Studying in Germany

Große Begeisterung für Erasmus: Millionen junger Menschen haben an dem Programm teilgenommen

Große Begeisterung für Erasmus: Millionen junger Menschen haben an dem Programm teilgenommen, © dpa/picture-alliance


Did you know that most courses in Germany are offered free of charge to local and foreign students alike?

Higher education in Germany

Germany has a lot to offer as a place of study, with more than 400 state and private universities, and a wide variety of courses. About 300,000 foreign students currently study in Germany.

In Europe, Germany is the most popular destination for international students due to International Degree Programmes (IDP) taught in English medium, tuition fee waivers and career opportunities after graduation. Germany tops the list of the most internationalised countries in the higher education arena.

For more in depth information on studying in Germany follow this link.

Personalised consultations can also be arranged with the local representative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Research in Germany

'Research in Germany - Land of Ideas' is an initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and serves to promote German educational and research institutes across the world.

The 'Research in Germany' portal is an information platform and contact point for all looking to find out more about Germany's research landscape and its latest research achievements.

Find out about Germany’s different types of research institutions: universities, universities of applied sciences, non-university research institutes, companies and federal as well as state (Länder) institutions.


Most German universities are financed by the state and studying is generally free of charge. But certain programmes come with a tuition fee. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can help! DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

Make sure to contact the DAAD office right here in Colombo

German language

German language skills are not mandatory for all students in Germany. An exception is of course if you choose a study course in German language. But living in Germany, it surely helps in day to day life!

Learning German in Sri Lanka is easy:

Step 1: Learning German in your school

PASCH - “Schools: Partners for the Future” initiative

Schools: Partners for the Future
PASCH: The network for learners of German © Federal Foreign Office

Education creates prospects – multilingualism opens new horizons. At our partner schools abroad we not only desire to provide students with access to our language and education system, we also want to generate interest in and understanding for one another. 5 schools in Sri Lanka offer German language as part of their regular syllabus:

  • Musaeus College, Colombo
  • St. Patrick’s College Jaffna
  • Royal College, Colombo
  • Jennings College, Nainamadama East
  • Maliyadeva Baika Vidyalaya, Kurunegala

Step 2: Adults can learn German at the Goethe Institut in Colombo

Green Logo of the Goethe-Institut
Green Logo of the Goethe-Institut © Goethe-Institut

German is the mother tongue of about a 100 million Europeans and is spoken by another 80 million people worldwide as a foreign language. It is the second most commonly used scientific language as well as the language of literary mastery and philosophy.

The German cultural center, the Goethe Institut, is THE institution in Sri Lanka where to learn German. Make sure to visit their webpage for more information


When you're ready to go to Gemany make sure to apply for a visa in time. Find more information on the webpage of this Embassy

More Online information

You can find more online information in the magazines of ZEIT GERMANY: Zeit Germany

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