Students are looking for the university

Finally! The school is done, the Abi is in the bag. You are already looking forward to studying.

In Germany there are 432 universities, including 106 universities. The largest university is the Fernuniversität Hagen, where 88,000 students study. In the largest “full university” in Munich, there are at least 50,500 students. So you are spoiled for choice. Of course, Big does not mean that it has to be one of the best universities.

A little reassurance beforehand: that the academic degree in a certain city must be acquired so that it opens the doors to the professional world, is not true! For your career, it hardly matters where the degree was earned. It is important that you get the degree.

University, University of Applied Sciences or dual study?

To answer the question whether college, college or a dual study, you should first consider what kind of a “type” you are. While absolute practitioners are recommended to study at dual level, application-oriented people should rather apply to a university of applied sciences.

Universities, in turn, are particularly suitable for students who mainly work in theory and want to learn very research-oriented. There is not THE university. Certainly not have a higher education form advantages or disadvantages compared to another form. Universities and colleges are simply different.

The specialization is crucial for choosing the right “source of knowledge”. Thus, natural sciences, such as physics or medicine, are best studied at a university. At a college, however, subjects such as business studies can be better studied. If you want to do a master’s degree, you should first do a bachelor’s degree at a university and then join a master’s degree. As a result, the degree course i.d.R. smoother.

Study privately or state?

When deciding between a private and a state institution, of course, first the personal financial situation is crucial. In terms of the benefits of a private university, these come into their own when it comes to a specific discipline. The more specific the discipline, the better are private universities.

Because the learning groups are significantly smaller than at state universities. However, care should be taken to ensure that the degree is recognized by the state. The country is not liable for studying at a private school. If the private university goes bankrupt, the organization is closed and you are without a degree dar. This is of course only a theoretical hazard.

Where are you going?

If you have opted for higher education and for the form of organization (state or private), you have to decide in which city you want to study. Should it be a big city or rather a small town?

Think about how much value nature gives you, whether you want to enjoy a particularly rich cultural program and whether you prefer to study in a spacious or “family” way. The care ratio is much more pleasant at small locations. In small universities, one supervisor is responsible for 50 students. At a large university, more than 200 students can “fall for a caregiver”.

Another aspect that speaks for a university in a small town is the lower cost of living. In large cities, for example, the rent is significantly higher. There is also a better infrastructure for this.

Another point that matters when making a decision is the closeness to the home: would you rather stay in your familiar surroundings or move to a distant city so you can “emancipate yourself”?

Students work independently

If you have decided to study, that does not mean that there are no further questions to be answered: Until when does the university accept applications? Is there a number clausus? And if so, are your grades good enough for admission?

And even if you are enrolled at the university, there is still a lot in front of you, before you get properly into the student life: While you in school through class schedules and learning objectives, so to speak, everything was presented bite-sized, you’re up at the university you alone (with the exception of your fellow students of course). Independence and organizational talent are in demand at the university!

Tips for choosing the right university

In the following, the individual points which are decisive in the choice of the right university will be examined in more detail.

1st NC (numerus clausus)

The NC is an admission restriction that may vary from university to university as well as subject to subject and state to state. For example, it is easier to obtain a place in dentistry in Saxony-Anhalt than in Hesse.

Hotel Mama or “emancipation”?

The factors of time and power should not be underestimated: those who commute to the university every day have less time to learn. Also: Do ​​you prefer to stay in the “Hotel Mama” or do you want to become independent?

What offer does the city offer?

Before deciding on a city, you should be well informed about the cultural offerings, the party scene and certain other important things. After all, you’re likely to spend a few years of his life here.


Not only large cities can be expensive: In student cities, there is often a lack of housing, so that the landlords drive up prices. Be sure to inform yourself about the residential mirror in the cities, which are eligible as a place of study.

The contents of the degree program

Inform yourself in detail about the degree program: English is not equal to English and Business Administration does not equal business administration. What are the main focuses of the program and whether there are compulsory internships? Is compulsory attendance required? All these aspects must be weighed carefully against each other.

Rankings and priorities

There are various university rankings that are very popular but generally overrated. You should always get your own impression of the university, here are the rankings can serve as a guide. In which subject areas does a university have its strengths and whether certain emphases exist at a university? Also in this regard, university rankings give a good overview.

Not all colleges have the latest equipment

Not every university is equipped with the latest equipment. This can be a disadvantage especially in subjects with a practical application need. For example, there are still a few universities in Germany whose sports students have to run on a cinder track and not on a tartan track. It is recommended to visit the college “up close” (for example, on the open day).

Traffic connections

How to get from A to B in town without a bike? Do the buses run regularly? Does an ICE stop at the train station so that you can get home quickly at weekends?

Partner universities for the semester abroad

If you already know that you would like to spend a semester abroad, you should inform yourself thoroughly in advance about the international network of the university or the University of Applied Sciences.