Work and Study

Germany is one of the most popular destinations for students who want to study abroad. Aside from being known for its high quality of education and sophisticated facilities, the German government also provides a great amount of support for higher education. Right now 4.800 Indonesians study in Germany, which makes Germany the most popular European university destination for Indonesians. This number showed an increase of 92,5% in the last six years!

Furthermore, international students get the chance to study without any tuition fees! This, however, only applies in several states, such as:                                                                  


– Berlin

– Brandenburg

– Hamburg

– Hessen           

– Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

– Nordrhein-Westfalen

– Schleswig-Holstein

The only fees that you are charged for your studies in one of these states include:

  • Administration fees (around €0 – €75)
  • Institutional fees (around € 50 – € 80)
  • Semester ticket (around € 150 – € 200)


However, the estimations for the fees may differ in each state in Germany. For example: In Berlin, the fees needed to be paid are €310 per semester (€ 50 for administration, € 55 for the institution, € 205 for your semester ticket). With the presence of a semester ticket, you can easily use the public transportation facilities such as the bus or the train in this state and some other specific states (determined by your campus) for free.

Compared to other countries, studying in Germany remains the cheaper option to study abroad. For example, studying in the United States requires a fee of around $3000 to $4000 per semester. By spending less on tuition fees, you get to allocate available fees to costs of living in Germany like accommodation, books required for the course and other necessities you may need.

Along with the increase of the use of English as an international *language, especially in the field of occupations, the amount of master programs, in which the courses are taught fully in English, have been experiencing an increase as well. Hence more and more international students come to study in Germany. This results in Germany being a multicultural country. So in addition to their quality of higher education, you can also experience German culture as well as other prominent cultures in Germany.

Source:, 2018


Want to know which German Universities are considered as the world’s top universities?

Once a year, Times Higher Education honors the world’s top universities in a global university ranking. This time, Ten German Universities have made it into the top 100. Two cities are even in the ranking with more than one university.

As the graphic from Statista shows, the LMU München performed best in Germany. It ranks 34th in the worldwide ranking. The Technical University of Munich ranks second in Germany. Berlin is equally represented with three top universities: Both Humboldt University, Freie Universität and TU Berlin made it into the top 100 worldwide,

Among other things, the ranking evaluated the quality of research and teaching at the universities, as well as knowledge transfer and international orientation.


Source:, 2017


During your studies, you are also allowed to have a side job. Of course, some jobs may have special requirements in order to not distract you from college activities. You can read more about the requirements to work while studying in Germany on this page:

After graduating, international students are also allowed to live in Germany for 18 months to look for a job there. This is considered really helpful to most international students, compared to the UK that only gives students a 3 months period to look for a job. The chances to get a job in Germany will, of course, be heightened if you are able to speak German. But don’t worry, there are still a lot of international companies looking for potential employees with sufficient English language skills instead. To find out more about working in Germany after graduating, you can visit this page: Make-it-in-Germany.

Is there another way to experience living in Germany? Yes! With the Aupair program, you can experience living directly in a German family for a year.

As an Au Pair, you will have the unique opportunity to live and work in Germany with one of the friendly and carefully selected German host families. In the course of your Aupair year in Germany, you are able to expand your knowledge about the German way of life and experience German culture.

How much does it even cost to live in Germany? The cost of living in Germany naturally depends on your lifestyle and the city or area, in which you live. However, the estimated expenses in Germany for students or for professionals are between EUR 700 – EUR 1,000 per month.

To acquire more information about the rough estimates on the living costs in Germany you can visit this page:



Source:, August 2018



What is Make It in Germany? is the official multilingual website for international qualified professionals. It informs people interested in migrating to Germany how to successfully plan their move – from the preparations in their home country right through to their arrival and first steps in Germany.

Concrete & reliable information: Make it in Germany provides extensive information about immigration and visa procedures, job-hunting and everyday life in Germany. Entrepreneurs and researchers can find information specific to their field about their career chances in Germany. The site also points out the advantages of training or studying in Germany.

A one-stop shop for job hunters: The Make it in Germany job listings help qualified professionals search for suitable vacancies and find out which sectors and regions lack qualified staff.

A partner for businesses: Employers in Germany can find out about the possibilities of recruiting and integrating international qualified professionals. Employers recount their real-life experiences of recruiting and integrating international qualified professionals and encourage others to do the same.

Competent & personalized advice: On the Make it in Germany site, people interested in migrating can get customized advice on issues such as job-hunting, getting professional qualifications recognized, visas and settling into Germany – via email, hotline or Web chat.




What you need to prepare to study in Germany:

Although it may seem promising to study in a country where both the tuition fees and living costs are low, it isn’t as easy as it may seem. There are a lot of preparations that must be made in order for you to be eligible to study in Germany.

If you’re seriously considering studying in Germany, click on the box to the left to find out more about the aforementioned preparations.



What exactly does Au-Pair mean? How do you do it?

An Au Pair is described as a young person between the ages of 18-30 who goes abroad to live with a native family to learn the native language of said country in exchange for taking care of their child. To become an Au Pair in Germany a few requirements must be made.


To read the requirements needed to become an Au-Pair click on the box to the left.




If you have any further questions, you can contact JERIN here