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Public vs Private Universities

The vast majority of universities in Germany are public universities. In fact, about 95% of all universities in Germany are considered public. The advantage of attending a public university is that most students pay nothing or a very negligible amount to attend.

Private universities in Germany need to be accredited and approved by the government. In most cases, these universities are for the applied sciences. Students that elect to attend a private university will most likely have to pay considerable tuition fees to attend, especially in comparison to free public universities. However, this is worth the extra cost to some students because private universities tend to be more global in scope and have smaller classes sizes.

Private universities are increasing in popularity. Around 140,000 students were enrolled in private universities in Germany in 2015. Just a decade ago, only 24,000 students attended private universities. Again, the appeal are smaller classes sizes and more individualized attention.

Unfortunately many private universities in Germany cost over $20,000 in tuition alone each year. There are some cheaper options available however. Cheaper private universities in Germany are the Friedensau Adventisst University,the FOM University of Applied Science for Economics and Management, and the SRH Hochschule Berlin.

Friedensau Adventist University

The Friedensau Adventist University (Theologische Hochschule Friedensau in German) dates back to 1899. The institution was originally a theological seminary and training center. In the early 1990s the school opened its School of Social Sciences alongside its school of Theology.

The School of Social Sciences offers bachelors degrees in social work, health, and nursing sciences as well as masters' degrees in counseling, music therapy, and social and health management. These programs tend to be quite inexpensive. All degrees costs less than $15,000 for the entire degree.

Requirements for the bachelors' degrees include the general qualification and degree for university entrance (Abitur). International students with equivalent qualifications may also apply. Admission requirements include official transcripts/diploma, a resume, and personal essays. Requirements for the masters' degrees include a bachelors' degree in related discipline, official transcripts/diplomas, personal essays, and a resume.

The FOM University of Applied Science for Economics and Management

The FOM University of Applied Science for Economics and Management is a special program for working professionals. Money is saved by your ability to work full-time while earning your degree. The vast majority of the degrees are business-oriented though students may elect to receive a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or bachelor of law. They also have programs for individuals working in the health or social welfare fields. There are finally a few programs for engineering professions. Finally, there are a limited number of masters' degrees courses also available.

The main cost benefit to attending FOM University of Applied Science for Economics and Management stems from the ability to work full-time while attending school. Courses are in the evenings, on weekend, or for two days during the week. The tuition is around $15,000 over the course of the degree.

The program has flexible admission requirements. There are programs available to students who have not met the basic qualifications to enter university for instance. Traditional bachelors programs however, require just a general university qualification and possibly six months of professional work experience. No standardized test scores or letters of recommendation are traditionally required.The same is the case for the masters' programs. They usually just require a bachelor's degree and some work experience. Even better, the masters programs cost about $10,000 to complete in total.

SRH Hochschule Berlin

One final cheap option to consider is SRH Hochschule Berlin. Students may earn bachelors and masters' degrees at this institution. The school emphasizes its international focus and its personalized attention to its students. Most of the bachelors and masters programs are business-oriented. Tuition costs for bachelors degrees are about $25,000 for the entire cost of the program. This is somewhat more expensive than the previously mentioned institutions, but is a feasible amount spread out over the course of three years. The masters programs also vary but come out to about $700 - $800 a month. Some master's programs may be just 10 months long while others may be twice that.

Admission is not very competitive. Students just need a basic German university qualification or an equivalent diploma to enter the bachelor's program. They also need a decent grasp of the English language. This is demonstrated by a number of tests incoming students can take. These tests can be waived if students receive their education in a country where English is the primary, recognized language.

Admission is similar for the masters' programs. They also are not very competitive. Generally, all you need is a completed undergraduate degree and some work experience. It is best if this degree and work experience is related to your intended masters. Students must also take any number of various tests to demonstrate their English language proficiency. The school offers detailed careers guides and programs for each area of study, which makes it an appealing option regardless of the cost of admission.

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