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Finding the right college program for you

Studying, working and living in Germany or Austria

There are all kinds of university programs available today for those seeking higher education and degrees in a wide variety of fields. The problem often lies in finding the type of education that suits your specific needs. We all learn best through different methods and identifying your learning method is a great way to understand what learning environment will work best for you.

Universities and online learning :

Common learning environments for university study include: private universities, public universities, and online or distance learning opportunities. Universities tend to be more lecture-based, while distance and online learning opportunities are very often self-directed learning opportunities that require a lot of discipline to succeed.

When trying to identify the option that will work best for you, you should keep your personal learning style in mind. Beyond that, you should also consider the type of environment you expect from your college education and the amount of time you want to devote to the pursuit of your education and degree. Some people find college life far too distracting, while others find the solitude of online and distance learning a distraction in itself.

You'll find all sorts of cultural opportunities at a university that you won't find through home study. For some students, these opportunities are the icing on the cake and an important part of the learning experience as you immerse yourself in other cultures, art, music and history. Others find these opportunities far too abundant and far too distracting for their study needs. Either way, the student you tend to be will make a huge difference in the best situation for your learning needs.

Housing :

Another important consideration is housing. Most universities have plenty of on-campus housing to accommodate students, while others have shortages of on-campus housing and rely on housing in and around the university area to fill the gaps. Some universities even offer limited housing options for students with spouses and children. Online and distance learning programs offer no housing for students.

Distance between classes and special needs :

Another concern that should also be considered is the distance between classes and any special needs you may have. Universities tend to be large and spread out. It is entirely possible to need to get from one end of campus to the other with practically ten minutes to get there. For students with special needs or physical disabilities, this can be a problem, especially on days when the weather is not favorable. Online and distance learning courses go anywhere you have access to a computer. This means that they are as portable as you need them to be if you have your own laptop and wireless internet access. You need to consider all of these things and more when you are about to choose a college.

Do you really want to take the personal responsibility required to succeed in online and distance learning courses? Is it worth it to you to pay the high price of a college education? These are all questions that you need to consider carefully before making the decision about which environment is most desirable for you. Germany is a country where studies are cheaper, of high quality and recognized worldwide. If you are looking for a destination in Europe to pursue a university education or professional training, you may want to consider Germany. 

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