With its world-renowned universities, low tuition fees and lively nightlife, Germany has become the most popular non-English-speaking destination for international students. Not only is it the largest economy in Europe and the 4th in the world, but Germany also has the highest living standards on the continent.
Germany is a federation consisting of 16 Länder (states), each with some degree of administrative and fiscal freedom. It is home to some 82 million people, making it the second largest country in Europe by population. Its territory, which covers 357,021 km2, lies at the heart of the continent and borders 9 other states. No other European country has more neighbours! Although German is the official language, many other dialects are spoken throughout the country including in the capital: Berlin. Given its central location in Europe, Germany has a temperate and marine climate with cold, wet winters and warm summers.
Germany is a liberal democracy with a tumultuous history. In 2015 the country celebrated the 25th anniversary of the reunification of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Germany’s higher education system has something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in art, film, social or applied sciences, chances are you’ll find what you want! There are nearly 450 state-accredited degree programmes available in every possible subject at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.
Germany is also extremely generous to international students. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the largest scholarship organisations in the world and distributes thousands of grants and bursaries every year. International students who demonstrate merit through academic achievement stand a good chance of receiving a state scholarship to finance their studies, no matter their country of origin, status or cursus.
Aptly dubbed the “land of poets and thinkers,” Germany is home to such illustrious figures as Kant, Hegel, Adorno, Brecht, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. In addition to these national heroes, countless contemporary German designers, artists, actors, musicians and athletes are famous around the world. More than 20 million tourists travel to Germany every year to experience the capital and its unique cultural offerings, from electronic music to theatre, and explore its multifaceted countryside.
Germany is a cosmopolitan country that has been a land of immigration since the 1960s. Today it is home to 7 million people of immigrant descent, approximately 8.5 percent of the total population, most of whom come from Turkey, Italy and Poland.
Berlin, the undisputed capital of “cool”, and other cities such as Leipzig and Cologne have benefited from this cultural mixity: they all boast a fertile art scene and bustling night life. But rest assured, Germany is a considered a very safe country – whether you live in a big city or in the country, you can move freely day or night and the police are always there to help you.
Germany is well known for its festivals and Germans love celebrating with music, beer and lots of food! Oktoberfest, the world’s largest fair, might be the most famous one with over 6 million visitors annually. German Christmas Markets are also very popular and embody perfectly the holiday season. Bundle up and stroll through the wooden huts covered in lights and garlands while sipping hot cider and searching for your perfect gift. You might event stumble upon a Christmas carol choir! Did we mention the food is delicious?
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