Bruneians at German unis prefer engineering

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Most of the Bruneian students studying at German higher education institutions took engineering courses last year.In an email interview, Dr Guido-Gundolf Schnieders, director of the German Academic Exchange Service based in Kuala Lumpur, said out of the 20 Bruneian students in Germany in 2015, 18 were taking engineering courses.

In 2014, there were 24 Bruneian students pursuing a higher education in Germany.

He said students don’t need to pay tuition fees at German universities as 95 per cent of universities are state-funded.

Both local and international students, including Bruneian students, may enjoy a tuition-fee free education in Germany. Living expenses in Germany average 650-750 euros a month (B$1,000-B$1,200), he said.

“Bruneian students are always welcome to study in Germany. They can choose from more than 17,000 degree programmes offered at 400 universities all around Germany,” he added.

For students interested in pursuing degree courses in Germany, Dr Schnieders said they must complete their A-levels or International Baccalaureate (IB). In addition, they must learn the German language as most undergraduate programmes are offered in German.

Students can sign up for the German A-Level Preparatory Programme at the German-Malaysian Institute or Intensive German Language (Carl-Duisberg Centren) at First City University College.

For master’s degrees, applicants will need a related bachelor’s degree plus TOEFL/IELTS, which test English proficiency across the globe.

He said most intakes are during the winter semester in October while the application period is open from May until July.

Dr Schnieders said German degrees enjoy a high reputation all over the world.

“Career-wise, employers always look up to German graduates. Universities are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities while research is carried out at the forefront of science,” he said.

There are more than 1,000 international degree programmes conducted entirely or partly in English.

The Brunei Times