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IC Newsletter April DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austausch


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									  -      FAQs: What does it cost to study in Germany?
  -      Summer-Courses in Germany
  -      English-Taught Programmes in European Higher Education. The Picture in 2007
  -      German Summer Academies
  -      International Degree Courses
  -      Continuing Development of the International Max Planck Research Schools
  -      Upcoming Events
  -      Past Events
  -      Other Events

FAQs: What does it cost to study in Germany?

Tuition fees used to be unknown in Germany until some years ago. But the situation has
changed over recent years. Now, a steadily growing number of the 16 federal German
states charge tuition fees for undergraduate and graduate degree courses in state
universities. That means that depending on your federal state and university, you have to
reckon with fees of around 500 euros per semester. (Please note that fees at private
institutions or special study programs can be considerably higher).

All in all you should calculate around 650 Euros per month for studying and living in

How do I calculate my budget?

              living costs (around 450/monthly)
              the semester fee (once per semester, around 80€/semester)
              expenses for study materials and excursions - as
               needed (100-200€/semester)
              health insurance contributions (around 50 €/monthly)
              tuition fees (500 €once per semester: not at all universities and not in all

Living costs: In the average German students spend around one third of their monthly
budget on rental (200 – 250 €). However, prices differ substantially between town and
country and between the old states of western Germany and the new states of eastern
Germany .

University restaurants and cafés offer very reasonable prices for meals.

Semester contributions: The semester fee is due each semester. You have to pay it on
time whenever you register or matriculate and each time you re-registration (which you are
required to do at the start of each semester). If you miss the payment date, you will have to
pay a late-payment fee or may even be struck off the university registry (exmatrikuliert).
Depending on your institution and your federal state, the semester contributions can
amount to between 50 and 250 euros. The fees collected can be used to pay for university
administration services (e.g. registration and re-registration), student services and the
Student Council. At some universities, the fee includes the costs of the semester ticket. The
semester ticket is really useful, because it allows you to use all public transport in and
around your university town without having to pay any extra. So, remember that semester
fees are not identical with tuition fees.

Additional study materials: How much you spend on study materials and excursions will
depend strongly on what subject(s) you are studying. Many subjects only require you to buy
books. Although the university libraries do essentially hold the key textbooks for you to use,
important standard works can often not be taken out on loan and can often only be read in
the (reference) library. If you are studying one of the very popular subjects (for example,
business administration or law), you will have to reckon with longer waiting times before
you can borrow a book. So, it may make sense to buy the specialist books and literature
that are important to you. You can buy many books second hand at reasonable prices, for
example, via offers posted on the notice board in your faculty or in a second-hand
bookshop. On average, you should reckon with costs of around 100-200 euros per
semester for books.

Health insurance

Students: All students are obliged to have health insurance. This means that the statutory
(public) health insurance fund has to insure students up to 30 years at favorable student
rates. Statutory health insurance premiums for students lie at around 280 euros per
semester. You must pay the sum to the health insurance carrier before you register at your
institution. If you are older than 30 years of age when you enter Germany, you must make
sure that you insure yourself with a private health insurance company.

Participants of pre-study language courses: If you belong to this group, you must take
out private health insurance. To help with such cases, the Association of German Student
Services Organizations has reached a special agreement with a private insurance
company: insurance costs around 40 euros per month for men and around 80 euros per
month for women. If you start a degree programme after finishing the language course (and
are younger than 30 years of age), you can then switch to the statutory health insurance.

Summer-Courses in Germany

From July – September, many higher education institutions offer international summer
courses for foreign students.

· Intensive German Language Courses, June – August 2008, interDaF Universität Leipzig,

· Intensive Courses German for Academic and Professional Purposes, June – September
2008, Institut für Internationale Kommunikation (IIK),

· International Summer Course, 28 July – 22 August 2008, and Prep Course German for
University Studies, 1 – 26 September 2008, Christian Albrechts- Universität zu Kiel,

· Bucerius Summer Programme in International Business Law, 20 July – 16 August 2008,
Bucerius Law School,

· International Summer Language Courses, July – September 2008, Universität Bremen,

· International Summer School Courses, July – September 2008, Hochschule Bremen,

· Summer University for the Study of Intercultural German, August – September 2008,
Institut für Internationale Kommunikation und Auswärtige Kulturarbeit in c o-operation with
Universität Bayreuth,

· 16 th International Summer Language School, 18 August – 15 September 2008,
Fachhochschule Osnabrück,

English-Taught Programmes in European Higher Education. The Picture in 2007.
Wächter, Bernd & Maiworm, Friedhelm,

International students have long favoured Anglophone countries as study destinations. And
it goes without saying that the role of English as the lingua franca has been instrumental in
attracting foreign students. In the last years of the past century, continental European
higher education institutions started to teach in English, too, seeking to overcome their
linguistic drawback.

