Is it possible to study in Germany and learn in English?

Read this blog article to know if its possible to study in Germany if you only know English and don't speak German.

Studying in Germany is a dream come true for students around the world for multiple reasons. From world-class study programmes and affordable living costs to Germany’s extensive employment prospects as a result of being a leading industry player, there is no wonder the country continues to reign as a top study destination. 

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However, one of the concerns students may have is the German language itself. Studying programmes in a new language can be a major hurdle and added pressure to learning. Yet, one wonders how 359,000 international students enrolled in German universities in 2017 comfortably completed their education. 

The answer to that query is that you don’t always need to learn German to an academic level to study in Germany. Many universities in the country offer a variety of English programmes at the undergraduate and graduate level, including GISMA Business School.

Studying in a non-English speaking country

Studying abroad offers you the chance to gain a top-quality education which is tailored to your goals. You’ll become more independent and self-sufficient in dealing with general issues along the way. As a country that has always strived to lead in academic excellence, Germany is home to some of the most established institutes. GISMA Business School itself has students from 40+ nationalities, offering a diverse and enriched learning experience.  

As well as offering our own degrees, we have partnered with prominent institutions such as Grenoble Ecole de Management, a triple-accredited French business school, an elite ranking that only 1% of top schools around the world hold. Not only are our courses internationally recognised and accredited but they are also offered in English, making it easier for international students to study.   

Moreover studying in non-English speaking countries has its benefits due to the vast exposure it offers. Students who study in Europe are capable of handling multiple responsibilities and exhibit more confidence. This is largely due to the environment and diversified culture which pushes one’s reasoning, allowing them to be savvier in handling real-time situations.

Perks of studying in Germany

Being able to study in Germany in English is an excellent advantage for students but the country also offers many other advantages. Some of the top factors that should get students packing their bag are:

Master’s in Germany - the country ensures a high standard of education with a rich curriculum taught by a trained faculty with innovative learning methods. Master’s in Germany are particularly popular and, according to QS Employability Rankings, are extremely useful in boosting your career prospects. GISMA offers world-class master’s degrees in a variety of fields ranging from tech, human resources, and marketing. The programmes are specially aimed at future managers and professionals aspiring to be leaders in their field. 

Scholarships - If you are searching for excellent programmes taught in English, all at an affordable price then Germany is the place to be. To help you further, GISMA offers a range of partial scholarships from 20-30%*.

* correct as of 20/11/2020 [date of publication], scholarship amounts may vary.

Job opportunities - Working while studying has several advantages as it allows students to meet their living expenses and offers them useful work experience. Those from EU/EEA countries do not require any work permit in Germany though they need to pay taxes if they work 20 hours or more per week. Other international students are allowed 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. Finding part-time work or summer/winter vacation jobs is easy in Germany and, given that 56% of natives speak English, you won’t have any problems, especially in cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover. GISMA Business School students also have the added benefit of the GISMA Career Centre, which will help students develop skills desirable to the job market and provide connections with corporate partners.

Learn German – whilst it is possible to live, work, and study in Germany without knowing German, GISMA Business School students are able to have free beginner German lessons, making it easier for students to settle into their new home!


GISMA Business School will help you kick-start your dream career through our excellent undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The school prides itself on providing accredited qualifications which are rich in curriculum and useful for your professional path. Check out our student guide as well. Click on the links to find out more!  


- This article is written by Nandita Kaushal.

20 November, 2020