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    Living Costs in Germany: In Germany, most of the state universities are public or church funded and do not charge any tuition fees from students. Though, very few universities charge a little amount as tuition fees. Of course, bachelor’s degree programs are free. However, master’s degree programs and doctoral degree programs are charged very fewer tuition fees. It is very less as compared to other universities in Europe. So you can go and study abroad in Germany for free because there is free education in Germany for international students is available. so, it is a great opportunity to free study in Germany for Pakistani students. Private universities charge full tuition fees, which can be compared to the universities of Europe. So very less number of Pakistani students take admitted to private universities. Most of the universities of applied sciences are private.

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    It is news that the state of Baden-Württemberg said that from winter semester 2017/18 non-EU students will be charged 1500 Euro per semester. This fee will be charged only to new admissions from winter semester 2017/18. Continuous students are exempted from fees. However, students of the Ph.D. program will not be charged tuition fees as per routine. This resolution of fee imposing on non-EU students is still in process, the final decision will have come after the approval of the local government of the state of Baden-Württemberg. But still, you can find most of the tuition-free universities in Europe here in Germany.

    Cost Of Study In Germany

    To study abroad in Germany the student has to first apply to the university. Many universities charge fees for the application. Students applying through uni-assist have to submit a fee for the assessment of certificates. The preliminary review of submitted documents generally costs €75 for the first university where the student applies. Moreover, for other universities, applications cost €15 per university. Universities in Germany will charge this administration fee to examine the application and documents. After the payment of this fee, the application is processed for further proceedings. There are still some universities in Germany that do not take any application charges.

    German public universities offer free-of-cost tuition to international students seeking admission to undergraduate programs. Though the tuition is almost free, there are many other associated costs that a student has to bear. Remember students who want to study at a private university have to pay higher tuition fees. The private universities charge full tuition fees and that could be around or over 20.000 € per year.

    Language Proficiency Charges: Most of the courses taught at German universities are in German. The student has to learn the basic German language before getting enrolled in such courses. Language proficiency proof is one of the prime requirements to apply to a German University. A Pakistani student who wants to take a basic level German course in his country has to pay around Rs.25 thousand to complete the course. Furthermore, the German language proficiency exam itself charges some fees costing around 20 thousand PRs.

    Similarly, students enrolled in English taught courses have to show their good scores in the English language proficiency exam. If the student can prepare himself he has to pay only the examination fee. Those students who want to take special courses to prepare for their English language test have to spend around 20-25 thousand PRs. Moreover, there is some assigned fee for the IELTS and TOEFL exams, ranging between 25-to 30 thousand PRs.

    Registration and Semester Ticket: Students have to pay some fees per semester for enrollment and administration. This is typically around €250 per semester; however, this is not a fixed amount and varies according to the university. Most students also buy a Semester ticket. A semester-long ticket is available for public transportation at a relatively cheap price. The price varies depending upon the type of Semester ticket you choose. Moreover, if you exceed the period of study like if you are staying in the institute for more than four semesters, you have to pay an additional fee of about €500 per semester.

    Besides, these study costs there are many other payments like accommodation, food, entertainment which have to be bear by the student. We will discuss these costs under the title of the cost of living. Students can take advice from their study abroad consultants to learn about these costs.

    Master’s Study Cost in Germany for International Students 2021: Students can study free of cost tuition in many Master’s programs. In some cases the rules are different. In some institutions, if the students are enrolled in a “consecutive” Master’s course (students are continuing their master’s course from a relative bachelor’s degree from Germany), the course applies no tuition fee. Still, students have to pay a little amount per semester for formalities like enrollment, administration, and a Semesterticket. On the other hand, these institutions apply tuition fees to “non-consecutive” master’s programs. (Students having bachelor’s degrees other than from Germany has to enroll in a paid master’s program). The tuition fee varies according to the university. At public institutes, it costs around €20,000 per year. While at public institutions the tuition fee is a bit high that is around €30,000.

    Ph.D. Study Cost in Germany: German universities offer tuition-free Ph.D. programs in almost every university. This tuition-free offer is valid for the first six semesters. Ph.D. students will pay a semester contribution of around €250.

