Study In Germany: Are you thinking of starting or continuing your studies at a German university?
7 Reasons To Study In Germany
In today’s post I will give you seven reasons why you should do it. I speak from undergraduate studies to full master’s degree in Germany, and these seven would be the advantages of studying in Germanic lands that I would especially highlight:
1. It’s free:
Money is one of the key factors when deciding whether or not to go abroad, so let’s start with this. Studying at public universities in Germany is free, both for Bachelor or Master students. There are also very attractive scholarships for PhDs, as I have heard, although I am not an expert on the subject.
The only thing you will have to pay are administrative expenses that range between 100 and 250 euros per semester (in Freiburg I paid 140 euros), undoubtedly a symbolic amount for quality university studies and all the advantages that being a student in Germany offers
There is only one exception: the state of Baden-Wurttenberg has recently started charging 1,500 euros per semester to students from outside the European Union. However, the other states continue to offer free education to everyone.
Rent, food, telephone and other expenses of daily living will be on your own, but there are ways to earn money while you study in Germany.
2. It is Flexible:
If yoy are In Spain in any subjects following academic year. He paid for those subjects and if he didn’t go to the exam, he automatically lost a call and a lot of money. Also, many of the subjects required compulsory attendance, so working while studying was not an option.
Most German universities offer a much more flexible system. You can attend all the classes you want whenever you want (there is rarely compulsory attendance, and decide later which exams you want to take and which you don’t.
You can register for exams in subjects you have never attended and study on your own. You can take only three subjects if you want to work at the same time. You can drop one of the subjects in the middle of the semester because you don’t like it or it is too difficult for you. You can decide in the middle of the semester that X subject is interesting / easy and incorporate it into your plans.
Only one month before the exams you have to register online and the decision is official. Before that, you can organize the semester however you want. As long as you finish the necessary credits, the university doesn’t care how and when you do it.
3. Allows You To Study in Different Languages:
It is obvious that if you go to Germany to study you will probably have to take the subjects in German. But it is also relatively easy to find programs that are taught entirely in English, or that are bilingual.
Depending on the program and the university, your subjects will be in one language or another, but what is clear is that at the end of your stay you will have a diploma completed in a language other than your mother tongue, and that in your CV is a great advantage. You will also learn those languages in a much more natural and fast way than in a language course and it will prepare you to work in those languages in the future without problems.
4. It’s Easy to Find a Minijob at The University:
Although the studies themselves are free, as I said before, do not forget that you will have to pay for accommodation, food and your social life while you are studying. Working as a waiter or a clerk are some of the options you have, but they are physically exhausting jobs and it may be difficult for you to find the energy to go to class and also study during exam time, which is somewhat counterproductive.
German universities offer part-time positions for their students. To list a few examples of such student positions, I would highlight positions for: language teachers, library staff, administrative assistants, event organizers, and which brings us to the next point: teaching assistants or tutors.
5. You Can Teach The Subjects Yourself:
As far as I know, in many countries only doctoral students can teach at the university (in addition to professors, of course).
Germany offers this possibility to undergraduate and graduate students as well. If a subject has given you very well or has interested you a lot, there is the possibility of requesting a position as a teaching assistant or tutor ( Teaching Assistant ) and teaching that same subject to the students of the new course the following year. Of course you are not going to replace the teacher, but you are going to give the reinforcement classes: every week you review with the students what the teacher has given in class or you do exercises with them.
Even if you do not want to dedicate yourself to the academy, these types of experiences (in addition to giving you money) are very useful to improve your communication and presentation skills, skills demanded in more and more jobs.
6. Discounts And Extracurricular Activities:
As I anticipated before, being a student in Germany brings several advantages with it. Apart from the typical discounts in cinemas / museums / restaurants, studying at the university offers significant discounts for public transport. In some cities, the administrative costs cover the entire transport voucher for the entire semester and you can travel for free on public transport around the city, the region or even the Bundesland (federal state). The transportation issue is better to look at university by university, each one offers something different and I would not like to generalize here.
Universities also organize excursions and extracurricular courses (languages, computers, sports …) for very low prices. For a whole semester of Dutch classes I paid 80 euros and every Saturday I went to a free fitness course.
7. Companies Will Value It:
When it comes to getting a job, having studied abroad (I already speak in general, not only in Germany) will undoubtedly attract the attention of companies . You will have studied in a language that is not yours and you will have adapted well to new environments, which a person who is thinking of hiring you will value very positively.
Despite not having world-renowned universities such as Oxford or Harvard, Germany offers an internationally well-valued quality education. So if you don’t have tens of thousands of pounds or dollars to pay for your studies at the most prestigious universities in the world, consider going to Germany to study. You will get a great bonus on your CV without having to go into debt yourself and the next 5 generations of your family.