There’s an old saying. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you are planning on studying in Germany, odds are you have to learn the language. The German language is used in universities, as well as in everyday life. For you to live in the country – and actually appreciate the experience, you would need at least a basic understanding of the oral and written language. However, if you do not want to learn German or simply need time, you can still study in Germany in English.

German Universities often require interested international students to pass the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) language proficiency test. This specific requirement can be a hard obstacle to skip, especially for those wanting to study in their undergraduate programs. Admission requirements often have the DSH as one of its primary points. While the DSH is very common in most German schools, foreigners can still study in the country without passing it by looking for English programs in German universities.

How to Study in Germany in English

For those wanting to study in the country without having to learn German, there is one thing you have to keep in mind. A majority of colleges and universities require proof of proficiency in their native tongue. By choosing to avoid this route, you are closing off a large number of potential university destinations. You will be limiting your search and possible school choices. Another thing to keep in mind is that those universities that do offer classes in English may not have your preferred degree available. You may have to choose between learning a new language and getting your preferred class.

If you are sure of this decision, here are some ways you can study. The most common way to study in Germany without learning German is to find a class that teaches in English. This means English lectures, notes, and tests. You will be studying with other international students who also speak English. By doing so, you can get credentials from German universities, while also having an easier time adapting to your new school.

Step 1: Beginning your Search

For students wanting to study in Germany in English, the first thing to do is make a list.

For the most part, you have to make a list of your target schools and cities. There, you can research each one to see if they offer your degree and if they offer it in English classes. With your ‘wish list’ at hand, you can have a more targeted approach to your research. The university’s website usually offers all the information you need to make the next decision. The points which you should focus on include:

  • Is your preferred course available at this university?
  • If yes, is it possible for you to take it in English?

Doing thorough research will ensure that your final decision is well-founded with facts. This way, you will not face disappointment or confusion when you try to enroll.

Furthermore, if you are interested in studying in Germany without any cost, try looking for public German universities that offer study programs in English. This way you will not only be able to study in English but will also help in reducing your academic and living costs.

Step 2: Going the Online Route

While the option is there to manually search your preferred German universities if they offer courses in English, the wonders of technology have made this part a bit easier. For those with no solid targets when it comes to preferred cities or universities, you can always try online. The website of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) can give you your options.

At DAAD, they show the available English courses from a variety of universities located all over Germany. All you have to do is refine the search results until you can pick out a few options that fit you. You can choose between a bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., etc. Then you set your choices for your field of study, and courses, then press ‘search’. If all goes well, your preferred course and an available school (if any) will show up. Then you can begin your path to enrollment.


Finding the right university for your needs can be tricky. But doing the research can make this important decision an easy one. After you select the schools that offer classes in English, the road is not yet over. You still have to submit your application and hope for the best. During this part, you need to research the basic costs of living in the area. You have to create a budget, as well as expected expenses for the entire time you will be studying there. The road to quality education can be hard and complicated. But if you stick to your goals and do the work, amazing things can happen.


Hopefully, this article was helpful and insightful. Make sure to also check out Study in Germany and Available Programs in Germany – these pages have all the information you need about studying in Germany!

About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hi! I am Hyun, and I am the founder at Global Scholarships. I've received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College and a $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for my undergraduate degree and was offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. You can read more about my scholarship journey here. If you are interested, you can follow me on Linkedin where I regularly write about scholarship opportunities.

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