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Earning a degree in Germany - in English

Universities in Germany are becoming more accessible to English-speakers. There are opportunities to study in the Land of Thinkers and Philosophers without having strong German skills when you arrive.

Foreign students sit in a lecture hall in Germany

Graduate courses in economics or business are often conducted in English

Knowing German is no longer a prerequisite for many Master's programs in Germany - especially for those that are internationally oriented. Students from abroad can learn German in the course of their studies. Available programs range from Accounting and Controlling at the University of Mainz to World Heritage Studies at the Technical University Cottbus.

The programs are offered in modules, and many include an international component. A period abroad is often a requirement, along with the usual tests and other assignments that must be passed. Germany's transition to the Bachelor and Master system makes degrees earned here easier to compare internationally, and study abroad programs have also become easier to facilitate.

Connections to the job market

Most Bachelor's and Master's programs in Germany aim to foster connections with the job market before students graduate. Possible employers are often actively included in developing the programs. Students can establish contact with companies in the course of their studies.

Furthermore, many universities also offer programs with a European focus. Participating students must complete at least two semesters at a partner university in another European country. Graduates of such programs may be able to receive a dual degree.

Exchange student in Germany

Foreign students are also welcome to study in Germany for a semester or two, and many partnerships exist between German and other universities abroad. Contracts between universities ensure that credit earned at another institution will be recognized, and a lively exchange of students, researchers and teachers takes place each year.

Periods of study in Germany are supported by scholarship and exchange programs. They include the EU educational program ERASMUS, which is administered by the German Academic Exchange Service (known in German as the DAAD).

Author: Claudia Unseld (gsw)
Editor: Kate Bowen

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