German colleges and universities have a very good international reputation and more and more people from abroad want to study in Germany. How do you find out which study program is best for you?
First, you should consider what field of study interests you. Have you always enjoyed learning languages? Are you interested in technology? Do you find business and finance interesting? Of course, you should distinguish between professional and private interests. For example, many people enjoy sports or music, but don't want to pursue studies in these areas.
If you are still unsure, I recommend you take an interest test online. You may find interesting courses of study among the recommendations that you had not even considered. There is a variety of study orientation tests. Some universities have their own tests that only recommend courses of study at that university. Individual German federal states also have their own tests, such as www.was-studiere-ich.de in Baden-Württemberg with an interest test and an aptitude test. For a nationwide search, this test is recommended, for example: Studium-Interessentest (SIT) der Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) und von ZEIT ONLINE https://www.hochschulkompass.de/studium-interessentest.html
You should next assess your abilities as realistically as possible. For technically oriented courses of study, you should have good math skills and a good spatial sense. For courses such as political science or law, you should have excellent German language skills. For some courses, such as sports science, you will have to take an aptitude test.
The next challenge is applying for a place at the university. For all courses of study, you need a school-leaving certificate that is accepted in Germany as a university entrance qualification. Sometimes you have to attend a preparatory course before you can study. For German-language courses, you must prove that you have sufficient language skills, for example by successfully passing a TestDaF or telc C1 Hochschule test. For many courses of study there is a so-called Numerus Clausus (NC), which means that there is an admission restriction. In most cases, students are selected on the basis of their school grades, but for some programs there are entrance tests or other (additional) admission criteria. The application procedures vary greatly from university to university and you should allow enough time for this.
At Carl Duisberg Centren, all course participants can request a free initial consultation on the subject of studying in Germany. In addition, we offer a placement service for course participants who book at least 12 weeks of German language courses with us.