FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

In the GDCh headquarters always take questions one at the training and the study of chemistry. Here you can find a selection of them. At this point we would also like to point out that we cannot provide student advice. There are corresponding positions at universities for this purpose. You can find the list of contact persons for this at www.chemie-studieren.de. The answers listed are intended to serve as food for thought and a basis for further research.

Help with choosing the right course of study


  • planet-beruf is made available by the Federal Employment Agency and provides information on all topics relating to career choices, applications and training. It helps students the secondary level (13 to 17 years) going to be clear about their * career planning.

  • What am i studying? is the name of a website of the University of Hohenheim. In about 20 minutes and free of charge, the online test for prospective students determines which course and which profession best suit their own inclinations and interests. The test consists of two parts. In the first part, a general interest profile is determined, from which cross-location study recommendations are derived. The second part deals with the interests that are relevant to the subjects of study at the University of Hohenheim.
  • The University Compass of the University Rectors' Conference - a classic and indispensable for everyone who wants to find the right one among the multitude of new, reformed or traditional courses of study. Inquisitive minds can search for specific courses, doctoral studies or international collaborations here.
  • study selection also lists all universities at which you can study a certain subject and thus helps you to find the right place to study.
  • Bildung.de is a database and search for educational offers. The field of study currently includes a database of over 9,000 courses.

How do I get information about studying chemistry?

There are many options here. Www.chemie-studieren.de can certainly give you an initial overview. There you will also find contact persons for student advice at the respective university. Some universities also offer trial days.
A comprehensive database of all chemistry courses and further information can be found at www.hochschulkompass.de. The GDCh also has various networks that could be of interest for further exchange on chemistry studies. On the one hand there are the JungChemikerForums, in which the students work regionally and organize various events. On the other hand, there are the local associations that organize, for example, scientific lectures at the universities.

Where can I find information on dual study programs in chemistry?

The online portal BildungPlus offers a good overview of the currently more than 550 dual courses of study at vocational academies, administrative and business academies, technical colleges and universities.
The database maintained there also contains many attractive training offers from companies in the chemical industry.

At which university should I study?

We cannot recommend the perfect university to you, the chemistry and the choice of specializations are too diverse for that. It is important to first determine selection criteria based on your interests, skills and opportunities. It can be as simple as deciding whether to stay in your previous place of residence or move. As a second step, you should find out more about the universities or universities of applied sciences, for example via the website or in a conversation with the student advisory service. University rankings can also help here. Further assistance is given at www.hochschulkompass.de. It is also advisable to check your selection criteria again during your studies.

What can my job as a chemist look like?

The publications of the GDCh career service provide you with an overview of the various fields of activity in chemistry: Information on starting a career for chemists Job profiles in chemistry

How can I finance my studies?

The most important keywords here are probably student loans, scholarships and part-time jobs. But student loans could also be considered. The career service of the GDCh offers a small overview. more

Information about the internship

Internships are offered for both school and university students.
Internships for schoolchildren are usually not advertised. If you are interested, you should contact the respective institution / company directly. In general, internships are possible either in industry or at universities / directly in the working groups.
The industry advertises a large percentage of its internships. This is done either via internship exchanges or, in the case of larger companies, directly on their own websites.
The universities usually do not advertise internships. If you are interested, you should contact the respective department of the university / working group directly and ask about internship opportunities. Internship exchanges:


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last modified: 10.05.2021 15:09 H from J.Wolff