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Universities in Germany

Universities in Germany
  • Country's population: more than 81 mln. people
  • Minimum monthly wage: about €1400
  • Universities at the top 500 of the world ranking: 36
  • The most highly ranked universities: LMU Munich, Heidelberg University, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Tuition fees for international students: for free, semester fee €60
  • Main language of instructions at universities: German, English

Education in Germany for foreign students

German universities are among the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. About 10 German universities remain stable in the first hundred best universities of the world.

In Germany there are three types of universities: universities, art and technical colleges. There is also a popular undergraduate programs of cooperative learning, conducted by professional colleges in cooperation with universities. They included both theoretical training and internships. Universities are both public and private. Private students learn in smaller groups, there is a focus on the relationship with the production.

Duration of programmes of German universities

Vocational education and bachelor's degree will take You 4 years. Magistracy – 2 years. Fellowship is of two types: individual study can last from 3 to 6 years, and a structured programme of training courses – from 3 to 4 years.

Education in Germany English

More and more German universities are offering programmes in English: melon moment they have about 900. They are mostly available at the master level, but there is quite a lot of undergraduate. Typically, these programs have the prefix "international" in the title. The most common English-language specialty is Economics and social science, but lately have become available natural science and medicine.

Admission to German universities

Unfortunately, the certificate of graduation in the CIS is not sufficient to immediately go to a German University for a first degree. Before becoming an applicant, it is necessary to study in domestic University for two years, but it will have limitations. You can only apply for the same specialty, for which she studied at the University of his country. If you wish to change the profession You will be required to pass a one-year preparatory course for a new profession (Studienkolleg). After one year of study at the University, too, can enroll in Studienkolleg, but only in their specialty and two years. After finishing the preparatory program, You will pass the exam, the results of which will increase Your chances for admission.

The admission to German universities is carried out without entrance examinations on the basis of previous evaluations and cover letters. Often at admission considered the presence of a gold or silver medal. Where to send documents depends on the specific specialties and universities. Some professions, such as medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmaceuticals, the government allocates quotas of admission, and applications are accepted for consideration centrally. In other cases, foreign students need to send their applications to the universities directly or via uni-assist. Acceptance of documents for the programme starting in the autumn, begins in may and ends July 15, for programs starting in the spring, from December to January 15.

Cost and scholarships for study in Germany

October 2014 education in all public universities in Germany was free, including for foreigners. Students only have to pay a semester fee of about 60 euros, which covers their membership in the libraries and various clubs. Graduate programs free for the first six semesters, and then the conditions may vary. However, the overwhelming number of budget programs universities are taught in English.

Private universities were paid. Subsistence level German students is approximately 850 euros per month. For foreigners, there are many scholarships, partially or fully covering the costs of accommodation. The basis of the source of information about these scholarships – German academic exchange service (DAAD). With regard to part-time work while studying, for EU citizens there are no restrictions, and citizens of other countries can operate from 120 to 240 days per year. If You want to work more, You will have to get special permission by proving that the work will not harm the school and the local labour market. However, these restrictions do not apply for a position as research assistant – then You can work as much as necessary. In order to extend your visa after graduation in Germany, you'll need an invitation of employment.