Studying in Germany…


                A large no. of  students are opting to study in some of the popular,   coveted  European countries.  Countries like Germany, France, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Finland, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Albania, Ireland have best of the universities and academic institutions  in the world.  These countries also provide scholarships, training and lectureship opportunities to European and foreign students.  Let’s get to learn more about the universities in Germany, life in Germany and the areas of education covered by them.

Most of the universities offer courses in the following areas:

  • German Language and Literature
  • Medicine, Law and Economics
  • Art, Music, Fashion and Humanities
  • Natural and Engineering Sciences

Thus, it is critical to choose a right university before applying. Once you apply for the desired course in the the university/college chosen, the next step is to plan for the stay. Living in any foreign country is a challenge but if you plan your living abroad with proper care and attention, you will be able to manage better.

Make sure you research enough about the overall routine life in any foreign country. As far as European country like  Germany is concerned, here are some handy tips:



Visa and Passport

Visa and Passport

Entry Requirements



  • Students/Visitors from any other country apart from the European countries need to fulfill the passport requirements while entering in Germany. European Nationals except Bulgaria and Romania,  holding a valid national ID card do not need passport. Citizens from Bulgaria and Romania are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
  • All visitors must have valid passports (needs to be valid for 3 months beyond the departure date). Australian, Canadian and U.S. nationals do not require a visa for a less than 3-months visit. EU countries’ visitors must have a valid national ID, which could either be a passport or some other ID. EU countries’ visitors do not require a visa at all.


    Best time to visit Germany is from May to October. Coastal Germany has temperate climate with warm summers and mild cloudy winters. The interiors are warmer during summers and winters are colder. Expect rain throughout the year. Carry clothing accordingly and do not forget an umbrella.



    In Germany, it is advised that you change currencies only at the banks or legitimate exchange bureau. Although banks are shut on weekends, exchange bureaus at the airport and main stations remain open everyday between 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M.



    Cash your traveler’s checks at exchange bureaus as banks would seldom accept it. Although Germans prefer cash transactions, nowadays major credit cards are being widely accepted. Probably the most convenient and quickest way to obtain cash would be at an ATM.



    In Germany, unless asked, do not address people by their first names. Also take a small gift such as unwrapped flowers or a bottle of champagnefor the hostess. Make sure that you take uneven number of flowers and that they are not red roses. Courtesy states that on entering stores or restaurant use greeting such as Guten Tag before asking for anything. Also do not offend the Germans by just leaving without saying anything. The phrase to be used here is Auf Wiedersehen or Tschuss. Normally, casual dressing is acceptable, but in theaters, opera, certain restaurants, casinos and important social functions one must be appropriately dressed. Smoking is banned wherever notified, public transports and buildings. Restaurants and bars are exempted.


     Routine Life (Rules and Regulations)

    Zwickau_Shopping_MallShops generally remain open between 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.- Monday to Saturday. The bigger stores, departmentals and supermarkets may remain open till 8:00 P.M. Countryside stores close by 6:00 P.M. and usually shut down for an hour in the afternoon. If the service charge is not added to the bill leave a 5 to 10 per cent tip on the check amount. Also tip the cleaning staff, hairdressers, porters and taxi drivers in small amounts.

    Public toilets are easily available in Germany. They are marked as Toilette or WC. Larger cities would have spherically shaped or automatic cubic “boxes.” These toilets operate on coins of up to 50 Eurocents or even 1 Euro. Therefore keep some change handy. Also at several of these washrooms you will find attendants. Do leave small tip for them. Choose the correct toilet. ‘Manner’ is for men whereas women’s toilet would have ‘Damen’ or ‘Frauen’ sign boards.

    • Driving

    Non-EU visitors require an international driving license or an official German translation.

    In order to hire a car you have to be a minimum of 21 years of age and require a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.  Germany drives on the right and overtakes on the left. Always.

    If there are no signals/traffic police/sign indicating right-of-way, then right-of-way is always valid for traffic coming from right. This is true also for small side streets and main roads intersections.

