COUNTRY - GERMANY
Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal climate
BERLIN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE - HTW BERLIN
The HTW offers an impressive range of study programmes in five different departments spanning fields from engineering, computer science and economics, to culture and design. Traditional applied sciences like mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and business administration go hand-in-hand with more contemporary and innovative studies such as Information Technology/Networked Systems, Construction and Real Estate Management or Renewable Energy Systems Technology.
The HTW is regularly distinguished for the high quality of its study programmes. Together with other key qualifications, foreign language training is an integral part of each student's experience at the HTW. Students can choose from a wide range of foreign language courses at all proficiency levels. And subjects like "Presentation Techniques" or "Presentation Training" are the cornerstones of students' course schedules. Many other relevant events are also arranged by the HTW's Career Service Centre. Students who wish to spend a part of their studies abroad will find that the HTW offers ideal conditions: it cultivates ties with over 100 other universities worldwide, thus maintaining strong bonds with collaborative partners.
Bielefeld University (German: Universität Bielefeld) is a university in Bielefeld, Germany. Founded in 1969, it is one of the country's newer universities, and considers itself a "reform" university, following a different style of organization and teaching than the established universities. In particular, the university aims to "re-establish the unity between research and teaching", and so all its faculty teach courses in their area of research. The university also stresses a focus on interdisciplinary research, helped by the architecture, which encloses all faculties in one great structure.
It is among the first of the German universities to completely switch some faculties (e.g. biology) to Bachelor/Master-degrees as part of the Bologna process.
European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) was established in 1506 by Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg, as the principal university of Brandenburg. The old university building in Frankfurt was damaged in World War II and controversially demolished in the early 1960s.
In 1991 the university was re-established as Viadrina European University. It currently comprises three faculties: Economics and Business Studies; Law; and Cultural Studies.
The FernUniversität in Hagen – University of Hagen - is the only state-maintained distance teaching university in the German-speaking countries and regions. They benefit from our modern distance education system which combines pedagogically well prepared study units with individual support, net-based co-operation in seminars and working groups, online communication offers and face-to-face sessions (Blended Learning). Contact and contact persons for the students are to be found on the main campus at Hagen as well as at the around 50 study centres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. Since we offer a real alternative to on-campus studies with high-quality final degrees (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate), we particularly also stand for the trend towards lifelong learning. That is why over 55,000 students have chosen to study with us.
A university like the FernUniversität in Hagen is a complex organisation. In the following you will learn more about our institutions, such as the study centres, or the ‘Service-Center’.
Learning with the FernUniversität primarily means high flexibility during your studies. You study at home using your PC, and work at your own pace through the lessons. Extensive use of the Internet also enables very flexible student support. Furthermore, you can use a network of over 50 study centres near your place of residence. In addition, the FernUniversität in Hagen offers a service-oriented university library. On request, books and articles will be sent to your home by mail. Study Material and Media
Teaching matter is not presented in an overcrowded lecture theatre, but in the form of well organised and prepared teaching materials, including study units, exercises, interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs which are delivered to the students’ homes by mail, and increasingly via the Internet. Students can download additional material or listen to and watch online-lectures. They also hand in their assignments online.
Student Support The characteristics of the Hagen distance education system also include individual support, either at Hagen itself or through tutors at the study centres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. More recently, support is increasingly provided via the Internet: in chatrooms, for example, students discuss material-related questions and problems with the tutors. Thus, the FernUniversität is able to meet students’ needs for flexibility like probably no other university.
Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of nine German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. Freie Universität can thus take its place as an “international network university” in the global competition among universities. Its future development strategy is focused around three strategic centers: for cluster development, for international cooperation, and for graduate studies. Development and assessment of research projects takes place within three major focus areas – area studies, humanities, and life sciences. Freie Universität has various offices abroad, e.g., in New York, Beijing, and Moscow, that provide a platform for international cooperation. The university’s performance in the Excellence Initiative has provided funding for several new graduate schools and transdisciplinary research clusters.
The foundation of Freie Universität Berlin was facilitated through international support, and international impulses have shaped its research ever since. In order to survive, both on an academic and an intellectual level, Freie Universität established connections from its geogreohically position in West Berlin to organizations and personalities in Western Germany, Europe, and the world beyond. What began as a necessity rapidly evolved into a successful strategy: currently, Freie Universität has over 130 partnerships with scholarly institutions worldwide. The university is a drawing card for international researchers. Freie Universität and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München are the two most often selected locations for visiting scholars through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. About 600 foreign scholars contribute to the diversity in research and teaching. Of its approximately 31,000 students in over 100 subject areas, 16 percent come from abroad.