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Welcome to Germany

Germany is a widely industrialized nation in Western Europe. From the medieval streets of Lubeck, to the ultramodern capital of Berlin, Germany has something to satisfy every urban explorer. Germany has always been a populous and powerful nation on the world stage. Since its unification in 1871, Germany has left an indelible mark on Europe through its military and economic exploits in two world wars, only to recover and build itself into one of the largest and most advanced economies in the world.

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

Aside from language immersion opportunities, Germany offers something for students of all majors. Its rich and complicated history and major contributions to classical music, and other fields like psychology should appeal to students interested in the arts or humanities. Germany is also known as an innovator and leader in engineering new technologies. It’s large economy also produces a great deal of opportunities for expats. The German education system is completely subsidized by the state, even up to the universities, which means free education through college for both German citizens and international students. Today Germany is an excellent place to study science or work with international corporations on the cutting edge of technology.

There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

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Staying Healthy & Safe in Germany

Visitors to Germany should definitely visit historical sites like the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. There are also great opportunities for skiing and hiking in the Bavarian Alps. Students looking to take in the night life will have no shortage of opportunities in Berlin and other major cities.

Diversity Abroad Tips

Have you visited or studied abroad in Germany? Share your most essential tips and most important do’s with other students who may want to travel there!

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If you have studied abroad in Germany, consider creating a profile and sharing your experience. What you have to say could help inspire another student considering studying abroad. You can also submit an article to be considered for publication on our website.

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Also, here are some links to potential opportunities for students who have studied abroad and graduates interested in work opportunities in Germany.

Teach Abroad in Germany
Intern Abroad in Germany
Volunteer Abroad in Germany  

Diversity Guide to Germany

Note: These tips are intended to serve as an overview and are not exhaustive. Be sure to research your destination thoroughly as your identity can have a significant impact on your experience abroad.

  • Tips for African American and Latino Students

    Germany is generally accepting of people of various cultures and ethnicities. Black and Latino students however, should still be aware of growing xenophobia in Germany and Europe in general. The Syrian Refugee Crisis and and threats of terrorism have forced people in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa to seek asylum in Europe. Instances of racism will not be due to attitudes of superiority, but from fear of what immigration means for Germans in terms of job security and the potential for terrorism. Despite these issues, you will spend most of your time in German without incident, especially in progressive cities like Berlin with any significant tourist presence.

    Hear from a Diversity Abroad Alumni who studied abroad in Germany!

    Luis from University of Texas, El Paso
    Walter from Kean University

  • Tips for Asian American Students

    People of Asian descent in Germany make up a much smaller population than people of African or Hispanic descent but this number is steadily growing. Like Black and Latinos, students of Asian descent will experience discrimination rooted in xenophobia more so than open racism. Many Germans of  Asian descent still find it difficult to be respected as simply German. However, Germany is becoming increasingly diverse, and you should be able to enjoy your time in Germany without significant trouble.

  • Tips for LGBTQ Students

    Germany is a popular study abroad destination for LGBTQ students as it is generally accepting of LGBT communities, and same-sex civil unions have been legally recognized since 2001. Across the country are a variety of gay establishments like bars, businesses, and clubs that exist, especially in Berlin. You will, of course, occasionally come across prejudiced people, but generally, German is more progressive than many of its neighbors.

  • Tips for Students with Disabilities

    Generally, cities like Berlin are modern and accessible for people with disabilities. The vast majority of historic sites and public transportation can accommodate various disabilities. Accommodations are, of course, less available in rural cities and facilities not maintained by the government. Health care and services specifically for people with disabilities are generally readily available. As always, you should carefully plan ahead to make sure your lodging and destinations are equipped with the necessary accommodations.

  • Tips for Religious Students

    German is considered the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation. So although Christianity is the primary religion, most German Christians are not Catholic. There are also small numbers of Muslims and Jews. About 30% of Germans profess no religious faith at all. If you practice Islam, be aware of the growing Islamophobia due to immigration of refugees fleeing armed conflict in the Middle East. Generally speaking however, you should be able to practice and operate without significant trouble.

  • Tips for Women

    Although German society can be very progressive, the government estimates that over 35% of women experience physical or sexual violence. Misogyny is a still a problem in Germany. You will occasionally experience disrespectful comments, stares, and catcalls. Trafficking is an issue across Europe. Although you will generally have no more issues that at home in the US, take the normal precautions while traveling and studying in Germany.

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