I become aware of my own interests and abilities by:
and by articulating and writing down my short- and long-term goals.
In short: Write down personal goals and ideas.
I read through databases and course offerings in order to get an overview of general information about ALL degree programs. I also have the opportunity to attend information fairs about the various degree programs.
In short: Get to know these databases:
I compare all the listed degree programs on the basis of their general orientation and description without concrete, detailed knowledge of them and compare this information with my own desires and personal goals as recorded in step 1.
In short: First ROUGH selection on the basis of the databases and overviews of degree programs.
I go to informational events, degree program homepages of the University (noting the regulations of my program), get in touch with general adademic advising or contact the office of the degree program (Departmental Advisory Office!) and compare this information with my desires and personal goals as recorded in step 1.
In short: Make a more selective list from my rough selection on the basis of more detailed research from a distance.
I make use of offers such as:
and compare my experiences and information with my own desires and personal goals as noted in step 1.
In short: Further narrow my selection on the basis of on-site research.
I enquire about additional requirements. Are there:
I enquire about application deadlines, the application process and required documentation. Of course, I also consider my criteria for location (social and cutural environment, sports and free-time opportunities, etc.)
In short: Having considered all specific circumstances, apply to my chosen university.
This overview is only intended as a recommendation. We have consciously abstained from indicating specific timeframes for the individual steps, since these can vary widely in each case. In many cases the steps are interchangeable. Don't forget: Making a decision can take a long time. Should you need to plan for additional aptitude tests, keep in mind that such tests must often be completed long before the application deadline.