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General Information on Study, Research and Life in Germany


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Provides information on the German higher education system and on studying in Germany, on scholarships and funding opportunities offered by the DAAD, language tests, summer courses, and, in general, on living in Germany.

There are also a number of search engines to assist you in finding the information you need. Besides providing downloadable application forms in PDF format in German, English, French and Spanish, along with the "Application Form for Admission to Studies", the "Service" section also contains a list of recommended reading, further links, answers to FAQs and much more. The "DAAD worldwide" service provides addresses, web sites and opening hours of all DAAD offices at home and abroad (currently 14 branch offices and 46 Information Centers around the globe).

Languages: German, English and Spanish


Campus Germany helps you find the answers to all your questions about studying and doing research in Germany. Besides offering basic information on these topics, the site provides a portrait of every university town in Germany, a dictionary of specialist terms, an interactive forum, videos in which international students report on their stay and experiences in Germany and much, much more.

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese and Arabic


Association of Universities and Other Higher Education Institutions (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK)
The HRK is a voluntary association of currently 262 state (public) and state-recognized (private) higher education institutions in Germany. The HRK deals with all questions relating to the responsibilities of higher education institutions. Besides the link to the Higher Education Compass, this web site offers news and press releases, a diary and HRK resolutions and publications (older ones from the archive only), plus a collection of links to external sites offering information on higher education, science and research policy.

Languages: German and English


This is an exclusive edition of the Higher Education Compass (http://www.higher-education-compass.de), a site presented in German and English by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK), the Association of Universities and other Higher Education Institutions in Germany. A search engine leads you to information on and links to all state and state-recognized higher education institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany and information on the first and postgraduate degree courses they offer.

Language: English


This website has links to all preparatory colleges (‘Studienkollegs’) for foreign applicants, whose school leaving certificates do not qualify them for direct admission to a German university. On passing both the DSH language proficiency exam and the ‘Feststellungsprüfung’ (assessment test, university entrance examination), which is usually taken after a one-year preparatory programme at a Studienkolleg, students can proceed to apply for admission to their university of choice.
The preparatory courses are conducted in German exclusively, thus language proficiency is a must. The German language certificate of the Kultusminister, Stufe 1 ("Deutsches Sprachdiplom") as well as the Goethe-Institut's "Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung" are considered proof of sufficient language fluency. Applicants with no or little knowledge of German cannot be considered for admission to a Studienkolleg.

Language: German only
(however, a number of individual Studienkollegs have English websites)


IDP: International Degree Programmes.
These degree programmes leading to internationally recognized Bachelor and Master degrees are of particular interest to students from around the world as well as to German students wishing to add an international focus to their studies. In most cases, courses are conducted mainly or exclusively in English. Each programme is presented here along with the target degree, start date, programme duration, core study areas, information about study abroad segments and entry requirements, programme address plus a link to the respective higher education institution.

Language: English


IPP: International Postgraduate Programmes
‘IPP made in Germany’ is a network of 50 or so postgraduate programmes offered in a wide range of disciplines at centres of scientific excellence throughout Germany. Since 2001, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) have been jointly selecting these postgraduate courses under the "Doctorates at Universities in Germany" support programme. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has made a total of EUR 30m available to participating universities for the period from 2001 to 2006. The essential criteria which projects have to meet to qualify for support are: The planned postgraduate degree course must display scientific excellence, structures and transparency, plus an international focus.

Language: English


This university ranking is jointly published by the CHE (Center for Higher Education Development) and the weekly magazine "Stern". You can find this ranking integrated into the web-based information services offered by the DAAD. It offers an overview over the specific strengths and weaknesses of almost 250 German higher education institutions regarding the 34 most popular subjects.

Language: English (German version available at: http://www.dashochschulranking.de)


The website of the Singapore Students’ Association of Germany is a treasure trove for Singaporeans intending to further their education in Germany or for those who have since returned and feel nostalgia for the country where the gender of ‘girl’ is neuter and the Oktoberfest actually begins in September … Chock-a-block full of useful information on everyday life, articles and photo contributions, plus a forum page.

