Universties of Germany

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Universties of Germany

Postby blackcat007 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:31 am

anyone of you know anything about Universities in germany. do they accept gre scores. and any one of you know how to apply? . i tried some of their websites like Max planck institute, frankfurt uni, heidelberg. etc.. but half of the things are written in german :( and also they have learning german an obligation.

i believe some universities of germany are very famous for their theoretical physics studies.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby butsurigakusha » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:26 am

Since when did the Germans know anything about physics?

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby blackcat007 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:35 am

butsurigakusha wrote:Since when did the Germans know anything about physics?

hahahaha :D you are surely joking.. aren't you..

really hillarious.. :)

1)gauss 2)einstein 3)planck 4)bohm 5)weinberg 6) riemann 7) heisenberg 8) ketterle to name a few... and the list goes on....

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby al-Haytham » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:14 pm

i think he was looking for a specific year as the answer..like Germans have known something about physics since June 1749..

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby WontonBurritoMeals » Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:30 pm

A lot of people from the Max Plank institute showed up for the Pacific Coast Gravity Conference.

But you should remember how U.S.-centric this site tends to be. @ least it seems that way. Very few people in the admissions thread have applied outside of the U.S. as far as I can tell.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby kaffeejunkee » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:14 am

Hey blackcat007,
I think I can help you. I'm German and I'm currently studying at a German university.
So, if you need help just write a PM and tell me what you want to know.
By the way I'm pretty sure you will need no GRE because almost nobody here knows what it is.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby excel » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:32 am

By the way I'm pretty sure you will need no GRE because almost nobody here knows what it is.


That's the spirit! Cheers! :mrgreen:

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby zincdichromate » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:41 pm

I too would like to know about phyics in germany. I am a north american but the possibility of going to grad school in germany interests me. I am doing a minor in german and I understand that phyiscs PhD programs are in english anyway.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby VT » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:15 pm

http://www.mpi-stuttgart.mpg.de/

That is a top research institute in Germany. They have kick ass research going on esp in cond matter and I am pretty sure they have a whole lot of research in other areas too. Check it out

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby grae313 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:08 am

blackcat007 wrote:
butsurigakusha wrote:Since when did the Germans know anything about physics?

hahahaha :D you are surely joking.. aren't you..

really hillarious.. :)

1)gauss 2)einstein 3)planck 4)bohm 5)weinberg 6) riemann 7) heisenberg 8) ketterle to name a few... and the list goes on....


He was very obviously being sarcastic, but thanks

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby jdhooghe » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:36 am

I'd love to go to Germany for graduate school but since I have a terrible memory, I'm not very good at languages. Good luck to you if you can, the country is amazing.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby will » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:51 am

But English is the lingua franca of science. You really only need to know the language for other low-brow endeavors, such as purchasing beer (das bier), etc.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby dlenmn » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:23 am

will wrote:But English is the lingua franca of science. You really only need to know the language for other low-brow endeavors, such as purchasing beer (das bier), etc.


I've heard that in many smaller countries (like Finland) upper level science classes are conducted in English for that reason (not to mention that it wouldn't be economical to make native language text books for such a small market). I don't know if that's the case in Germany -- it's a big enough place with enough science going on that they could do everything in German if they wanted to (not to mention that German was the former lingua franca of science). That said, Germans (especially younger ones) are generally pretty handy with English anyway, so maybe they do use English in the classrooms. There is at least one German on the board, maybe s/he say how things are done.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby kaffeejunkee » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:52 am

It is not that easy to give a general answer to your question.
Usually all basic courses (so all the undergrad stuff) are taught in German and there are, of course, German books. But for very special topics there are no German books and even no German words for the terms used. So the longer you study the more English you'll need and there might even be courses taught in English but that's (still) very seldom. I think when studying physics here everyone notices after quite a few semesters that German is pretty useless for a scientific career in an international environment...
That said, Germans (especially younger ones) are generally pretty handy with English anyway,

<= that's because everyone has to learn it in school for several years (in case of university students I think 5 years and more are the standard; I had English lessons for 11 years in school starting at age 8. Wow, I'm shocked myself what a long time... :shock: )

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby will » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:05 am

I know it's not the point, but as far as German books for high level topics go, I know there's a bunch by Walter Greiner. He's like the German Landau.

http://th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de/~greiner/books.html

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby tanujt » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:09 am

i've had my share of looking up physics grad programs at german universities, and i'm still contemplating applying to either a dutch, german or a swiss university.
i can surely tell you that apart from a few universities (U Bonn in germany, and a several in netherlands (amsterdam, utrecht etc), none in swiss), all others have their science courses in their native language. Although i've observed that the programs are mostly partly taught in english, probably due to the professors that teach some of the subjects.
anyway, i really doubt it'll be a pain in the ass to study physics in german (the technical vocab seemingly isnt that entirely different than english). they ask for a standardized german test. if you have some months, you can take a shot at it. go to a Goethe near you, and weigh your chances.

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Re: Universties of Germany

Postby Maxwells_Demon » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:53 pm

will wrote:I know it's not the point, but as far as German books for high level topics go, I know there's a bunch by Walter Greiner. He's like the German Landau.

http://th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de/~greiner/books.html


Hey Will, one of the professors I've done research for is on that link, and I've had 2 classes with him (and got As in both). Greiner was his mentor.

You think this is worth putting in my CV/personal statement? I know Greiner is well known, but I'm not sure if it's significant or not. Though I did a project for relativistic quantum mechanics and I used Greiner's books, I'm applying for Applied Physics I think. Not sure if having a legendary theorist (a mentee of Greiner's from back in the day) writing me a rec letter for an Applied Physics program would be good or not :/

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