    Work while studying in Germany

    Yes, students are allowed to work part-time during their studies. Students are allowed to work for 20 hours a week during their studies. However, on holidays students can work the full day. But it is compulsory for students that give priority to their studies in Germany. The students who are willing to do a job during their studies are properly registered and allotted a social security number. The wage rate in Germany is 9.19 Euros per hour.

    If a student earns more than or equal to 450 Euro per month (either from 20 hours job or a full-time job or a mini job), he has to pay a mandatory contribution to health care, insurance, and state employee insurance. Some higher education institutions offer the job to students like library assistants or some administrative work. It is a good way of earning because it doesn’t disturb your study routine. The best way to find a job is “SchwarzeBretter”, these are kinds of notice boards in universities, markets, and public spots. Students must read these boards from time to time to get a suitable job for them.

    Living Costs In Germany

    Living in a big city in the world is always expensive, so that in Germany. Students have to spend a major portion of their savings on living. The cost of living always depends on your way of living. always suggests you spend less on living and more on studies. Anyways, you may need to spend 800 Euro per month to spend on accommodation, food, clothing, traveling in the city, books, stationery, personal maintenance, entertainment, etc. It is an average and estimated cost of living. It may be segregated as the rent of accommodation may require 300 Euro approx, food may require 165 Euro approx, traveling may require 82 Euro approx, clothing may require 50 Euro approx, study material (books, notes, stationary) may require 30 Euro approx, phone & the internet may require 33 Euro approx, health and medical may require 65 Euro approx and entertainment & outing may require 68 Euro approx. these figures are approx and can vary from city to city.

    Food Cost
    As a student in Germany, you will pay about 170 EUR/month for food. If you’re looking for lower prices, try cheaper supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, and Netto. If you wish to have dinner in a restaurant once in a while you will pay 10 EUR for food in a cheap one. A three-course meal for two in an average restaurant costs 45 EUR and an additional light drink will be 3 EUR.

    Health Insurance
    International students in Germany are obligated to buy a health insurance plan. You can choose between private (PKV) and statutory public health insurance (GVK) plans in Germany. According to German law students under and equal to the age of 30 or taking up to the 14th full study, a semester must be insured by statutory health insurance. This health insurance will cost around €80 per month.

    Transportation Expenditure In Germany

    Students who have already bought a Semester ticket can travel to a certain area free of cost with public transport. The prices and offers for different semester tickets vary a lot depending on the city and traveling distances. Generally, an average transport cost ranges between 30 and 60 EUR/month depending on the city.

    -A public transport pass for students is between 25 and 200 EUR/month. However, at many universities, the cost of the monthly transport pass is included in the administration fee that you need to pay every semester.
    -You can easily get around with a bicycle throughout any city in Germany. Rates for renting a bicycle is around 15-20 EUR/day.
    -Use Germany’s Deutsche Bahn train system and visit any German city you want; fares are between 20 and 70 EUR.

    Accommodation Costs In Germany

    Finding accommodation in big cities has become a problem in the world, so that in Germany. It will not easy for you to find a good residence in the student cities of Germany. Students are advised to confirm their residence immediately after admission confirmation. Students must have confirmed accommodation before reaching Germany. Getting admission to a German higher education institution is not giving you an automatic booking for the university’s student residence hall. You need to arrange accommodation yourself.

    Hall of Residence: Several student halls of residence are present in every German university town. A room in a residence hall is the most affordable housing option. It is however very difficult to get residence halls as they are in high demand. The early the student applies for the hall the more the chances of getting it. The study abroad student should smartly apply right after he/she receives admission acceptance from a German university. The applications and allocation for the hall of residence are processed by the Studentenwerk (Student Services Organization). According to a recent survey, only 11% of international students successfully find on-campus accommodation. At the Studentenwerke halls of residence, the average monthly rent including all costs is 246 €per month.

    Private Accommodation: There are many private accommodations available for international students. Students can take these accommodations on rent from private landlords or estate agents. Prices vary depending upon the location and standard of the apartment. Private residence in Germany, however, costs around 220 to 400 EUR per month. Generally, international students prefer to share a flat or a room in private accommodation. The accommodation costs for a student in Germany on average is: 363 EUR/month for Single living, 350/month for shared living, and 237 EUR/month for on-campus living

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