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Studying in Hanover
In Germany, it is possible to study at universities, universities of applied sciences, conservatories, colleges of art and film academies. There is a good survey of the German academic setting on the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD = German Academic Exchange Service) website, on page Finding the right university.
At the Hanover universities, more than 42 000 students are registered. The largest university is the Leibniz University of Hanover with emphasis on technical courses of studies. Still, there are other fields as well: humanities, linguistics, law, economics etc. You can study human medicine at the Medical School Hanover whereas for studying veterinary medicine you would join the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover. Furthermore, there is the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for the artistic field as well as the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover with its many faculties (amongst others: engineering and other technical sciences, business studies, social welfare and health care, as well as creative and media subjects).
For detailed information on the universities’ profiles and study options please refer to their websites:
Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH = Leibniz University Hanover)
Hochschule Hannover (HsH = University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH= Hannover Medical School)
Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (TiHo = University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation)
Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (HMTMH = Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media)
Fachhochschule für die Wirtschaft Hannover (FHDW = Business University of Applied Sciences in Hanover)
Hanover as a Place of Residence
The opinions about the capital of Lower Saxony with its 500 000 inhabitants differ quite a lot. This city is neither as multicultural as Berlin, nor does it have that special flair like Paris or smashing shopping streets like London. But if you are living here you will soon get to appreciate its advantages: large, but not too large—a huge variety of recreation venues, but no sensual overload—modern, but not sterile. In short: It is a great place to live in. And if you should still like to be somewhere else sometimes: Hanover is a traffic junction. You can reach other cities and countries via train or plane very quickly.
About the weather: In winter it can get quite cold with temperatures of up to –10°C but normally there isn’t very much snow. As a rule, summer has temperatures of up to 25°C which can rise above 30°C sometimes. Further information about the current weather can be found at wetter.com.
Further information about living in Hanover (transport, culture, recreation, …) is available under the heading During the Studies.