International studies in German

Even if it is unusual for international studies: the choice of German as the medium of instruction has proved to be exceedingly useful.

For graduates from German universities – independently of their nationality – it generally makes more sense to take up their intensifying postgraduate studies in German. Their command of English can be trained elsewhere. The real additional qualification is the international study experience they can take with them into their future job.

Also for students with a different mother tongue, doing the Master programme in German (instead of English) offers the unique chance to gain an excellent command of the language during their two-year study period in Germany, an advantage that opens the German job market for them and which they can also take home and use in their jobs in their countries of origin.

Further, employers generally expect and demand that postgraduates in responsible positions are able to exchange their knowledge with other team members and continually update it. They will have to give presentations to convince both their superiors and customers of the quality of a product. All these skills can be acquired within the framework of the Master study programme and the corresponding language courses.

Looking back on the experience since 2000, we can certainly say that learning German significantly contributes to the MSc candidates’ social integration both on a private level and at work. Moreover, the foreign Master graduates’ generally very high standard of language proficiency meets with a very positive response from industry.