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Postgraduate Study in Germany

Germany offers a top quality education that is only a dream to many students. Coupled with a powerful and fast-growing economy, most African students are choosing it as a top postgraduate study destination. There are several universities in Germany that rank among the best in the world and master’s level. The best part about education in Germany is that you can study tuition-free at its public universities.

All states in Germany offer tuition-free higher education with an exception of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg.  Universities in BW charge tuition fees to international students. This applies to both master’s and Ph.D. students. Note that tuition-free is offered in public universities, Private universities set their own fees.

If you love art, then colleges of art and film in Germany will cater to your needs. The numerous universities of applied sciences offer education and research opportunities to both masters and Ph.D. students alike.  This article will give you more information on how to go about applying for your postgraduate program.

The Postgraduate Education System in Germany

The postgraduate education system in Germany follows the Bologna process, which is a standard European system. A master’s degree comes second after a bachelor’s degree.  A Ph.D. comes after a masters’s.  A master’s degree is just taught course while postgraduate research is done at a Ph.D. level.

Master’s programs in Germany last for two years. The full master’s degree is worth 120 ECTS credits. 

Steps on How to Apply For A Postgraduate Degree In Germany

Find a suitable university and program

Identify what course you would like to study in Germany and your set career goals. This is the first and most crucial step. German universities offer many programs, so it will not be hard to find a program that best suits your needs.

There are many websites available with factual information on the universities and available postgraduate programs. Do your research before making your decision.

Factors to consider before choosing a study program are things like the location of the university. Are you someone who thrives in a big city? Then Berlin or Munich should be among your choices.

Consider things like tuition fees charged and the modules before choosing the program that you want to study.

Check the requirements

Check the requirements of the postgraduate program that you would like to pursue. Most German universities offer such information on their websites. Do not forget to check or contact the university for more details.

Note that there are different entry requirements for different levels and degree programs in the same university. Admission requirements also differ from program to program so pay close attention to detail. Do not forget that you will need a student visa, health insurance to study in Germany. 

The best thing to do if you are not sure is to contact the university you would like to join. 

Language proficiency

Most German universities use German as the language of instruction. It is compulsory to show proof of the language up to a certain level before applying.  Language requirements vary from program to program.

Some universities offer postgraduate studies in English. You will be required to show proof of your English proficiency by taking a test before applying.

The level of the German language also depends on your study program. For natural science related courses where most time is spent in research laboratories, a high German level is not required. A higher German language level is required from any African student for courses in social sciences. Submit your application

Submit Your Application

When you have all the required documents at hand, go ahead and submit your application. Most universities accept online applications for international students.

Wait for The Admission Letter

Processing time takes several weeks due to many applications, so you have to be patient and wait.

Why You Should Study in Germany

Germany isn’t just a country home to rich history and the most intellectual minds. It is truly a land of ideas, and here is why you should study in Germany.

  • While studying in Germany, you will get to interact with people from different parts of the world.
  • You will gain world-renowned qualifications that will open your doors for more excellent job opportunities.
  • Education in Germany is affordable, and the living costs are cheaper than in other parts of the world.
  • Many scholarships for African through the German academic exchange service (DAAD) and other available scholarships.