German universities are keeping pace with the mobility of international students. They've realised what an important consideration for international students moving to Germany is to have a variety of study programmes in English. This has opened doors for international students wanting to study at universities in Germany.
But what are the learning opportunities for international students who don’t speak German? Which universities offer English-taught degrees at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels? We’ve narrowed the list to the best English-taught degrees in Germany so you can make the correct choice.
The vision of German universities centres on creating tomorrow's top managers, and in times of globalisation, programmes in English at (leading) universities in Germany are essential to realising this dream. To meet this demand, an increasing number of German universities are including English-taught degrees in their curriculum.
So, for international students who would rather tackle the 4Ps in Marketing in English than deal with the declensions of German words, there’re plenty of study programmes in English in Germany.
At a glance at the universities in Germany, it's evident that the vast majority of degree programmes are still taught in German, but according to the DAAD (German academic exchange service),
Around 172 Bachelor's programmes at German universities are now taught in English.”
A paradise for every international student who wants to study at a German university without any proficiency in German!
Yes, universities in Germany do not charge tuition fees to their domestic or international students. In 2014, 16 federal states in Germany abolished tuition fees at public universities. For you, this means that at public universities, all you have to pay is a small fee to cover the bureaucratic formalities and a minor contribution. In return, you will receive a semester ticket which entitles you to use public transport 'for free'.
Good news: Tuition fees belong to the past!
Bad news: Private universities are pioneers in English-taught programmes, and they have hefty tuition fees.
To give you a better grasp of the range of universities in Germany that teach in English, it's worth first having a brief overview of the best universities for international students in Germany.
List of universities in Germany for international students:
Tip: When looking for degrees taught in English, check out the universities in the bigger cities, as they’re more likely to have international courses.”
We have compiled a list of universities in Germany for international students, with a focus on the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt am Main. Here you'll find a shortlist of private and public universities. So, let’s dive into the different bachelor degrees in Germany taught in English.
|University||Studies||Private or public||Tuition fees / semester|
|Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts & Technology||Electronic Music Production, Sound Engineering, Film Production, Acting, Digital Arts, VFX, Animation||Private||€10,750- €11,750|
|Freie Universität Berlin||Bachelor of Arts in North American Studies||Public||None|
|HTW Berlin||Bachelor International Business (BIB)||Public||None|
|Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin||Business Administration/ International Service Management (BA)||Public||None|
|Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin||International Business Management (BA)||Public||None|
|SRH Berlin (University of Applied Science)||International Business Administration (BA)||Private||€690-€790/ month (EU/EEA incl. Western Balkans, Ukraine, Switzerland),€4725-€53355/ semester (Non-EU/ Non-EEA)|
|Hochschule Fresenius (University of Applied Science)||Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design (with internship)||Private||€750/monthly (EU) - €820/monthly (non-EU)|
|Hamburg University of Applied Science||Bsc Information Engineering||Public||None|
|Hamburg University of Technology||Engineering Science||Public||None|
|Technische Universität Munich||Management & Technology (BSc)||Public||None|
|Hochschule Fresenius - University of Applied Science||International Business Management (BA)||Private||€950/monthly (EU)-€1,020/monthly (non-EU)|
|Frankfurt School of Finance & Management||Business Administration (BSc)||Private||€7,700/semester|
|International School of Management (ISM)||Finance & Management (BSc)||Private||€5,700/semester|
Different from the search for English-taught Bachelor programmes in Germany, you'll soon discover that most universities offering Master’s degrees in English charge tuition fees. That’s because the majority of available degrees are in private universities.
You might also realise that there's a much wider choice of Master's programmes in Germany taught in English compared to Bachelor's programmes. The Freie Universität in Berlin is a great example: just 1 Bachelor's programme in English and 20 Master's programmes.
|University||Studies||Private or public||Tuition fees / semester|
|Freie Universität Berlin||Biochemistry (MSc), Data Science (MSc), Medical Neuroscience (MSc), Sociology - European Societies (MA)||Public||None|
|HTW Berlin||Business Administration and Engineering (MBA)||Public||€12,500|
|HTW Berlin||International Business (MA)||Public||None|
|HTW Berlin||Professional IT Business & Digitalization||Public||€14,250|
|HTW Berlin||Project Management and Data Science||Public||€16,000|
|Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin||Business Intelligence and Process Management, International Marketing Management, Political Economy of European Integration||Public||None|
|Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht||Political Economy of European Integration||Public||None|
|SRH Berlin (University of Applied Science)||Computer Science - Focus on Cyber Security||Private||€790/ month (EU/EEA), €6,800/ Semester (Non-EU/ Non-EEA)|
|SRH Berlin (University of Applied Science)||Renewable Energy, Water and Waster Management||Private||€790/ month (EU/EEA), €6,800/ Semester (Non-EU/ Non-EEA)|
|Humboldt University||Business Administration (MSc), International Health (MSc)||Public||None|
|Hamburg University of Applied Science||Biomedical Engineering (MSc)||Public||None|
|Bucerius Law School, Hamburg||Bucerius Master of Law and Business (LLM/MLB)||Private||€25,000|
|Technische University Munich||Biomedical Neuroscience (MSc)||Public||None|
|Munich University of Applied Science||Business Administration: Digital Technology Management||Public||None|
|Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich||Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (MSc)||Public||None|
|Frankfurt University of Applied Science||Information Technology (IT)||Public||None|
|Goethe University Frankfurt||LLM Legal Theory (with the European Academy of Legal Theory)||Public||€7,200|
|Frankfurt School of Finance & Management||Applied Data Science||Private||€35,500|
Not yet the best match? Use the DAAD search engine, which has put together a full list of universities in Germany for international students.
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