If you are interested in obtaining tertiary education in Germany today, you don’t necessarily need to speak German. It might interest you to know that applied sciences, as well as other academic disciplines such as business, international relations, bioinformatics technologies or foreign philology, are taught in English, both in state universities and private schools.
Although tuition fees at state universities are free, international students are expected to have at least 8,000 EUR on the bank account in order to obtain a visa, and to cover for other expenses including compulsory fees, termly student’s ID card fee, accommodation, textbooks fees etc.
There are a good number of top-ranking German universities offering English-taught study programmes, especially at Master’s and research levels. Nonresidents who attend applied sciences and business studies often choose private universities, as state universities have higher entry requirements and degrees bilingual-taught degrees, mixing German courses with lectures held in English. The private schools, on the other hand, tend to be more loose with the admission requirements and much more expensive, but they are more internationally oriented and consequently they have more full-taught English degrees.
German Universities Offering English Taught Programs
-A top university in Germany, such as the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, has no undergraduate programme instructed exclusively in English, though for many of them a good level of English is required.
-The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich also has a number of English Master’s degrees, including the fields of biology, economics, software engineering, physics and more.
-Other high-ranking public universities in Germany, such as University of Freiburg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
-or the University of Heidelberg offer an increasing number of degrees fully or partially taught in English.
-One of the best private university of Germany is IUBH School of Business and Management, where absolutely all programmes are taught in English: international marketing management, aviation, tourism, transport, hotel and restaurant management degrees, and MBA in International Business. Depending on the academic program, the tuition fee here varies from 10 000 to 14 000 Euros per year.
-Another private institution, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, an accreditation business school based in Berlin offers top MBA, EMBA and MIM study programmes in English.
The basic requirements for admission to the English language programs are almost the same as for the programs taught in German: certificate of complete secondary education, good command of English at IELTS 6.0 level, resume and motivation letter. Some public universities can advance their own requirements, for example, completion of a general qualification testing.
Due to the fundamental differences between the education systems of two countries, Ukrainian candidates have no other choice but to undertake an additional training. There are several options available: to take a year-long preparatory program in the Studienkolleg at the chosen specialty, go to a relevant faculty or take an exam in English, and transfer to a German university after completion of the first year of study at the Ukrainian university, duly accredited by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.
For admission to the Master’s degree programme, the Bachelor’s diploma of Ukrainian university, IELTS 6.0 (or higher) certificate in English and letters of recommendation from teachers will be enough.
All documents, required for submission to the German universities, as well as their translations, shall be submitted in the form of officially certified copies. Certain universities require an apostille, while others are easily satisfied with notarial certification, and still, others ask for simple copies, demanding to submit their originals upon admission.
Studying in English in Germany, one will always have an opportunity to simultaneously learn German. It will expand the circle of friends, will be required to earn some money and, especially, to obtain the visa in future.
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