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How to study in Germany

30.04.2018 - Press release

Higher Education plays a key role in German foreign policy, as it is still the basic resource for global development and wealth creation. Read more about how studying in Germany can boost your career and funding programmes.

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A lot has been done to make Germany as a study location more attractive: Internationally-oriented bachelors or masters degrees are offered, study courses in English are more prevalent and systems are in place that allow for the accumulation and transfer of courses and exam results. Read more about how studying in Germany can boost your career and funding programmes.

Higher Education plays a key role in German foreign policy, as it is still the basic resource for global development and wealth creation.

In recognition of this, a lot has already been done to make Germany as a study location more attractive: Internationally-oriented bachelors or masters degrees are offered, study courses in English are more prevalent and systems are in place that allow for the accumulation and transfer of courses and exam results. Read more about how studying in Germany can boost your career and funding programmes.

Some 1.98 million students are currently studying at German institutions of higher education. Almost half of the those (48 percent) are women. A total of 376 higher education institutions offer study programmes, including 102 universities, 170 universities of applied sciences and 69 private colleges. In recent years, the number of foreign students has significantly increased.

The Initiative for Excellence, greater autonomy for institutions of higher education, the introduction of new subjects, more bachelors and master’s degree courses and larger numbers of students from abroad than ever before: Campus Germany finds itself in a state of change – and as a result is more attractive than ever before.

German universities offer diverse options

Germany is one of the leaders in the international competition for the world’s best brains. Whether in a large city or in the country, whether traditional or modern, very few other European countries have such a diverse higher education landscape. Around 376 universities, universities of applied sciences, colleges of art, teacher training and theological colleges and specialist administrative colleges offer a huge range of subjects and courses. At the beginning of 2007, the Higher Education Compass, which is published by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), registered exactly 8,865 courses leading to a first degree and 2,807 postgraduate programmes. Whether European studies, vehicle design, economics or computer graphics, the academic possibilities are almost infinite.

Academic excellence and international orientation at German universities

The academic excellence of German universities and universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) is convincing ever more “high-potentials” from all over the world. Almost 250,000 foreign students are currently registered at German universities – nearly 100,000 students more than 10 years ago.

In the course of the “Bologna process” institutions of higher education will be replacing their Magister and Diplom courses with programmes leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees by 2010. Almost half of all the study programmes at German institutions of higher education have already been restructured. As a result, students’ qualifications can be more easily compared with those from other countries. The universities themselves are also taking up the competitive challenge. The Government and the individual “Länder” (German states) are making available 1.9 billion Euro for the current Initiative for Excellence. This money will be used to support graduate schools for young researchers, excellence clusters for cutting-edge research and the research profiles of up to ten selected elite universities.

If you are interested in studying in Germany you have to deal with essential questions:

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