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Are degrees from Germany respected internationally?

Are degrees from Germany respected internationally? Topic: Bachelor thesis english studies
June 24, 2019 / By Pharaoh
Question: I'm currently getting my BS from a university in America, but I plan on going to Germany for my masters and PhD (or the equivalent). I plan on living there in Germany for the rest of my life, but I want to make sure that a degree from Germany would be accepted and respected in other countries too, if I decided to move somewhere else. Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks! To "Superdog". With all due respect, where on earth did you find these figures? I have done extensive research into masters and PhD programs (in neurobiology) that are well respected within Germany at least, and NONE of them took 5-7 years. Most masters programs were 3-5 semesters and PhDs were around 6 semesters long. Also with the cost...I realize the cost of living in Germany is quite high, but the actual programs themselves are incredibly cheap, around 500 euro a semester, which is the case with all public German universities. Actually, before 2007, they were all free. And yes, this is the same cost I would be paying despite the fact that I'm not a German citizen. I have actually contacted one of the universities I'm interested in attending to ask them that specific question. So please, can you share your sources of knowledge, considering yours seems to be so contradictory to my own? I doubt you specifically will read this, but perhaps another informed
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Lynton Lynton | 4 days ago
I did my Bachelor's in the UK and my first Master's degree in Germany. I have never known of anyone having problems with the value of a German degree. They are respected much more universally than an American degree. By all means go to Germany - it is a fabulous country and the people are much warmer, welcoming and friendly than your average novel/movie about Germany would have you believe. Some things to brace yourself for though - 1/ You are already 3 years behind academically. The US education system lacks both the rigour and the breadth of study European universities have. You have a long way to go before you reach the standard of education possessed by a German high school graduate, never mind a university graduate. 2/ Germany is very expensive for Americans. Not so much day-to-day expenses but, in terms of insurances, utilities and transport. Before you go, prepare a very careful budgetary plan of the money you think you will need for life in Germany then add 40% to it. You'll still be 20% short but a part-time job serving coffees and beers 5 nights a week will cover that. Oh, and be damned sure you have a fully comprehensive healthcare insurance in place before you leave the US. 3/ On a yearly basis a Ph.D. will not cost you that much more in Germany than it would in the US. However, it will take you 5-7 years full-time. Be sure you have the money for that. German universities are not generous with scholarships to their own students never mind international ones. Enjoy EDIT: Be sure you read the postgraduate prospectus again - the periods they list for higher degrees are the MINIMUM registration periods, not the factual duration. Nobody, repeat, nobody does a doctorate in just 3 years. Take a look at this serious study of Ph.D. candidate analysis by the University of Newcastle = http://www.aare.edu.au/04pap/bou04849.pd... Here's a salient quote: "Two separate datasets were used, one based initially on all 1195 PhD enrolments between 1988 and 1999 recorded at one Australian university, the other based on 601 candidates submitting PhD theses during 2001- 2003 at six Australian universities. Two measures of enrolment time were used – total elapsed time from first enrolment, and candidacy time in equivalent full-time semesters. It was found that 51% of 698 candidates who had the opportunity to be enrolled for at least four years successfully completed a PhD and that, after six years, 70% had successfully completed." Meaning 30% had still not finished by year 6. Here's another 'goody' - http://careerchem.com/CAREER-INFO-ACADEM... "consider the typical new graduate student in an English department who has just completed a four- or five-year honours undergraduate degree. She already carries student debt load of over $21,000 (Junor & Usher, 2002), but must take out more loans to cover living expenses because for the past decade at her university, tuition increased 76% while student stipend levels have remained stagnant (Junor & Usher, 2002). This student begins postgraduate studies, probably unaware that the likelihood of her finishing the PhD is below 40%, that even if she does finish, she will likely take more than three years to complete the two-year masters program and another five years to finish the PhD that she will be ineligible for most fellowship awards throughout the second half of her program (Canadian Institutes for Health Research, 2002; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2002; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2002), and that the mean times-to-completion for students in her program might increase by as much as 10% during the course of her studies (Coyle, & Thurgood, 1989). It is worth considering whether this student would have even entered graduate school had she been aware of the obstacles ahead." I stand by my original comment of 5-7 years for completion of a Ph.D. and all the money you will need.
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Lynton Originally Answered: Info on ravens? In germany? Or pertaining to germany?
Look up "Berndt Heinrich" on a search engine. He's done loads of this research, and his books and articles are wonderful! Odin (Wotan) is the Raven God in German/Saxon/Norse myth. He has two ravens, Hugin and Munin, and they fly all over the world each day, and return at night to tell him what they've seen. He is also a god of wolves, and leader of the Wild Hunt during the Winter Solstice. You might want to look him up on the 'net, too!

Jeffrey Jeffrey
A number of German universities have been highly respected internationally for centuries. E.g. Heidelberg. The traditional universities (Heidelburg, etc) are respected and readily recognized by a lot of people around the world, not just by the pros. Do your homework, check on their professional accreditation for your particular major/program (not just the uni as a whole), and read the professional journals in the field to see which professors & researchers from where are doing what in the area you are determined to pursue. Expect very high standards for admissions, coursework, research, dissertation, etc. German schools set very high standards, and they have a lot more classics & expect more difficult levels of math than US high schools do - the Germans were way ahead of the average American before they even started college!
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Jeffrey Originally Answered: What are the significant differences between associates degrees, and associates in applied science degrees?
The Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) are academic degrees. They are intended/designed to prepare you for additional study at a senior college. While some don't have a 'major', some do. The important consideration is that the AA/AS is not a terminal degree intended to prepare you for a job - it's academic. The coursework is often very general and concentrated on the liberal arts. They usually equate to the first two years of a four year (bachelor's) degree. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Science in 'Subject' (ie; ASN) and the Associate of 'Subject' (ie: Associate of Business Administration) are applied/occupational/vocational degrees intended to prepare you for a specific occupation or vocation. A majority of the courses are vocation specific with few academic/liberal arts courses provided. The primary consideration is preparing for a specific job. Usually, if your intention is to transfer to a bachelor's program, the AA or AS (often called "transfer program") is the better option. There are some exceptions though. If you intend to become an RN and transfer to a BSN program then an ASN is the associates degree to have. Similarly, there are some engineering technology associates degrees that have bachelor's degree transfer options (engineering technology is not the same as engineering), and the same is true of many health professions technicians. If you intend to use this education as entry to a trade (such as computer repair, auto mechanics, cosmetology, horticulture, law enforcement, etc...) then the AAS is the appropriate degree. Understand though - vocational level courses do not often transfer to senior colleges bachelor's degree programs. If you could find a Bachelor of Applied Science in Automotive Mechanics then an AAS in Auto Mech might transfer well, an AAS in Auto Mech isn't going to translate very well to the typical Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program though and you will lose hours. On the other hand, an AAS is a vocation specific degree and many people prefer not studying two years of literature, history, sociology, biology, etc... when they intend to become a plumber. An AAS in Plumbing would concentrate heavily on the technical and business aspects of being a plumbing contractor. If you intend to transfer to a bachelor's degree program (other than a specific vocational/technical bachelor's) then a general liberal arts Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree is what you'd want.
Jeffrey Originally Answered: What are the significant differences between associates degrees, and associates in applied science degrees?
An Associates degree is a two-year degree, and if it comes from an accredited college it can count towards a four-year degree at another college or university. Associates degrees are usually AA's (Associates of Arts), because two-year degrees usually are very basic and survey courses -- one usually doesn't have a declared major until the third and fourth years of a four-year degree.

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