If you don’t already know by now, education in Germany is FREE! Sounds too good to be true, but it is the truth. From bachelor’s degree onwards, education in Germany is completely free for public universities. Bear in mind that some postgraduate students in some programmes may still have to pay a minimal fees but it is still very little compared to other countries.
Tuition fees are FREE for all students from the degree stage onwards, other cost that you have to bear in mind is the living cost. You’ll find that living in Germany is much more reasonable compared to other European countries.
One of the basic requirements of studying in Germany is the ability to speak German. Although some courses are offered fully in English, all universities require you to sit for a German Language test before going to Germany to further your study. So, learning German Language is a must before going to a university there.
Now that you have learned the language after a couple of months of hard work, applying to a German university comes next. UniAssist is the next stop for you, it is an online system that helps students to apply to universities directly. However, most of the website is in German, as well as the document required. You might require help from experts to apply via UniAssist.
Some basic education pathway for German universities is as such:
• Germany requires 13 years of schooling before enrolling in university. As the Malaysian education system only provides 11 years of schooling, two years of ‘bridging’ is required (Pre University).
• Some examples of Pre University programmes recognised by German universities include A-Levels or STPM. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is also accepted.
• Diplomas from UiTM or Politeknik are also accepted, but a 1-year ‘Studienkolleg’ programme might be required before entering the degree stage.
• The Freshman Programme conducted at Freshman Institute Aachen – integrated part of the FH Aachen – University of Applied Sciences, a public university that is authorised to make access to the German university (in North-Rhine Westphalia).
Now that you know the budget and requirements for the universities, it is time for you to have a glimpse of living in Germany.
Overall, living in a highly developed country is good. However depending on the city, the experience may vary. For instance, climate in Germany comes in 4 seasons with a significant lean to cooler climate.
In terms of the culture in German society, it can be said that Germans are more reserved compared to other Western citizens. They may be less openly friendly at the beginning but they are genuinely nice and can even be good friends once you got to know them better.
As education is free, there is not a lot of pressure from the lecturers on the students. Attendance is not mandatorily taken and there is no excessive monitoring by the lecturers. But with this ‘freedom’ you have to be independence as your results at the end of each semester would be reflected based on your studies in your own time. There is a lot of self-study involved and you have to balance your study and free time right.
Now that you’ve seen how awesome the experience of studying and living in Germany, where should you begin?
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