You have finally decided to study in Germany. Convinced your family. Now it’s time to look into some important scrutinising factors to study in Germany. Almost all students come to a halt at this stage and think what or rather where to begin. Beginnings are always the tough one but once you have the stone rolling, there is no looking back. So let’s begin!
7 scrutinising factors:
1. Clarity about your previous education
Now this can be a really simple to read but when one questions himself/herself on what they have studied and what was the main purpose of it, things start getting a little hazy. We study such a wide variety of subjects in our bachelor studies that by the end, we do loose the sight to where and why it all began. So, before getting into another pool, sit back and evaluate if what you studied really interests you and if you can see yourself working in same field even after your masters in same subject. This stage will clear a lot of air and you would be then ready to start searching for courses in coming stages.
2. Bona fide interest
It is quite possible that your study stream was chosen because either your parents thought so or someone else who did the same field was earning well at the time. Right after school, interests are not clearly defined to many (of course there are some who know what they really are interested in since young age). And hence, it is absolutely crucial to be honest with yourself. Maybe, the same course that is considered best in present market just doesn’t get you going. By the end of the day, if you have your heart into something truly, you would be the master of your work/studies. And that’s what everyone finally works years for.
3. Variety of universities
One should know that there are various kinds of universities in Germany. Some are funded by the government where the tuition fee is generally nil or to its minimum. Other universities are private and have a tuition fee. Apart from these major distinctions, there are different kinds of universities with respect to its eduction. For technical studies, the best ones are the TU or Technical University (which are comparable institute of technology). Followed by these are the FH or Fachhochschule (which are comparable to university of applied sciences). Once you know about these, it is time to streamline your choices.
4. Segregate the selection of universities
This is something I had learned during my time of this stage. I was asked to divide my selection of universities into 3 main categories. Let me explain this with an example. If one has to choose 5 universities for applications, how does one do that? Well, what I did was this:
- Dream universities
- Achievable universities
- Backup universities
As much as I insist on being positive at every note here, it is really important to be ready for all outcomes. And hence the rule of DAB (Dream, Achievable, Backup) makes it way more easier and real.
5. Shortlist courses
Now remember, this step 5 can be done right after step 3. Before segregating universities, you can shortlist your interested courses. When it comes to this step, it is important to remember 2 things. One, masters courses can either really specific or it can cover a wide range of subjects and that might take a while to finish. Two, don’t just go by the name of the course. One needs to look into details of that course and what it aims at covering. There have been cases when students came here expecting something else altogether just because they hadn’t researched on their course any further than the name. You can shortlist your courses based on your interest. Again. Very important. You could continue and pursue your masters in same subject as bachelors or can take a slight deviation and master in something more specific with base of bachelor studies.
As mentioned in previous point, it is very critical to know about the course. The subjects it covers. Every university website at least provides with all the major subjects it covers and some also mention which semester (winter/summer) it is offered in. When there are subjects with 2 parts, it is important to know which semester does the 1st part of subject taught in. These will keep you in loop once you begin and what is does most is help one PLAN the course even before it begins.
7. Application details
Start an Excel sheet. Along with university, its location, courses offered it is significantly helpful to have the application start and end dates clearly mentioned. This helps in prioritising during the application period and you will definitely not have to wait for another semester.
So, these were some starting steps which and if followed for preparing one self, gives you clarity and confidence to move forward.
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All the very best!