As we said at the beginning, German is becoming an increasingly popular place to study for international students, especially those looking for a university experience with a lower cost of living.
But the fact that Germany offers such prescribed academic, vocational and creative options means that it’s important for your students to not only consider their subject preferences, but also to think about which university pathway is right for them. Let’s look at a few starter questions that might help them guide their research.
Do you want to study an academic or practical course?
As we’ve seen, universities in Germany offer an impressive mix of academic, technical and vocational courses. But ultimately your students will need to make a choice as to whether they prefer more theoretical, academic learning, or want to dive straight into a practical degree with on-the-job training.
For example, if you have students who are interested in a humanities or social sciences degree, an academic university might be a better fit.
By contrast, students who are interested in an engineering course might want to weigh up their options more carefully.
Because both a German university and a UAS might offer engineering options. The difference is that the UAS will offer a route into industry. It really is up to the student to ask him/herself the question – how best do you like to learn?
What are the entry requirements?
Whilst most universities across Germany have a relatively common set of entry requirements (e.g. a relevant high school diploma/qualification), some specialist institutions and courses will want to see proof of a particular aptitude or skill.
This means that students who are interested in, for example, creative or arts based subjects must be prepared to demonstrate their talent and passion for their course. This will mean extra time to prepare a portfolio or supporting material.
Are there any entry restrictions?
This is an important consideration for students who are thinking of submitting an application to a German university. Some German courses have national and/or local restrictions on the number of students. This is known as ‘numerus clausus’.
Whether or not a course is numerus clausus will affect other factors, such as chance of acceptance and demand for the degree.
These are just a few of the considerations that your students should take into account when starting their German university application process.
In our next blog post, we’ll look at the application process in more detail.
If you’d like to know more about how BridgeU is helping students to match with German university destinations, book a consultation with one of our Education Partnerships team.