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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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Dipl. Math requirements

I would like to know what are the (academic) requirements (in general) of a Dipl. Math.? What Dipl. math. Is good for (in math Academia)? More general what is a Dipl. Math.? (Some reference for ...
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What is considered appropriate women's attire for a PhD interview in Germany?

I have an interview for a PhD position (engineering) at a Central German University. I am not sure what to wear (formal wear for woman). Since certain countries are very particular about what you wear ...
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What's the difference between German TV-L and TVöD pay scales?

We've had a number of questions that ask about the details of German TV-L payment scales, which are common for PhD students. I've noticed that some institutes use the TVöD payment scales for their ...
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What visa is required for a TV-L PhD position in Germany

I am a citizen of a non EU country with an offer for a PhD position in a research training group with a TV-L E13 (65%) salary. I was told getting a student visa would be problematic. Which visa would ...
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Pros and cons of having your doctoral degree on our ID

In Germany and Austria¹, it is possible to have your doctoral degree noted on your passport, official ID (Personalausweis) and similar documents of identification. Whether allowing this is a good ...
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Dr.rer physiol. title in Germany

I am a future PhD student here in Germany and I am worried about whether the PhD German title (Dr.rer.physiol.) will be accepted internationally in general and in Germany in particular. In fact here ...
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Criteria of experience recognition for “TV-L 13” position

I know that the topic of stufe for "TV-L 13" contracts in German universities has been discussed several times, but I was not able to find the answer to my question. I am offered a post-doc position ...
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What to expect for an on site interview in German University?

I have been invited for an interview at University in Germany. They have asked me to prepare a 10-15 minutes presentation. What should I expect in the interview and what should I include in the ...
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Getting recommendations letters after the referee has left the institution?

I am applying for admissions into Master's programs in Germany. Many programs here prefer printed/scanned letters on institutional letter-headed paper. One of the professors with whom I was well ...
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How normal is it to have published as an undergraduate?

I’m currently in the first semester of MSc of psychology in a university in Germany and we got a lecturer from a university abroad who wanted to know what we had published. To his surprise, none of us ...
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Using public profile data from website for research

A member of our department plans to download millions of profiles from a public website. The data is freely accessible after you have logged in, though there is a company behind the website that does ...
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When exactly are you “promoviert” in Germany?

In Germany, acquiring your doctoral degree usually involves the following steps (in that order): You hand in your thesis. The examiners review your thesis. You defend your thesis and possibly take an ...
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I have a UK DClinPsy. Can I use a plain 'Dr.' title in Germany? [duplicate]

A resposible german executive body (Kultusministerkonferenz) decided that certain doctorates from the EU grant the right to use the title 'Dr.': Inhaber von in einem wissenschaftlichen ...
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Is there a standard English translation of ausserordentlicher Professor?

Of course the exact status of the title has changed in different places and times. I mean it most specifically in the sense of Emmy Noether's title at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 1923: ...
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How long does it take to receive feedback for Junior Professorship (W1) in Germany after interview?

I was invited for an interview in a German university in Ruhr area, for a Junior Professorship position. In total three people (including me) were interviewed, so I guess it should not take so much ...
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What should be included in a disclaimer about the omission of gender-neutral language in a bachelor's thesis?

I'm working on my bachelor's thesis to get my bachelor's degree at a German university. I am not sure about the situation in other countries, but German universities are very sensitive when it comes ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor for a discount on his expensive book?

My question is similar to this - Rude to ask a book chapter. I have bought the first of two parts of a research monograph. The second part is even more expensive (around $150) and in my currency it ...
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Chances of being accepted into Canadian PhD program with Masters from Germany [closed]

I will be starting my Masters in Mathematics in University of Würzburg, Germany from this coming winter semester. I completed my Bachelors from University of Calgary, Canada but because of my low GPA (...
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How to ask what my salary will be for German PhD position

I am a biomedical engineer; I was offered a PhD position in Germany. They already prepared my contract but never mentioned my salary. I was wondering if there is a polite way to ask how much will be ...
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Are there scholarships for a physics PhD in Germany that don't consider income? [closed]

I'm searching for scholarships for a physics PhD in Germany. I will have a (part time) contract by the institute in which I'm doing the PhD and receive a monthly income. Now, the only scholarships I ...
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When are reference letters requested during applications for a professorship (W1/W2/W3) in Germany?

When applying for a professorship (W1/W2/W3) in Germany one always has to list three and sometimes more previous employers/supervisors who are willing to write a reference letter. At which stage of ...
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Part-Time PhD in Germany

I want to apply for a part-time (65% week hours) PhD position in Germany. The duration of the PhD is 3 years. Actually I don't understand why some positions are full-time and some part-time, while ...
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Masters in Germany in Engineering

I am new here and am trying to find some answers. I have finished my BEng Hons in Mechanical and PowerPlant Systems from UK. During my studies I had to go through grievance and the depression for 2 ...
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How to apply for a research funding for companies?

I recently graduated from PhD and right now I am working in a consulting company. My manager asked me to write a proposal to get public funding to do research. The topic is computer science and ...
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What is the difference between “Hochschule” and “Universität/Technische Universität”, especially for master degrees?

