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1 Why and how to study in Germany

2 Germany a country rich in Higher Education Institutions 372 Higher Education Institutions million Students Universities and Technical Universities General Universities of Applied Sciences - 49 Colleges of Art and Music

3 German Higher Education Two main types of higher education institutions: Research Universities: undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programmes Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen): practice-oriented Bachelor s and Master s programmes

4 Research in Germany - Unity of teaching and research - Co-operation with industry in appropriate disciplines of applied sciences - R&D expenditure in Germany is among the highest of the world (2.3% of GNP): researchers find well-equipped laboratories and libraries. - Germany has a network of particular non-university based research facilities, working closely together with universities:

5 Research in Germany - Leibniz Science Association - Fraunhofer Society (FhG) - Max Planck Society (MPG) - Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres

6 Recent Developments: Bologna Process The Bologna Process: Creating a European Higher Education Area (European Credit Transfer System) Three-tier degree Structure: Bachelor, Master, PhD (typically years) > 600 International Degree Programmes taught in English

7 Five good reasons for studying in Germany 1. First-class service for international students 2. Wide choice of degree programmes 3. Excellence in research and teaching 4. Close links between theory and practice 5. Strong international focus

8 1. First-class service for international students Germany s universities offer an all-round-service Support in: - finding a place to live or a job - planning your studies - legal advice -

9 2. Wide choice of degree programmes Enormously wide and diverse range of studies and qualification opportunities Find your degree programme that suits your personal skills, talents and interests!

10 3. Excellence in research and teaching Great importance of basic research Close unity of research and teaching: leading researchers also teach at their university

11 4. Close links between theory and practice Basic research and applications work together: close cooperation between universities and industry Learn how research findings develop into products Get an insight into the working world!

12 5. Strong international focus Numerous programmes facilitate cooperation between researchers Wide range of study opportunities promote international student exchange German degrees are recognized all over the world

13 Student life is affordable in Germany - In contrast to other countries, tuition fee is very affordable: About 500 Euros a semester*. *variable by institution, not at all universities, not in all programmes - The monthly cost of living averages out to around 630, although strong regional differences do exist

14 How to get Information on Programmes? Searchable database of all programmes taught at German universities (Course search) Choose between the following options: a) first degree studies? b) graduate studies? c) doctoral studies? d) International Programmes?

15 How to get Information on Programmes - Example You are looking for first degree studies. choose the subject area you wish to study (e.g. Engineering) choose a specific subject within the subject area (e.g. studies subject: Environmental technology, Energy engineering) You get a list with the results of your choice:

16 How to select your Programme - Example

17 How to choose your University Choose your university among the higher education institutions (University University profile) helps you to a) get information about the university profile (address, number of students...) b) find information about courses (degree programmes, special graduate studies) offered by each university

18 How to choose your University Example Look up the university profile of the University of Aachen Then, search further information about Special graduate studies Results (detail only):

19 University ranking Ranking that can help you find the university that suits you best Within the ranking you can select a) a subject b) a university c) a city in Germany.

20 University ranking Example Quick Search : Subject: Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering You get a Ranking Overview that lists the universities with a broad assessment in five key criteria. Results (detail only):

21 Planning your studies First point of contact: International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of your chosen university (addresses at The staff will be able to tell you about - procedures - dates and deadlines - admission requirements - selection processes - tuition fees

22 Admission Important requirements for the admission: Higher education entrance qualification: Secondary school leaving certificate (Apolitirion, A-Levels ) Advice: For certificates of private schools get a confirmation from the Ministry of Education that the diploma is equivalent to the certificate of public schools German language proficiency (DSH or TestDaF) exception: International Degree Programmes Possibly, proof of particular aptitude (selection procedures) Possibly, practical training of several weeks before your studies

23 Admissions restrictions Some subjects have admissions restrictions (NC = numerus clausus) based on the grade point average of your school leaving certificate Nationwide admissions restriction for subjects like: medicine, psychology, dentistry etc. (for all universities that offer this subject) Local admissions restriction (admissions restriction applies only to individual universities, not to all)

24 Applying for admission To be admitted to a degree programme: send your application either to the university of your choice or to uni-assist The International Office can tell you where to send the application Check if the university of your choice is a member of uni-assist:

25 What academic degrees do German universities offer? Bachelor Master Diplom Staatsexamen Magister Doctorate By 2010 German universities aim to replace the traditional German degrees with the international degrees (Bachelor s and Master s)

26 Can I get a scholarship or grant for my studies in Germany? Many organisations in Germany that award scholarships and grants to international students Scholarship database: German Research Foundation: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:

27 For more information German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Information on Germany s higher education institutions: Information about International Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Programmes: Funding resources: Information about Germany s research landscape: Access to the major science and research organisations in Germany:

28 Variety of Germany 16 federal states with their characteristics Many interesting cities, variety of culture and science Dear friend, all theory is gray, And green the golden tree of life. (J.W. Goethe: Faust) Discover the variety of Germany. Discover your Germany!

29 We hope to see you soon in Germany!

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