Which degree programme is the right one for me? What can I do and what do I want to do? You can find out on the internet, through the various universities and in the government Job Centre BIZ Careers Centre (Berufsinformationszentren). If you want to start checking yourself, a good way to start is with an online self-test and special information portals on the internet. If you need some help, the General Counselling Service of HFU is here to help you.
A complete overview of all the university courses offered in Germany can be found on the Hochschulkompass, which also gives information on ways of studying, types of universities and different degrees. The search function makes it possible to find degree programmes across the whole of Germany.
Since winter semester 2011/12 it has been mandatory for all university applicants in Baden-Württemberg to complete a university orientation test. This is intended as a service to all potential university candidates to enable them to navigate the wide range of study programmes and universities available and thus make a well-informed choice of degree programme.
The new general orientation test offered by universities and the State of Baden-Württemberg, www.was-studiere-ich.de, is especially useful for preparing future students for their courses. It consists of a standard questionnaire which helps to determine the interests and cognitive abilities of the candidate and matches them with degree programme requirements or careers. At the end of the test candidates receive an assessment with information about their academic interests and abilities, as well as recommendations for degree programmes and career options. The universities simply receive formal confirmation that the candidates have completed the orientation test.
As an alternative to completing the web-based orientation test, we also accept other proof such as a personal consultation, e.g. through the Job Centre (Agentur für Arbeit).
BEST seminars are workshops for school pupils. At these seminars you receive guidance to be able to dentify your own interests, skills, values and goals. Over the space of the 2-day seminar, participants have the opportunity to identify their interests, skills and values and what is important for them as regards their future career or higher education programme. At the end of the seminar, participants have a customized portfolio which will help them to decide what they want to study or what area of work they would like to do.
BEST is regarded as part of the school curriculum and pupils who take part in BEST are excused from normal classes during the seminar. The standard workshops, which were developed by experts from the University of Constance and experienced counsellors, are offered across Baden-Württemberg.
Further information about BEST and seminar dates in your area, can be found on the Study Information page of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts: bw-best.de.
If you need some advice with choosing your course, you can contact the General Academic Counselling at Furtwangen University or for more general information, Central University Academic Counselling. Once you have found the course you are interested in, most universities have an academic advisor for each course. At HFU you will find the contact details of the academic advisors on the webpages of each study programme.
Advisors at the government Job Centres also provide careers advice and offer personal counselling appointments. There is also a great deal of information available at the BIZ Careers Centres of the Job Centres which you can research yourself.