You can study in Germany for free since all public universities do not charge tuition fees. This regulation came into effect in October 2014. It applies to all federal states with an exemption of Baden-Württemberg, which charges tuition fees to all non-EU citizens. The cost is way affordable compared to what other study abroad destinations like the US and the UK charge. The state charges a fee of 1500 Euros for tuition per semester for Bachelors and Masters degree programs. There are numerous scholarships available for African students that would like to study in Germany.
Government Funded scholarships
DAAD Scholarship Program
This scholarship program, also known as the German Academic exchange program, is a collaborative organization of institutions of higher learning in Germany whose main aim is to promote international academic regulations. This is done through the exchange of students, researchers, and academics. The Scholarship enables Masters and Doctoral students to study in Germany by offering financial support of up to 850 Euros and 1200 Euros, respectively.
The DAAD scholarship is available to African students who have concluded their Bachelor’s degree. In addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree, the student must have worked for a minimum of two years before applying.
To apply for this Scholarship, visit the DAAD scholarship website to list the available opportunities for African students.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
This Scholarship is entirely funded by the member states of the European Union. It is available for international students that wish to study full-time at a university in Germany. The Scholarship offers financial aid to students for one year. The prerequisite to receiving the Erasmus scholarship one must be enrolled at a university in their home country.
Both the university in Germany and your home country must sign the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
The costs covered by this Scholarship are travel, enrollment, and the student’s basic living costs. More information on the available programs is available on the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship website.
Non-Government funded scholarships
Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships
This Scholarship is granted to all international students who wish to study in Germany at any level. 1200 intelligent undergraduates, graduate, and international doctoral students receive this Scholarship to study in Germany. You must be studying at a German university and academically outstanding for you to receive this grant.
Deutschland Stipendium National Scholarship
The Scholarship is offered to brilliant international students regardless of their nationality or financial ability. Any student already enrolled at a university in Germany can apply as long as they are outstanding in their academics. It is awarded for two semesters upon which the university does a review on whether the students still meet the Scholarship requirements.
This Scholarship is mainly granted to students from developing countries and countries undergoing significant political changes. It is available for undergraduate and post-graduate students who have proved their academic prowess. However, Ph.D. students are most encouraged to apply since this Scholarship prioritizes Ph.D. students with an intense interest in politics.