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DAAD-Chat: Studying Natural Sciences 13.12.2012 19:45 BDT.



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Live chat with DAAD. 13th December 2012, at 2:45 pm CET (7:45 pm BDT). 

Natural sciences have a long tradition at German universities. In chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics, scientists are looking for solutions for the challenges of our time. Germany is one of the most appealing destinations for international natural sciences students. If you decide to study in Germany, you will be able to choose from a great variety of internationally recognized Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.
Do I have to learn German or are there also courses taught in English? How do I find a suitable degree programme? Which admission requirements do I have to fulfill?

Chat and discuss your questions in English or German with our experts, Nina Giebel (University of Göttingen, Göttingen International, International Student Services) and PD Dr. Hartje Kriete (University of Göttingen, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics), on Thursday, 13th December 2012, 3-4 pm CET. You can also post your questions beforehand and vote for other questions.

Please be aware that this is a chat on studying natural sciences in Germany. If you have more general questions about studying in Germany, please use our Contact Form or post your question on our Facebook page. If you are interested in scholarships, we recommend the DAAD scholarship database.




Complete Chat:

Moderator: Hello and welcome to today’s chat with Nina Giebel (University of Göttingen, Göttingen International, International Student Services) and PD Dr. Hartje Kriete (University of Göttingen, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics), organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The chat will start at 3 pm CET sharp.

Do I have to learn German or are there also courses taught in English? How do I find a suitable degree programme? Which admission requirements do I have to fulfil? Chat and discuss your questions in English or German with our experts Nina Giebel and PD Dr. Hartje Kriete.

Before we start, we would like to answer some frequently asked questions:

This chat is moderated. The questions will be forwarded to our guests by the chat-admin.

Please keep in mind that not all questions can be forwarded, because the number of contributions is simply too high.

If you have more than one question, please post them separately.

Please note that short and precise questions ar more likely to be chosen. The reason is simple: We want our guests to be short and precise with their replies as well ;-)

If you want to go deeper into a subject, please include a keyword into your contribution so that we can identify the question or the answer you are referring to.

It is 3 pm, our chat guests have arrived. My first question is: Ms. Giebel, Dr. Kriete, can we start?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: HI! Yes, please go ahead!

Nina Giebel: Yes, we can. We are glad to attend this chat.

Moderator: Prior to the chat, users had the chance to post questions and vote for other contributions.
These are the most popular questions:

Davina: Are there English taught Master’s programmes in natural sciences in Germany? If yes, do I have to know German to enroll in these programmes?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: OK, let’s start with this. There are many Master’s Degree programmes in various topics which are taught through the English language. Please check out the DAAD data base available
In this data base you find for each programme all the relevant information. So, simply goi ahead and search the data base for a suitable programme.

Nina Giebel: The (English) Master programmes Göttingen university offers you will find at:

Dr. Hartje Kriete: Let me add a few words about admission requirement, e.g. German proficiency: Each programme comes with it own admission requirements and admission procedure, so for this you have to check out the data base, too.

alex2212: Hi I’m from Mexico, I want to study in Germany , I’m interested on fields of Genomics, Metagenomics and Molecular Biology. Which institutions are offering PhD degree programs in these areas? What I need to get a scholarship? Thank you very much!

Nina Giebel: At Göttingen university we do offer a special fast track program Master/Ph.D. in the field of Molecular Biology:
Our Molecular Biology program comes with scholarships, cf: website for further details:

Alexandra: Hallo, ich heiße Alexandra, ich habe Chemieingenieurwesen BA in Venezuela studiert und ich möchte einen Master in Chemie in Deutschland absolvieren. Kann ich mich als Ingenieurin für einen Master in Chemie (Naturwissenschaften) bewerben?

Alisonhan: Hi here I’m a undergraduate student who major in Pharmacy in China,and now I’m a junior.I’m going to apply chemisty of Göttingen Uni for winter semester in 2013.My major has relation to Chemistry and I’v already learned some chemical subjects.I wonder if i have opportunity to apply.

Nina Giebel: Die Universität Göttingen bietet eine verschiedene Masterprogramme im Bereich der Chemie an, wie z.B. Chemie/Master oder Materialwissenschaften/Master. Für Details zu Zugangsvoraussetzungen, Bewerbungsverfahren etc. schauen Sie auf folgende Website:

Dr. Hartje Kriete: For the English taught programmes, there is a data base for the German taught degree programmes: …
Again, in this data base you’ll find various information, e.g. the particular application requirements for each specific degree programme.

Tauhidul: I have completed 3 years Bachelor in computer science after 12 years school certificate. Now i want to apply for master’s programme. Am i able to do master’s programme with 3 years Bachelor degree?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: By role of thumb, a three years Bachelor’s Degree suffices. However, this is something which has to be finally decided by the university running the degree programme.

Arslan Bhatti: I want to ask a Question about Master’s in Germany? What Opportunity will be there for student who are coming from third world country like Pakistan?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: Well, the first part has already been answered…
For the second part there’s a clear answer: Following the rule of equal opportunities, all applicants have the same opportunities, and decision about applications are solely made on the academic qualifications of the applicants.

ebubealpha: What is the minimum duration of time it takes for ones’ application to be evaluated?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: I don’t know much about other universities. At the Göttingen university it takes up to one month after the application deadline.

