Studying in Germany

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Studying in Germany – a good choice

If you’re looking to study or research abroad, why not come to Germany, Land of Ideas? Higher education in Germany stands for numerous innovations, increasing internationality and strong support for cutting-edge research.

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Taking up studies in Germany now easier: revision of minimum admission requirements for HKDSE students

With effect from 15 March 2014, the minimum admission requirements for Hong Kong students having taken the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) and applying to German higher education institutions have been revised as follows: Level 3 or above in FOUR core subjects plus TWO elective subjects, altogether SIX subjects, must be attained.

The new admission requirements and further details can be found under the following links:

Website of the DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau

"anabin" information portal for recognition of foreign educational qualifications (in German)

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Higher Education in Germany

Germany is an increasingly attractive place to study, offering international degrees such as Bachelor's and Master's degrees, courses taught in English and a system which enables credits for attendance and examination passes to be accumulated and transferred.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau provides information on Germany as a study and research destination, offers consultation and support for study and research in Germany, and promotes co-operation between higher education institutions in Hong Kong and Macau and their German counterparts.

In addition to weekly consultation at its centre, the DAAD holds a monthly session at the German cultural institute, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, giving basic information on study in Germany mainly to school leavers. Details can be found under:

Scholarships in Germany

Scholarships in Germany

Are you considering studying in Germany, but don't know how to cover the costs? This month on Young Germany we have four articles detailing scholarships that can help your wallet support your studies.

"Career Compass Germany" - App for vocational training, studying and working in Germany

Good career opportunities, an international working and learning atmosphere, low unemployment – for people from abroad the German labour market is highly attractive and opens up first-class perspectives. There are highly diverse possibilities for vocational training, studying or working. Those interested can find out about the options and offers available, how to apply, what is important when starting out in Germany and what role the German language plays in the “Career Compass Germany – the app for vocational training, studying and working in Germany”.

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Germany's ten most popular universities for foreign students

Germany is the most popular destination for foreign students among non-English speaking countries. Check out the top ten universities in Germany foreign students opt for.

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Online courses in higher education

Starting mid-October, Berlin-based, a platform for academic online teaching, will offer its first Massive Open Online Courses, known as “MOOCs”. Courses are taught by renowned German and international faculty and are available to students worldwide, for free.

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Germany among the five most popular places to study

In the 2012 “Student Pulse” survey carried out by the German Rectors’ Conference and the German Academic Exchange Service, foreign students interviewed in 2011 ranked Germany fifth when it came to their favourite place to study. As to the reputation of university degrees, Germany came fourth after the United States, Great Britain and Canada. In the 2010/11 academic year, one in ten students in Germany was from abroad. Most international students in Germany are from up‑and‑coming countries such as China (2010/11 academic year: 23,000) and the regions of Central and Eastern Europe.

Excellence in Engineering and the Sciences Made in Germany

TU9 is the alliance of the leading institutes of technology in Germany. They offer a wide range of courses in engineering and sciences as well as an excellent all-round education. Click here for further information:

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Germany ranks first in university internationalisation

In a survey from the British Council on university internationalisation Germany was ranked in first place, providing most support for foreign students. The survery ranks university systems on measures such as openness, degree quality, how widely degrees are recognised, support for overseas students and how much students were encouraged to spend time abroad. Germany performed the best overall, with the UK and China coming third and fourth, ahead of the United States in sixth place, in a table showing eleven of the biggest players in the overseas student market. The main attractions of Germany are that students in Germany usually spend at least a term abroad, giving the country one of the world's most mobile student populations, and universities in many parts of Germany do not charge any tuition fees. BBC © 2011

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Weimar has the best international university in Germany

The Bauhaus University in Weimar, Thuringia, describes itself as being eager to experiment, open and creative, and it seeks proximity to industrial practice. But now, it can also boast the title of “best international university 2011” in Germany. This year the university came first in the “international university” competition.


13% of foreign graduates from German universities are Chinese

A look at the latest figures shows that the number of international students graduating from German universities rose to 38,300 in the 2011 examination year, eight per cent more than in 2010. Around 13 per cent of foreign graduates were Chinese, seven per cent Turkish and five per cent Russian nationals. © DAAD LETTER

Alumniportal Deutschland

Alumniportal Deutschland is an editorially supported social online network, which sees itself as a service for all Germany-alumni as well as for companies, networks, organizations and institutes of higher education. A unique combination of topical and emotional services with a connection to Germany and an online community opens entirely new opportunities for maintaining contacts and networks.


Scholarship and support programme: students do better when they feel at home

From welcome breakfasts to friendship programmes, German universities come up with lots of interesting ways of making it easier for international students to settle into their new surroundings. The DAAD offers them a combined scholarship and support programme (STIBET), which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office. It supports introductory events and country evenings as well as specialist support for foreign doctoral students. Projects like Die Brücke (The Bridge) in Münster have developed their own special approaches and act as examples for other universities.

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School and Youth Exchange

Various schools and institutions are offering exchange programmes for participants to experience life in Germany. You may learn more about the German culture, people and language while living with a German host. To find out more about these programmes, please visit the following websites:

Studying in Germany

Humboldt Universität

Recognition of educational qualifications obtained abroad

German course for foreign students


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You would like to live in Germany? On the internet portal of the Goethe-Institut you will find information about living in Germany, films, games and German language exercises at A1 level.



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Alumniportal Deutschland

Welcome Portal for Professionals

Make it in Germany

"Make it in Germany" bundles together key information for international professionals and students, who would like to live and work in Germany.

Recognition in Germany

Recognition in Germany

“Recognition in Germany” is the official online portal for the Federal Recognition Act. It provides migrants and foreign skilled workers with information on how and where they can submit an applicatio...