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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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My PhD supervisor cannot promise me a date to defend my dissertation before my visa expires. Should I just quit my PhD and start over?

I am doing my PhD in Germany and I’m under a three year DFG grant, which ends in September, and with it my visa. Although I can get an 18-month visa to find a job after my PhD, this won’t be granted ...
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What are good reasons to write my thesis in English?

I'm studying in Germany. German and English are not my native tongue, but I prefer to write my thesis in English for the following reasons: My English is better than my German (not a good reason). My ...
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Is master in physics at Germany well respected in US? [closed]

As a physics major in US, my PhD application is screwed up this year and neither did I found a decent job. So I'm thinking of applying for a two years master program in German, which provides more ...
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Doing two Bachelors before Masters degree?

I currently study for my B.Sc. in Media IT. I easily could finish a second Bachelor if I do one more semester. I want to do master's degree in Media IT afterwards. I'm already 23 and in the third ...
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How important is specialisation in a master's degree?

My university offers an optional specialisation (e.g. algorithms, software engineering, networks...) during my masters program (which will appear on the degree). To qualify, you basically need a ...
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Is it possible to get another PhD in political science in Germany after getting a PhD in philosophy in Hong Kong

I am doing a PhD with concentration on continental philosophy in Hong Kong (my MPhil also had the same concentration too), but I am really interested in political theory and political science and ...
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“Admission free” for master program

I'm aiming to apply for a MA in Germany and in the description for my programme of choice it says: The study course is admission free. I'm a bit unsure of what this could mean, any German ...
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VG Wort – why would I agree to share with the publisher?

Background When I reported my publications from 2017 to the VG Wort today, I could decide whether I wanted the publisher to get a share of my returns from the VG Wort (‘Verlagsbeteiligung”). The ...
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Advisor miscalculated the personnel budget for research grant

I am a PhD student directly employed by a German university, this means my salary is paid directly by the federal government. In Germany, the salary of PhD students is (often and in my case, ...
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Feasibility of obtaining an “individual doctorate” in Germany while working?

I will be working in Munich, Germany for a relatively small engineering company. I have always wanted to obtain an engineering PhD on a part-time basis. I have been intrigued by the “individual ...
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Appropriate salutation for female German full professor

I'm buying a desk nameplate for a full professor (in USA) who is female and of German origin. I'd like to have this nameplate follow the conventional salutation someone would use in Germany for a ...
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Requirements for getting into a German physics MSc [closed]

I am in my second year of a BSc in Physics in India. I want to pursue my physics graduate degree (MS) in Germany. I want to know what graduate schools are looking for in my application there.
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PhD salary in Germany according to TVöD

I have a PhD acceptance letter from an institute in Germany. They have written that my salary would be according to TVöD (collective salary scheme for the German public service). I searched about ...
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Chances of entering a graduate program in Germany at the age of fifty

I’m considering applying for a master’s program in Germany, but I’m wondering how the feel about older students? I am nearly fifty and I know some grad programs in the US aren’t interested in ...
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Applying in Germany - how far back should the documentary evidence go?

Let's assume that some of your applications go for W2 professorship positions at the German universities of applied sciences. One of such potential employers asks the candidates to supply ...
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Addressing a professor - culture clash

I am a Ph.D. student in a country where everyone is addressed by their first name (professors etc.). I call my advisors by their first names and when we have visitors in our research group I go by ...
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MPhils or Masters by Research in Germany in a mathematical subject

I was wondering whether there are Masters by Research or MPhils in Germany in a mathematical subject? I have been advised to look at the 3 Berlin universities (TU, HU, FU) but have only found PhD's ...
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W2 positions at the universities of applied sciences in Germany

The W2 professorship ads of all universities of applied sciences in Germany have a passage requring (e.g., for Bavaria) darüber hinaus besondere Leistungen bei der Anwendung oder Entwicklung ...
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Does the duration of doctoral and postdoctoral phase *always* matter for a W1 position in Germany?

Junior professorships in Germany are claimed to have, essentially, restrictions in terms of the speed of progress: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniorprofessur says In principle the employment ...
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Teaching in Germany with an MFA?

I have a BS in computer science and an MFA in Fine Art. I am planning a move to Germany (and am in the process of learning German). Is it possible to find work teaching at art colleges in Germany ...
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A seminar about women in STEM fields [closed]

I'm attending a talk that will be given by a professor that runs a social-cognitive development lab at our school, and the topic will be about his work that attempts to explain why women are less ...
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Getting sealed transcripts from a German university

I have a degree from a university in Germany, which I'm now trying to get evaluated by an institution in another country. This institution requires that the transcripts be sent directly from the ...
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Maximum allowed time for PhD (Doktor) in Germany [closed]

I am a physics PhD student in Germany. During my PhD I got two children, and as a mother, I had to give major part of my time to my children. I started in April 2012, and I will finish in spring 2018. ...
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Personal cover letter for visa application for TV-L 13 PhD Position

I have been offered a Ph.D. position with a TV-L13 (50%) salary. I am in the process of applying for an employment visa (as I am a non-EU citizen). The work contract provided by the university is for ...
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FERPA alternative for German universities

Is there anything similar to US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that is valid for German universities, or education system of Germany in general? I mostly concerned in preserving ...
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How long does it take the German KMK to evaluate a degree and what are the criteria?

