Top reasons to study in Germany: Launch of the SO GERMAN campaign

-Sandra Hofmann, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

“Made in Germany” is a cachet of worldwide standing.  This is not only true for cars (or beer) but also for education! Global experience is valued by employers worldwide – and this is only one of the reasons that Germany is a prime destination for international students and young professionals throughout the world. Here are some more top reasons to study in Germany:

Experiencing Germany is an asset since it is…

…SO VARIED! Almost 450 Universities offer nearly 17,500 programs. The range of study opportunities covers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses in any field. Many Universities collaborate with the industry and feature training-on-the-job programs.  Germany also has one of Europe’s most dynamic economies. German brands are recognized all over the world – and not just those for beer and cars! The country is known for its top-notch science and research and is on the cutting edge of renewable energies and green technology. Germany is home to many international companies, which can make your job search easier.

…SO ACCESSIBLE! Canadians don’t need a visa to study in Germany. Due to the growing number of foreign students, many universities are offering courses taught in English – especially when it comes to international degree programs.  And of course all universities offer German language courses for international students. The Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Germany also offers a unique opportunity for young people (between the age of 18 and 35 inclusively at the time of application) to acquire hands-on work experience, and improve their knowledge of the other country’s language, culture and society.

…SO CENTRAL! With its position in the heart of Europe, Germany is the hub of the continent. It shares borders with nine different European countries, each offering new cultural experiences. Paris, Prague, Rome, Copenhagen… are only a daytrip away! The country itself features 90 nature parks, 14 biosphere reserves and 15 national parks, two coastlines barely 50 km from each other yet completely different, and spectacular landscapes from the Wadden Sea to the Black Forest and the Alps.

SO GERMAN is the new website by the German Embassy and Consulates in Canada, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe-Institut, which is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It offers you all the information on opportunities for academic study, research visits, funding, internships or German language programs – all gathered in one page. Opportunities are various – visit sogerman.ca and you might just find the perfect one for yourself. Even if you don’t plan to go abroad but wish to train your language skills or simply learn more about the German culture: sogerman.ca offers you all the information on the wide range of German-related activities taking place across Canada. Germany truly offers something for everyone. So does sogerman.ca.

Additional resources:

  • Internships with the German parliament, the Bundestag
  • Scholarships to explore postdoc opportunities at Ruhr University Bochum
  • Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists
  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering
  • Funding for research and/or internships in Germany
  • Intensive language course grant
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