in schools where tuition fees are not paid.

When you click on a particular course, you will see all the details there; course overview, admission requirements, language requirements, course curriculum and how to apply. Some require that you apply directly to the school while other ask you to apply through Uni-Assist.

The course page link is always included, click on it to read more details, especially the documents you need to submit. Since requirements and procedure vary slightly for every institution, read more details on the website of the institution you want to apply to.

Admission Requirements and Authenticating Documents

These tuition-free Universities in Germany are standard and world class Universities. They operate just like any other good university, therefore you have to meet the same sets of requirements for admission. Read details of admission requirements in German Universities here.

They will usually require you to fill application form online, then print it and send to the admission office, together with other documents required.

Note that you have to authenticate the documents you are sending for admission purpose before they deem them legit and acceptable. You can find details of how to authenticate certificates/documents for admission into Germany Universities.

Furthermore, after you get an admission offer, you will need to process visa. You can read this post on how to apply for Germany Students Visa in Nigeria (similar to other countries). If you are reading this in other countries, the process would likely be the same but you can still consult the German Embassy website for your country.

We no offer a service for helping Nigerians apply for tuition-free universities in Germany. If you feel the whole process is too complicated or simply don’t have the time, you might want to employ our services.

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