FAQs “Studing Natural Sciences”
On 13 December 2012 Nina Giebel and Dr. Hartje Kriete from the University of Göttingen answered your questions concerning studying natural sciences in Germany.
Read the FAQs!
1. Master’s Programmes in Englisch
Are there English taught Master’s programmes in natural sciences in Germany and is it necessary to know German to enrol in these programmes?
There are many Master’s Degree programmes in various topics which are taught in English. In the DAAD database you will find all available programmes and for each programme all the relevant information you need. You will find also information on the admission requirements and admission procedure of each programme.
Here you will find the (English) Master’s programmes of the University of Göttingen.
Which institutions offer PhD degree programmes in Genomics, Metagenomics and Molecular Biology and what do I need to do to get a scholarship?
At the University of Göttingen we offer a special fast track programme Master/Ph.D. in the field of Molecular Biology. For information look here.
Our Molecular Biology programme comes with scholarships, for further details check out here.
Where can I find information about German PhD programmes majored in radar remote sensing?
There are technical universities in Germany where you can apply for the PhD programme in the named field of specialization. Best way will be to search the DAAD database where you can also search for university location, degree/level, field of study, course language and duration.
I did a BA in chemical engineering in Venezuela. Can I apply for a German master programme in chemistry (natural science)?
The University of Göttingen offers several Master’s programmes in chemistry such as material science. For details about the admission requirements look here.
Here you also find information about English taught programmes.
Am I able to do Master’s programme in Germany with a 3 years Bachelor degree?
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.
What opportunities have students from a third world country like Pakistan to enrol in a German Master’s programme?
Following the rule of equal opportunities, all applicants have the same opportunities, and decisions about applications are solely made on the academic qualifications of the applicants.
I have just completed my masters in software engineering. Am I eligible to get admission in PhD?
Yes, you are eligible, but in case of a positive decision about your application, admission might be conditional.
What is the minimum duration of time it takes for ones’ application to be evaluated?
At the University of Göttingen it takes up to one month after the application deadline. But that can vary from university to university. So a direct question to the university you want to apply at might be the best way to find out.
Do Master’s programmes have reserved seats for international students or are they en par with any other German applicant?
In most programmes there is 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 strengthen diversity.
What are the chances for a person who discontinued study in Germany and wishes to start again after some years?
Yes, there are chances. You might have to re-apply, but that depends on the specific degree programme. In case that you are re-accepted, the credits previously earned should be recognized.
Is there any kind of exam that the applicant has to take for being admitted on the biological area?
Several programmes do have entrance examination tests such as the Molecular Biology programme at the University of Göttingen.
I do German studies in China. Afterwards I want to study natural science in Germany. Can you tell me some subjects with positive prospects referring to job prospectives in Germany and the income?
If you don’t want to go on in Linguistics you are usually just able to apply for Bachelor’s programmes in Germany. The best way will be to check out the requirements of the university you want to study at.
For the programmes of the University of Göttingen look here.
In Germany, graduates from any subject in natural sciences, mathematics and computer science have good chances on the German labour market. In terms of income, mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists are ranking top.
How can I apply for a DAAD scholarship?
We want to study in Germany but we don’t know the German language. What must we do?
That depends on the programme you are interested in exactly. The first opportunity would be to learn German in your country. For more information on several ways to learn German visit this website. Or you can 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’s programme taught in English.
More information about German language courses at the University of Göttingen you can find here.
Are there any free courses available at German universities?
In Germany, most universities do not charge tuition fees. Exceptions are universities in Bavaria and Lower Saxony which charge 1000 Euro per year.
I know Baden-Württemberg just abolished its tuition fees for university students this summer. Are there any other states where Higher education is free? If so, does this also apply for international students?
There are no differences between foreign students and German students regarding tuition fees.
Before you apply at a German university, you need to have an idea about the programmes in which you are interested. Then you can search the DAAD database and will get all information regarding the universities which offer those programmes. All universities have detailed websites in which you can find 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!
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 DAAD website and the website of the respective universities.
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