THE REFERENCE CENTER (USEFUL LINKS)
To help you navigate the German higher education landscape - find a school, admissions, student affairs, current news, etc.

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Studying in Germany
GENERAL INFORMATION
Accreditation, Admission, Bilingual Studies (English/German), College Rankings, Statistics, etc.

Akkreditierungsrat
Accreditation agency for German higher education, listing both international degree programs (taught in English) and traditional curricula [Eng/Ger]
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
German Federal Ministry for Education and Research [Eng/Ger]
Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) / CHE-Zeit German University Rankings
Center for Higher Education Development, a thinktank for educational reform; produces the flagship German university rankings [Eng/Ger]
DUZ
An independent periodical with news on German and European higher education, research, and international cooperation [Eng/Ger]
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
E-Fellows.net
A community for students created by private entities, strong on internship and career development information [Ger]
Eurydice-Germany Page
An overview of the German higher education system from the European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems [Eng/Ger]
Excellence Clusters
At what are German universities best? Departments/degree programs elevated to "elite" status via the Excellence Initiative (see also Wissenschaftsrat) [Eng/Ger]
Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK)
German Rectors' Conference [Eng/Ger]
Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK)
Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs [Eng/Ger]
Uni-Assist
The common application for German university admission. [Eng/Ger]
Unicum
A magazine for German college students [Ger]
Wissenschaftsrat
For those interested in educational policy, the German Council of Science and Humanities provides advice to the federal and state governments on the development of higher education and research. There is a concise explanation of the Excellence Initiative in English. [Eng/Ger]
Wissenschaft Weltoffen
Annual statistical report on international academic exchange in and with Germany [Eng/Ger]
Zentralstelle für ausländische Bildungswesen (Anabin Database)
Central agency for the recognition of international education credentials in Germany; includes admission requirements for US/Canadian high school diploma holders [Ger]

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Bundesverband ausländischer Studierender
Federal Union of International Students represents the interests of international, immigrant, and stateless students in Germany with relevant official authorities on issues such as antidiscrimination and the rights of non-citizens [Eng/Ger]
Deutsches Studentenwerk
Student affairs including housing, student cafeterias (Mensa), handicap accessibility, etc. [Eng/Ger]
Freie Zusammenschluss von StudentInnenschaften
Consortium of 80 universities' student associations with regards to social issues such as sexism, student rights, etc [Ger]
Mobility International
A clearing house on disability and exchange [Eng]

LANGUAGE & ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

2014 Summer Course Catalogue
Multi-college course catalogue for summer language study at German universities; courses are open to the public, teach university curriculum, and all levels from beginner to advanced [Eng/Ger]
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Standards for language proficiency levels used in Europe [Eng]
Deutsch-Uni Online
Online German language courses and teaching resources [Eng/Ger]
Goethe-Institut
A premier German language learning center with courses open to the public and language examinations for university admission. The curriculum is standardised internationally. Also sponsor and host cultural programs; many locations have a library open to the public. There are locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto. [Eng/Ger]
Sprachnachweis
General advising on language requirements for university admission [Eng/Ger]
Studienkollegs
Preparatory courses for international student admission to German universities, including the Feststellungsprüfung assessment test and language proficiency examinations [Eng/Ger]
TestDaF
Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language) for university admissions, includes test locations, dates, and requirements [Ger]

Discipline-Specific Websites
BUSINESS

Karriere.de
Business studies and career portal from Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche
WISU
Wissenschaftsstudien magazine has tips on studying business administration and a list of "Fortune 500" type German corporations' internship programs

NATURAL SCIENCES

Chemie im Fokus
Chemistry studies, career prospects, and current research from the Association of German Chemists (Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker/GDCh) and the Chemical Industry Fund

HEALTHCARE

German Medical Students Association
Bundesvertretung der Medizinstudierenden in Deutschland contains information on medical studies in Germany, including the Deutscher Famulantenaustausch exchange programs
Hochschulstart.de
Portal for Numerus Clausus (NC) admissions in healthcare fields, including medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and dentistry (formerly Zentralstelle für die Vergabe von Studienplätze/ZVS)
Deutscher Berufsverband für Pflegeberufe
German Nurses Association
Test für medizinische Studiengänge
Medical school examinations
Zahnmedizinischer Austauschdienst
Dental Student Exchange Service
Bundesverband Deutscher Apothekerverbände
Federal Association of German Pharmacy Associations

EDUCATION

Fachportal Pädagogik
Pedagogy/education topics portal
Pädagogischer Austauschdienst
Teaching exchanges for those getting degrees in the field of education

SOCIAL SCIENCES

JuraMagazin
Law studies portal run by students
Psychologie.de
A portal of the federation of German psychology associations

DISTANCE LEARNING

Studieren im Netz
Distance learning opportunities based in Germany

ALL

Fakultätentag Associations of Universität departments
Fachbereichstag Associations of Fachhochschule departments

Where to Start  
Not sure of how to go about it? Here are a few websites with overviews of the basics to university studies in Germany.

Deutschland.de Knowledge
Published by the Frankfurter Societäts-Medien in cooperation with the German Foreign Ministry [Eng/Fr/Ger]

DUZ Studium
A primer for getting started from DUZ Magazine [Ger]

* Higher Education Compass
(incl complete list of all German universities)

Search accreditation status, degree programs by discipline, German - US/Canadian university cooperation, international affairs contacts (for international admissions) for all of Germany's 390+ universities. From the German Rectors' Conference/HRK [Eng/Ger]

Stern.de Ratgeber Studium
The popular news magazine provides their view of Alles, was Studenten wissen müssen (Everything students must know) [Ger]

Studien- und Berufswahl
How to plan and prepare for university studies from the Bund-Länder for Educational Planning and Research Promotion and the Bundesagentur für Arbeit. [Eng/Fr/Ger]

* Study in Germany
Clear and concise information from the StudyInEurope site for EU students, but much of it applicable to all international students; includes admission requirements, tuition, grading, etc information and programs in English at German universities [Eng/Ger]

UniSpiegel
Der Spiegel magazine's college section [Ger]

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Canadian Bureau for International Education/Bureau canadien de l’éducation internationale (CBIE/BCEI)

Students Abroad
A handbook from the US Department of State

* DAAD staff favourites
Europe Wide  
Bologna Process / Declaration
Bologna Process - Berlin 2003
Bologna Process - Bergen 2005
Bologna Process - London 2007
Bologna Process - Louvain-la-Neuve 2009
Bologna Process - Bucharest 2010
Bologna Process - Yerevan 2015

European Students' Union
PromoDoc
Advice on doctoral degrees in EU countries for non EU citizens, sponsored by the Erasmus Mundus program of the European Commission
Study in Europe
by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture
StudyPortals.eu
A search engine style website with categories for study options at European universities, including master, bachelor, and doctoral degree programs that use English as the language of instruction