    Driving Rules in Germany

    Driving Rules in Germany

    German laws are very strict on drunken driving. Front and rear seat belts are mandatory everywhere. Hand held mobiles while driving are not allowed.

    There are no tolls to be paid on the German Autobahns. Radar traps to monitor speeds are frequent in Germany. Maintain speed limits while driving. Within cities the limit is 50 kph and two-lane highways 100 kph. Although most motorways or autobahns do not specify a speed limit, avoid topping over 130 kph.


    • Insurance

    Student medical insurance is a mandatory requirement at most foreign universities. Some universities do provide students with an insurance plan. However, it is recommended that you get a health insurance from your home country and apply for an insurance waiver simply because insurance from the home country is relatively cheaper and provides the same coverage (and sometimes more) at a lower cost. The availability of dozens of insurance providers may baffle you. Nonetheless, you have to be vigilant when it comes to choosing the right student health insurance policy.

    Following universities in Germany demand Student Medical/Travel Insurance. Click on the names to know the requirements of these universities:


    Medical Services

    Medical Services

    If any medical/non-medical emergency arises while you’re studying in Germany,  call 112 (ambulance) . Dial 110 for police.

    For further queries, call 1800-209-888 (toll-free) or visit for more information and to buy online. You can also visit our University Search section to get insurance information for more than 500 Universities worldwide.


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    13 Responses to “Studying in Germany…”

    1. lenin Says:

      hai this is lenin from tamilnadu i could like do study in germany so now how is the german eduation and living cost?i have time sent to mail to my mail address. k……………bye

    2. free Abroad study Information Says:

      Hai…..Recently I visit your website and it is very useful to going Abroad Study Students .

      Thanking You.

    3. kodalipramod Says:

      i applied for German visa

      my visa has been rejected for this only reason


      what can i show the document please if you have idea about this please mail the following points.

      in the rejection letter of submitting of documents or requirements their is X mark only on that.

      what can i show the document for this purpose
      please reply soon,

      thanking you,
      please reply to


      • ICICI Lombard Says:

        Dear Pramod,

        You need to show proof of health insurance that covers your entire duration of stay in the country you are visiting. You need to purchase comparable proof of health insurance that is recognized by the university, and attach that acceptance letter along with your application. If you tell me the name of the university you have applied to, I will try to check the requirements.

        All the best.


    4. jayavardhan Says:

      i applied for German visa

      my visa has been rejected for this only reason


      what can i show the document please if you have idea about this please mail the following points.

      in the rejection letter of submitting of documents or requirements their is X mark only on that.
      my university name is anhalt university, course is m.eng biomedical engineering.
      what can i show the document for this purpose
      please reply soon,
      i am planing to apply on friday(2/09/2010)

    5. Need Help Says:

      I am also facing the same problem like pramod.
      I am trying to apply for Muchen University. I would be greatful to you if you Please check the Requirements and let me know thro Thanks in advance.

    6. Mohan Says:

      Hi I am Mohankumar, I have got admission In TU Berlin, But My student Visa has been refused stating that JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PURPOSE AND CONDITIONS OF THE INTENDED STAY IS NOT RELIABLE…
      Kindly help me email id:

      • ICICI Lombard Says:

        Dear Mohankumar,

        Thanks for reading our blogs. Dont be disheartened with your visa rejection and get your documents in place for another visa interview. Most often, a visa is rejected if certain documents are not in place. Best of luck!

    7. Sanjeev Kumar Sagwal Says:

      Sir Can there be a Health Insurance policy which is purchased from India but not valid in Germany.Do all Universities provide Insurance Waiver because Health Insurance is really expensive in Germany

      My University Is Essen Duisburg and course is Environmental toxicology.

      I bought a policy from Oriental insurance and is ti possible if we buy another from India and courier the documents

      • ICICI Lombard Says:

        Dear Sanjeev,

        Most universities do offer students the option to waive the university offered insurance. Please contact someone authorised like the admissions co-ordinator or the program director incase you cant find the waiver form. You should be able to purchase another insurance policy and use it for your healthcare requirements in Germany.


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