Study in Germany with EF and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, vibrant cities and breathtaking scenery of one of Europe’s most influential nations.

Germany is a major global economy with innovative art, design and manufacturing industries that are the envy of Europe. And while this country will always be identified by its fairy-tale castles, lush river valleys, quaint villages and thick old wood forests, modern Germany is redefining itself as a contemporary arts powerhouse lead by its sophisticated urban centers. Study in Germany at our Munich language center and you’ll tap into the country’s cutting-edge scenes and its storied past. Spend the weekends browsing Berlin’s galleries before dancing the night away in one of its legendary dance clubs. Make a habit of meeting friends in the boisterous halls of one of Munich’s fabled biergartens. Marvel at the fantastical architecture of Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle and watch sparks fly on a tour of BMW’s 3-series factory. Ski the powdery Alps in the winter and embark on a Rhine river cruise when the weather heats back up.

Study in Germany at our Munich language center.

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Why study in Germany?

German universities combine centuries of academic heritage with state-of-theart facilities to ensure students graduate with a prestigious degree. As well as German universities, the language and academic skills gained with EF will allow you to attend university in Austria and Switzerland. 

Education in Germany 

From the age of six or seven (depending on the state), children attend an elementary school called Grundschule. They then progress to either a Hauptschule, which prepares students for a vocational education, or a Realschule, which has a broader range of emphases for intermediate pupils, or a Gymnasium, which prepares students for higher education with grades 11 to 12 or 13. There, students study up to 10 subjects before taking the Abitur, which is the academic qualification required to enter German universities.


Undergraduate students in Germany typically pursue a bachelor’s degree which specializes in one subject for three years. Entrance requirements for international students include a German proficiency test (TestDaF) and – if the student’s high school diploma is not considered equivalent to the Abitur – an additional year of secondary school in Germany, known as Studienkolleg, which is the equivalent to grade 13 at Gymnasium. 

Universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) focus on a practical scientific approach. The range of subjects is generally not as extensive and is focused on certain subject areas, such as technology, industry, social affairs or media. The integrated practical phases are comprised of internships spanning several weeks, extended project phases or entire practical semesters. 

Master’s, MBA or PhD degrees: Ages 21+ 

A master’s or MBA degree typically lasts one year and requires both exams and a thesis to graduate. Some specialized careers require the completion of a doctoral program or PhD, which includes four to five years of advanced study and research. For most of these programs, international students are required to have a recognized undergraduate degree and a German level of at least C1. MBA programs normally require at least two years of work experience.

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