Study Abroad Student Handbook
Germany Germany
Center for Global Education

Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad in Germany provides numerous advantages to help you gain an edge in the global job market. Germany's economic status as one of the three biggest world economies, along with the United States and China, make studying in Germany even more beneficial. While Germany's economy ranks at number three on a global scale, regionally, Germany's economy remains one of the driving forces behind the European Union (EU). As Germany has one of the leading and most influential economies in the European Union, an insider's perspective on the German job sector in this era after the fall of the Berlin Wall proves to be essential for global and business communication.

The United States trades more with Germany than any other country in Europe. Germany is also the third largest worldwide trading partner of the United States. Over 1,000 German companies do business in the United States. Over 750 U.S. companies are in Germany. Since 1945, more Americans have lived and worked in Germany than in any other country. The positive relationship between these two powerful and influential nations can only help you in your quest to find a career path. Experience with the German language, culture, customs, and work ethic will be essential prerequisites.

A German named Guttenberg invented the printing press in 1436. Over 500 years later, one out of every ten books published in the world is in German. Germany's publishing industry ranks third in the world behind only the United Kingdom and China. Bertelsmann is the world's largest publisher, and it recently bought the well-known U.S. publishing firm Random House. If you're interested in breaking into the publishing industry, or even having your own works published one day, learning about the art and science behind the giant industry of German publishing would provide you with valuable skills and insight.

Germany and Switzerland supply nearly half of all U.S. pharmaceuticals. Germany is also home to many scientists, as it fosters medical research. U.S. and German research scientists collaborate on joint projects like the SPACELAB, International Nautical Almanac and the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES). Other scientific realms in which Germany has made important strides include wind and solar energy production. German remains one of the main languages in which scientific publications are written.

Music can be called a universal language. If you're interested in music, then imagine visiting the homes and haunts of some of the world's greatest composers. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schumann, and Wagner all boast German heritage. By seeing the environments that inspired these talented composers, you will be able to better understand their symphonies, orchestral pieces, and other creations.

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