You can either study at a classical university or at a technical college. Both FAU and TH Nuremberg are federal institutions of Germany and a dual study programme at university.
You can also combine theory and practice closely. The TH Nuremberg as well as the Paracelsus medical private university of Nuremberg offer you this option.
At the iba und iubh in Nuremberg, the study contents are divided equally for both lectures and the practical implementation at a company. Here, we talk about a “duales Studium” (theoretical study and practical experience).
You can choose between the following possibilities:
For international students with foreign certificates of education there is an application form to be filled in for the authorisation to study.
You can download the form on the website of the university of your choice: (e.g. https://www.uni-muenchen.de/studium/studium_int/studium_lmu/bewerbung/zulassungsantrag_dt.pdf).
The university or the technical college tells you how to enrol (until when an where you have to make the application: either at the university or technical college or via UniAssist (https://www.uni-assist.de) or via anabin (https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html)
This depends on whether you want to make a bachelor or a master programme it can last between 3 and 5 years – approbation and dissertation excluded. As a rule the bachelor programme takes 6 semesters and the master 4.
For the federal universities and technical colleges you have to pay fees for student services (Studentenwerk) of 116.00 € per semester. Included in this price is your semester ticket which costs 74.00 € and guarantees your mobility in the region.
Tuition fees at private universities vary between 550.00 € per semester at the iba (this amount of money will be paid by the company you work at) and 15, 000.00 € per year at the Paracelsus medical private university (in terms of financing, the university can do this).
There is the possibility of getting a student’s insurance at Klemmer Assekuranz. Expenses per month around 40 euros. If you need help, do not hesitate to ask us.
We can help you with finding a suitable room in a shared apartment or a student dormitory. Expenses per month are around 320 to 500 euros.
These expenses have to be paid by yourself. You can buy food at Aldi or Norma or at an organic food store. 100 euros should be enough to make ends meet.
Own resources (blocked account)
If you travel into the country with a visa, you will need proof that you can make a living on your own. For this purpose you can open a blocked account. For further information please visit
If you are lucky, your parents can give you money each month for your stay in Germany.
Information centre at the university / technical college
There are certain services of the universities which offer additional help when looking for an apartment. Mostly, this is linked with an enrolment. If you still attend preparation courses for your study such as our primus study college, we would like to help you finding a shared apartment by means of our close connections with local offers.
For the enrolment at university you need an ID card, a passport photo, a valid language certificate (DSH, telc C1 Hochschule), an approved foreign school diploma or evidence that you passed the FSP at study college, possibly a CV.
You require a certificate which is accepted in Germany for university entrance qualification of your country and proof of a German or in Germany acquired university entrance qualification in form of a passed C1 Hochschule or DSH exam. In order to prepare for FSP you have the possibility to attend a state-run or private study college.
In this case you can attend a study college. The study college prepares you for the assessment test (FSP). When you pass the FSP you are entitled to study at a technical college or university. Further information regarding the study college can be found here.
A national visa is required for study applicants. The application for this is made through the embassy in your country.
For a stay of more than 90 days in Germany, Cuban nationals must apply for a national visa. As a rule, this procedure involves the participation of competent domestic authorities. The procedure can therefore take up to three months. A personal visit with an appointment is required for the application. An appointment must be booked online through the Embassy Havana’s appointment system.
The fee for applying for a national visa is 80 euros. The fee must be paid in cash at the time of application, preferably in a suitable form.
The processing fee will also be retained if a visa is not issued. Applicable fee exemptions (spouses of German citizens and other EU citizens, scholarship holders of German public institutions) or fee reductions (underage applicants 30 Euro) will be checked at the time of application.
II. application documents
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS:
For the examination of the application, the documents must always be submitted in the original with two copies. Cuban documents should be legalized (legalization can be done by the Embassy if the documents have been pre-authenticated by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs). For documents (except passport) that are not in the German language, an official translation must be made (translations can be made by the translation agency ESTI or in Germany by a sworn translator).
For speedy processing of the application, the documents must be sorted in the order listed here. Please note that for each application general documents, additional documents depending on the purpose of stay and documents concerning travel itinerary and travel health insurance are required.
Special case: Student applicant
If you have not yet been admitted to the program, you can also apply for a visa as a student applicant. In this case, instead of admission, evidence of study intentions (e.g. first contacts with German universities, letter of motivation) must be submitted as well as evidence of language skills B1 of the language of instruction of the intended course of study. If admission to the course of study is not achieved within the validity of the visa or residence title (with extension by the Aliens’ Registration Office max. nine months), a new departure is required.
Special case: Language course preparing for studies
If admission to the course of studies has not yet been granted and the necessary German language skills are to be acquired for this purpose, a visa for a language course preparing for studies can be applied for. In this case, evidence of the intention to study (e.g. initial contacts with German universities, letter of motivation) and confirmation of enrollment in an intensive language course (daily lessons of at least 18 hours per week) must be submitted, which is aimed at preparing proof of sufficient language skills for university attendance (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, ZOP of the Goethe-Institut).