Alternatives to Kiron

Studying towards a Bachelor’s degree with Kiron is not the only way to get a degree or access the job market in Germany.

I want to get a professional degree.

For a lot of jobs, you do not need to study at a university to get the qualification.

Germany is well-known for the high quality of its vocational training (“Ausbildung”). Usually, you go to school and work in a company at the same time to learn one of more than 400 official professions, from Kindergarten teacher to IT systems electronic technician.

Why do an Ausbildung?

  • Access barriers (e.g. language, qualifications) are lower than for university
  • Students already get paid during their education
  • Asylum can be granted for the course of the education
  • Learning is more practical/ hands-on

Some more reasons for doing a vocational training.

Check out this online tool for orientation in the professional system in Germany (currently in Arabic, Farsi and German).

I want to get a Master’s degree or a PhD.

Kiron only offers courses on a Bachelor’s level. Kiron does not offer any Master’s or PhD level courses.

If you want to start a Master’s or PhD degree, please check the database Hochschulkompass.

If you found a program, check with the university offering the program if your degree is recognized as such in Germany. For a first overview you can check the anabin database.

Check out these links about studying in Germany and recognition.

I have a degree and I want to work right away.
  1. Find out if you need official recognition to work in the chosen profession

Recognition means to compare a qualification/ degree from another country with one from Germany.

Recognition is possible for

  • School leaving certificates
  • Professional degree
  • and certain academic degrees

For example: If you have a Bachelor’s in Business you can apply for jobs directly with your (translated) certificate.

2. Find out how your degree is recognized

For example: If you went to a professional school for 2 years you might get partial recognition and need to add some more classes/ work experience.

Find out where to get further counsel & info for each type of qualification here or use this online tool.

Click here for more info on how to find work in Germany.

I want to work right away (without a degree).
I am not sure what I want to do.

Some ideas how to get started

  • Explore your interests and option with a general educational counseling provided locally by JMD/ GFH or MBE (if you are older than 27). Alternatively, use the study guidance counseling offers of universities.
  • Do online research about options and requirements
  • Take one of these higher education orientation tests