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Why a private University is the right choice for you

Should you study at a private university? Deciding which university is right for you is far from a simple choice. In addition to the range of programs, the size of the university is another important factor. If you’re looking to develop as far as possible in professional terms, a private university is definitely the best choice. On this page, we explain exactly why that is – and outline the advantages of choosing a private university over a university in the public sector.

What are the advantages of a private university?

Private universities offer a range of advantages compared to state universities. Here are a few of the most common advantages:

  • Private universities are often smaller than public universities, so they have a more close-knit atmosphere.
  • A private university is in a better position to engage with the needs of business and the working world than a public university. This means that courses and programs at a private university are more likely to be attuned to the needs of the world of work.
  • A private university can offer more flexible programs of study than a public university. This means that students at a private university will be better able to tailor their studies to their individual needs.
  • Private universities can offer better student care and support than state universities. This is especially true when a private university has more funds to invest in measures to support their students.
  • In many cases, private universities also have superior teaching methods and materials to public universities. This is usually because private institutions have more funds available to invest in education.

Munich Business School has been named the best private specialist business university in Germany (WirtschaftsWoche ranking 2022).

The Munich-based private university was founded in 1991 and offers a range of programs at bachelor’s and master’s level as well as a doctoral program (DBA).

Who would be suited to studying at a private university?

A private university is a suitable choice for everyone looking for an individual education, tailored to your personal needs and aspirations. The smaller class sizes mean that students benefit from more attention from their professors and lecturers, with greater opportunity for interaction. The lectures at Munich Business School, which are more like seminars, are designed to enable students to refine their soft skills and practice presentation techniques during their studies.

Private universities like Munich Business School offer an array of programs of study. At MBS, these range from conventional programs like the International Business bachelor’s program to new and innovative options like the Sports Business and Communications master’s program. Private universities therefore have a lot to offer prospective students with special focuses and requirements.

What should I bear in mind when choosing a private university?

There are a few factors you should consider when selecting a private university. For one, it is important that the university has a good academic reputation. You can assess this by checking rankings and speaking with current students and alumni. In addition, it is also worth finding out more about the university’s teaching methods and philosophy to make sure it aligns with your learning needs.

So, to make the right decision, you should research the following points:

  1. Academic quality: Make sure that the university you’re considering actually offers high-quality education. Read reviews and testimonials posted by other students and alumni.
  2. Admission criteria: Contact the university directly or arrange a consultation to discuss the admission criteria. For example, at Munich Business School there is no numerus clausus system – instead, we ask you to send us a cover letter to demonstrate your passion and secure your place. Some private universities require applicants to demonstrate existing knowledge or hold specific qualifications, so you should also take this into account.
  3. Teaching hours: Many private universities hold classes at slightly different times than public universities, so research this in advance.

How much does it cost to study at a private university?

The costs of studying at a private university are somewhat higher than at a public university. However, there are various ways to cover these costs. For one, you could apply for a scholarship. Munich Business School, for example, has a wide range of scholarships and financing available to students. You can find detailed information about tuition fees at Munich Business School on the individual program pages and in our brochures.

There are naturally a whole host of aspects to consider when choosing a private university. From tuition fees to teaching quality to the application process, our student advisors would be happy to answer any burning questions you have about embarking on a course of study. Don’t hesitate to arrange an appointment.

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