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Studying an LLM (Master of Laws) Program in Germany
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Germany’s distinctive history and central position in Europe sets it apart from its European counterparts. It shares borders with many European countries, including Poland, the Czech Republic, France and the Netherlands. Today, it has gained a reputation of excellence in the areas of education and law, spanning a range of fields and is considered to be one of the largest investors in research and development in Europe. This is one of the reasons for the high quality of educational institutions found here. It has been home to Nobel Prize winners dating back to 1901 and has produced some of the greatest scholars of all time such as Albert Einstein. The educational and technical institutes in Germany are highly reputed globally and open an array of opportunities in Europe, as well as outside. As a result many international students find themselves attracted to Germany to pursue a masters degree.
Germany: a country of opportunity
Germany has one of the largest national economies in Europe and is a leader in engineering with products such as automobiles, machinery, metals, chemical goods etc. We are all familiar with brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, T-Mobile, Puma, Adidas which are German. Because of the successful economy a large number of multinational corporations, banks and international law firms have offices in Germany. Hence, alongside studies students have good chances of securing internship placements as well as employment opportunities after graduation.
Where to study your LLM program in Germany
There are many institutions in different locations throughout Germany that offer the LLM course. When you find a course or university that appeals to you make sure you consult the prospectus to familiarise yourself with the course requirements and specifications. Location and program suitability will depend on your personal preferences, but as a broad overview some institutions that may be considered are Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, University of Bonn, University of Cologne, Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), University of Mannheim, University of Siegen, Bielefeld University, University of Tübingen, Saarland University and Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.
There are various specialisations offered at these institutions, including intellectual property law, business and economic law, tax law, European law, international law, corporate law, media law, IT law and German law. The duration of the LLM program is one year full-time study, although some courses may be offered as a two year part-time option.
Entry requirements for a master of laws in Germany
Admission may be gained into an LLM program in Germany by providing proof of prior foreign degree in law equivalent to a German degree, meeting the specified academic requirement of the institution of your choice. Additionally, proficiency in English and/or German may be required to fulfill the course requirements. You may wish to consult our useful advice on language requirements. We also have some general information on the application process.
Tuition fees & living costs
The cost of studying for an LLM in Germany is generally lower than those associated with studying a Master of Laws in the UK and USA. On average the tuition fees ranges from € 12,000- 18,000, however, it is difficult to quote a definite amount as this differs from institution to institution.
The cost of living largely depends on the area and differences between cities and other areas can be significant. For example Berlin is more expensive to live in as compared to other cities in Germany. This amount also depends on personal lifestyle i.e. whether you live in student halls, shared accommodation, eat out or cook yourself and social activities. On average a student would require approximately €500-€700 per month. Check out our page on fees, funding and student bursaries.
Visa & immigration
EU citizens do not require a visa to study in Germany.
Non EU Citizens
All non-EU citizens must obtain a study visa to study an LLM in Germany. Students must consult the German embassy/consulate in their home country to obtain information regarding visa requirements. You can find the address of the German consulate in your home country here.
In order to obtain the visa proof must be provided of admission into a German institution, as well as the ability to maintain yourself during the course. In order to ensure that you get the visa in time it is highly recommended that you apply at least 8 weeks before the start of your course date.
What to do in Germany when you aren’t studying
Germany is an exciting place to live. There are a range of activities available depending on the area you choose to live in while you are studying. Transport within Germany is highly developed and sophisticated making it easy to plan trips within Germany for your free time. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore different facets of the German culture including food, markets, language etc. If your budget is larger this can be expanded to travelling outside Germany to other places in the European continent which are all very accessible thanks to Germany’s central location. In fact, one of the greatest attractions of studying in Europe is the simplicity with which one can travel, hoping on to an inter-Europe train!
Germany is also one of the safest places in the world and offers an excellent standard of living in a safe and secure environment, which is welcoming to international students.
Other European LLM study destinations
Are you interested in studying your Master of Laws program in another European destination? If so we have a great selection of LLM destination study guides, including:
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