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Information about studying in Germany

1. Contact information

DAAD Information Centre Kuala Lumpur

German Business Centre

Level 20, Menara Hap Seng 2

No 1 Jalan P. Ramlee

50250 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-9235 1944

E-Mail: info@daadkl.org

Website: www.daadkl.org

 

 

2. Consultation

The DAAD IC Kuala Lumpur provides regular consultation on studying in Germany.

Please visit the website for more information on consultation: http://ic.daad.de/kualalumpur/en/26871/index.html

3. Introduction

All over the world German higher education institutions enjoy an excellent reputation. German degrees carry great prestige while teaching and research provide key impulses for innovation and progress. Institutions boast state-of-the-art equipment and labs to provide students with the very best conditions for successful studies. At a very competitive price, more than 400 institutions offer thousands of degree programmes, making Germany’s higher education landscape diverse and affordable.

4. Courses and degrees

a. Bachelor’s and Master’s degree

As a result of major reforms in the recent years, the traditional German degree courses leading to e.g. a Diplom, Magister Artium or Staatsexamen have been replaced by Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes.

Only some degree courses in specific subjects, namely in law, medicine and pharmacy, still offer the traditional degree, the Staatsexamen, which takes at least five years of studies and is equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Most degree courses in Germany are conducted in German language. Besides there are more than 1,550 international degree programmes predominantly or entirely in English.

For a complete listing of all courses at German universities please visit www.study-in.de

 

b. Doctoral Studies

If you decide to do a doctorate in Germany, you can choose between two different approaches, i.e. Individual doctorate or structured doctorate programme.

Further information on research opportunities visit www.research-in-germany.org and www.daad.de/promotion

5. Cost

Studying in Germany is an inexpensive option compared to most other popular study destinations, as public higher education institutions in Germany receive substantial state funding. As a result, public German universities do not charge tuition fees. However the federal state of Baden-Württemberg has announced it will charge tuition fees of 1,500€ per semester for non-EU students from the winter semester 2017/18.

6. Admission and Language Requirements

a. Academic requirements

Direct admission to study your desired subject at undergraduate level depends upon whether your higher education entrance qualification is considered equivalent to the German school-leaving qualification. Universities decide on admission in accordance with standardised regulations valid throughout Germany.

For Malaysia the STPM or the A-Level examinations are generally recognised. There are also subject-specific requirements. Please contact the DAAD Information Centre Kuala Lumpur for detailed information. If you wish to take a Master’s degree in Germany, you should hold a related Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution. Applicants for a PhD are generally expected to have obtained their Master’s degree.

b. Language requirements

Programmes in the German language

Most Bachelor’s programmes are offered in German. Therefore it is necessary to show proof of proficiency in German language (usually Advanced Level C1).

International degree programmes

International degree programmes vary in the level of German they require.

Postgraduate programmes often do not require any German at all, but it is certainly advisable to learn some basic German before going to Germany even if it is not a course requirement.

Doctoral studies

As research is frequently conducted in an international context with English as the main medium of communication, PhD students often do not need proficiency in German to embark on their project.

7. Application

Often, applicants from abroad need to apply directly to the International Office at the higher education institution at which they would like to study. The application form can be obtained from the Institution.


Around 100 German universities only process international applications once they have been formally screened by “Uni-Assist” (a certification service for international applicants). For more information please check the Uni-Assist website: www.uni-assist.de.

8. Learning German

 

Learn German in Malaysia

Studying in Germany usually requires you to provide proof that you have a good command of the German language (exception: international programmes taught in English).

When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life.

In Malaysia, the Goethe-Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Mercator Office UKM Bangi and The Malaysian-German Society in Penang offer German language courses.

Learn German in Germany

The easiest way to learn the German language is when you live in Germany. You can attend one of the language courses available at universities or private institutions. Participants often live with host families during the time they attend a course. That is a good way to learn about everyday life in Germany. Please check the following links for more information:

    German language for university and everyday life

    Database of language and short courses in Germany

    Goethe-Institut

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