Are you looking for a place of study? In that case, a German higher school can be a good choice. The good academic training provided, as well as the more prestigious for having an international training, will transform your studies in Germany into an unforgettable time of your life. Here we will explain how to approach your project successfully.
The validation of school certificates and studies qualifications
If you wish to study in Germany, you will need a certificate of access to higher education, ie a certificate under which you will qualify for higher education in your country of origin. In Germany it will be verified next if the certificate presented is comparable to the qualification of access to studies superior to the use in Germany. Many foreign qualifications are now recognized as equivalent. Consult the accepted qualifications or the supplementary exams to be carried out, in the specific case of your country of origin, in the database of the DAAD.
If you have completed higher education in your country of origin and wish to come to Germany to add a master’s degree to your CV, it is advisable to apply for a validation of your qualification beforehand. This process is done before the Academic Office of International Affairs or the International Office of the University of your Choice. You will find the addresses on the DAAD website. The database of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Culture of the Lander will also inform you of the validation of your degree.
It is also advisable to reflect on the opportunity to undertake studies in alternation with work practice. The different careers can be taken in part-time, full-time or distance studies. In this way you can accumulate professional experience in Germany and obtain a solid theoretical training. More information, on page
Do not have a recognized school certificate? In that case, the solution is in the pre-university school
Also, if your school certificate is not recognized as equivalent to the degree of access to German higher education, you will be able to study in Germany. To do this you must first approve a course of preparation given at a pre-university college. There you will receive German classes, along with other subjects related to the career you wish to study. This course usually lasts one year. Once you have passed the corresponding final exam, you will be awarded a degree of access to higher education restricted to an area of specific studies. You can find more information on the website of the pre-university colleges in Germany.
Enrollment in language courses
If you have decided on a course in the German language, you must prove that you have sufficient language skills. The usual certificates for these purposes are the “German Language Test for Access to Higher Education” (DSH) and the “Test of German as a foreign language” (TestDaf). As of 12.02.2016, the certificate examination certificate “talc Deutsche C1 Chuckhole” will also be valid as a requirement for admission to German language courses at all universities and colleges. Both have identical validity. In the case of studies taught in English, knowledge of German is generally not required. Students from one of the official German colleges abroad or from a pre-university college do not have to meet this requirement.
Regardless of the studies you choose, it is advisable to master the German language at least to level B2. This will help you communicate with your environment independently, whether at the time of shopping, at the foreign office or in case of a medical appointment. In addition, you can participate better in social life and increase your career opportunities in case you stay in Germany.
If you decide to pass a German exam while you are still in your country of origin, you can do so in one of the 158 Goethe Institutes that exist around the world.
Recognition of German academic qualifications abroad
We hope that the stay in Germany is so much to your liking that you decide to stay once you finish your studies. If you subsequently prefer to go to work in another country, you can be sure that your degree or German master’s degree is recognized in the international labor market. Different is the case of the state examinations that are realized in the races of medicine, law, pharmacy, as well as in the educational careers. It is therefore advisable to check in advance which are the careers that provide particularly good opportunities to find employment in Germany or in the international arena. The DAAD will assist in the choice of career and appropriate college.
Sufficient means for their subsistence and studies
How to pay for your studies in Germany is surely one of the most important topics for you. These are the two most relevant issues in this regard.
Semester rates: for the first year of study, German colleges do not require tuition fees. Only the semiannual fee has to be paid. The semester fee includes contributions for Studentship (university institution for student social assistance) and AstA (student committee). Dependent of the university, the amount is between 100 and 300 euros. Often, with the payment of the semiannual tuition, students receive a pass for local public transportation.
It is important to bear in mind that in the case of international curricula, for example the degree and master’s degrees taught in English, the provisions in force may be different. If you wish to participate in any of these study plans, inquire about applicable fees. You will find relevant data on the more than 1,550 international curricula for the 2015/2016 course on the DAAD website.
Subsistence costs: German students spend an average of 800 euros a month. Of this amount, almost 300 euros are dedicated to the rental of the house and approximately 165 euros go to the food. Depending on your family situation and the place of study you will need more or even less money. For detailed information on the costs during the studies, read the report of the German student union.
Do you want to fund your studies through a scholarship? In Germany there are a large number of institutions which grant this type of monthly financial aid, depending on certain criteria. These may consist of obtaining a high level of qualifications or also some form of social commitment. On the other hand, you should know that in Germany it is not frequent to award scholarships for the first semester. Foreign students with more advanced semesters and doctoral students have the possibility to apply for one of the scholarships granted by the DAAD. There are also some private institutions that support students from abroad. More information on DAAD grants, as well as other organizations with international student assistance programs can be found on the corresponding website.
Request a study place
To request a place of study there are two possibilities. In the case of many higher schools you can make the application through a specific institution, called Uni-Assist. Consult the attached high schools on the Uni-Assist website. If the college of your choice does not belong to the above, you may direct your application directly to the relevant college. You will find the address of your high school in the list of German colleges.
In case you wish to start your studies in the winter semester, you should usually apply for your place before July 16. To begin the studies in summer you must submit the relevant documentation before 16 January. It is possible that for certain races other conditions and other different terms may apply. For example, for some courses you will need a minimum grade point average or take an entrance exam.