Get to know the higher education system

Find out more about Germany’s higher education system, the different types of institutions and qualifications.

Germany’s Higher Education System

Types of Universities

In Germany, you can choose between different state and private higher education institutions. There are universities, universities of applied sciences and schools of art, film and music. Selecting the right one depends, amongst other things, on what you want to study. All institutions are comparable in terms of quality.

More than 400 state-recognised institutions of higher education can be found across Germany. Together, they offer some 20,000 different study programmes. You can find out all about the study opportunities in Germany via the . You can attend a German higher education institution:

  • To study for a bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • To spend a semester or year abroad
  • After completing your first degree course
  • To study for a doctorate

The following types of higher education institutions exist in Germany:

Finding a Study Programme

Every study programme is linked to a particular type of qualification. When you decide on your course, you are also deciding on the qualification that you hope to attain. German higher education institutions offer many types of courses and qualifications.

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