On standards or conventions specific to Germany's higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or elsewhere in Europe.

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What are the most common prerequisites demanded by Promotionsausschüssen (German PhD boards)?

Reading the German universities' regulations on doctoral programs, one often comes to paragraphs about sanctions that can be demanded by the PhD board (Promotionsausschuss) as perquisites before they ...
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English Bachelor of Computer Science - Germany

I've googled so much for English Bachelor of Computer Science in Germany and I just found Jacobs University which teaches Computer Science in English. Though Germany is a place I would like to study, ...
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Costs of being an MS student in Germany

I am an open-minded Indian student and I will be going to Germany to join the University of Bonn for my masters in Computer Science. I have planned a monthly budget of € 830 including studentenwerk ...
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Max Planck Interviews? [closed]

Does anybody has previous experience with Max Planck institutes? Like in the application they say if short-listed, the candidate will be interviewed in a trip (that they pay for). If anybody have ...
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What does TV-L 13 (3/4) melt down to? [duplicate]

what is TVL 13 (3/4) worth? This is related to Germany salary distribution. I was wondering if this is tax is already deducted or from that salary you will also have deduct the taxes. I found some ...
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Are vacations counted for student research assistants in Germany?

I'm working as a student research assistant (HiWi) at a research group in a German university. My job is based on hours and it's mainly programming. In my contract I have to work 20 hours a month. ...
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Unsure of German PhD salary [duplicate]

I have been offered a phd position in Germany at 75% TVL-E13. It seems very difficult to get a precise figure for what this is in Euro. From a Google search I have figures for this position ranging ...
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Will a low GPA in my current master affect application for second masters degree? [closed]

I'm currently doing my M.Tech in India. A course I chose hastily and have little passion for. Consequently a low GPA. My Bachelor CGPA is 7.3. I have a GRE score of 300 and TOEFL 104. I need a change ...
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Net salary for PhD in German university

I have an offer of a Mathematics PhD position at the rate of €28000 gross in a German university. The position is itself great, a really interesting topic, but obviously I need to compare the ...
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After what period of time does a PhD position count towards the two possible attempts in Germany?

I am not sure if this holds true everywhere, but here in Germany you only get two attemps at getting your PhD. I am currently wondering at which point it counts towards those two attempts. If I were ...
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German postdoc salaries (TV-L E14)

What does "TV-L (E14, 100% position)" mean in terms of gross and net pay? What lifestyle does this buy you in Berlin? This is in the context of a postdoc at a research institute.
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Is there a maximum duration for an MS in Germany, and are there allowances for medical leave?

Does someone here know how many years at the maximum one can take to finish MSc degree in Mathematics in Germany ? My friend enrolled for three semesters on regular basis but due to his mental ...
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Do I have the legal right to demand information on plagiarism of my work from another university?

A student of a German institute has translated my Russian thesis word by word to English and submitted it as her own work in 2014. I informed the university providing them with my work in Russian and ...
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What to do when professor is not responding to emails or calls and his action is required to commence a masters thesis?

I'm planning to start my master thesis soon. It will be an external thesis in a company. As this kind of thesis is not very common in German universities, I need to find a professor to supervise me ...
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How long does it take to get a reply to your PhD application email in Germany?

I am applying for PhD positions in Germany. Normally I need to send an email to the professors with a list of references, grades transcript, CV, master's thesis, etc. I want to know how long after ...
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Can someone continue her education in Germany if the first university degree is not recognized?

My sister is living in Saudi Arabia in a city that has very few limited education options for her. She has to stay there for certain circumstances and she can't leave for a different country. She has ...
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Translation of Dr. rer. nat. outside of Germany [duplicate]

Psychology at universities in Germany is either in the natural sciences or in philosophy, depending on the university. This affects the kind of academic title you get. People doing their doctoral ...
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Faculty hiring differences in Theoretical Computer Science between US and UK/Germany

I'm a PhD student in theoretical computer science in the US. This question contains some great answers on how to get a faculty job in Theoretical CS. I wonder whether there are some significant ...
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Worldwide Dissertation Database? or French, German, Italian ones?

Is there a global/worldwide database of dissertations? If not, how can I access French, German, Italian, etc. dissertations online?
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Stuctured vs Individual German doctoral program

I am looking for a Ph.D. in a German-speaking country in Europe. I am looking at some possible institutes for applying on Ph.D. program. Some offer "individual" and some "structured" doctoral ...
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Reputation of 1 Year Master's in Comp. Sc. in the UK

I'm currently studying for my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science in Germany. I've noticed that UK Master's programs, even at such prestigious universities as Oxford or Edinburgh, only offer 1 year ...
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How should someone with a German PhD be addressed in the UK?

This question has been discussed several times but there doesn't seem to be a clear answer for my particular situation. I have a Dr.rer.nat from Germany but currently I am working for an institute in ...
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What is minimum GPA for getting PhD in Germany?

I'm in the last year of my MSc in computer engineering and I want to apply for a PhD in Germany. I have a reasonable resume and have a published paper and my master GPA is 16.5/20, but my bachelor GPA ...
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Prepare presentation for Phd Interview in Germany

I have been invited to the second round of interviews for a PhD position in a research programme in Informatics. I haven't submitted any research proposal, but now I have 2 and a half days to prepare ...
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Can work experience overcome bad undergrad grades for admissions to masters programs in Germany?

