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Incoming International Students
Welcome to Germany!

Why study in Germany? Reputation, Career Opportunities, Safety and low Living Cost

In a recent ranking compiled by, Germany was deemed the most attractive study destination for international students in Europe.

What makes Germany the perfect study location?

  • high quality tertiary education system
  • German university degrees are highly respected by employers around the world
  • high amount of English study programmes
  • moderate living costs
  • shortage of skilled professionals and low unemployment rate for university graduates
  • graduates from German universities are eligible to apply for an 18-month residence permit that allows them to find a job in Germany after their graduation
  • safe country with low crime rates

Why study in Berlin? Germany's multicultural and open-minded capital

Berlin is a centre for politics, media and science and is rich in history and picturesque historical monuments. With its population of 3.7 million residents, Berlin is the largest city in Germany and the 2nd most populous city in Europe.

The German capital is a hub for higher education and research. It is home to 4 major universities, 7 universities of applied sciences, 4 arts colleges, 27 private universities and 70 research centres. About 190,000 students are enrolled in Berlin institutions in total.

Well-known for its innovation capacity, the German capital has a vibrant start-up scene and is known as a start-up hotspot in Europe.

Berlin is not only very innovative, it is also a very multicultural city:

  • People from 190 nations live here
  • 20% of its residents come from abroad
  • Every one in three Berliners is a first or second generation immigrant.

Students in Berlin benefit from a high quality of life and a huge range of recreational activities:

  • Low living costs and moderate rental prices, compared to other capital or European cities, make the city very attractive for students.
  • Berlin has a well-connected public transport system that students can use with their discounted public transport tickets.
  • Festivals, museums and sports events are seen everywhere. Germany's capital is also renowned for its culture and arts scene and its buzzing nightlife. Plus, a third of the city area is composed of parks, rivers and lakes.

Life in Germany

CultureGermany is home to renowned poets and philosophers such as Goethe, Schiller or Kant but the country has a lot more to offer: a diverse arts scene, festivals and Oktoberfest. Big cities like Berlin offer a wide range of recreational activities, such as street food festivals, film festivals, concerts and thousands of parties to go to.
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The official language of Germany is German. Depending on the region in Germany there are also a range of different dialects that are spoken. Although most Germans understand and speak another language such as English (in big cities like Berlin, in particular), we always advise our students to learn some German. A good command of German will make your life easier and will definitely facilitate your entry into the German job market after your graduation.
Learn German at our Centre for Languages and Diversity

Living Costs

Compared to other European countries, the living costs in Germany are very moderate. Students benefit from a lot of concessions. You can receive reduced prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. All you have to do is present your student ID.
Monthly living expenses according to the 21st Social Survey of Deutsches Studentenwerk


Rent an appartment by yourself or share a flat with other international students? There are many options. Please be advised that we do not own any student hostels or dormitories. However, here you will find more helpful information and links on accommodation options for international students in Berlin.


Germany’s economy is the strongest in Europe and the fourth strongest in the world. The country is the European leader in terms of growth, employment and exports. The shortage of skilled professionals has led the German government to relax Germany's immigration laws. After graduating from a German university, former students have the right to stay in Germany for 1.5 years in order to find work and to take up employment. After working for two years they might be eligible to apply for a settlement permit.
Learn how our Career Service supports our students in finding great career opportunities 

SafetyGermany is a very safe country – also on an international scale. The police are reliable and help you in every situation. Whether you live in a big city or in a small town, you can pretty much move around day or night without having to take any special precautions.

Frequently Asked Questions about studying at SRH Hochschule Berlin

Admission requirements for our Bachelor programmes:

  • Qualification for entry to higher education according to German Law
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills

More information about our Bachelor's degree requirements

Admission requirements for our Master programmes:

  • Bachelor's degree from a university or technical college with a minimum of 180 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills

More information about our Master's degree requirements

Admission requirements for our MBA programmes:

  • Bachelor's degree from a university or technical college with a minimum of 180 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System)
  • 2 years of relevant professional experience
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills
  • Letter of Motivation

More information about our MBA degree requirements

  • Bachelor programmes commence: 1 April and 1 October each year
  • Master programmes commence: 1 September each year
  • MBA programmes commence: 1 March and 1 September each year

Our tuition fees vary from programme to programme. Please have a look at the respective study programme website to find the relevant tuition fees: "tuition fees and financing"

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There are different options to finance your studies at SRH Hochschule Berlin.

Find all the relevant information HERE.

We don't have any official application deadlines. However, we recommend prospective students to apply at least 3 months before the start of the programme as visa processing times may vary.

More information about visa processing times

  • If you are a non-EU and non-EEA citizen, you need to apply for a visa before entering Germany.
  • Please apply for the long-term national (D) visa for study purposes.

More detailed information about visa requirements

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen with a residence permit for study purposes are allowed to work up to 120 full days (or 240 half-days) per calendar year.  

If you are an EU/EEA citizen you have almost the same rights as a German citizen. You are allowed to work maximum 20 hours/week during the semester.

More information

After graduating with a Bachelor’s, Master's or MBA degree from a German university, students have very good chances of staying in Germany in order to find employment. 

Residence permit while looking for a job

You can apply for an 18-month residence permit from your local foreign nationals’ registration office to look for a job that corresponds to your qualifications. During these 18 months, you may take up any kind of employment to support yourself and to fund your job search. You can apply for your residence permit as soon as you have passed your final exam.

Residence permit for taking up employment

As soon as you find a job offer which corresponds to your qualifications, you can apply for a German residence permit for the next part of your stay. The German residence permit allowing you to take up employment is issued for a limited period of time in the first place. If you continue being employed and wish to have your permit extended, you will be able to do this without any problem.

EU Blue Card

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduates who are professionals in high demand can apply for an EU Blue Card if their earnings exceed € 40,560 a year (2018 figures). Other non-STEM graduates can apply for an EU Blue Card if their earnings exceed € 52,000 a year (2018 figures).

Settlement permit

As early as two years after receiving your German or EU Blue Card residence permit, you can apply for a settlement permit – this permit will give you almost the same rights as German citizens and has no time limit. The only condition is that you are still employed in Germany at that point of time.