“Your talent is a seed; cultivate it, and in no time, you will harvest successMatshona Dhliwayo, Zimbabwean philosopher

Germany has earned its place among the top study abroad destinations in the world. Universities in Germany offer world-class education at no cost at all. Yes, that’s right! Students get to study in public universities for free. 

There is always something new for African students to discover, from the beautiful castles to Germany’s rich history. In your average German city, Living costs are cheaper for students as compared to many other countries. This rule works in big cities as much as in small cities. 

With over 400 higher learning institutions and so many programs to choose from, Germany is a favorite among African students thirsting for more knowledge. Here are the best cities to study in Germany.

alexandee platz berlin at night we see a building with lights on in the shape of a loverheart


The capital of Germany, Berlin, is a lively and ideal city for international students. It is very much a student city with a lot of engaging ways to spend time outside of class. Not only home to many educational institutions, Berlin boasts many museums, cinemas, galleries, parks, and clubs. Of course, it has a long and engaging history and you can find many historically important sites in and around the city. 

It has five major public german universities and around twenty private, professional and technical ones. This gives students a wide range of degree programs and courses to choose from. Perhaps the most famous of all is the Technical University of Berlin, but there are two others in the QS World University Rankings top 150. Humboldt University of Berlin and Freie, not Free, University of Berlin are also both top universities. 

 offers great student discounts in galleries, libraries, and department stores. This allows students to save money on study materials, living, and entertainment costs. 

esrfurt sreet at dusk pink sky in the background behind the church tower narrow street in front of us


It’s a city in the central German state of Thuringia. You can move around the city by bus or train, making it easier for students to move around, and also most places are easy to reach on foot which makes it cheaper for students’ mobility. There are so many activities for students that take place even outside the university. Erfurt is home to numerous media and broadcasting companies, allowing media students to attain the required knowledge on the areas of education stated and the region’s economic engine. Its beautiful nature, magnificent parks make it a perfect place to study.

branden burg in germany pink historic building with pond in front of it


It’s known for its gothic red-brick buildings, including the 25th century-old town hall. The Havel River, which runs through the city and its nearby lakes, offers a diverse range of water sports and quiet places ideal for students to rest, interact with other students and unwind. Housing is cheaper on Brandenburg’s outskirts, and it is no wonder most students choose Brandenburg for their studies. Every student studying in Brandenburg receives a “semester ticket,” which allows them to take public transport around town for free.

The city is also rich in History with charming old churches that attract both students and tourists alike.

Green house in Jena, Germany


With more than twenty percent of its population being students, Jena is also known as the green city of Germany. Covered in spectacular parks, meeting places like coffee houses, theatres, and museums, Jena is an ideal place for students to acquire quality education and meet and socialize with other like-minded students.

With such magnificent beauty, Jena has always been a favorite among many international students and visitors. Famous people who have studied in Jena include Goethe, Schiller, and Novalis, making Jena a city full of History.

Movement around town is easy too, with universities, lecture halls, and leisure places located just a walking distance away. You may want to walk or ride a bike to your next destination. If you love the outdoors and hiking, then Jena is the place to live and study.

Jena is also home to high-tech companies offering ready jobs to students and graduates alike.

cologne cathedral at night


Located in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany.

Cologne is known for its musical, cultural and fashionable trends. Students focusing on music and want to be musicians would find this a suitable town rich with musical culture.  Despite its destruction during the second world war, it still stands as a city with a rich heritage and a center of Art. Cologne is famous for being home to one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany. Universities in Cologne are equipped with state-of-the-art research laboratories making it easier for students venturing into the medical field to learn and do better research. 

Cologne offers affordable living costs for students making it another favorite city for international students. Cologne boasts of its numerous universities and colleges, with many students who choose this city because of its multicultural environment. Commuting is easy and efficient done by bike or foot, making it favorable for students to get to and from their hostels to the university. 

Students get to study at one of the most beautiful cities and interact with other students by taking part in the numerous extracurricular activities available inside and outside the universities.