Who wouldn’t want to study in Germany? Top standards in education, affordable life and the fact that you will be living in one of the most powerful countries in Europe, all make applying to a Master’s in Germany seem like an ideal choice for numerous international students. Among them, students from the USA. According to data on our portal, Germany was the second country where American students using our portal enrolled to a degree.
If a Master’s degree is also something you are considering, we’re here to give you some guidance about universities and programs to apply to, according to American student's interests in 2017.
Choose the right universities in Germany
Choosing a university that is a match for you is probably one of the most important aspects you should take into account when you are searching for a Master’s in Germany. While you know that German culture is quite different from American culture, you’ll still want to study within an institution that is open to international students and makes you feel at home (at least a little bit).
Some examples of German universities you can consider, and which have internationally oriented degrees are:
- RWTH Aachen University (ranked 79 by THE)
- University of Mannheim (ranked 175 by THE)
- Hochschule Bremen - International Graduate Center (4.5 stars on our portal)
If you are science-minded and technical inclined, you should consider applying to universities of applied sciences which focus more on practical and research degrees. Some examples are:
- International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef - Bonn
- University of Applied Sciences Europe - BiTS and BTK
- PFH Private University of Applied Sciences
If you are the super ambitious type-of-student you can always aim for one of the top 3 universities in Germany, according to international education rankings in 2018:
- Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich (ranked 34 worldwide by THE)
- Technical University of Munich (ranked 41 worldwide by THE)
- University of Heidelberg (ranked 45 worldwide by THE)
What Master’s subjects in Germany are most popular for American students?
Many students prefer doing their graduate degree in the same subject area as their undergraduate studies. However, there are also those who are looking for a change of career or a degree to add something extra to their studies and experience. Wherever you are on this spectrum, we think it’s helpful to know which the most popular degrees for your fellow American students were in 2017.
Data from our portal reveals that when it came to Masters in Germany most American students were interested in the next subject areas:
- Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Germany: 3.179 interested students
- Masters in Psychology in Germany: 2.577 interested students
- Masters in Data Science and Big Data in Germany: 2.062 interested students
- Masters in International Relations in Germany: 1.976 interested students
- Masters in Computer Science and IT in Germany: 1.804 interested students
- Masters in Design in Germany: 1.718 interested students
- Masters in Human Medicine in Germany: 1.460 interested students
- Masters in Sustainable Development in Germany 1.375 interested students
Naturally, you shouldn’t guide your choice only by data. It is important you pick the graduate program that fits your interests and ambitions. At the same time, you should consider that the more students are interested in a subject area, the more likely the competition is bigger.
5 Interesting graduate degrees within the most popular subjects for American students
If you feel you need to know more about your study options in Germany, we’ve selected five graduate degrees that could give you a more specific idea about what you could study in Germany.
1. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the Middle East and North Africa Region at University of Kassel
This graduate program aims to give you insight into actions and measures you can take in the sustainable energy sector. The studies are very specialized, focusing on practical aspects of technology, economy, law and intercultural affairs in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an ideal degree if you are interested in working in the energy sector with countries from this region.
2. SENSE: Smart Electrical Networks and Systems at InnoEnergy Master's School
This Master’s is a great way of learning about tech solutions that can transform existing power infrastructures into smart electrical grids. By focusing on greater use of renewables and efficient energy consumption, this degree will help you develop a career in engineering and give you the skills to build the smart electrical networks of the future.
3. Textile Engineering at RWTH Aachen University
Everybody knows Germany is the leading country when it comes to developing and researching in mechanical engineering and textile industries.
With this program you’ll unlock some of the secrets of German success as you will learn about the newest developments in textile technology: high-performance fibers, 3D textiles and new processes and machines to manufacture textile products. The degree prepares you for working in the field of design of high performance fibers for the automotive and aviation industry.
4. International Double Degree - Management in Emerging Economies at Hochschule Bremen
During this Master’s you’ll learn about macroeconomic and microeconomic challenges in developing economies, management styles, and cultural aspects of industries in emerging economies. The Master’s is all the more attractive because you’ll study in both Germany and Russia, and obtain a double degree.
5. Lighting Design at Wismar University - WINGS
If you want to research artistic, physical and psychological aspects of lighting, then this is the right Master’s for you. Through this graduate degree you’ll become something of a light expert with both creative and technical knowledge to manage lighting design projects. On top of that, you also learn about marketing aspects of the lighting industry.
We hope we’ve inspired you and made the prospect of studying in Germany even more appealing. Use data about other American students to orient yourself about what’s in store for you if you study in Germany, but remember the choice is yours!