Tuition-Free Universities in Germany & how to Apply

Tuition-Free Universities in Germany & how to Apply
Tuition-free universities in Germany for international students give opportunities to many undergraduate and postgraduate all over the world. They get the main chance in terms of qualitative education at public universities in Germany, which do not accept tuition.

About Public Universities In Germany with NO Tuition

This guide on tuition-free Universities in Germany and application information is part of our series on countries in which schools have free tuition. A lot of international students want to study in Europe, the US, and Canada but cannot afford the school fees.

In Germany, due to the Government’s full financial commitment and it’s a quest to ensure premium standards in education, tuition fees are not charged in most German universities to both local and international students. This means that international students in Germany can study tuition-free too.

Tuition Free Universities in Germany

The best destinations for international students, in Europe, continues to be Germany. With the majority of state-funded universities not charging tuition fees to students and those that have implemented new laws allowing costs to be charged asking for less than €1,500 a year, the fees charged are meager and affordable in these schools.

List of Tuition Free Universities in Germany – 2019

Since the winter Semester 2006/07, German universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programs. Currently, only four out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. These states are Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony (some few more schools have started to charge tuition as of 2017, this includes schools like the University of Hohenheim).  However, the fees charged in these schools are still relatively affordable.

All other federal states only request a certain amount of money as semester dues, Student Union dues, and your transportation fares for the semester (largely depend on schools). Detailed information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany can be found on the following page.

Below is the list of the schools that do not charge fees for Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs. Feel free to browse through these schools and check for more information about courses, admission requirements, and scholarship/funding opportunities.


German Universities Without Tuition are Listed Below:

This are just a few of the many tuition free universities in Germany. This list of education-free universities in Germany for international students will be updated from time to time.

  • Frankfurt University
  • Free University of Berlin
  • Medical University of Luebeck
  • Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurnberg.
  • International University, Bremen
  • Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
  • University of Bremen
  • International School of Management ISM, Dortmund
  • Johannes Gutenberg University
  • Hamburg Media School
  • International University in Germany
  • University of Bayreuth
  • Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (University of Munich)
  • University of Augsburg
  • Otto-Fredrick University, Bamberg
  • Philipps-University, Marburg
  • University of Dortmund
  • University of Bamberg
  • Humboldt-University, Berlin
  • University of Bielefeld
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Flensburg
  • University of Gottingen
  • University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Oldenburg
  • University of Kassel
  • University of Konstanz
  • University of Koln
  • University of Erfurt
  • University of Hannover
  • University of Essen
  • University of Stuttgart
  • University of Hohenheim
  • University of Leipzig
  • University of Rostock
  • University of Marburg


How To Apply For Admission In Germany (Use DAAD) 2019

If you want to apply for admission into these free tuition Universities in Germany, I recommend that you make use of the DAAD search portal. With DAAD, you can search for any undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters or Ph.D.) courses in these Universities. You can click here to start your search.

On the left side of the page, you can filter your search result by entering a keyword like “Business,” “Engineering,” or any file you are interested in so that the search returns only business or engineering-related courses.

Whatever the keyword you choose, you can further filter (under Degree/level) by deciding whether you are searching for a Bachelor, Master, Ph.D./ Doctorate, Prep Course, Language Course, or a Short Course. If you chose to enter Engineering above and select the Master here, you would see Master’s courses in Engineering.

You can broadly choose the field of study by selecting one of the options under “Field of Study.” There are many options available, but the most important here is the last one, “More.” There you have “Tuition fee,” choose “none” so that you only courses in schools where tuition fees are not paid.

When you click on a particular course, you will see all the details there; course overview, admission requirements, language requirements, course curriculum, and how to apply. Some require that you use directly to the school, while others ask you to apply through Uni-Assist.

The course page link is always included; click on it to read more details, especially the documents you need to submit. Since requirements and procedures vary slightly for every institution, read more information on the website of the institution you want to apply to.

Admission Requirements and Authenticating Documents

These tuition-free Universities in Germany are standard and world-class Universities. They operate just like any other good university. Therefore you have to meet the same sets of requirements for admission.


You will usually be required to fill the application form online, then print it and send it to the admission office, together with other documents required.

Note that you have to authenticate the documents you are sending for admission purposes before they are deemed legit and acceptable. You can find details of how to verify certificates/documents for admission into Germany Universities.

After you have been offered admission, you will need to process a visa. You can read this post on how to apply for Germany Students Visa in Nigeria (similar to other countries). If you are reading this in other countries, the process would likely be the same, but you can still consult the German Embassy website for your country.

Tuition-Free Universities in Germany & how to Apply

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