Study in Germany
Germany is proud of its longstanding academic tradition. It offers a choice among 351 institutes of higher learning, 116 of them being traditional universities. The unique mix of tradition and modern technologies, scientific research and pedagogic experience attract faculty staff and students from all over the world. The institutes are open to everyone as academic freedom is a basic principle of Germany's educational framework. However, certain requirements need to be fulfilled prior to enrolment.
You might need a visa and you will have to prove your language skills and educational qualification. Attention: a tourist visa will not do, you need to apply for a students visa. Applying for a long term visa (more than 3 months) can take quite long. Visas for shorter stays are more speedily issued but can NOT be prolonged in Germany.
Information on required documents and deadlines is best acquired at the Foreign Students' Office ('Akademisches Auslandsamt') at the university of choice. The guidelines laid down by Campus-Germany are also immensely helpful.
Note: The German word 'semester' translates as term. However, the academic year in Germany and Austria is differently structured than the British and American equivalents. The German academic year is divided up into Winter 'semester' ('WS': October - March) and Sommer 'semester' ('SS': April - September).
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