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Types of institution

Universities of Applied Sciences

Universities of Applied Sciences offer courses with a strong practical emphasis. The study plan focuses more on the actual content of the course than at a university. Universities of applied sciences mainly offer technical, social science and business courses.
Standard study time: 3 to 4 years
The requirement to study at a university of applied sciences is a direct higher education entrance qualification (HZB) for universities of applied sciences. You can also study at a university of applied sciences with a direct entrance qualification for universities.

Typical degrees:

  • Bachelor
  • Masters
  • Diplom

 

Universities

Universities are institutions of research and teaching They place great emphasis on training students in the techniques of academic work. Typical faculties/ departments include the arts, medicine, law, natural sciences, social sciences and business. Technical universities normally focus on engineering subjects.
Standard study time: 3 to 7 years.
The requirement to study at a university is a direct higher education entrance qualification (HZB) for universities and equivalent institutions. A direct entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences does not qualify.

Typical degrees:

  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Diplom
  • State examination

 

Art colleges

Art colleges include colleges of visual and performing arts, film and television and music colleges.
Standard study time: 4 to 5 years.
The admission requirements for an art college normally involve an aptitude test / test of ability, which in some cases - if outstanding ability is demonstrated - can even replace the need for a higher education entrance qualification.

Typical degrees:

  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Diplom
  • State examination

 

Distance learning courses

A distance learning course is primarily completed from home. It allows you to study anywhere and at your own pace and is particularly of interest to people who are already working. The study documents are sent by post or using Internet communication.
To study a distance learning course you also require a direct higher education entrance qualification (HZB).
 

Private institutions

Studying at private institutions involves payment of fees. Tuition fees can be between 6,000 and 10,000 Euro per year. In addition, these institutions are largely financed by donations, which means that the sponsors' interests are sometimes reflected in the course content. However, in many cases they offer more intensive support as there are fewer students than at state institutions. In terms of the quality of education and recognition of degrees, there are considerable differences between private institutions, and it is advisable to research the institution thoroughly before starting studying.


 

You can find links to all state recognised German institutions on the DAAD website or in the Higher Education Compass from the Conference of University Vice Chancellors (HRK).
Lists of Higher education institutions in Germany can also be found at www.studentenseite.de (sorted by towns) and www.holderied.de (sorted by types of institutions).

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