One of the nicest times of your life is when you finish school and countless opportunities suddenly await you. One exciting challenge is a degree course: You spend several years studying a subject that interests you and acquire high-level skills that are important for your ongoing professional career. Would you like to study in a university system that enjoys an outstanding international reputation and that is well known for its excellent conditions? Then a degree course in Germany is the right choice. Of the 200 best universities in the world, as listed in the QS World University Ranking 2014, thirteen are in Germany. A degree in Germany can open doors to working in a German company – for example as an intern. Academics from various subject areas, particularly the natural sciences, are currently much in demand in the German labor market.
Colorful education landscape
No matter what subject interests you, in Germany you have an unbelievable number of options. You can choose between more than 400 institutions and three different types of university. Which one suits you best depends on what is important to you. If you are interested in a very academically oriented course, then a classic university is a good choice for you. If practical knowledge is more important to you, a university of applied sciences is ideal. And people with artistic talent are best suited to an academy of film, art, or music. German higher education institutions offer a total of almost 17,000 courses, of which more than 1,300 have an international focus.
Education is a key issue in Germany: over the past few years the budget has gradually been increased. In 2014 public spending in this area rose to a solid 120 billion euros. You will, however, spend comparatively little money on a degree course in Germany. Generally study fees are not charged at public universities, leaving only the semester contribution and the cost of rent, local public transport, etc. to be paid.
The best conditions
Over the past few years, the study courses at German higher education institutions have been reformed: as part of the so-called “Bologna Process”, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were introduced. These are internationally compatible and have largely replaced the old “Diplom” and “Magister” qualifications. The good conditions at German universities are drawing ever more students from abroad – in 2013 they numbered around 282,000, 16,000 more than the previous year.
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