Higher Education

An overview of the facilities available for post-school education in Germany...

Higher education continues in:

  • Universities (Universitäten)
    Offers a tertiary level of education through research, teaching and study in a wide range of subjects.
  • Technical Universities (Technische Universitäten)
    Concentrating on engineering and natural sciences, with a strong focus on research, and offering the full academic programme.
  • University of Applied Sciences
    Similar to polytechnics and technical colleges, these schools focus on trade skills and applied learning.
  • Technical colleges (Technische Hochschulen)
  • Teacher Training Colleges (Pädagogische Hochschulen)
    These colleges focus on the study and theory of education at a university level.
  • Theological Colleges (Theologische Hochschulen)
    Supported by the church or another religious organisation with the intention of training theologians and pastoral workers.
  • Colleges of art (Kunsthochschulen)
    Covers the teaching and study of a broad range of arts. including art, music, drama, design and architechture.
  • Colleges of music (Musikhochschulen)
    For professional training in musical arts.
  • Universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen)
    Research and teaching is focused on applied sciences such as technology, business and engineering.
  • Professional academies (Berufsakademie) in some federal states
    Offer degrees with a practical focus.