Tuition-free Universities in Germany for Nigerian Students 2024

Germany is a global leader in higher education, renowned for its rigorous academic standards, world-class research institutions, and strong industry-university collaboration. German universities are consistently ranked among the top universities in the world, attracting students from all over the globe, including Nigeria.

Tuition Fees in German Universities

Since 2014, public universities in Germany have been tuition-free for all students, regardless of their nationality. This means that Nigerian students can study in Germany and earn a high-quality degree without paying tuition fees. However, there is a semester contribution fee of around €200-300 per semester, which covers administrative costs and student services.

Admission Requirements for Nigerian Students

Admission requirements for Nigerian students vary depending on the specific university and program. However, general requirements typically include:

  • A secondary school certificate (WASSCE or NECO) with good grades
  • A recognized English language proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • A valid passport and visa
    Application documents (application form, transcripts, certificates, etc.)

Popular Free Universities in Germany for Nigerian Students

university student in group walk
university student in group walk

Several renowned German universities offer tuition-free programs for Nigerian students. These include:

Free University in Germany Location
University of Cologne Cologne
University of Münster Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Munich
Ruhr-Universität Bochum Bochum
Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg Würzburg
University of Duisburg-Essen North Rhine-Westphalia
Technische Universität München Munich
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Erlangen and Nuremberg
Universität Hamburg Hamburg
RWTH Aachen University Aachen
Freie Universität Berlin Berlin
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Munich

University of Cologne

To apply for an undergraduate degree programme, you must possess a formal university entrance qualification to German universities (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) and sufficient proficiency in German language.

Entrance Qualification

A Hochschulzugangsberechtigung makes you eligible to apply to a German university. You can find out whether your secondary school leaving certificate is equivalent to a Hochschulzugangsberechtigung in Germany here:

German Language Proficiency

The teaching language of all Bachelor’s programs at the University of Cologne is German. The same applies to the state examination courses and the course of studies with 1. Prüfung (law).

Therefore, to study at the University of Cologne, you must prove very good German language skills, at least at the level DSH-2 (or equivalent). We recognize the following German certificates:

  • TestDaF TDN 4 in all examination parts
  • DSH 2*
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom, level II of the KMK (DSD II)
  • Telc C1 Hochschule
  • Telc C2
  • Goethe-Insitut C2 certificate
  • ÖSD C2
  • Feststellungsprüfung (FSP) with subject Deutsch

* Only DSH of higher education institutions with registered examination regulations in accordance with the provisions of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).

According to the current DSH regulations, certain international school-leaving certificates, e.g. from German-speaking regions, are recognised as exceptions or as equivalent. If you have any questions, please contact us via our contact form.

If you have not yet reached this level, but already have a completed level B2, we offer you a preparatory German course.

Special Application Requirements

Special application requirements apply to certain fields of study. Please consult the relevant websites for more information:

International Programmes

University of Münster

Nigerianl students are very welcome at the University of Münster!

Whether you’re interested in spending just one semester here or wish to enrol as a full-time student in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD programme, we can provide you with all the information you need about programmes and services at the WWU and life in Münster.

The International Office is the central advice office for international students in bachelor’s, master’s and state examination programmes. You can find more information below.

The WWU Graduate Centre is the advice office for international doctoral students. You can find more information under the heading Research above.

English Taught Programmes

Bachelor’s Degree
  • B.Sc. Human Movement in Sports and Exercise
Master’s Degree
  • M.Sc. Geospatial Technologies (ERASMUS MUNDUS)
  • M.Sc. Geoinformatics
  • M.Sc. Information Systems
  • M.Sc. Public Sector InnOvation and EGovERnance – PIONEER
  • M.Sc. Physics
  • M.Sc. Sports, Exercise and Human Performance
  • M.A. British, American and Postcolonial Studies
  • M.A. National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language
  • M.A. Sozialanthropologie / Social Anthropology
  • M.A. Comparative Public Governance (Double-degree master’s Programme)
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Geophysics

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

LMU has a reputation for its extensive range of subjects. Here, you can learn from leading academics at one of Germany’s most renowned universities.

Study in the heart of Munich and gain first-hand, practical experience as you go.

English Taught Master’s Programs

Application for Admissions

If you fulfill all the prerequisites for studying at LMU Munich, you can start the application process.

International applicants (without German nationality) who wish to study at LMU will generally need to submit their application to the International Office.

