If you are not sure whether studying is the right thing for you or not, you should keep the following things in mind:
- Studies in Germany might be very theoretical. If you like to dive deep into specific scientific questions and abstract theories, this could be a good choice for you. If you are a practical type, do not like to read a lot and want to see concrete outcomes at an early stage of your work, you should think about a vocational training (Ausbildung).
- Studies demand a high degree of self-organization. There is no concrete and binding plan that you have to follow. This gives you a lot of freedom but also requests a lot of structure and autonomy.
- Studying takes longer (minimum 3 years for your first degree) than other professional qualifications, but this broad and long education qualifies you for sophisticated jobs and positions that require theoretical knowledge and (analysis) skills. There are many jobs, for example in the higher medical or legal field, that you can only qualify for with studies.
- In contrary to the Ausbildung, most of the study programs qualify you for various professional opportunities rather than a specific job. This flexibility in the professional life is attractive to many people, but it might also be frightening for those who prefer to know exactly which job they are qualifying for.
- More practical qualifications like the Ausbildung prepare you way better for rather practical jobs (like crafts or caring) and lead to a specific profession. The Ausbildung has the advantage that the transfer from the training to the professional life is often easier and faster than after studying.
- Studies at university are more expensive than a vocational training (Ausbildung) from which you earn money while learning. Most of the study programs in Germany are not expensive compared to other countries. Also, you may finance your studies with BAföG, a scholarship, or a side job. Furthermore, studying may later qualify you for higher-paid jobs than other professional qualifications.
- In order to study, you need to fulfill several requirements. If not fulfilled, be prepared to put some time and effort into this before you can actually start studying. Use our Application Checklist on Kiron Campus for support.
If you have a feeling that studying might not be the right thing for you, don’t worry! There are alternatives to studying at university that might fit you better. You can also consider a combination of theoretical and practical qualification by going for dual studies. If these options still confuse you, get an overview of the German educational system here.
If you are sure that you want to study at university but still don’t know what programme is the right one for you, find some support here.