Which is better private or public job

Better than the state competition? Private universities complain!

In the public perception, the academic field of education is basically divided into two parts - on the one hand the university, on the other the university of applied sciences. And? Is there anything wrong with that? Statistically speaking, at least not, since around 90 percent of German students are currently tied to both types of university.

But isn't there also this nasty suspicion in the room that more and more academic mass instead of class is being produced at the “state offices”? And what's more, despite all the nagging about the system, can there even be a serious alternative to the academic establishment of the big two? The simple answer in advance: Yes, it can! In the form of private universities.

However, here too it is worthwhile to exercise a little critical thinking. So we have hopefully found a few correct answers to some pretty important questions about private studies below. In short: what distinguishes private universities compared to state universities? What is the value of the degrees? And what does the wallet actually say about the plan to hire a private company?

Studies / supervision - added value for your money:

Logically, the bottom line is that the study conditions at private universities are significantly more pleasant / better than at state universities. After all, this is what the idea of ​​the private university lives from, and the financial investment would not have been worth it otherwise. But: With clean chairs alone and manageable group sizes, it is not enough. Rather, many private providers are investing heavily in building up cooperation with the private sector in order to build professional bridges at home and abroad for prospective graduates. This also means that the lecturers usually have significantly more practical relevance than is the case at state universities. Networking is hot!

The variety of subjects - small but nice:

When it comes to the choice of subjects, private universities cannot compete with state representatives, but neither do they have to. Because: Ideally, many private providers occupy precisely those professional niches which on the one hand (1) are viewed as particularly promising and on the other hand are neglected by (2) state universities. The areas of management / company formation, economy, care and social affairs are to be emphasized here. But that also means: Only the determined student will really find happiness in private. On the other hand, those who prefer the large selection, combined with the chance to change subjects again after a few semesters, are out of place here - if only because of the costs.

The conclusion - the great unknown:

A number of private providers are still struggling for recognition, which also affects the acceptance of the degrees obtained here. It is therefore advisable to get a precise picture of the reputation of the university you are interested in before starting your studies - you can find corresponding reviews on the Internet, and the CHE ranking on ZEIT-Online is certainly to be highlighted. For example, degrees from the following universities have no problem of acceptance:

Career entry - the economy is not averse:

Particularly where private universities operate within the framework of dual study programs, there seems to be optimal interlinking with the economy. It is not uncommon for graduates to make an immediate transition to work. The key to success: employer and student get to know and appreciate each other over a longer period of time. Nothing stands in the way of starting a job after graduation. State universities have a lot of catching up to do here, and their efforts to establish contacts with regional businesses often end on the bulletin board.

The cost - a real board:

The undoubtedly given comfort of private study has its price. The tariffs offered vary considerably from university to university. In any case, one thing is clear: In view of the total costs of up to 60,000 euros for a private degree, studying at a state university is light years cheaper in comparison. There are also differences in the type of billing in the private sector, with a total of three common models: (1) monthly fees and lump sums for (2) individual semesters and (3) complete courses. Corresponding contracts are concluded by private universities directly with the students.

The feeling - focus on the essentials:

Night owls and ambitious partygoers are likely to lose out at one or the other private university. Because the locations in medium-sized cities or rural regions in particular have a comparatively limited range of celebrations. And private individuals do not necessarily provide the ideal breeding ground for other student emotional worlds with a classic character (freedom, laissez-faire, chaos). You learn in a tightly organized manner and focus more on the essentials, the studies. Nothing for passionate strolling students!

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My name is Nora, I used to work for Studitemps and wrote articles for Jobmensa magazine. Interviewing, researching, telling and entertaining - that was my passion at Jobmensa. Because studying, with all its obstacles and hurdles, highs and lows, sometimes requires a little more than just lectures. Interesting reports or entertaining breaks of all kinds - as a student, I was right in the middle of everyday university life and therefore knew what interests you and what you want to read. I was happy to be able to accompany you with exciting information and my own experiences on your way through the (mostly) best time of life and hope that we could enrich it with our articles and make it even better!