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Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University was founded in 1971, and offers modern laboratories, small groups, help in finding a job, close contacts with companies, a family atmosphere and professors who take time. We are practice and service oriented and cover two sites with currently around 3,500 students enrolled. Practical orientation is a top priority at the University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and for training are offered modern technical devices. The Career Centre provides assistance in internship or job search, the International Office supports students who wish to gain international experience. Moreover, the university strives to make the study and working conditions family and bears the certificate.  We are also in contact with more than 50 international partner universities. The Faculty of Engineering is placed in Albstadt. The Faculty of Life Sciences is placed in Sigmaringen and the Faculty of Business and Computer Science is divided between both locations. (Source: the university’s website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: TBC
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (N/A) Years (N/A)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (3) Years (1.5)

DSH/TestDaF level 4 required on all programmes.

Sufficient command of English is essential.

You can find information on student jobs on the university’s Career Service pages:

Or via the university’s Job Portal:

The German authorities require a minimum amount, which students must have at your disposal each month. At the moment this lies at €648 per month, which comes to a total of €7776 a year.

You do not need a visa in Germany if you are an EU national or citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

How much am I allowed to work?
European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals have the same status on the job market as Germans. You are allowed to work as much as you wish without a permit. However, you should remember that you should not work for more than 20 hours a week during the semester (the same applies to German students). Otherwise you will be required to pay pension insurance contributions. Furthermore, you wouldn’t have enough time for your studies. You are not permitted to work in a self-employed or free-lance capacity, for example as a translator. (Source: DAAD)


Mechanical Engineering (joint masters with University of Glamorgan, UK) – in the UK subject to British fees.

Germany is a very popular destination for students from around the World regardless of whether you are an exchange, undergraduate or postgraduate student; it also boasts the largest economy in the European Union and currently ranks third in the world. Germany is renowned for its quality of Higher Education and is home to some of the most famous scientists and researches in history including Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Another main benefit is the relatively low cost in tuition fees, which is a main factor for many potential students who need to consider the financial implications of furthering their education.

With regards to Germany’s Higher Education Institutions they are classed as either state or state-recognised institutions. In their operations, including the organisation of studies and the designation and award of degrees, they are both subject to higher education legislation.

HEI’s also have a certain degree of autonomy as regards organisation, and in deciding on any academic issues. However, in the last two decades this autonomy has been increasingly broadened to include issues related to human resources and budget control.

The German academic degree system is pretty much as the UK, you can earn the following:

Bachelor’s: (B.A., B.Sc., Bachelor of Engineering, etc.)
The bachelor’s degree is a first-level university qualification, which is recognised on the international labour market. In a bachelor’s degree programme, you learn the fundamentals of a specific subject in six to eight semesters. Once you’ve completed the programme, you can either start your professional career or continue studying for the next higher degree: the master’s degree.

Master’s: (M.A., M.Sc., Master of Engineering, etc.)
The master’s degree is the second-level university qualification offered at German universities. A master’s programme, which takes another two to four semesters, enables you to expand or deepen the knowledge you’ve already gained. Once you’ve earned your master’s degree, you can enter professional life or continue studying to earn the next higher academic degree: the doctorate. The prerequisite for gaining admission to a master’s degree programme is that you have successfully completed a bachelor’s programme (or another programme at an equivalent level).

Additionally, Germany has recently experienced an increasing financial commitment to the field of higher education at a federal level both in terms of scope and importance.

(Source: HRK International)