Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad -just like you. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide.
The German higher education system is widely regarded as being one of the best in the world; it is fairly diverse, with a variety of institutions that cover a wide range of academic profiles and confer different types of degrees. As a general rule, German universities are recognized and held in high esteem worldwide - they perform very well in the international university rankings (usually right below the most prestigious American and British universities). One reason why German universities under-perform in rankings, relative to some of their famous American and British counterparts, may be the fact that some of the most famous independent research institutes such as 'Max Planck,' 'Leibniz,' and 'Fraunhofer,' which although embedded within university clusters, are seldom if ever included as integral parts during university rankings.
German Universities have had a great allure for students from all over Europe (and beyond) for at least the last couple of centuries. One only need check which universities, up until a hundred years ago, most of the Nobel prize laureates were associated with, and the likes of Heidelberg and Tubingen would figure among the most prominent.
Not that the German universities ever lost the attraction they used to garner in the past, but there has been, in the last few decades marking the current age of globalization, a notable increase in the options available to international students, who now can enroll in studies at universities in many far flung places of the globe.There's no denying, however, that an increasing number of young people from all over the world are setting their sights on Germany, as the end destination for the pursuit of their higher education goals (particularly Master and Ph.D. studies).
The vast majority of universities and colleges in Germany are state-financed, and as of October 2014 literally free of charge meaning that there are no tuition fees whatsoever charged in all public universities throughout the country. Just as in the past, higher education in Germany has become virtually free again - the tuition fees are entirely waived for all students regarding undergraduate studies.