However, in certain cases they will need to apply to the Office of the University Registrar (Studentenkanzlei) or the Foundation for University Admission (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung).

So, please first find out where you need to apply!

If you want to study a subject for which you have to go through an aptitude assessment, you will be required to apply additionally in time via the respective institute.

You can find out the registration dates at the respective institute. Please check the list of subjects to see if you want to choose such a subject.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

At the RUB, cutting-edge research at an international level is not only incorporated into courses that are committed to the principle of research-based learning right from the start.

Equally important is the transfer of knowledge and findings into industry and the public, as well as the strengthening of the entrepreneurial spirit of students.

Admission Applications

Are you an international applicant and would like to study at Ruhr-Universität Bochum?

Please check first whether your financing is secure and inform yourself about our programmes offered.

Please note that you must apply for all degree programmes (with restricted admission and free admission).

The online application is only possible during limited periods:

  • For the winter semester: from the beginning of June to 15 July
  • For the summer semester: from the beginning of December to 15 January

Goethe University Frankfurt

Goethe University is a large university in the heart of Europe offering undergraduate and advanced degrees in all traditional faculties.

Students at Goethe University can choose from over 200 degree programmes in 16 faculties at three main campus locations in the city Frankfurt am Main.

You can get detailed information about Goethe University’s academic spectrum and study programmes at the following links:

Application Advisory Services

Before you Apply

Application Process

After Application

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

If you would like to complete an entire degree programme at the University of Würzburg (Bachelor, Master, State Examination, Doctorate), please read through the information on the following topics:

Foreign students who would like to study as an exchange student for one or two semesters in Würzburg can find all important Information here.

You can find further practical information for your stay in Würzburg here.

University of Duisburg-Essen

The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) – one of the youngest and largest universities in Germany – is located in the middle of the Ruhr Metropolitan Region.

Its broad spectrum of subjects ranges from humanities, social sciences and education to economics, engineering, natural sciences and medicine.

Technische Universität München

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists.

The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world.

TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence.

Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

Nigerian Students

Anyone considering university study in Germany has a lot to think about: How can I finance my study and stay? How good must my German language skills be?

Where do I apply? How do I get to know other students – and what kind of services does the Technical University of Munich (TUM) offer for international students?

RWTH Aachen University

We are happy you are interested in studying at RWTH Aachen.

Are you still looking for a suitable subject? Take a look at RWTH Aachen’s current courses of study.

There are different processes for applying for a study placement in a Bachelor’s course of study. You can find all the important information on our pages about a Bachelor’s for internationals.

You always have to apply for a study placement in a Master’s course. In addition to German-language courses of study RWTH Aachen also offers Master’s programs in English. On our pages for international Master’s students you will find all the information you need to apply.

All of the faculties at RWTH Aachen have the right to award doctoral degrees. If you are interested in obtaining your doctorate at RWTH Aachen, take a look at the information for international prospective doctoral candidates.

If you have been admitted to RWTH Aachen and have decide to attend here, you should make sure to plan your stay in addition to knowing how you will finance it. In order to help you plan we have put together information about organizing your stay abroad.

Use our Welcome Week here in Aachen to get all the information needed for a successful start and to make your first contacts.

Do you want to complete study abroad at RWTH Aachen? You can find all of the necessary information on our pages for exchange and program students.

Do you have additional questions? You can find the answers on our pages about particulars of international applicants.

Scholarships for Nigerian Students in Germany

In addition to tuition-free public universities, several scholarships are available for Nigerian students in Germany. These scholarships are offered by various organizations, including the German government, universities, and foundations.

  • DAAD Scholarships: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of scholarships for international students, including Nigerians.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): The DAAD provides various funding opportunities for international students, including scholarships, grants, and research fellowships.

Living Expenses in Germany for Nigerian Students

Living expenses in Germany are generally lower than in many other European countries. However, costs can vary depending on the city and lifestyle. On average, students can expect to spend around €600-800 per month on living expenses, including accommodation, food, transportation, and other necessities.


Germany offers an excellent opportunity for Nigerian students seeking high-quality education at affordable costs. With its tuition-free public universities, diverse range of degree programs, strong research focus, and vibrant cultural scene, Germany provides a conducive environment for academic excellence and personal growth. For Nigerian students seeking to expand their horizons and pursue their dreams, Germany stands as a beacon of opportunity.

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