Oidewurschthaut4 karma2016-07-18 14:12:19 UTC
A note here: the notion that graduates from Universities of applied sciences make less money is not necessarily true, and in many cases, graduates from Universities of applied sciences have an easier time finding jobs because the degrees that are mostly offered at such schools are ones that are very applicable on the job market. You won't find liberal arts there for sure.
Another thing is that after the Bologna reforms (an overhaul of university degrees in Germany) the difference between 'University' and 'University of applied science' is minimal, and does not have the same distinction as before, when those Universities of applied science had to call themselves 'Fachhochschule'.
The point is, when receiving a Bachelor's degree from a University of applied sciences, it does indeed have the same worth as a degree from a University, with no distinction, and it is indeed very possible to do a career in research afterwards, as some of my former fellow students have done.
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Oidewurschthaut3 karma2016-07-19 00:17:13 UTC
Hi, the study of German is usually done as part of a 'Studienkolleg", which is a preparatory course for university entry for foreigners. (this typically lasts 1-2 years).
In this course, German will also be part of the curriculum, but it is advised to start studying German before that in order to have good fundamentals.
Right off the back I cant think of any particular German schools, but the Goethe Institut is always a safe bet.
Oidewurschthaut3 karma2016-07-18 05:26:03 UTC
Whether you can find a job to support yourself depends on your German language skills. There are obviously some positions where you can get by with less German, eg hospitality or language teaching, but your options will be less.
That being said, it is possible yes, but I would not go to Germany without having enough cash to support yourself for at least 10 months.
About the degree, a German degree is held in relatively high regard internationally from my experience. I applied at several US companies after my graduation, and it was never an issue. Some companies ask about the university but it seems to be accepted.
Oidewurschthaut2 karma2016-07-18 15:11:11 UTC
thanks for the info!
Oidewurschthaut2 karma2016-07-18 06:07:46 UTC
Good question, there are thousands of universities in Germany, and their levels and quality of teaching are all very similar. So while its difficult to pick specific names, here a general tip:
I always recommend to apply to 'Universities of Applied Sciences' rather than 'Universities'. This is a curiosity of the German education system, and the reasons for the difference between the two types are explained in detail in my book, but in essence, Universities of Applied Sciences have smaller classes, are better organised, teach more job-related material, and drop out rates tend to be lower.
Simply watch out for the naming of the universities to have 'University of Applied Sciences' in its name.
Other than that, it depends on where your location preferences are.
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