By Levi Livengood
Hundreds of students and representatives went to College Night at Independence High School. Many schools, ranging from the nearby San Jose State to the far-off Norwich University in Vermont, sent representatives to talk to high-schoolers here at Independence and around the East Side District. Other schools such as UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz sent representatives, though there were also a few organizations offering alternatives to all of the above.
“Studying abroad in Germany is great because the tuition is free and paid by the taxpayer,” says Vera Dindoyal, representing the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), which works closely for the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), who in order to serve around 140 private German Schools worldwide, had set up a booth there at College Night to give information to prospective German students.
“Another benefit of studying in Germany is that the schools don’t require you to do extra classes in Mathematics or English like they do in the United States, rather they allow you to start immediately focused on one subject.”
When asked about how these students would find out how they could study in Germany, she says, “The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst or German Academic Exchange Service) helps students find out how they can get into German universities and receive grants to study abroad.”
“You require a high level of German in order to study at a German University,” she says, “However most offer a prep-course called a, “Studienkolleg,” which introduces international students to German culture so that they can better fit in their new homes.”
The organizations at college night also provided pamphlets and booklets on the DAAD and other organizations for free.