1. Why should I go to Germany to continue my university education?

Many German institutions of higher education can look back on centuries-old tradition. Until today German universities play a leading role internationally in many of the science and humanities disciplines. There are 400 institutions of higher education spread all over Germany, with no less than 109 universities, 216 universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) and 55 colleges of art, film and music. The spectrum of study options is extremely broad: more than 9551 different degree courses and more than 863 doctoral study opportunities are offered.

2. What is the difference between a university and a Fachhochschule?

Both offer degree programmes leading to an BA/BSc or MA/MSc. or the German equivalent. The "Fachhochschule" (University of Applied Sciences), however, is generally more orientated towards the practical use of knowledge. Most of their degree programmes are in the field of natural sciences, engineering and business administration. Degrees in the field of humanities, social sciences or fine arts are not normally offered at the "Fachhochschule". Quite often, "Fachhochschulen" maintain close contact to the industry and offer extensive opportunities for internships. On the other hand, "Fachhochschulen" do not award the title of PhD. So, if you are quite sure you do not want to pursue an academic career (university teaching etc.) but instead you want to gain as much practical experience as possible, a "Fachhochschule" might be the right place for you to undertake your studies.

3. What are the admission requirements for international degree programmes?

  • SPM + STPM (min. 5 subjects)

     From SPM: 3 subjects - Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mathematics or a science subject (which ever with          the higher grade)
     From STPM: 2 or 3 subjects from the related subjects for the bachelor's degree (depending on the university);     *subject-specific requirements may apply

  • A-Levels, 4 subjects: 

    1) AS-Language (compulsory; English,English Literature, Mandarin, Tamil etc)
    2) Mathematics or a science subject (compulsory)
    3) one subject related to the Bachelor's degree and
    4) the fourth subject is optional
    *subject-specific requirements may apply

  • Proficiency in English (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Basic Knowledge of German (A1/A2) is sometimes required

Please understand that all German universities are autonomous and they may have the final decision on the certificates.

4. What are the admission requirements for German programmes?

  • STPM or A-Levels for all higher education institutions (cf. section 3 above)
  • Proficiency in German (DSH/TestDaF)

Please understand that all German universities are autonomous and they may have the final decision on the certificates.

5. Where do I send my application?

Applications are made directly to the university in Germany or to ASSIST (www.uni-assist.de). Please pay attention to the various application deadlines! The main intake for most courses is in early October. Some courses also offer a minor intake at the beginning of April.

6. What are the living expenses in Germany?

  • Public universities in Germany charge only very moderate tuition fees or even no fees at all Where fees are charged, these amount to 500 Euro (ca. RM 2,200) per semester.
  • Living expenses in Germany average 650 - 750 Euro per month (RM 2,900 - RM 3,300) including accommodation, food, transportation, health insurance, clothing, entertainment, etc.
  • Where there are no tuition fees, you will have to pay for the semester contribution.
    • Example of a semester contribution: Summer semester 2012 in University of Cologne (in Euro)
      • Social contributions                           60.50
      • Contributions towards student body    10.51
      • Semester ticket                              147.30
      • Total amount                                  218.30
  • Health insurance for students below 30 years old is 80 Euro per month

7. How about scholarships?

The German institutions of higher education rarely award scholarships, as they charge no or only very moderate tuition fees. There are, however several institutions that award scholarships. The most extensive scholarships programme is that of the DAAD. However only advanced students may apply such as graduates and PhD candidates.

Please check with the staff at the Information Centre for details. You also might want to check out the scholarships information here on our homepage or visit

8. How about part time jobs?

International students are allowed to work 120 full days (8 hours per day) or 240 half days (4 hours per day) in a year.

9. How about accommodation? Can I get a place at a student dormitory?

As an international student coming to Germany, you have a number of options to find accommodation. You can either choose to live in a student dormitory (where the rent will be low because it is subsidized by the government) or you can try to find a place on the “free market” which tends to be more expensive. Student dormitories are generally quite nice in Germany - very often you will have an apartment with your own kitchen and bathroom. Sometimes you will have to share kitchen and/or bathroom with fellow students living in the same building. It is probably a good piece of advice to live in a dormitory for the first one or two semesters. Later on, with the safety of having a place to live, you can start looking for a different place on the "free market".

10. Where can I find more information on the internet?

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