The better your preparation is, the more successful your time studying in Germany will be! Clarify the most important questions well in advance.
You will have to contact several authorities or organisations to answer all these questions. Your most important contact will definitely be the German university that you choose. But in the German university system there is a clear division of responsibilities; the universities advise international students on all questions to do with admission, enrolment and academic support and the Studentenwerke are responsible for the social aspects around studying. Among other things they provide inexpensive accommodation. The Studentenwerke also offer many other services for international students.
German universities are manifold and diverse. There are more than 350 universities and over 13,500 courses.
Good knowledge of German and a qualification for university entrance are the minimum requirements you need.
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