According to this new study published by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA),
there are more English-language programs taught in Europe than ever. The number of
these programs has tripled in the last five years.

The ACA, a Brussels-based higher education think thank, conducted surveys of about
2,200 higher education institutions in 27 non-English-speaking European countries, and
found that the Netherlands, Finland and other Nordic countries lead with the most
English-language programs, mostly in the fields of engineering and business, and at the
Master level. There are fewer English-language programs in southern European countries.

English-language degree programs in Germany see:

German Summer Academies

Hong Kong and Macau students and early-stage researchers
interested in German Summer Academies can find an excellent
choice in the new booklet published by DAAD. The chosen
academies are designed to compete successfully with the best
summer schools worldwide. These Summer Academies showcase
and provide insights into selected German Research Institutions,
and so enable participants to establish useful contacts with
university professors.

The new brochure provides information on 23 summer academies
e.g. “Physics of Functional Micro- and Nanostructures”,
“Mathematic Modelling and Simulation of Technical Processes”,
“The Use and Abuse of Power. Cultures of Corruption in the Modern
World”; “Energy and the Environment”; “The Liszt School of Music
Weimar – Weimar Master Classes”

For more information, please contact us.

International Degree Courses

Here are some examples. For the complete list of the IDP Programmes, please visit
the DAAD website.

· MBA in International Industrial Management, M Engineering in Automotive Systems, M
Engineering in Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering,
Hochschule Esslingen

· Combined MSc (Engineering) and MBA programmes, Technische Universität
Hamburg-Harburg in co-operation with Northern Institute of Technology Management.
Scholarships available!

· Master/MBA in International Business and Economics – China Focus, International Centre
for Graduate Studies, Universität Hamburg

· Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies, Brandenburgische Technische Universität

· International PhD programmes in Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences, Göttingen
Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences, Georg-August-Universität
Göttingen. Scholarships available!

· International Master of Science in Global Production Engineering, Technische Universität

· Master of Science in Renewable Energy Management, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität

· International Business Dual Degree Programme, School of International Business,
Hochschule Reutlingen

· Joint European Master Programmes in Materials Science (EMMS), Global Innovation
Management (GIM) and Environmental Studies (JEMES), Technische Universität
Hamburg-Harburg in co-operation with various European HEIs

· Master of Arts in East European Studies (EES) online and Master of Arts in International
Relations online, Freie Universität Berlin

· Master of Business Administration in Logistics Management, Kühne School of Logistics
and Management

· Master of Science in Urban Agglomerations, Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main

Continuing Development of the International Max Planck Research Schools

The Max Planck Society and the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK, German Rectors’
Conference) have agreed to provide the successful model of International Max Planck
Research Schools (IMPRS) with an even clearer profile. In the future, Max Planck
Scientists and researchers will be more closely integrated into the teaching and
examination procedures. This aims at making the performance and achievement of each
partner more transparent and at strengthening co-operation in the funding and promotion of
young scientists and researchers.
The IMPRS are centres of scientific excellence in innovative and interdisciplinary research.
Forty-nine IMPRS have already been established, involving co-operation between Max
Planck Institutes and higher education institutions. They offer especially gifted students
from Germany and abroad the possibility to work towards their PhD in a structured
programme providing excellent research conditions, with grants for up to three years. The
doctoral students work in areas such as molecular biology, the neurosciences, computer
science, demography, law, plasma physics and polymer research. The IMPRS have a
strong focus on international co-operation and strive to attract international PhD students to
Germany . The students can do their PhD exam either at a German university or at their
home university.

In the following newsletters, DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong will give you some more
information about International Research Centers in Germany.

For more information about IMPRS, please press here

Information Desk on "Study and Research in Germany"

in the event "Leadership without Borders 2008"

Date: 23-25 April 2008
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: FJ Podium, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong

Please come to visit the joint booth of German Consulate and DAAD.

