The Master of Laws (LL.M.) acquired abroad is a valuable additional qualification for lawyers. The LL.M. Above all, opens doors for a career in an international law firm or an international company.
Qualification Plus: The postgraduate course
Postgraduate courses are more widespread at foreign universities than in Germany. These are mostly one to two semester study programs in which the students can deepen the knowledge they have acquired in their bachelor’s degree. Most of them conclude with a (post) graduate certificate or (post) graduate diploma.
In Germany, these degrees are mostly not recognized as independent degrees, but they can still represent an interesting additional professional qualification. It is often possible to have the credit points acquired in the postgraduate course count towards a later master’s course, provided that it is in the same subject area.
The crowning glory: the Ph.D.
You have the opportunity to complete a doctorate in whole or in part at one of our partner universities abroad. In English-speaking countries, the doctoral degree in most subjects is called Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The Ph.D. course usually lasts between three and four years. The core of the doctorate is extensive research work abroad, which provides new scientific knowledge in its discipline. There are very often structured doctoral programs in which doctoral candidates attend courses that accompany their dissertation.
A Ph.D. Abroad is an option especially for those aiming for an international career. In addition, going abroad opens up contact with top international researchers and access to other exciting research projects that inspire one’s own scientific development.
Other countries, other degrees: Other study programs abroad
Bachelor and Master are the most common degrees worldwide. Recognition is only a problem in rare cases. Of course, there are a number of other courses of study and degrees. This applies in particular to countries outside Europe and the Anglo-Saxon area. In Latin America, for example, national degrees such as the Licenciado are often awarded.
In countries like Switzerland, Great Britain or New Zealand, there are other undergraduate degrees in addition to the Bachelor’s degree. These include degrees such as the National Diploma or the Higher National Diploma.
Our Eastern European partner universities in Latvia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia generally do not award any bachelor’s or master’s degrees, even for English-language courses in human medicine and dentistry. Traditional degrees in this area are the Medicinae Universae Doctor, the Dentae Universae Doctor or the Doctor of General Medicine. Despite the “Doctor” in the title, these degrees are not part of the research-oriented doctoral programs. These are the professional qualifications for prospective doctors and dentists customary in these countries.
Studying without a high school diploma: the associate degree
In the USA, Canada and Australia, there is a further degree in the undergraduate area with the associate degree. The associate degree lasts two years and is an initial qualification in the relevant countries. In Germany, the associate degree is not recognized as an independent degree. Nevertheless, an associate degree, for example at a US community college / junior college, can also be of interest to German applicants.
What advantages does the detour via the associate degree offer?
- As a rule, applicants do not need a high school diploma: a secondary school leaving certificate and training are sufficient
- Tuition fees are lower at Community Colleges / Junior College
- After the associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree can be obtained within two years
Moving ahead: further training
Further education at foreign universities are mostly short study programs in which the participants receive further training in different areas. This can be in very different areas such as hotel and tourism, art and design or entrepreneurship.
Taking part in a corresponding study program at a university abroad is worthwhile in many ways. You not only acquire additional technical qualifications, but also intercultural skills and additional knowledge of a foreign language. You will also make international contacts. Foreign universities also offer further training courses that German universities do not necessarily have in their program. This type of stay abroad is not only particularly suitable for graduates and young professionals, but also for working people.
Learning by speaking: the language course
Language courses at foreign universities or private language schools enable students to acquire or deepen a foreign language. The advantage over attending a language course in Germany is obvious: While you are learning the language in theory in class, you can immediately put it into practice in everyday life. The learning effect is particularly great here.
Language courses also serve as preparation for a subsequent study abroad if you do not feel confident enough in using the foreign language. For example, many programs specifically prepare for language tests such as the IELTS or the TOEFL.
Playing it safe: preparing for your studies
Are you not sure whether you already meet the requirements for your desired degree or would you like to prepare optimally for your future degree? Then you might consider attending a course to prepare for your studies. In addition to the linguistic aspects, you will get to know the scientific work techniques here. Such a course not only closes any gaps before starting your studies, but also makes it easier for you to start your studies.
Some courses are specially designed for international applicants and therefore also include intensive language training. Others are suitable for local and international applicants alike, so in this case you should already have advanced language skills.
For those who are bound: the online course
A completely different kind of study abroad is an online study at a foreign university. The acquisition of practical experience abroad is in the background of an online study. Rather, it comes to getting a degree from a prestigious foreign university to acquire, without having to spend for long periods of time abroad. The form of study is therefore aimed primarily at local prospects, for example mothers and fathers and working people.
In particular, English-speaking countries such as the USA, England, Canada or Australia have attractive courses in the program that you can complete online. At some of these universities, attendance phases are also possible, in which the students get to know the country of study and can gain intercultural skills.