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Study in a big city or study in a small town? Important reasons for choosing the right study location
When choosing their study destination, prospective students occasionally tend to consider the country as the only milestone. However, another important question young people should ask themselves is if they want to experience the big city life or rather go for a relaxed atmosphere in a small university town. Is it going to be crowded boulevards or tiny, charming streets? Changing public transportation on a daily basis or riding a bicycle instead? Choosing the right location is a very important decision that should not be underestimated or rushed. In case one is struggling to decide between going to study in a metropolitan city or a charming, small university town, this article will be very useful. It aims to inform prospective students about the most important factors they need to consider when choosing between studying in a big city and a small town. After reading the article, prospective students should be able to decide what will be the best fit for them in terms of the size of the city they will be studying in.
Studying at 80 plus – (Un) Restful retirement at German higher education institutions
Going (back) to study is a concept many are skeptical about, yet it has become a fast-growing trend in recent years at German higher education institutions. Retirement could mean many different things to different people, like an end of working or the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of one’s life. Surprisingly, a preferred activity among German senior citizens is going (back) to university. It is undoubtedly a great concept as it not only helps the old generation to pursue an interest in new areas such as technology or digital transformation but it also keeps their minds active. However, many questions come to the surface for those who wish to embark on such a journey in the middle of their 60s or even later. The aim of the present article is to answer the most important questions in this regard. Below we will, apart from discussing some of the issues that senior students might face, provide information on potential entry requirements, the places offering special programs for senior students and guest listeners, and the type of special degree courses for seniors.
Education for all! Strategies for more diversity and equal opportunities at higher education institutions in Germany
Higher education in Germany, too, does not remain unaffected by the problem of inequality and discrimination, be it against students or against universities in the country’s peripheral areas. For example, some young people are impeded from joining integrated student communities due to their ethnic origin or physical disabilities. Foreigners often struggle to find student accommodation and cannot apply for courses that require particular German- or English-language skills. Disabled students, in many cases, cannot attend lectures because universities lack special facilities. However, many seek change by forming organizations that fight discrimination against minorities. The existing separation among students causes universities to adopt strategies for creating more diversity and equal opportunities so as to offer a more positive environment for minorities. This article foregrounds those positive strategies for fighting student inequality. Also, it addresses discrimination against universities in Germany’s peripheral areas (caused by the stronger influence of more popular universities in the bigger cities).
Studying while working – Is hitting the books after work worth it?
Work and study might not seem as the best combination at first sight, yet a balance between the two can really be established. A successful career requires not only hard work and devotion but also good knowledge and practical skills that most employers are looking for. Learn how to incorporate studying into a busy schedule just by following several simple steps. This article aims to present the most common case scenarios where studying and work meet and further on suggest ways of finding the time, energy and motivation to establish a balance between the two.
Student dormitory, shared apartment or microflat? Housing shortage is a frequent issue for students in big cities
Germany is a top study destination among the European countries. Students from all over the world who put their trust in German universities. However, they face one major issue: As the number of incoming students increases drastically with every year, finding affordable student accommodation in most of the big student cities in the country has become a big struggle. Today, around four percent of the country’s population are students, but there are not enough places in Germany to accommodate all of them. The current gap between supply and demand with regard to student accommodation is driving a big price pressure, with the result that prices continue to increase. This article aims to discuss the situation with the student housing shortage in the Federal Republic by determining, on the one hand, the factors that have led to the current crisis. Moreover, different types of accommodation options available for students in Germany are described as well as its pros and cons weighted with the purpose of helping prospective students make the right decision for them.
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