Germany: an exceptional university system
Types of universities
In Germany, there are many types of institutions of Higher Education. Depending on the candidate’s objective, the target diploma and the series, the type of University can vary.
At registration, the candidate should objectively choose that meets his preferences.
Classic Universities (Universität)
This type of University offers purely academic training. The University is the right place for research. Research centres where fundamental research is carried out are usually attached to Universities. It is also in this type of institutes that one can prepare a Doctorate. In Universities teaching and research are very close activities. Training leads both to professional life and to a University career.
Technical Universities ( Technische Universität)
As their name goes, technical Universities lay emphasis on technology and innovation domains. It is the best place for young people who are keen on scientific and technological invention. These Universities work in collaboration with enterprises in the domains of medicine, economic sciences, etc.
Universities of Applied Sciences ( Fachhochschule)
Constituting the highest number of institutions of higher education in Germany , the 'Fachhoschulen' offer professional training. Even though learners receive fundamental courses, training still leads to job opportunities. That is the reason why these Universities train up to the master’s level only. Thus some domains of study such as law and medicine are ruled out.
Art and theology colleges as well as some private Universities also exist.
In Germany, most institutions of higher education are public. It doesn't make a big difference if you are studying in a public or private university in terms of teching quality. Tuition fees at private universities are higher than public universities.