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Time schedule for choosing your study program
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The earlier you start to inform yourself, the better! Because then you can take your time to think about the things you have to consider when choosing a study program and make your decision accordingly. It also enables you to contemplate how your future career might look like, how your daily routine at university will be, and whether you will actually be happy with your dream job. It might be that you’ll notice that you don't have all the information you need yet.
The overview below shows you when you should do what to come to a good decision:
Talk to your parents, friends, and teachers about your talents and skills. If you are not sure about what is really important to you, the things that excite you, which values you want to realize in your life, and where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you can do a test to get some clarification.
Ask acquaintances, relatives, teachers, and career advisers of the Federal Employment Agency for detailed job descriptions and further information on different professions.
When choosing your higher level/honors courses, take into consideration your talents and preferences as well as the content and requirements of potential future university degree programs.
Start to inform yourself about studying in general, study programs and universities that interest you. The universities' websites will tell you more about their study programs and information events offered for incoming and prospective students, such as Freie Universität's inFU:tage.
Talk to your parents about your desired study program at your preferred university and the financial requirements and obligations that come with that choice. Check whether you are eligible for financial aid (BAföG) from the German federal government.
Find out about the admission requirements, application procedures and deadlines at the universities you are interested in.
Go through all the information that you have gathered so far once again.
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the different universities and study programs. Set up a ranking.
Visit academic advising at your chosen university to receive information about the study program's structure, possible subject combinations, internships, and preparatory courses taking place before the beginning of lecture period.