I did my graduation in Electronics and Communication engineering, and now I am working as a software engineer for more than two years. I have this problem that during my graduation I failed in a few ...
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PhD outside of Germany after a Master's from a German Fachhochschule

Can I go for Phd in USA, Canada, Australia or any other European country with my master's degree from a German Fachhochschule? I am planning to work for two years as a lecturer and researcher in my ...
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How to contact a PI when I have been out of the system for a while?

I want to do a biology/biotech related PhD in Germany, I have an MSc in the field and some good ideas about what I'd like to research (biofilms and/or synthetic biology, those really excite me) but in ...
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Is it difficult to get admission to a phd in stem cell biology in Europe?

I am looking for a phd position in stem cell biology and have been trying very hard for the last 6 months in Germany or any European country. I have tried to contact many professors via mail but have ...
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Can I enroll in just the second year of a master's degree program in Germany?

In the french academic system, master's programs last for 2 years and one can start from the second year (if he/she fulfills the academic requirements, such as having already studied the first year or ...
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What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
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Academic Hiring Process and Practices for Junior Professors in Germany

I am being considered for a job in Germany (W1 junior-professorship) and I was hoping to get some insights regarding the process as I come from the US system and am unfamiliar with how things work in ...
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Are Masters degrees from German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) eligible for PhD?

Are Masters degrees from German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) eligible for PhD? If I do a Masters in any of the German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen), would I ...
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Is it advisable to attend a conference in Germany with talks by German presenters in English if you don't speak German?

There is an upcoming conference in Germany, all the talks will be in English, however all the listed participants are also German. Only speaking English I'm wondering if it would be inadvisable to go, ...
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Safely negotiate a salary for a PhD offer - Germany

I have recently received an offer from a group which pursues topics I find very motivating and whose equipment is above average for my field. The salary offered is 50% of the German TV-L E13 salary, ...
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Is the any special CV format for PhD applicants in Germany?

I want to pursue my PhD program in Germany. Is there any special format for academic CV to for applying there?
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What is the PhD application process for Germany and Switzerland?

Currently I am in the last semester of my Master studies in computer science in Germany. I am further contemplating about the possibility of applying for PhD position somewhere in Germany, ...
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Do 90% of all German Chemistry graduates start a PhD?

Can someone corroborate the fact above? If it’s true, how did it come to such a high number, do they have some slots reserved, or is it easy to enter German PhD programs? Would it also be easy for ...
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Non-EU PhD title in Germany

I am a German PhD student in South America and am worried about whether my PhD title will be accepted in Germany (as Dr.) and internationally in general. If you successfully complete a PhD in the EU, ...
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PhD in Germany after Bachelors

Recently I have received an offer for PhD studentship in Biology from a lab in Germany. I have completed my Bachelors degree and I have solid 2 years of research experience with 3 peer reviewed ...
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What does “restricted admission” mean in German universities?

While browsing the web-sites of various German universities I have come across the term "restricted admission". What does it mean? Do German universities discriminate students on the basis of their ...
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Convert UK Bachelor Degree Grades to German Grade Scale [duplicate]

I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems (3rd Class Honors) form a UK University. My Transcript states as follows. Course Name Marks Cats BUS 40 12 ...
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International master programm in Physic at university of Rostock

I am a physic student from Jordan, few days ago i got an admission to do my master in physics at university of Rostock, Germany. Am I able to get a PhD position from other university when I finish my ...
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How difficult is it to get a paid PhD studentship in physics in Germany?

I would like to ask about the possibility of getting a paid PhD position in Germany. I am going to defend my thesis in Physics after a few days and I am thinking of applying for a PhD. My ...
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How to address a Dr. des.?

How do you address a Dr. des. (Doctor designatus), for example in e-mails? Dr. John Doe Dr. des. John Doe John Doe …?
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Why are the German professors addressed as Prof. Dr. XXX?

I notice that in Germany, basically all the professors are addressed as Prof. Dr. XXX, say Prof. Dr. Mueller. However, in other parts of the world, only Prof. would be sufficient, since a ...
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What is a “TV-L 13” position?

I just received a PhD invitation letter from a German University which mentions that my remuneration will be 2/3 of full TV-L 13 position. I do not know what a TV-L 13 position is (Google is of no ...
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Is a German Hochschule able to offer a Ph.D.?

Can German Hochschule offer a Ph.D.? I know that some of them can't, but does this apply to any hochschule or does it differ from one to another?
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Moving to Europe and seeking research assistant work after undergrad / masters - best approaches?

I have just finished an honours degree in Psychological science in Australia - this is a 3 year bachelors with an additional selective entry 4th year involving 50% coursework and research. In ...
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Choosing a title to hold upon completion of a doctoral degree: “Dr.” vs. “Ph.D.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: EU Ph.D. in Germany: Calling yourself “Dr.” or “Ph.D.” I'm asking this question in relation to my doctoral studies in Germany. However, my ...
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EU Ph.D. in Germany: Calling yourself “Dr.” or “Ph.D.”

My question is about using a Ph.D. title/grade from an EU University in Germany. Germany recognizes (properly obtained) Ph.D.s from other EU countries. People with an EU Ph.D. are allowed to use the ...