8 reasons why to study in Germany
- very good infrastructure
- high public safety
- a fair cost of living
- central location in the heart of Europe
- friendly people
- a pulsating cultural scene
- and of course high quality in education and research
The 400 plus universities and colleges in Germany offer high-quality and affordable education to foreign students. There are currently more than 300.000 foreign students in Germany, among them about 100 from Myanmar and many more from neighboring South East Asian countries. Many foreign students appreciate the practical, “real-life”-oriented approach of the many Technical Universities/Universities of Applied Science, who integrate vocational training and internships into their programmes.
More than 90% of students in Germany attend state universities, with mostly low or no tuition fees. Less than 10% attend private, state-recognized universities, with higher tuition fees.
Admission requirements and preparatory classes
Access and entry requirements to a German university depend on your previous school/academic and
language credentials. Make sure that you have thoroughly checked if your qualifications make you eligible for direct admission, or if you need to enter preparatory academic classes (“Studienkolleg”) and/or need to improve your language skills in advance.
You can verify your status by approaching the university of your interest directly, and by using the DAAD database on admission requirements.
You can also use the platform www.uni-assist.de, and, in case you are a university graduate, you can check the online database www.anabin.de to find out if your Myanmar or third country diploma is recognized.
If you need to enter preparatory classes (“Studienkolleg”) before admission to a university, you have
- Find a University that offers an integrated Studienkolleg, or
- Find a private “Studienkolleg” (a selection of options is available at www.studienkollegs.de).
Many universities offer full programmes in English (mainly on the
Master level). You can find most of them in the DAAD database.
However, most of the more than 21.000 course options are still available in German only. Your university will inform you about language entry requirements. If your language skills are not quite there yet, it is often possible to get a conditional admission and
take preparatory language classes before starting your academic studies. Often language classes can also be taken alongside or as a part of the “Studienkolleg”, but please note that Studienkollegs generally are taught in German language only, so you will need B1 or B2 German language skills as an entry requirement to a Studienkolleg.
Even if your study programme is taught in English, it is a good idea to speak at least some German when you move to Germany. Goethe-Institut Yangon is the first choice for Myanmar people eager to learn German. Check out their array of language classes and cultural programmes on offer.
Scholarships to study or do research in Germany are in high demand. Generally, there are no state-
sponsored scholarships for Bachelor studies, but for Master and PhD programmes or research projects
Download here the tailor-made scholarship leaflet for Myanmar nationals or use the comprehensive DAAD database.
Studies in times of Covid and remote learning options
Most universities in Germany have restarted classes in physical presence format. However, in many cases online classes are still on offer, at least for language and preparatory classes (Studienkolleg). For a real campus experience, where you will actually meet and mingle with many fellow students from around the world, you have to live in Germany. Make sure to understand from which point of your academic journey your physical presence in Germany is actually required. This is also relevant for the visa process.
All visa information and application forms are available on our website.
As a rule of thumb, once you have secured a binding admission at a German university, can present a plausible study project, and can prove that you can support yourself while living in Germany, a visa can be issued and you will be on your way aprox. four weeks after application submission. The same applies if you have a conditional admission in combination with an admission to a “Studienkolleg” and/or preparatory language classes.
If you want or need to boost your budget while living in Germany, please note that the residence permit you receive as a student generally includes a work permit for spare/part-time or vacation employment
Life after graduation
After you graduate in Germany, you have ample time to stay and find employment.
The website www.make-it-in-germany.de is an excellent place for anyone looking for a future in Germany.
If you need additional help, the team at the DAAD South East Asia office and Goethe Institut’s study adviser
Kerstin Unseld are there for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them!
We wish you much success in finding your future host university for your personal study project in