Types of Higher Education Institutions
The more choices you have, the harder it is to choose. This especially applies to your situation, as there are so many opportunities to study in Germany. There are 355 officially recognised institutions of higher education in 165 towns and cities throughout Germany. In total, German universities and colleges offer more than 13,500 degree programmes. And from all of these, you will have to choose one. In the following, we’ve put together some information to help ease the agony of making such a difficult decision.
What kinds of colleges and universities are there?
Deciding on a college or university is somewhat easier as there are only three types to choose from in Germany:
- Universities of applied sciences
- Colleges of art, film and music
Studying at a university is a good idea if you are interested in a scientifically-oriented education. Universities offer a broad range of courses and subjects. Some schools specialise in certain disciplines, such as advanced technology, medicine and education. If you would like to enter a doctoral programme in Germany, then a university is the perfect place for you.
Universities of applied sciences are ideal if you are looking for a more praxis-oriented education. These institutions provide students with a scientifically based education, tailored to the demands of professional life. The degree programmes generally include internships and a practical module. This enables students to apply their knowledge on the job at companies and businesses.
If you wish to study an artistic or design-oriented subject, you may be the perfect candidate for a college of art, film or music. At such colleges you will find courses in the Fine Arts, Industrial and Fashion Design, Graphic Arts, Instrumental Music, Voice, etc. Colleges of modern media train students to become directors, camera operators, screenwriters, technicians and producers for film and television. To be eligible for such a programme, candidates must possess a high degree of artistic talent which they are asked to demonstrate in an aptitude test. Therefore, you can expect special admission requirements if you wish to apply to a college of art, film or music.
The tuition cost is one of the lowest among the developed countries. Most of the universities do not charge tuition fees except the semester contribution and the student union fees. Currently fees of up to 500 Euro per semester are being charged at some universities. And the fees can be very high in private universities. Nevertheless, the quality of education is very at both the types of universities
Degrees and Courses
German universities offer Bachelor, Master, doctorate and postdoctrate degrees. At the moment there are more than 4600 B.A. and 3000 M.A. courses on offer at German universities, many of which are taught through the medium of English. In the winter term 2006/2007 B.A. and M.A. degree courses accounted for 60 % of all courses taught at German universities. From Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering to Zoology – study courses at German universities are legion and international students can chose from a variety of over 11 000 different degree courses.
Top-Rated Universities for studying Engineering in Germany
- Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
- Technische Universität Berlin
- Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
- Technische Universität Darmstadt
- Technische Universität Dresden
- Leibniz Universität Hannover
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
- Technische Universität München
- Universität Stuttgart
- Technische Universität Hamburg Harburg
Top Rated Universities for studying Medicine in Germany
- University of Heidelberg
- Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
- University of Gottingen
- University of Munich
- Universitat zu Koln
- Charite Medical University
- MH Hanover
- University of Bonn
- University of Leipzig
- University of Wurzburg