Language: English


The Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany (AA) website is the first place to look for answers to all questions regarding entering Germany: "Willkommen in Deutschland" (Welcome to Germany). Furthermore, the site offers information on and contact details for Germany's diplomatic representations around the world. The "Information Service" section not only allows you to download or order publications, but also the most important forms, such as the visa application form, etc. The site also offers comprehensive information on German foreign and European policy.

Languages: German, English and French

Please note:
The website of the German Embassy Singapore is http://www.sing.diplo.de


The Goethe-Institut (GI) has been active since 1951 and has developed into the largest intermediary organization in the field of German foreign cultural policy. It is responsible for spreading Germany's language and culture around the world. Around 3000 employees work at 144 cultural institutions in 80 countries.

The site provides details on all print, audio-visual and electronic materials made available by the GI. A further service provides information on the Federal Republic of Germany for interested persons from around the world, covering topics such as art, society, media, education and science. You can also find information on German language courses and examinations as well as teacher training courses both in Germany and around the world.

Languages: German, English, French and Spanish

Please note:
The website of the Goethe-Institut Singapore is http://www.goethe.de/singapur


TestDaF is the central, standardized Test of German as a Foreign Language (Test für Deutsch als Fremdsprache) modeled on the American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TestDaF-Institute is affiliated with the Distance University of Hagen and the Ruhr University Bochum.

TestDaF provides foreigners with an opportunity to take the German language test generally required for admission to higher education in Germany while still in their home country. The TestDaF website provides details on the next examination dates, a sample set of examination questions and addresses of all test centers around the world at which TestDaF can be taken.

Languages: German (for basic information in other languages please follow the link "Infos für Prüfungsteilnehmer -> Infos in anderen Sprachen")


The Deutsches Studentenwerk - DSW - is the voluntary national association of all Studentenwerk organisations in Germany. These student affairs organisations are responsible for the economic and social guidance, counselling and care of all students. They run the halls of residence and refectories, administrate the national educational grants programme and offer students a wide range of guidance-counselling services. They also arrange to look after the children of student parents. Many Studentenwerke additionally organize cultural events and other activities. This website explains the DSW's work itself; it has links to the homepages of all student services organizations on the web, addresses of the student services organizations, some publications which can be ordered or downloaded. The "Info for Students" section provides tips on questions such as scholarships and grants, educational assistance, accommodation and meals, psychological and social counseling, legal advice, insurance matters, while the "International" section provides information on the Service Package available specifically for international students.

Languages: German and some English pages


Admission Requirements
On this site you can find out if your school-leaving certificate or your qualification for admission to higher education is sufficient for direct admission to higher education institutions in Germany or if you will be required to attend a preparatory college (‘Studienkolleg’) for one year and then pass the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung).

Languages: German/English




German Research Council (DFG)
The DFG is the central public funding organization for academic research (higher education institutions and publicly-funded research institutes) in Germany.

It promotes and supports academics and scientists who temporarily have their place of residence and employment in the Federal Republic of Germany. For example, the DFG awards research grants or material/equipment grants for the completion of fixed-topic or fixed-term research projects. The DFG sites offer extensive information on all programmes.

Languages: German and English


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) enables highly-qualified foreign doctorate /PhD holders to come to Germany to complete a long-term research project.

The website describes all the programs offered by the AvH in detail and provides downloadable application forms. The latest news on the work of the AvH can be found in the new online magazine "Humboldt Kosmos".

Languages: German and English


The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) focuses its work on development cooperation, international dialogue, political education, economic and social policy plus historical research and the promotion of and financial support for studying in Germany. It holds more than 3000 political education seminars in Germany every year. A database allows specific searches for FES publications on various topics, which can then also be ordered online free of charge. Additionally, the web site offers a search engine for web-based sites covering political topics. International students and graduates can also apply for the various scholarship programs offered by the FES.

Languages: German, English and Spanish


The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) promotes talented and gifted people, engages in historical research, offers political education and is active in the field of political research and consultancy. The KAS foundation operates worldwide in the fields of international policy and development cooperation.

The KAS financially supports foreign students at research universities in Germany. Foreigners already studying or completing a doctorate in Germany can only apply in the Federal Republic of Germany, while foreigners still living in their home country apply to the respective KAS regional office responsible for their home country. Further details and application forms can be requested by email or regular mail.

