What's the main language used in PhD courses in Germany for most of the fields ? CS, chemistry...



In Germany, there usually are no PhD "courses", except for some specialized programs ("Graduiertenkolleg"), which are still in the minority.

Most PhD students conduct research from day 1, under the supervision of a specific advisor. The language of communication will depend on the advisor and the student. Working with international students is not an issue for most advisors.

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    PhD students might follow relevant BSc and MSc courses though. These are instructed in whatever language the instructor prefers. Often, this is German.
    – Mark
    Feb 2 at 10:03
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    One might add that the reason that PhD students in Germany usually don't take (many) courses is that in virtually all cases an MSc (or equivalent) is required before starting the PhD.
    – cheersmate
    Feb 2 at 10:05
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    @Mark In these cases, there probably will be accommodations for international PhD students. The main message here is that lack of German language proficiency is usually not a limiting factor for being able to complete a PhD in Germany. Feb 2 at 10:38
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    @lighthousekeeper One might add to the answer that even in the case of structured PhD programmes, there is usually a lot of flexibility in which courses to attend, and there's always courses offered in english.
    – user151413
    Feb 2 at 11:23
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    @user111388 Sounds like the stuff that formal complaints are made of. I never heard of a comparable case. Feb 2 at 14:07

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