Studying in Germany

When Mark Twain visited the university town of Heidelberg in 1880 he noticed, ‘The representatives of foreign lands were very numerous.’ While much has happened in Germany between then and now; more recently, Germany has again become an attractive and popular destination for foreign tertiary study: it is in fact the third most popular in the world after the USA and Britain.

It was, therefore, a privilege for St Peters to host representatives of the German Academic Exchange Service on Friday 13 October, to hear their presentation on studying in Germany, the benefits and challenges, the whys and wherefores, the hows and whats.

The session was very well attended by students, parents and teachers from a number of high schools here in Brisbane, as well as representatives of the Brisbane German Language School, the community school for German that runs programs at the Indooroopilly campus on weeknights and weekends for children and adults.

The German tertiary sector is fully funded and, therefore, charges no tuition fees for German or foreign students. In addition, an increasing number of courses are offered in English, with a specific international focus. The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) also offers scholarships for postgraduate study and doctorates.

Of course, German language proficiency increases options and helps students to manage daily life. Even here, the DAAD can assist with undergraduate scholarships to attend eight-week language courses in Germany to help students attain the prerequisite language levels.

Students from St Peters are well placed to realistically consider Germany as a future destination for study and career. Even students without prior study of German language are able to access English-language university courses through the IB or QCAA programs. In addition, the German language program here, unique in Queensland in teaching the language from Prep to Year 12, gives our talented and motivated language learners the chance to leave school with advanced proficiency. Our Languages Department is, in fact, liaising with external agencies to establish pathways for our students to gain internationally recognised accreditation for German language proficiency.

Further information on studying in Germany can be accessed online at: www.daad-australia.de and www.study-in.de.

Roger Ganderton, Teacher – Languages