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A university degree program – what is it?

There are various pathways to higher education in Germany: Universities, Polytechnics/Colleges for applied sciences, as well as the dual system of vocational education.

A degree course at a university means an intensive multifaceted engagement with the fundamentals of research and science. It is fascinating, and it is a challenge. You get to know a subject area in all of its dimensions, and get the right qualifications for the most demanding of activities in many professional fields in economy, society, politics, culture, and science. You learn to reflect on the broad knowledge that you have acquired and integrate it, so that you can independently draw conclusions, and devise solutions to problems.

A university degree program requires motivation, the willingness to work, and self-responsibility. The time studying nevertheless offers lots of freedom, and the opportunity to expand your interest and develop your strengths outside of your subject area. You don’t only acquire subject-specific knowledge and competences – a university degree also opens up numerous opportunities to develop and grow as a person.

A university degree program offers you:

The following you’ll find rather via another educational pathway:
  • A sound basic education and relevant know-how for your future area of work
  • The ability to acquire skills for scientific work
  • Research related degree programs with renowned academics
  • Analysis and problem solving, overcoming floods of information through critical thinking, as well as the selecting of relevant facts and data
  • Autonomy and freedom, development of independence
  • Development of your personality
  • Various possibilities for further studies (Master and Ph.D.)
  • Good or very good career prospects and chances of promotion
  • Practical training which directly applies, for example, at a dual college/university (combination studies/business), or at a (specialist) University
  • An education, which qualifies for practical and skilled manual work, for example, within the scope of a work/training scheme (combination business/vocational college)

  • As a side: Your higher education entrance qualification does not expire. You can still study at the university after studying at a vocational/technical college, or after undertaking a dual study program/ work/training scheme. Furthermore, even without a higher education entrance qualification the possibility to study at the university after a dual study program/ work/training scheme, after several years of professional activity, is still possible.


The most important factor in being successful in your studies is the interest that you have in your subject. You can inform yourself about the courses that we offer below. If you have any further questions then we are happy to help.


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