Studying in Germany
General information | Studying at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover | Studying Information Management
The German higher education system consists of bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Bachelor degrees last 6-8 terms und prepare you for the job market. The master’s degree program provides higher qualification for employment. On the website of German Academic Exchange Service you can find all study programs in Germany. The language of education is usually German.
Studying in Germany is general free of charge, but matriculated students should pay every term some kind of semester fee – on average 400 Euro. This fee includes semester ticket und administration charge. Some universities waive them for refugees.
There are some special study opportunities for refugees: As a guest student you can attend courses and acquire credits, which could be admitted for the regular study. Trial courses, transition courses or orientation programs are other opportunities to get an overview of course contents. Transition courses (in German Brückenkurse) are preparatory courses which renew your basic knowledge. The most of these courses and programs are free of charge for you. You can ask the International Office at the university where you wish to study for more information about these special options.
If you are looking to study here, you must submit your application to uni-assist. Uni-assist examines if your school/ university certificates are equivalent to German school/ university degrees. For studying in Germany you need a university entrance qualification (called in German Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) and German language skills. For more information see requirements.
If you have already an academic certificate, you can visit the Anabin website und check whether it can be admitted here. Please note that the university, at which you want to study, is solely responsible for admitting your previous academic achievement.
If you have already professional qualifications, you can find out at recognition finder how and where to obtain admission of your foreign professional qualification.
If you choose to study at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover we would be happy to help you with important information and tips. We have a wide choice of courses through our five faculties, for example machine engineering, design, computer science, business administration and many others. Here you can find an alphabetical list of all courses of studies (only in German). Our university has some campuses and libraries. For basic information about the university visit this website.
As a guest student you can attend different lectures and courses. You will be able to take exams and to receive credits for the courses, which could be admitted for the regular study. On this university-site you can get information about the entry requirements and how to finance your study.
The Project International Information Management has a special offer for you: You attend one year courses in English and in the same time you participate in German language courses. After one year, if you meet the requirements (university entrance qualification and sufficient German language skills) and you have enough credits, you will be able to enter into the second regular semester Informationmanagement program.
Find more information on the project-website.
As you can see in the subitem of the study courses of information management on the website of Hochschule Hanover, there are three different subjects you can focus on.
Within the courses of audiovisual media you learn about programming, web site development and handling with media. If you finish with these courses you get the chance for jobs like online marketing, content management and database application. Companies like TUI AG, Continental AG or smaller agencies for marketing or online magazines e. g. t3n often have job advertisements.
Another point for focusing are courses for intern information bureaus in companies or special libraries. That are organizations like small libraries or information bureaus in institutes, companies or museums. The lectures offer you to gain insights of quality management and public relations. So Continental AG would be one right address for that. Other possibilities could be information departments of Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Bundesamt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe or Fraunhofer Institute.
In the third subject, research/academic libraries, you learn to make access to resources, research for information in databases and library catalogues and handling with library systems. Great libraries like TIB/UB Hanover or SUB Göttingen but also the public libraries could be possible employers.
You have the opportunity to combine different courses. Many professors recommend combining library lectures with programming lectures or database applications. Especially in libraries you can find lots of job advertisements for computer and information scientists with librarian knowledge.
Here you can find some field reports from graduates in different work areas.
If you would like to specialize in one direction, you can start Master studies after you finish Bachelor studies. The Hochschule Hanover offers the study in knowledge management. In Berlin you can focus on library science. Here you can find further information for other studies which based on information management.