Germany, the Best Country for International Students

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The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) have been the destinations of choice for most international students so far. However, recent political changes in those countries are making some of the students look elsewhere. Other than Canada and Australia, they are finding plenty of options in Europe as well, and Germany has been ranked as the best country for international students, just in time!

According to The Local, a recent study by Study.EU indicates that Germany is currently the best country for international students studying in Europe. Germany came first with a total score of 83.2 out of 100, much ahead of the UK, which scored at 69.8. The research ranked 30 European countries based on three categories – education, costs, and life and career.

With 340,000 international students in Germany during 2015-2016, compared to 265,000 four years earlier, the growth is quite evident. Germany seems to be the best country for study abroad programs – world class education, stimulating urban life and a culture of people from all over the planet.

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Germany is a large and strong economy with plenty of opportunities for foreign graduates. Munich and Stuttgart are strong in automotive and manufacturing; Frankfurt is the leading financial capital while Hamburg is home to trade and media companies. Berlin may not have a strong industrial base, but is gradually developing as the city for startup businesses.

There are around 400 higher education institutions in Germany, many of which offer about a 1000 study programs conducted in the English language. Not only is the country’s education system world class, it is also free at most universities. Quite unbelievable, but very true!

Regardless of which country students come from, most institutions offer their education completely free of charge, with some exceptions like private schools or study programs for students with prior professional experience. For international students, who decide to stay and work in Germany after their graduation, they can even deduct previous tuition fees from their income tax.

Living cost in Germany is relatively affordable as well, compared to other Western European countries. On an average, students can get by on 800 Euros per month. Rent in certain metropolitan areas like Munich and Hamburg is somewhat high, but not as compared to cities like Paris or London.

Although speaking German is almost always a prerequisite for entry-level jobs, exceptions are given in sectors like Information Technology and internationally-based startup companies. Travelling in and around the country is easy too. The airports in Frankfurt and Munich are among the largest, together serving several hundred connections in Europe and around the world. Trains and busses are other viable options to travel in Germany and Europe.

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Besides education and good living standards, recreation and the curiosity to visit other parts of Europe is another attractive prospect for international students. Germany is located at the heart of Europe, bordering on nine other countries – Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Living and studying in non-English speaking countries in Europe clearly has its advantages, especially for students, who already have a good grasp of the English language. It is a great opportunity for them to learn another language as well as explore career opportunities.