Help please from American students in Germany?

Question:I was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and would give about anything to go back there to live someday. I had no choice when it came to moving away, because I was young. My mom didn't continue to speak my native language with me, so I'm not as fluent as I would like to be. I can hold a conversation, and I know it would all come back if I lived there for awhile, but I'm worried about pursuing a higher education in Germany and how well I would be able to fair. I'm currently a high school student, so I'm really busy looking into colleges and places where I can study. I know there is a university in Heidelberg, and tons of American students. If there are any American students studying in Germany out there, can you please tell me:
Is it possible to go from an American high school to a German university?
Do you have to have extensive knowledge of the German language?
Is it difficult to support yourself?

Any help would be great. Thanks so much.

I can tell you this much that German Universities have now introduce University fees since the 6th July 2006.
Im not american but I have a lot of american friends who study in Bonn.My best friend is american Studying in Germany is actually one of the best decisions you could make for yourself and your family due to the financial aspect. University fees is very little in comparison to other countries. I pay 800 euro per semster and thats on the higher side.
There are some international degree programms you can apply for where the language of teaching is english but it totally depends on which field you didnt state that. and yes there are quite a number of american students in heidelberg. I know quite a number.
Its not very difficult to get a job... if you improve your german, you can always look for a part time job as a translator or an english teacher.
The best I can advise you right now is to learn as much german as you can before you come here.

Unfortunately your question was a bit vague so I cant answer you in very detailled manner. Wish you all the best :)

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