German educational system

What should I know about the German educational system?

The German educational system is quite complex, and there are several options available. It is generally very important that you complete your high school (if you don’t have a high school diploma, read how to complete your schooling here (https://support.kiron.ngo/475874-How-can-I-complete-my-schooling-in-Germany)). Education systems differ across the 16 German Federal States (Bundesländer), so we recommend you inform yourself about the education system in the federal state where you are living ...

How can I find a suitable educational program in Germany?

To find out more about which study program might be right for you, try this online interest test (https://www.hochschulkompass.de/studium-interessentest.html)from Hochschulkompass (in German) or another orientation test (for example, from was studiere ich (https://www.was-studiere-ich.de/)). You may also want to try the tools from Hochschulkompass (https://www.hochschulkompass.de/en/degree-programmes/study-in-germany-search/advanced-degree-programme-search.html?tx_szhrksearch_pi1%5Bsearch%5D=1&...

How can I complete my schooling in Germany?

If you need to complete your schooling in Germany, you have the following options: If you are younger than 21, we strongly recommend that you go to a German high school and finish the years you have left (you could also attend an evening school, Abendgymnasium, or a Kolleg, a preparatory school). If you are older than 21, you can go to: - Evening schools (Abendschule): institutions for adults to catch up on school-leaving certificates; - Adult education centers (Volkshochschule): t...

What are alternatives to studying at university?

If you do not want - or do not (yet) fulfil the requirements - to study at university, a professional qualification may be a good alternative. A professional qualification in Germany is widely recognized and means that you received specific training in a certain area, and that you have documented proof of being a skilled professional in that field. Take a look at the online orientation tool from hop-on (https://hopon-newcomers.com/en/) for orientation in the professional educational system in ...

What are dual studies (Duales Studium)?

Dual studies are a study model that combines theory at a university with practice in a company. This allows you to gain a certificate at a Bachelor level and work experience at the same time. Sometimes dual studies also include a vocational training (Ausbildung) certificate. There are many types of dual studies. However it is important to know that dual studies are quite challenging because they demand a lot of time, energy, and flexibility. In order to know if you are eligible for dual studies...

How can I write a good letter of motivation (for Germany)?

A letter of motivation, is a crucial document in your application. Make sure to have a look at some sample letters for your field (do an internet search) to get a general idea of structure and content. Writing a letter of motivation can be challenging, so start to write at least one month before the deadline. Once you have completed one letter of motivation, you can use that as a template and edit it accordingly for applications for other programs. Adapt the letter to the new application, and m...

How can I prepare a good CV (for Germany)?

A CV or Curriculum Vitae is a document detailing the qualifications, professional experience and other skills you have acquired. Make sure to have a look at some sample CVs for your field (do an internet search) to get a general idea of structure and content. General suggestions: - Make sure your CV has a universal format and looks orderly. The most important part of a German CV is making sure there are no gaps. If you were not working, or studying for one or two years, write what you ...

What is a BAMF integration course?

Integration courses (Integrationskurs) are organized by the BAMF (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge) and are designed especially for migrants. Integration courses usually have to be taken full-time but in certain cases they can also be taken part-time or in the evening. They are divided into two parts: - Language courses (from level A1.1 until B1.2) - Orientation course designed to give you more information about living in Germany. For more information about integration...

Where can I find general support and legal counsel?

Unfortunately, Kiron is not able to provide you with legal counsel. We can however provide you with some general support, including a mentoring program (https://support.kiron.ngo/308929-What-is-the-mentoring-program)and psycho-social counseling (https://support.kiron.ngo/348045-What-is-counseling)and some useful links for legal support. Below are some links of organisations and services which can support you with starting your life in Germany: - Adressen.asyl.net (https://adressen.asyl...

How can I have my degree recognized?

If you completed a degree in your home country and want to have it recognized, you should check the anabin (https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html) website to know how your degree is assessed in Germany. Use the sections on higher education degrees (https://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/hochschulabschluesse.html) and institutions (https://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/institutionen.html) (which tells you if your university or high school is recognized in Germany). For the actual recognition of a ...