I am awaiting my evaluation of my degree by the KMK (Kultusministerkonferenz). I paid the 200 Euro fee a month ago and am still waiting for a response. It is mentioned on their website that it takes ...
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Academic faculty expat (Germany) experiences and new research group advice [closed]

I have been offered a W1 professorship to start a research group (CS/Engineering) at a German university and am seeking to learn from others' experiences or someone prepared to be a second-opinion / ...
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Is it professionally viable to leave an American math PhD program for a Master's in Germany?

Background I'm an American who will be starting a pure math PhD at a relatively prestigious US public university later this month (I realize that it might seem pointless ask a question about a ...
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Do PhD students get the 3 year contract in the beginning in Germany like they do in Sweden? [closed]

I am about to finish my masters from Sweden and have a PhD offer from Germany and in Sweden. I recognise the pros and cons of each offer, but I would like to have a more generalistic view on doing a ...
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How to justify motivations for a second master?

I have already graduate from a master degree in Europe (Software Engineering) , and applied for another master degree (Informatic) in Germany (TUM). I have applied with my BSc. degree diploma and ...
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side income from company when working as a professor at a design Hochschule in Germany?

In this thread there is a comment which says that side consulting jobs are restricted in German academia. Specifically this comment: You can have consulting contracts in industry. You will usually ...
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Language of application and CV for Junior Professorship in Germany

I am in the process of applying for a Junior professorship in Germany (see also this earlier question here. If the job listing is in German, and does not explicitely state a language requirement, ...
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CV contents for application for professorship positions in Germany

I am in the process of applying for a Junior Professorship (W1) in mathematics in Germany, and according the the job listing, the required application documents include a CV and a list of publications ...
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Why would a potential supervisor emphasize kind of doctoral degree?

I was talking to a potential PhD supervisor about doing a "PhD" in his institution (in Germany). In several occasions he mentioned in an "emphasizing manner" that they award "Dr. rer. nat." in ...
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How many people are generally shortlisted for a postdoc interview?

I just applied for and got shortlisted for a Skype interview. In a mid size University and Department in Germany (in Physics), how many people are generally shortlisted for postdoctoral positions?
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How to address the german “Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. X” in writing?

I’m not familiar with German academic system. I got a name card from a German professor and found that his title is as Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. X When I am writing a mail to him, can I starting the ...
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German Student visa

How difficult is it to get a German Visa for a second Master degree in the same field but with advanced courses as a prerequisite for Ph.D.?
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What is the German equivalent of “in press”

Just wondering if any German speakers can tell me how a manuscript "in press" is described in Germany. Writing up a German CV but I've never come across this phrase before. It could be a direct ...
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Studying medicine in Germany

I'm sorry if this a wrong place to post this question but I don't know where to ask. I'm a medical student from Alexandria, Egypt. By next year I'll have completed the pre-clinical phase of the ...
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Are German “Dr.med.” and USA PhD equivalent? [duplicate]

Where can I find information if the german Dr.med. is corresponding to the USA PhD? Did anyone with Dr.med. apply for USA PhD equivalent? Thanks for the comments. Actually I don’t really think this ...
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How does the quality of a PhD differ in Germany, Denmark, Sweden?

I am planning to apply for a PhD position in Computer Science but haven't decided yet which country to study in. So far I found interesting universities / research groups in Germany (where I am ...
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Doing PhD on computer vision with an engineering background

I'm coming from an electrical engineering / telecommunications background; I studied extensively in hardware-related areas and took lots of courses in wireless communications and signal processing. ...
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What are common questions in an interview for a faculty position (W2/W3) in Germany and who is part of the panel?

Which questions are commonly asked in an interview for a faculty position (W2/W3 professor) in Germany (German "Berufungsverfahren") and who is usually in the panel (dean, student respresentative)?
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Is it okay to scan a book (that I own) strictly for personal use?

I have a physical book from an Australian publisher which is nearly a thousand pages long, so it's quite hard to carry around with me. It is a book of worked solutions for a math textbook. It has no ...
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Can my UK PhD permit me to use the title “Dr.-Ing.” in Germany?

I'm moving to Germany in a couple of weeks and I'll be setting up as a freelancer. I'm just curious about my title though. I got my PhD in the UK in 2015, it states "Doctor of Philosophy" on the ...
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How is life as a PhD student in Germany? [closed]

I have a PhD offer from a German university in Nanotechnology. It is a 3 year position (which is a short span). I would like to know how is the general experience of doing a PhD in Germany? Is it ...
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Why are most universities reluctant to offer open-ended contracts to research-funded-staff (such as postdocs)?

In some countries, labour law requires that if an individual has been employed on temporary contracts for a certain amount of time, the employer must offer them a permanent contract (or let them go). ...
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Ethics of the mention of Nazi weaponry for a computational physics task

A colleague of mine and me are organizing a 3-day preparation course for undergrad students to prepare them for their upcoming lecture about computational physics (the course in about 1.5 months). ...
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German Grade GPA calculation

I'm doing MSc in one of the TU9 (TU9) in Germany where the grading systems work as defined below: The grades I have got are as follows: I'm wondering how the GPA was calculated as different ...
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What are the working hours for full time PhD students in Germany?

What are the working hours per week for full time PhD students in Germany? Also, how many holidays are granted in a year? How is the work-life balance for full time PhD students? Thanks!