What are the requirements for studying in Germany 2022

What are the conditions for studying in Germany 2022, many Arab students aspire to study in Germany, especially since German universities are a destination for students from all over the world, but admission to universities in Germany requires many conditions, and the following are the most important steps needed.

Do you dream of studying in Germany and don't know where to start? You also do not know good sources of information and guidance to help you plan to start your university studies, below we give you the first steps to good planning, these steps include information about learning the language and choosing the desired study program at the right university, as well as information and websites that help you get a qualification to study in German universities.

What are the conditions for studying in Germany
What are the conditions for studying in Germany?

What are the requirements to study in Germany?

Conditions for studying in Germany:

The first condition is the certificate:

  • You must already have a high school diploma if you want to study for a bachelor's degree.
  • If you want to study a master's degree, you must have completed your university studies in your home country and obtained a bachelor's degree.

The second condition is financing and bank account:

  • Take care of the material things, although studying in Germany is free in 15 of Germany's 16 federal states.
  • The student must cover his personal expenses during his stay in Germany.  
  • The Embassy requires proof of funding for the study, either through the so-called closed bank account that the student must open in Germany and deduct from it the amount of 10,332 euros.
  • Or through personal care, or proof that the student has received a scholarship.

Third Language Condition:

  • Language requirements, Anyone wishing to study in German in Germany must have obtained at least a German language certificate, level A2.
  • For students who wish to study in English, they must prove this by submitting notarized and recognized certificates to the German Embassy and even to the university where the student later wishes to study in Germany.

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Is it possible to complete university studies in Germany?

Yes, but there are a set of steps you must take to be eligible to study in Germany and they are as follows:

Find a study program

Finding a university and choosing a program of study that suits your interests is the first step in planning your studies in Germany.

This is not meant to be a big problem given that there are so many countless universities and degree programs and their quality is undoubtedly world-class, whatever direction you want to take in life, there is sure to be a study program that fits with your academic aspirations and future plans.

However, finding a university and a program of study may take some time if you don't think carefully before starting the application process to study in Germany, the large number of courses available may be one of the reasons why you haven't made a decision yet.

We suggest that you think about the study program at least 3 months before making the final decision.This period is enough for you to investigate all German universities that offer courses related to your field.

Once you find these German universities, you can focus on a small list of universities that you think are ideal, you can either decide to focus on one university or apply to multiple universities of your choice to increase your chances of admission.

Finding a university and a program of study is very important because it determines everything.

Meet all requirements

Now that you have decided on the university and the program of study you want to enroll in, you have to check all the requirements.For this purpose, you should check the university's website and section on admission requirements, if there are things you don't understand, feel free to contact the university directly.

Admission requirements vary depending on the university and the type of course you choose, so it is recommended to read the Requirements section several times.

Bad timing and missing documents are among the most common problems that occur at this stage and both can lead to delays in accepting or even rejecting applications, to avoid such a possibility, you should prepare these documents early enough.

For example, while taking a standard German proficiency test, you must complete a language course of at least three months, if you start learning German from scratch, it will take much longer.

The subsequent legalization of your documents may have a similar processing time until they are issued to you, due to any occasional delays caused by the nature of the process, you must start preparing your documents at least 4 months before applying for your place at the university.

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Learn German

Your success at the university depends heavily on your German language skills, even if your program is in English, having a strong knowledge of the German language ensures you understand the subjects and understand what is taught in lectures with the ability to express your ideas correctly.

In Germany, most undergraduate courses are taught in the mother tongue, while many graduate programs are taught in whole or in part in German, outside the university you often have to speak German with the locals.

Learning German from scratch can be difficult, but if you start early, you will master German when you arrive in Germany, we recommend that you start at least 6 months before the start of the course (or before applying if German language proficiency is a requirement) to gain a basic understanding of the German language.

Search for financial resources

The next step is to ensure that you have the financial resources to live and study in Germany, under current legislation, all foreign students from outside the EU or the European Economic Area must have the appropriate financial means to finance their stay in Germany during their studies.

An international student in Germany must own a minimum of €10,332, which is sufficient for the student to cover living expenses during the first year of his studies, this amount of money must be deposited in a closed German bank account.

Important Tip: To significantly increase your chances of getting a student visa, you should use a blocked account as proof of financial resources.

An escrow account is a special type of bank account for international students in Germany, to prove that you have enough funds to live in Germany for one year during your studies.

As of 2021, it is estimated that an international student in Germany will spend an average of €861 per month as a minimum, therefore, you must have €10,332 in your bank account before applying for a German student visa.

Of course, for a student, this is a large amount of money and takes time to collect, it is highly recommended that you start saving money long before you pursue your application for admission to college, unless you get a scholarship and use it as proof of your financial abilities.

Usually 6 months before you apply early enough to start collecting these funds and two weeks before you apply for a student visa, you need to deposit it, here are some of the ways you can finance your studies in Germany.

Submit an application for admission

After verifying the application documents again, it's time to apply, the application can be submitted online, but some universities only receive applications in person or by mail.

Contact your university to find out how to apply, most German universities are part of the national online university application platform known as UniAssist, too, some universities run their own online admissions platform on their website.

Keep in mind that German universities are a hub for international students and that admissions committees are very busy with foreign applications, reviewing all applications takes time and you should submit your application as soon as possible to take advantage of this.

You must submit your application as soon as you open the application and then wait for the acceptance letter, depending on the level of study you are seeking in Germany, the application procedure varies slightly.

Here are our step-by-step instructions on how to apply to a university in Germany:

  • Master's degree.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • PhD degree.

Obtaining a German Student Visa

If you are a student from a country outside the EU and outside the EEA, you must obtain a German student visa.

At the time you are collecting documents, we suggest that you contact the German Embassy/Consulate in person and make an appointment for a visa.

Make sure you have the right financial means to study in Germany, one of the easiest and best ways to convince the authorities that you have enough money to cover your education and living expenses is to open a so-called escrow bank account.

We suggest you open a closed bank account with Fintiba is a German company officially accredited by the Federal Foreign Office.

Along with other documents, the German Embassy/Consulate in your home country will require you to obtain a health insurance policy before granting you a student visa.

  • Foreign exchange students, language students and students participating in university preparatory courses (Studienkolleg)
  • PARTICIPANTS IN THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM (E.G. ERASMUS, DAAD AND SOKRATES).
  • University students.
  • Trainees.
  • Accompany family members.

 Register at your university

The last step to officially get a place at your chosen university is to enroll in the course to which you have been admitted, in this sense, the registration process takes you from a successful candidate to a student enrolled in Germany.

Public higher education in Germany is offered free of charge, but you still have to pay a registration fee that is somewhat between 150 euros and 250 euros, in addition, you will have to pay a half-year ticket to use public transport for free for 6 months.

To enroll in your undergraduate course in Germany, you must come in person to your university's administration office and submit the following documents:

  • Your passport is valid.
  • Passport copy.
  • Your visa or residence permit.
  • A completed and signed application form.
  • Diplomas (original documents or certified copies).
  • Letter of acceptance.
  • Proof of health insurance in Germany.
  • Receipt of payment fees.

After enrolling in the university administration, you will receive a registration document (ID card) which can then be used to apply for a residence permit and attend your courses.

Now that we have mentioned the conditions that a student must obtain in order to be able to study in Germany, we will mention the steps that each student must take to start actual study at a German university:

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