Deutsches Studentenwerk

Plan your course of studies thoroughly!

Beginning your studies in Germany will be much easier for you if you get to know the procedure and requirements of studying early on.

  • How are your studies structured?
  • Is there a particular order in which you have to do courses or sit examinations?
  • Is your study subject offered at both universities of applied sciences and at general universities?
  • What are the differences in the courses?

There are lots of questions to be answered! The point of contact for questions to do with your choice of studies is the students' advisory service at the university.

What kind of subjects and study courses are available?

The study courses on offer in Germany are extremely varied. There are many undergraduate courses, that is, study courses which lead to a first degree. You can only acquire a detailed overview of your chosen field of study by contacting the course guidance department at the university directly - however, you will find a general overview of your area of study on the internet.

The website provides detailed general information. If you already know what you want to study, you can search for a university that offers that course of study.

In the university guide on the DAAD website you can do a selective and combined search for study courses, degrees and type of university for both undergraduate and postgraduate study courses.

Internet research


What kind of graduation qualifications are there?

The traditional German degrees awarded for studies in Germany are the Magister (master's), the Diplom (degree), or the Staatsexamen (state examination) and the Promotion (doctorate).

Meanwhile the three-stage study model - bachelor, master and doctor - has been introduced in Germany. The new degrees will gradually replace the traditional ones. Check to see if your study course is going to be offered with a bachelor/master's degree in the future. Whoever begins their course in the "old" study model can still finish the degree with a traditional title, provided that certain transition periods are observed.

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