A talk about "Leaderships in Germany and Europe" will be held on, Wednesday, 23
April 2008 at 2:30pm by Dr Roland Vogt, DAAD, HKU

Talk on "Study and Research in Germany" by Dr Sylvia Brandt

Date: Friday, 29 April 2008
Time: 4-5pm
Venue: G 5314, 5/F Academic Building,The City University of Hong Kong

Talk and Counselling Session on "Study and Research in Germany"

Date: Saturaday, 30 April 2008
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: A 102, Administrative Building, University of Macau, Macau

DAAD offers a short introduction on study and research in Germany followed by individual
and group counselling sessions for university students in Macau.

Study Abroad in Germany , Pre-departure Briefing and Party

Date: Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Venue: Conference Room / Munich, Goethe Institute, 14/F, HK Arts Centre, Harbour Road,
Wan Chai

All students who are going on exchange are very much invited to join our briefing session.
You can meet and talk to students who have been in Germany and get information about
living and study in Germany. Refreshment will be served.

5000 Visit the European Higher Education Fair
2008 in Hong Kong - Strong Interest in German
Higher Education persists

Date: Saturday,15 March - Sunday,16 March 2008
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (on both days)
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 1-5, Hong Kong Central
Library, 66 Causway Road, Causway Bay, Hong

Nearly five thousand visitors were counted at the European Higher Education Fair hold on
March 15 th and 16 th in the Central Library in Causeway Bay . 45 universities and higher
Education institutions from 12 European Countries presented their study and degree
programmes, provided information on language and admission requirements, living costs,
conditions and tuition fees in Europe. English-language study programmes – especially
tailored for the needs of international students – were prominently displayed throughout the
fair. The interest in German Higher Education was strong. At the DAAD booth alone nearly
640 visitors asked for more detailed information about study, reasearch and living in
Germany .

For more Information, please click the homepage of EHEF 2008 HK

EHEF Lucky Draw 2008

Date: Friday, 11 April 2008
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Office of the European Commission HK and Macau, 19/F, St. John's Building, 33
Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
The after fair Lucky Draw of 12th European Higher
Education Fair (EHEF) 2008 was successfully held in
Office of the European Commission HK and Macau on
11 April. Four of the visitors luckily won the flight tickets
to Europe sponsored by Lufhansa Airline, Swiss Air
and Air France.

"German Week" in the Hong Kong Baptist University

Date: Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Venue: 5/F, Fong Shu Chuen Library, Hong Kong Baptist University

During the "German Week", DAAD offered students an insight look on Germany as a
research and study destination.

Education Expo Macau 2008

Date: Saturday-Sunday, 19 - 20 April 2008
Time: Saturday (19 April): 10am - 7pm & Sunday (20 April):
11am - 6pm
Venue: Booth C 04, Hall 2, Macau Fisherman's Wharf
Convention and Exhibition Center, Avenida da Amizade e
Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau

On 19 and 20 April 2008, the second Macau Education Expo
was sucessfully held at Macau Fisherman's Wharf Convention
and Exhibition Center. It was the region's only free event
focusing on all aspects of education, learning and professional
development. The Education Expo attracts nearly 20,000 visitors
each year. The DAAD booth was also there to provide students
information about study, reasearch and living in Germany .

The official website

Two Days in Europe

... seen through the eyes of German film directors

Eight German movies will be shown on 26 and 27 April 2008 in the

All films are in German with English subtitles.
26 April (Sat)
2:00 pm                Enlightenment guaranteed            109 min
5:50 pm                Schultze gets the Blues             114 min
7:55 pm                I often think of Piroschka          96 min
9:45 pm                Snowland                            142 min
27 April (Sun)
2:20 pm                Schultze gets the Blues             114 min
4:25 pm                And along come Tourists             85 min
6:00 PM                Enlightenment guaranteed            109 min
8:00 pm                Marseille                           94 min

 Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 2008

 Venue: Broadway Cinematheque

 Ticket price: HK$ 40/44/55

 Tickets available at the Broadway Cinematheque and at

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 If you have any questions concerning the above, please do not hesitate to contact us!
 Thank you!

 Dr Sylvia Brandt
 DAAD-Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau

 RM 933, 9/F, David C. Lam Building,
 Hong Kong Baptist University,
 Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
 Hong Kong

 Tel: (852) 3411 5326 / 2142
 Fax: (852) 3411 2749

 Consultation Hours at our DAAD Office each Monday 6-8 pm and Tuesday 9-11 am
 (no appointment required) or by appointment Mon - Fri
 The DAAD Information Centre is closed on public holidays of the Hong Kong SAR.
We also hold monthly consultation in the Goethe Institute (Wanchai, HK Arts Centre)
every first Monday 7-8pm.

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