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Study in Germany

Graduating from CDSC with the German International Abitur (DIAP) means a student not only completes an internationally acknowledged and highly qualified school program, but also satisfies the entrance qualifications for German university.

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A personal note from the principal

In the past few years time and again we have been contacted by German speaking families living abroad who have wrongly estimated the possibilities provided by a student’s foreign diploma. It is often taken for granted by expatriates that a graduation certificate from an International school is automatically considered to be a university entrance diploma. Confusion arises for International Students when they have completed a curriculum in a non-German International school yet aim to attend a German university. They wrongfully expect the international or Thai-English school diplomas to contain an entrance qualification guaranteeing them a university entrance. While under certain conditions this is possible, many foreign school graduation certificates do not include this general qualification to enter, specifically, a German university. Read More

Why study in Germany?

  • German universities have a good reputation worldwide and a part of a long tradition in Germany
  • Germany is a “country of ideas”: German universities contribute many important advances in worldwide research and developement - many Nobel Prize winners were and are Germans.
  • Science and research are highly valued in Germany.
  • Offering more than 13,000 different courses of study (approximately 800 internationally oriented), Germany provides a huge variety of university education at more than 360 government-recognized universities.
  • German universities offer good learning conditions: Universities and research institutes are well-equipped with current technologies and offer a good support system for students, guarenteering a high class eduation.
  • A good medical system and a high degree of safety ensure optimal living conditions.
  • With 125 million native speakers, German is one of the world’s most important languages and is considered to be one of the most important science languages - “English is a must, German is a plus.” (Quotation of the brochure “Studying in Germnay” of the DAAD).

How much does it cost to study in Germany?

Study at a German universtiy is very affordable compared to many other countries, since the university system is mostly financed by the government. The cost of living in Germany is in line with the EU average. In practice, this means:

Tuition fees at governmental universities are mostly non-existent. (Lower Saxony is the one exception, and will abolish tuition fees in the winter term 2014/15).

A semester fee of approximately 200 EUR is charged each semester, which normally includes public transportation.
Monthly expenditures depend on life style and the city of residence. On average, a student has 770 EUR at his/her disposal, of which the largest part is spent on rental costs.

A note for non-German passport holders: Foreign students are required to provide evidence of financial resources of at least 7656 EUR per year. International students have a limited option to increase their monthly income through part-time jobs, though these jobs are not sufficient to fully finance their education.

Are there any promotions or scholarships available?

There are a number of promotion and scholarship programs that one can apply for in Germant, covering both short- and long-term study programs. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a good overview of these in their database; the database includes both DAAD’s available scholarships and those offered by other organizations. In addition, many universities offer their own scholarship programs, though they are limited in comparison to other countries. Nevertheless, it is worth asking your preferred university about current scholarship conditions and promotion possibilities.

The infomation above is mostly taken from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) information brochure. The whole brochure, containing more detailed information about studying in Germany, can be downloaded here.

For further information please contact us.


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