Studying in Germany

Attention! Deadline for enrolment: 15 July – If you want to study in Germany, you should apply to your school-leaving examination committee to take the oral examination as soon as possible and send your application with all the required documents (including your high school diploma).

Education policy in Germany is regulated by the individual Länder, so the following pages provide some general information on higher education in Germany.

Not all study courses have been adapted to the new system outlined in the Bologna process. There are still some single-cycle study courses, such as the study path to become a teacher (Lehramtsstudium), some technical courses, medicine, and law. Most of the courses have already been adapted to the 3+2 model. However, it is advisable to inquire in advance at the university that you would like to attend.

Another possibility, in addition to traditional universities, are the Fachhochschulen (FH), for which the degrees are equivalent to those of universities. Like at universities, the study courses are divided into Bachelor's and Master's. You can change study course and move from the FH to a university. In this case, individual universities determine the entry requirements for Fachhochschulen graduates. Although the educational programs offered by FH are limited in comparison to traditional universities, the study courses offered are very specialized and practice-oriented.

A special feature of German universities is the so-called 2-Fach-Bachelor, i.e. a three-year degree, where two subjects, e.g. economics and political science, are studied. The possible combinations are defined by each university. You can choose two equivalent subjects, either one main subject and one or two secondary subjects.

In addition, it is important to consider that qualifications acquired in Germany can only be recognised in Italy through "single recognition", the exception being the health professions