Siroj: We want to study in Germany but we don`t know deustch language. What must we do ?

Nina Giebel: Depends in which programme you are interested in exactly. First oppertunity would be to learn German in your country, the apply to a German university and continue the German courses in Germany. Usually you need to take the German test named DSH or TestDaf to start your studies in a German taught programme…
or you apply for a Master programme taught in English.
More information regaring German language courses at Göttingen university you will find at:

Moderator: And a question just in:

Karlo: Do master’s programs have reserved seats for international students or are they en par with any other German applicant?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: In most programmes there are no quota for international students. Decisions are solely made on the academic qualification. However, applications from international students always are highly welcome as foreign students contribute to strenghten diversity.

felix-china: Hello,my name is felix, I come from china.I have got my master degree in china and have already working for 3 years.Firstly ,can I have a chance to apply phd in German majored in radar remote sensing?Secondly, can I have an opportunity to apply the DAAD scholarship? and how? Thank you very much!

Nina Giebel: Information regarding DAAD scholarships you will find on

Nina Giebel:

Dr. Hartje Kriete: For the first part, I can imagine that there are technical universities in Germany where you can apply for the PhD programme in the named field of specialisation. But you have to search the websites.

Nina Giebel: Whether your check the DAAD database, you also can search for university location, degree/level, field of study, course language and duration:

PS: Hi Ms Giebel & Dr Kreite, I would like to know what are the chances for a person who discontinued study in Germany and wishes to start again after some years.

Dr. Hartje Kriete: Yes, there are chances. You might have to re-apply, but that hings on the specific degree programme…
In case that you are re-accepted, the credits previously earned should be recognised.

Moderator: and another question just in:

MarioSanRoman: Hello! i have seen that DAAD asks for no more than 6 years after the last grade. Does your institutions ask for the same requirement?

Nina Giebel: For admission at Göttingen university such a rule doesn´t apply.

ayyaz: Hi! I have just complete my masters in software engineering with course work. Am I eligible to get admission in phd?

Dr. Hartje Kriete: Yes, you are eligible, but in case of a positive decision about your application, admission might be conditional.

Laura : good afternoon there´s any kind of exam that the applicant has to take for being admited on the biological area

Nina Giebel: Several programmes does have entrance examination tests such as the Molecular Biology programme at Göttingen university:

Franz C.: ich studiere Germanistik jetzt an der Uni in China,um spaeter in Deutschland Naturwissenschaft zu studieren.Mein Mathematik ist nicht sehr gut,ganz allgemein.koenen Sie einpaar Faecher mit Perspektive nennen? ich moechte auch in Deutschland arbeiten und gut verdienen. Vielen Dank

Nina Giebel: Wenn Sie Ihr Germanistik-Studium abgeschlossen haben, können Sie sich in Deutschland in der Regel nur für ein Bachelor-Studium bewerben, wenn Sie nicht im Bereich der Sprachwissenschaften bleiben möchten…

Dr. Hartje Kriete: In Germany, graduates from any subject in natural science, mathematics and computer science have good chances on the German labour market. In terms of income, mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists are ranking top.

Nina Giebel: In der Regel weisen Sie mit einem abgeschlossenen Bachelor-Studium einer anerkannten chinesischen Universität eine direkte Hochschulzugangsberechtigung nach und könnten sich für alle Bachelor-Studiengänge bewerben…
Selbstverständlich ist immer eine individuelle Überprüfung der Hochschulzugangsberechtigung notwendig. Eine Übersicht der in Göttingen angebotenen Studienprogramme finden Sie unter.

thomas poland: Are there any free courses available at German universities

Dr. Hartje Kriete: In Germany, most universities do not charge tuition fees. Exceptions are universities in Bavaria and Lower Saxony which charge 1000 Euro per year.

Moderator: and another question just in:

Karlo: I know Baden-Württemberg just abolished its Tuition fees for University students this summer. Are there any other states where Higher ed is free? If so, do this also apply for international students?

Nina Giebel: there are no differences between foreign students and german students regarding tuition fees

Moderator: Unfortunately, our time is nearly up. Is there anything, you would like to say in conclusion?

Nina Giebel: Before you apply at a German university, you need to have an idea about the programmes in which you are interested in. Then you can search at the DAAD database and will get all information regarding the universities, which offers those programmes. All universities have detailed websites, in which you can find all needed information regarding programmes, requirements, application procedures e.g. where you will find nearly all answers to your questions. Just check them out. Good luck and hope to see you soon in Germany!

Dr. Hartje Kriete: I’d like to make a final remark. In Germany, the landscape of higher education is shaped by the diversity of the universities and of the subjects offered. Consequently, the various universities and the various degree programmes have their own specific focal points and ideas of pursuing research and teaching. Therefore students interested in studying in Germany are strongly encouraged to search the website (links been given in this chat) and the website of the respective universities.

Moderator: That was our chat with Nina Giebel and Dr. Hartje Kriete,organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). I would like to thank our guests for sharing their expertise as well as the users for their interesting questions. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to answer all your questions. The transcript of this chat will soon be available at Thank you and goodbye.

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