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Education System Overview

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 11,900 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Germany, a 27% increase since 2012.

Academic year: Varies throughout Germany

Major school holidays/break:

  • Christmas break (2 – 3 weeks)
  • Easter break (2 – 3 weeks)
  • Fall break (1 – 2 weeks)
  • Summer break (6 weeks)

Major exam period(s): March – May 

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 3 years

The language of instruction in universities: German, with 10% English language programs on the graduate level

Years of required English instruction in universities: None

Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate