STUDY in GERMANY
When going for studies in Germany, students can benefit from a range of incredible opportunities offered by this well-developed country!
Excellent Higher Education and Infrastructure
Universities in Germany are known to excel in both infrastructure and curricula. Optimal facilities providing contemporary technology, and a diversified professional staff that contributes to compounding an enlightening curricula, ensure promising future generations of experts regardless of the discipline. Innovation, international cooperation and practice-oriented studies are considered to be the revolutionary roads to a world-class education.
Internationally Recognized Degrees
Universities in Germany now all operate under the Bologna reform, which ensures all students get a unified and internationally recognized degree such as bachelor’s, masters or PhD.
Study Programs taught in English
Studying in Germany not only comes for free, but you can also do it in English if your German language skills are not so good. English is an international and widely spoken language, taught as a second language in the majority of schools around the world. A fresh start in a new country, a new university AND a new language can be tougher than you think; therefore you might want to go easy on yourself and take up an international program taught in English while your German language skills advance, and then perhaps switch to studying in Germany.
Great Job Opportunities
Students from countries outside of the EU, EEA or Switzerland are not permitted to work freelance or self-employed. However, this has seldom been an issue since Germany is a very well-developed country where the economy supports thousands of new jobs every day, giving the majority of international students the possibility of finding a decent job.
It’s worth mentioning that practice-oriented universities in Germany have agreements with great companies, providing students with internships. These may not always be paid, but could lead to a great future job after obtaining your degree.
A chance to explore all aspects of life in Germany
Student life in Germany thrives on adrenaline and curiosity. German people are friendly but give you privacy; mutual respect and order are part of the daily routine; and cultural diversity is worth exploring in every inch of the country, as it makes you feel part of one entity rather than a total stranger.
Outdoor activities are pretty popular in Germany, including sports, hiking, cycling, skiing and more – so students who consider themselves athletic are going to fit in just fine. As most international students choose to live in metropolises, they’ll find lots of activities to fill their spare time; hanging out in bars, clubbing, theater and cinema are all part of student life in Germany. Most of the great German cities are artsy and have a vivid underground music scene, full of hipster fashion, books and ideals which all make for an enlightening and interesting experience.
If you get tired of the frenzy, you’ll find that Germans are for the most part more private people, who prefer smaller gatherings behind closed doors, enjoying their food and beverages in a more intimate atmosphere. Once you have a chance to join local friendship groups, you will start learning about “real” life in Germany.
Germans are by all means green. Parks and green spaces are part of every neighborhood and remain the ideal space to calm the mind. Travelling in and out of the country promises surreal landscapes, great architecture and loads of historical data to be revealed.
Another true advantage to life in Germany is the excellent public transport, which is efficient, safe and fast. As an additional perk of studying in Germany, you get a travel card for free by paying enrollment and administrative taxes that are ridiculously low.
So if you decided to join the GRIAT team and get educated in one of our joint Master-degree programs please get familiar with the features of the German educational system.
During the second year of studies on one of the selected MSc degree program at GRIAT students proceed with an international academic semester at a partner university in Germany.
They should register at an official web-site of a partner university and submit all the documents including their transcripts of academic records for admission. After the study invitation or Zulassung is received from the partner-university students can apply for a study visa to Germany. Before going abroad to a foreign educational institution students should carefully read the pre-orientation information provided by partner-universities to avoid any possible inconvenience during their stay in Germany.
The winter semester at most German universities starts on October 1 and lasts for 4 months until the end of January. Then winter exams should be passed within the following period from February 1 until the middle of March at the latest. The summer semester starts on April 1 and is usually followed by the exams in the
middle of July until the middle of August.
The MSc study program at German partner universities is normally organized in modules. One module can cover the content of one single semester as well as refer to several semesters. Each module consists of one or more courses which are well-coordinated with regard to content and timing. Modules are represented by different forms of teaching and learning such as lectures, lessons, tutorials, practical training, seminars, project team work, term papers, etc.
Each module is usually completed with a module exam. The number of module exams should not exceed six per semester according to the study plan of German universities. A module exam can also consist of several exams or a combination of study and examination results.Examinations can be realized in writing/ orally/ as alternative exams passed in the course of the semester (e.g. reports, presentations, papers, protocols, constructive or other development tasks, tests, etc.)/ as multiple choice tests.
Examination dates are published on the university website at the beginning of each semester or five weeks prior to the end of classes at the latest. In Germany the participation in an examination requires the electronic registration for it. Students should always keep to the determined dates for registration and examination otherwise there can be problems in passing exams and finally acquiring the degree.
Students should also be advised on certain rules which have to be followed when doing scientific research (writing a Master's thesis) in Germany. As soon as the writings and ideas of others form an important part of students’ research they must be clearly identifiable and distinguished from the original writings and ideas of an author. Otherwise ignoring these principles can lead to plagiarism, or ‘stealing’ from writings or ideas of other researchers. Students should remember that those parts of the Master thesis that were copied word-for-word from other texts must be enclosed in quotations marks with full reference appearing either as a footnote or by the addition of the author’s name and the year of the publication in the text, with the full citation being referenced.References should be detailed enough to allow anyone reading the thesis to refer theoriginal work to the exact page/paragraph where it appears.