Germany is a country of beautiful landscapes and exciting cities. The welcoming culture is unique: People from all over the world choose to live here.
Germany has a lot to offer: a diverse arts scene, festivals and Oktoberfest. Cities like Heidelberg, Munich and Berlin offer a wide range of recreational activities, such as street food festivals, film festivals, concerts and thousands of parties to go to.
The official language of Germany is German. Some dialects are spoken depending on the region. Although most Germans understand and speak English, we always advise our students to learn some German. It will make your life easier and will facilitate your entry into the German job market. More information about our German classes.
- Living costs
Compared to other European countries, living costs in Germany are moderate. Students are entitled to reduced prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. All you have to do is present your student ID.
- Working while studying
International students with a valid residence permit are allowed to work while they are pursuing their studies. However, there are restrictions on the working hours.
Germany is a very safe country. The police are reliable and can help you in any situation. Whether you live in a big city or a small town, you can move around during the day or night without having to take any special precautions.
As one in five residents of Heidelberg is a student, there is a multitude of bars, bistros, coffeehouses, and cultural meeting points in the Old Town of Heidelberg.
- Castle Illumination: In memory of the destruction of the Heidelberg Castle by the French General Melac and his troops over 300 years ago, the castle walls turn blood red and brilliant fireworks are launched from the Old Bridge. The castle illumination takes place several times a year and starts after dusk.
- Old Town Autumn Festival takes place at the end of September, and the whole pedestrian zone of Heidelberg turns into one big party with lots of music, a medieval market, an art and crafts market, and a flea market.
- Heidelberg Christmas Market starts at the end of November and ends two or one days before Christmas Eve. Over 140 stalls all over the Old Town of Heidelberg spread the spirit of Christmas.
Coming to a new country always means learning about – and adjusting to! – a new culture. It is often helpful to prepare yourself for the new culture you will encounter abroad by consulting books and the Internet or talking to students who have already been there.
Do you want first-hand information? Our students are happy to share their experiences with you, tell you about their courses, their projects and student life in Heidelberg, Munich and Berlin.