Languages: German, English, French and Spanish



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The homepage of the German Research Council (DFG) has a list of the Graduate Colleges it supports, arranged in order of research fields or college locations. The lists include the name of the Graduate College and of the contact person there plus (where available) a link to the Graduate College in question.

Languages: German and English


The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) is an independent non-profit research organization. It promotes research conducted at its own institutes. These institutes engage in pure research in the natural sciences, biosciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. In 2001, the 79 institutes, research centers, laboratories and research groups had some 11 200 staff and 7 600 doctoral candidates, post-docs, visiting research scientists and student assistants, of which around half were from abroad.

On the website users can search for MPG institutes by Sections, Institute Names or Locations (map) to find the relevant sites. Various German universities and the MPG jointly began establishing the "International Max Planck Research Schools" in 2000 in order to further strengthen the education and training of young, highly-qualified scientists and academics. A goal of these institutes is that half the students for these research schools come from abroad.

Languages: German and English


The Fraunhofer Society (FhG) is the leading applied research organization in Germany. Its 56 research institutes employ a staff of some 11 000, mainly scientists, academics and engineers. International cooperation is assisted by FhG branch offices located in the United States and Asia.

The site offers various search options: by FhG institutes, by locations (in Germany and abroad – including maps), alphabetically, by key words or by "profiles and heads" (names and subject areas, respectively). Each institute is presented with its core research areas, special equipment and contacts.

Languages: German and English


Association of German Research Centers (Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft - HGF)

There are sixteen German Helmholtz Centers with a total staff of around 22 000. They are involved in research and development activities in the fields of science and engineering as well as biomedicine.

The website presents each Helmholtz Center in a short portrait, while a link takes users to the respective center's services and programs.

Languages: German and partly English

General Information on Germany


The Federal Republic of Germany's official web site offers a representative collection of essential references about Germany on the internet. You can use this service to find your way around and gain immediate access to the most important web sites on education, science, health, culture, media, sports, the state, tourism and the economy. Here you can find all the information you need.

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish and Russian


German Culture International is a community project of the Association for International Cooperation (VIZ) and is funded by the Cultural Section of the Federal Foreign Office.

The site presents those organizations which play an active part in German foreign cultural policy, listing them by areas of responsibility. The site offers brief outlines, for example, of projects and programs promoting international academic exchange or of opportunities for learning the German language at home or abroad. These sections also refer users to the German intermediary agencies, such as the DAAD or the Goethe-Institut (see above), while many other links are provided to sites where specific information can be found.

Languages: German and English


Deutsche Welle (DW) is a public broadcasting station funded by federal government. DW is responsible for broadcasting radio and TV programs in German and other languages around the world. These programs provide a comprehensive picture of political, business and cultural life in Germany. DW also presents and explains German views on important issues.

The site offers the news along with analyses and commentaries, a guide to DW radio and TV programs in all available languages plus complementary service information, such as reception information. Users can also listen to the radio program online.

Languages: German, plus more or less extensive sections in approximately 29 other languages (from Albanian to Urdu).

Please note: Deutsche Welle Radio can be received in Singapore Mondays to Fridays from 12 noon to 2 pm on FM 96.3 and Deutsche Welle TV can be subscribed to via cable tv.


Above are the Singapore homepages of airlines offering flights between Singapore and Germany (mostly to Frankfurt Rhein-Main-Airport). Check out their special offers or student fares.

Language: English


Germany has an extensive railway system mainly run by ‘Deutsche Bahn’ (DB). Super fast Inter-City-Express trains (ICEs) connect the biggest cities, and you’ll be at your destination in no time! This website allows you to get information about tickets and timetables and even book online. Special offers include the ‘Happy Weekend Ticket’, available for € 30, which allows up to five people to travel together anywhere within Germany on regional trains (not on the fast EC, IC or ICE trains).

Language: German and some English pages


For students on a budget, the so-called Mitfahrzentralen are a cheap way of traveling within Germany resp. Europe. Car drivers are looking for people heading in the same direction to share petrol costs.

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