Doing a PhD in a foreign country is a unique opportunity not only to develop your career in research, but also to immerse into a foreign culture and experience a new way of living.
Germany has proven to be a wonderful place to live, rich in history, culture and innovation.
Studying in a country where you do not speak the native language is a challenge, but also a great opportunity for personal development and inspiration in ways one cannot foresee.
Doing a PhD in Germany can provide a well-rounded, rich experience, both in terms of high quality research thanks to Germany’s well-funded research programs, and in terms of your personal development through learning a new language, culture and world view.
The German higher education and academic system is very well structured and organized. Germany has one of the best education systems in the world. Furthermore, German universities and research institutions attach considerable weight to international co-operations.
Science plays a key role in Germany – it enjoys high standing in the public sphere, in the media and in politics, and receives considerable funding. This means very good framework conditions for research.
Being a young researcher you can take advantage of these excellent conditions – but this does not happen by itself. One should always have a vision in mind, a goal, and strive for it with a clear focus.
Here are some more details about the research landscape in Germany:
Non-EEA students likely require a visa and residence permit to study in Germany.
The coordination office will provide assistance where necessary.
In any case, make sure to acquire the right kind of visa before permanently arriving in Germany, as otherwise you may have to leave again.