Studying in Germany
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Famous thinkers such as Humboldt and Einstein, Hegel and Planck laid the foundations for Germany’s reputation as a land of scholars and as the “country of thinkers and poets”. As early as medieval times, scholars from all over Europe made the pilgrimage to the newly founded universities in Heidelberg, Cologne and Greifswald. Later, following the university reforms carried out by Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835), the German universities actually became considered the ideal example followed by discerning academics elsewhere. Humboldt conceived of the university as a venue for the independent pursuit of knowledge.
Anyone wanting to study in Germany today is able to choose between some 350 higher education institutions that are spread across the entire country. Be it in cities or in the countryside, traditional or highly modern, small with everything in walking distance or large and spread across a pulsating metropolis – today almost every larger German city has its own college or university.
Some two million young people study in Germany's universities presently, among them about 240,000 foreign students. Thus, more than every tenth student comes from abroad, making Germany the third most preferred host country for international students after the United States and Great Britain. The fact that nowadays, many programmes are taught in English and you do not necessarily have to know German before starting your studies here has further increased the attractivity of German universities.
German Acadamic Exchange Service
If you consider studying in Germany, the German Acadamic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the organization to turn to for further information and support. Formally, it is an association with all German universities and certain students' organizations as its members. On the
internet page you can find a data base with all degree programmes taught at German universities, including those taught in English. It can be accessed via the information portal:
The DAAD also runs the largest higher education scholarship programme in the world. Since 1925, more than 1.5 million students and scholars both from Germany and from abroad have received DAAD funding.
Other German institutions that provide scholarships for foreign students include various political, humanitarian and private foundations. A overview of these can be found here: DW_Article_on_Scholarships
Since 2005, a growing number of Saudi students have come to Germany with support from the King Abdullah Scholarship Programme. Most German universities are on the Ministry of Higher Education's list of approved foreign universities.