Most likely, you already know tuition fee is free in most public German universities. But is that all to know about studying in a country that is among the world’s top study destination for international students? Are there things that you will find disappointing about studying in Germany?
After digging deeper we discovered that there are some truths about studying in Germany that most people don’t know about.
So today, you will read 25 truths you probably didn’t know about studying in Germany. This post is brought to you by After School Africa on Youtube. Be sure to click the subscribe button and turn on the notification to continue exploring opportunities.
1. Studying in Germany is hard
Unlike in some countries where you can get a good score on an exam by just remembering the textbook; in Germany, one needs to understand the course material in depth to get good score. Get ready to work hard and spend time understanding each course in depth, which will cut into your time for partying, and enjoying summer.
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2. You need a part-time Job
Despite the education is free, the cost of living is high in Germany. If you don’t come from a wealthy family or have no scholarship, you will have to find a part-time job to support your education. This will cost time and energy that can otherwise be dedicated to studying. However, many employers are flexible with students and often have no problem if you take a week or two off during your exam time.
3. They run pre-degree programs called ‘Studienkolleg’
If you are worried about not meeting the entry requirements for your course of choice, relax. The ‘Studienkolleg’ is a preparatory course for individuals who aim to study in a German university, but whose immediate qualifications do not fulfil the minimum admission requirements. It runs for a period of one year. After the program, you can then apply directly into your desired program.
4. Get ready for unusual education system
Most courses (with exception of Thesis, guided research, and seminars) are solely graded on basis exams. There is no project work, exercises, presentation, etc contributing towards your grade. Your exam takes the score. Many exams, especially in Master’s courses, are oral. If you are not used to oral exams back home, you may struggle.
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5. The burden of learning is on the student
The ratio of Professors and lecturers to students is very low. Hence, students have to organize their own studies. There is no one to hold your hand and lead you through the study course. The burden of learning is on students and not the university.
6. Course duration may exceed expectation
In case of bachelor’s or Masters study, it often takes a semester or two longer for many students to complete their coursework than what is advertised by the university. This can be an issue if you have restricted funding.
7. A second masters degree is not tuition free
If you already have a master’s degree and apply for a second master’s in Germany, it will be counted as “Zweitstudium”. This could mean that you may have to pay tuition fees in public universities as well.
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8. You do not have to apply to universities by yourself
In Germany, Uni-assist helps with all admission inquiries, preparations and applications for intending students. On behalf of German Universities, they perform preliminary evaluations of students’ documents and application packages. Afterwards, they can also help the students apply directly to their desired program.
9. There are many courses taught in English
Good news for those who don’t know any German or if your German isn’t good enough yet. Many courses and degree programmes are offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level. According to the DAAD website, there are 1471 courses that are completely taught in English
10. You need TOEFL or IELTS to qualify for English study programs
Language tests are required in most institution around the world where higher education is offered. Germany is not an exception: to study any of their English Language programs, as a non-native English speaker, you are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by presenting IELTS or TOEFL test scores.