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What should i study?

In Germany there are around 18,000 courses that you can complete at over 400 universities. It's no wonder that choosing from such a huge range is certainly not easy for you and that you ask yourself: "What should I study?" With our StudyGuide we would like to support you in your choice of study and help you to find your dream study.

The different fields of study

Are you one of those people who already have their specific professional goal in mind? Then use our professional texts to find out about the corresponding tasks, specializations and possible courses of study that lead to your dream job. If you do not yet have a real idea of ​​your suitable course of study, it will help you to first narrow down the fields of study that you are interested in. You then have the opportunity to take a closer look at the different courses on offer from the individual departments. Let's start with an overview of the most important fields of study.

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One of the most popular areas in Germany is law, also known as law. Would you like to deal with German law and solve cases in a wide variety of disciplines such as labor or criminal law? Then find out more about studying law.


Medicine is also a branch with many students. You can only study medicine at universities and, depending on the course, focus on the human or animal body. You have the option, for example, to prepare for a job as a doctor with a degree program or to orientate yourself in the direction of medical technology or laboratory work.

Health sciences

Are you enthusiastic about the health industry, but are not aiming for a career as a doctor? In this case, you can study health sciences. This field is broad and deals with courses from nutrition and fitness to the health system and its developments.


When studying psychology, you deal with the human mind, mental health and human behavior. You will then not only have a career as a psychologist or treating psychotherapist, but also a position in market research or in the human resources department of a company.


It is no secret that people feel better mentally and physically with enough exercise. Are you a sports fanatic and love exercise? Great, then decide to study sports. After graduating, you have the opportunity to get started as a sports teacher or gain a foothold in the management area.


In addition to sports management, universities in Germany also offer many other management courses, should you show enthusiasm for this area. Depending on your focus - be it marketing, real estate or media - you will usually qualify for a managerial position.

International courses

In management as well as in economic areas such as finance or marketing, there is the option of pursuing a career beyond Germany's borders with international courses. In some cases, you will complete your studies entirely in English in order to prepare yourself for your future job.

Culture and languages

In order to get to know other countries and their customs, it is also a good idea for you to study culture and languages. The wide field not only has numerous foreign languages ​​ready for you. It also enables you to immerse yourself in the world of linguistics and literary studies or to deal with intercultural communication.

Social sciences

In a social sciences degree, also known as social sciences, you concentrate on areas that are largely related to German society and coexistence. These include courses of study such as politics, sociology or education.

Teaching position

If you are interested in the education sector and want to introduce children or adults to important issues, you should study to become a teacher. Here you decide in advance on an age group that you will teach later - for example elementary school students, high school students or vocational school students.


You are free to study theology and devote yourself to the various religions and religious scriptures and their origins, not only as part of a teaching degree. You can also work towards a position at the church as a parish officer or deacon.

Creative courses

If, on the other hand, music, theater or painting is your world, you should take a closer look at the field of study of the creative courses. Here you will find numerous offers that require and at the same time encourage your imagination and wealth of ideas.


You want to study something with media, but what? Because you can complete a media degree that comprehensively addresses public communication in a wide variety of areas. From journalism to media studies to game design and film studies, the extremely dynamic field of study offers you numerous options.

Information technology

If your heart beats for numbers and programming instead of writing or filming, an IT degree suits you well. You have the opportunity to devote yourself to pure information technology or to choose a course that covers other fields such as electrical engineering includes.


Are you interested in the fields of technology, mathematics and computer science? Do you like to plan and construct? With an engineering degree you are pretty much right in that case. It should be noted that this sector offers numerous courses with a wide variety of focuses and professional prospects. How about aerospace technology, industrial engineering or energy technology, for example?


Economics Degree programs basically deal with our economic system and focus on economic interrelationships. This means that you will acquire knowledge in the areas of finance, business administration and marketing, among other things, so that you can later work as a controller, for example.

Natural sciences

Whether biology, mathematics or physics - natural science courses are usually represented at every university. Are you interested in physical laws, life on earth, biochemical processes or the structure of the earth? Then you should take a look at the natural sciences.

Forestry, Agricultural Sciences & Co.

Based on the natural sciences, you also have the option of taking courses that relate in the broadest sense to the environment and nature. These include, for example, forest science, horticultural science or oenology, in which you dedicate yourself to viticulture. In addition, you are free to study agriculture or to deal with agricultural science.

Self-assessment - get to know yourself better & assess yourself

"Try makes you smart!" Of course, you have the opportunity to try out a course of study first after graduating from high school or college. However, the dropout rate is currently 30%. Going to university unprepared is therefore not necessarily a good idea. A so-called self-assessment can help you to find a course of study. You will get to know yourself better and assess yourself by asking yourself specific questions and writing them down:

  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my interests?
  • Which school subjects were I particularly interested in?
  • What are my professional wishes?
  • What is important to me in my future job? Do I want to work with people or does my heart beat for nature?

With regard to the school subjects, it is not primarily your grades that count, but purely your preferences and interests. By making a note of everything and seeing it in front of you, it will be easier for you to decide on a subject area and you can then start looking for the right course of study.

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How do I want to complete my studies?

Not all studies are the same - before you decide on a course and a certain university, you should think about your preferred way of studying.

University of applied sciences or university?

There are usually two types of university to choose from: the university and the university of applied sciences. While you work more theoretically and scientifically at the university, the practical components at a university of applied sciences are significantly higher. You should keep in mind that some courses such as medicine can only be studied at universities. If, on the other hand, you would like to take an artistic degree, you will often complete it at academies for art or music.

Which conditions do I have to fullfill?

At which university you get a place depends on the respective admission requirements. At a university you usually need the Abitur, a technical college allows you to study with the technical college entrance qualification. If you apply for a creative course of study, the universities often ask for a folder with work samples or invite you to take an entrance exam. In addition, many popular courses such as medicine, law, psychology or economics usually have a numerus clausus (NC) because there are not enough places available for all applicants and therefore only those with a particularly good grade point average can be accepted.

Since the conditions differ from educational institute to educational institute, it is best to find out about the exact requirements at the student advisory service at your chosen university before you apply. If you neither have the right Abitur nor enough waiting semester, a lawsuit for a university place may be your last chance to start your studies anyway.

Full-time, part-time or dual?

Most of the courses are offered by universities as full-time courses. This means that you focus completely on the subject matter. Do you already have a job or do you already have children and want to get everything under one roof? Then you can study part-time if you have the opportunity. In the economics subjects in particular, you can also opt for a dual course of study. In this case, you are not only working towards a degree, but also completing an apprenticeship in a company.

Face-to-face or distance learning?

Most high school graduates opt for a typical face-to-face study after school. During the day, you and your fellow students attend lectures and seminars at the university or on campus. At the end of the semester, you hand in term papers, write exams or take oral exams. However, you also have the option of opting for distance learning. This offers you a lot of flexibility, because you can learn anywhere and at any time. But keep in mind that not all courses can be implemented as academic distance learning.

Which degrees can I get?

You will complete either a bachelor's or master's degree, depending on whether you are doing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree. You will rarely find courses leading to a state examination or diploma. In addition, your academic degree receives a small addition depending on your subject area. At the end of the day, your university will award you, for example, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in language and cultural studies, a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in natural sciences or a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) as part of a teaching degree . You can find out which degree you are working towards in the overviews of the degree programs in the category texts or on the professional pages or at the universities themselves.

In which city should I study?

You are now sure which field of study is absolutely yours, but you do not yet know in which of the numerous cities you would like to spend the next semester? Then take a look at our city pages and find out more about the different places - the trendy districts there, the living situation and of course the different study opportunities.