I am really confused by the difference between Hochschule (university of applied sciences) and (Technische) Universität ((technical) university) in Germany, especially with respect to the master’s ...
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Why would a professor assign more grades to a presentation than a report in a software engineering subject? [closed]

I am doing my master's in Software Engineering at a German university. I had been told that the seminar presentation influences the final grade more than the contents of the seminar paper. But the ...
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Wearing a suit for a presentation and meeting with potential postdoc supervisor in Germany

I'm visiting a German university (in one of the big cities) for a couple of days for the purpose of discussing a postdoc for myself. I work in maths. I'm supposed to give a talk on one day for a ...
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Using pictures of 16th–18th century paintings in PhD dissertation?

Can someone please help me get an insight into the use of images, specifically paintings from the 16th to 18th century that reside in churches, museums, etc., and how can one use them in a PhD ...
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Career path to professor with an engineering background in Germany [closed]

I am in the final year of my master in mechatronics engineering in Germany, and I want to work as a researcher or a professor in a university since i believe a professor/researcher has more freedom ...
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Is it possible to complete the last year of a German Diplom in another university if ineligible in original university?

I have a friend who was studying civil engineering in Dresden, Germany. He somehow got a very... VERY bad case of electronic addiction (he would just play online games and only procrastinate) and he ...
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Apply for PhD with low undergrad GPA and good grad GPA [duplicate]

i have poor ungrad GPA (2 of 4), and good grad GPA (3.88 of 4) What are my chances if I apply for PhD study at Germany? B.Sc pure mathematics M.Sc financial mathematics (i love it)
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Does it make sense for the professor to write a recommendation letter that is directly readable by the student?

It seems that US universities usually provide a link to the professor of the applicant, and let him/her directly upload the recommendation letter to that link, meaning that the student would have no ...
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Do german professors like to be called “Herr X”?

I am a German student at a German university. I and everyone I know usually addresses my professors with "Herr Lastname" or "Frau Lastname". Sometimes I wonder whether they would prefer if I addressed ...
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Master in Germany after 3 years bachelor degree [duplicate]

I've completed my 3 years bachelor degree in B.Sc.Hons in Computing from Nepal affiliated to London Metropolitan University and i am planning to do Ms in Germany. Am i eligible to enroll directly in ...
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If boss is my PhD supervisor, is a wage negotiation inadequate?

I got the offer to do a PhD at an university while being employed at a company. In that scenario, my boss is also my supervisor. Is it inadequate to start negotiations about my wage I get from the ...
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Enquiring PI about post-acceptance process of admission (PhD, Germany)

Recently I have been offered a PhD position from one of the research institutes in Germany. The PI told me that he has prepared the acceptance/contract draft and sent it to the HR department who are ...
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What does it mean when a professor says that he'll pay me as a 'mission' for an internship?

I applied for and got selected for a summer internship at a renowned research lab in Germany. The professor says they will try to fund all my expenses, but will pay me as a 'mission'. What does this ...
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How to counteract poor academic instruction and demanding workload at German university?

I am an undergraduate student at a university in Germany. I already hold a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field from a university abroad, and I also have a solid secondary school background with ...
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Do German universities have “ethics boards”?

In many questions on this site, I see the suggestion to contact one's university's "ethics board" (or "ethics committee" or similar) to decide in the case of disputes related to research or general ...
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Completing German master's programs in less than allotted time

I'm considering applying to master's programs in mathematics over in Germany (e.g. Bonn, Berlin Mathematical School). The stated time for these programs is two years. Should I get accepted and ...
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Transfer of credit (masters) in Germany?

Is it possible to transfer credit (masters) in Germany? I have completed half of my credits in a German university. Now I want to transfer to other university. Is it possible?
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Is it possible to continue a PhD program in a different university (PhD transfer)

I am a final year PhD student in a EU country (in bologna). I have already completed my MSc and Advanced studies diploma (MPhil eq.). I am self-funding my project and I have been doing research since ...
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W2 Positions in Germany after Postdocs elsewhere

I am currently a research fellow in Europe and am possibly interested in permanent positions in Germany. I can find resources about how one climbs through the ranks in Germany from W1 to W2 or from ...
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Habilitation in Germany as a nonresident

I am a young scholar about to complete my PhD. in Finance from an Asian country. I am interested to know whether it is possible to pursue Habilitation from Germany (or any other European country) ...
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Visa interview: Will you return to your home country after your studies?

Why almost all students answer 'Yes' to this question? Is this a must for student visa? I have applied to student visa from Iran to study master degree in Germany. I want to pursue PhD (may be in ...
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Math tutor is evading or giving wrong answers

I am a student in a german technical college. We have several tutors for our various math subjects. One of those tutors is not a student but an employee of the college. He offers an open hour where ...
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Do I own the copyright to my Master's thesis? or does it belong to my university?

I am just done with my Masters degree in one of the universities in Germany. I am wondering if I can make my Master's thesis open for public to download and read. I am not talking about submitting ...
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My university is listed on Anabin as H+ but my degree is not listed. Should I worry about this?

I'm planning to do my MSc in Germany and found that in order to apply a master program in Germany, I should check my undergraduate degree is whether acceptable(H+) or not(H-) via Anabin database. The ...
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Is it good to compare universities in motivation letter for student visa?

I'm a computer science student from Iran. I'm applying for student visa to study master in Germany. Germany's embassy requires students to write a motivation letter in visa process. For the summer ...
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research statement for assistant professorship (W1, pure mathematics in Germany)

What should a research statement for an application for an assistant professorship (W1, Juniorprofessor) contain (pure mathematics in Germany)? How long should it be?