Provided that you have now decided to go to University, the question now arises, what should you study? In Germany, there are more than 18,000 different courses to study, and if you go abroad, there are certainly even more. So how should one decide their course of study?
To start, it is always easier to rule out what you do not want to study than to say what you want to study. You should first think about the areas that do not interest you at all, be it natural sciences, legal sciences or languages. If you continue in the direction, the list should get shorter and shorter.
It is very helpful to have a lot of conversations, because others may perceive something differently than you. But do not let these opinions stress you out too much. Keep in mind that it is also totally okay to change your course of studies, if you realize that you feel passionate about going another direction. Of course, you should not change subjects every semester, but it is better to change course after half a year than to sit in a job that you do not like at all for the rest of your life.
If you are someone who can not decide at all, then our tip would be: make your study choice as open-ended as possible. As a physicist, you have much fewer job options than someone who has studied law or business administration.
Also, ask yourself this: Is the city you study in more important to you than the course of studies? Do I want to stay in Germany, or move to another country, or even to another continent? A clear advantage of studying within Germany is the cost factor. In almost all other European countries, you have to pay a very large sum of money to study. England, for example, has very good universities, but they are pretty expensive. No other country is as expensive as the U.S.. European countries tend to have very good universities and are not even nearly as expensive. One example is Holland, which has a few well-known, less expensive, and also very good universities, for example the University of Maastricht and the University of Leiden.
A further option for someone who would like to study abroad is to take a Bachelor course in Germany, and get very good grades to apply for a Master’s degree scholarship, or you have to pay privately for two years.
Do not start too late with the planning; the time goes fast and will quickly escape you. And of course don’t miss important dates, such as your Bachelor thesis due date. In addition, as a tip: There are many scholarships that are still undiscovered, and these can open up many possibilities and get you one step closer to your dream job. Good luck!
- luc.edu/undergrad/academiclife/whatsmymajorquiz/ Here is a quiz that will give you various ideas on different courses that may be right for you based on your interests. (In English)
- zeit.de/sit/ Here you will find a test which will help you to determine what a study course might be possible. (In German)
- geva-institut.de The Geva Test is also a test which deals with the professional profile of your abilities. This test is also offered at many schools, so register for it to get one step closer to your dream job. (In German)