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There are about 300 plus institutes that provide higher education in traditional disciplines like engineering and science. These disciplines have been and still
are the forte of German institutions. However, realizing the impact that great personalities like Bach, Beethoven Kafka, Leibniz and Marx have had on their society, other curriculums like humanities and art have also been included in regular and
study abroad programs. There are also small high school summer abroad programs that teach you to appreciate the art and literature of the country.
Studying in Germany needs an understanding of the different
type of school system that the country has.
The German school system has three kinds of schools that provide training for vocational and academic courses. The Gymnasium is a nine-year secondary school curriculum that prepares the students for higher studies in a university. There are many
study abroad students in these gymnasiums and Germans account for only about 30% of the student population in these schools.
The curriculum is divided in to three categories. These are language, art and literature, social sciences and mathematics, science and technology. The system allows for a lot of educational freedom and therefore all students, including study abroad students are allowed to choose certain subjects from among the three categories that have been listed. Disciplines like art, architecture, music and physical education do not form part of the curriculum and need to be pursued outside of the study abroad program if you are interested. Most of the classes in these schools are conducted in German and therefore knowledge of the language is a must for study abroad in Germany at this level.
But the requirement is different for the higher-level courses and the new bachelors and masters degree system are similar to those of the rest of Europe. The study abroad share of Germany now is now about 10% from among all the students that go to another country to study for any study abroad program. This is mainly due to the rigor that is followed in the system that has been heavily influenced by German education reformist Wilhelm von Humboldt who believed in integrating research and learning and also in the freedom of education.
The country also has Fachhochschule Institutions
which are great for people who are looking at high school summer study abroad programs. These are shorter courses and have a vocational inclination and involve courses like applied science. These study abroad programs lay stress on independent study by preparing reports, attending lectures and group discussions and completing projects.
Germany is also one of the preferred locations for study abroad since it is one country where most of the universities do not charge a tuition fee for the courses and though this has changed due to a recent decree, the charge is still nominal at 500 EUR per semester. Germany also has a national agency that has been created to support to students who want to engage in high school study abroad or enroll in a high school
summer study abroad program or any other study abroad program for that matter. This agency called the German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD) is the main and authentic source of all information that any study abroad student may need.
To obtain a student visa for study abroad in Germany you will need to prove
you know how to speak in German and also provide documentation of past academic record. A tourist visa cannot be converted into a student visa and though a 3-month student visa can be obtained fairly easily and quickly, a long-term commitment to study abroad in Germany may need a visa for study abroad purpose that is valid for a year, which may take some time.
To get information on the specific documents that are required, you should contact the Foreign Students Office
('Akademisches Auslandsamt') at the university administration office. Students from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, and the EU countries can apply for their residence permit after entering Germany.
Donít get fazed by some of Germans who may be a bit impatient with foreigners since they do not tolerate anyone who breaks rules. They may indulge in fun loving activities and enjoy saunas and beaches but at the heart they are conservative and rule abiding people. Though finding an English speaking German
can be a tough task, the probability that a younger person will know the English language is higher since the language has been made mandatory in schools of late.
Germany has to offer a lot to visitors. It has the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest for the nature lovers, Checkpoint Charlie for those interested in the cold war, the Brandenburg Gate and the museum island for those interested in art and Munich for its symphonies and orchestras. Other places to visit are the Romantic Road, the Castle Road, the Dresden Royal Palace, the Zwinger Palace and many other churches and museums that will make you relive history.
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