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Joseph Kasperski

Bio Statement I am a German language teacher with a master’s degree in Anglo-Saxon language and literature and a PhD in teaching German to speakers of other languages. I studied at the Ruhr-University in Bochum where I did both of my degrees and now I live and work in Berlin. I teach German to non-German native speakers in Berlin as well as online students from anywhere in the world. As a result of the vast spread of Internet technology over the past ten years I have seen a burst of interest in learning German online, and not just in Europe or in the Middle-East, but also from students in the most unlikely places on earth. Today, more than half of my students connect to me online from about forty different countries around the world. Finally, modern communication technology ensures equal access to education for everyone who has an Internet connection. When it comes to foreign language education anyone can now learn a language of their choice no matter what language environment surrounds them, or whether schools in their neighbourhood offer courses for their chosen language or not. Everything that an online student needs to master a foreign language can be found on the Internet or through the Internet. That includes learning materials such as video courses, online exercises, interactive tests, textbooks, eBooks, online media as well as language apps for portable devices. Likewise, those who want to practice conversation can find language exchange partners (as free tutors) or trained language teachers online. Once mastering a language, the next step for many German learners is to study at a German university. To motivate my online students to work harder I have compiled a guide 'Study in Germany for International Students' that should help them better understand existing opportunities and common requirements for foreigners wishing to study at a German university. In general, it is easier than most of them think. All they need is to have completed a secondary education that is equivalent to the German 'Abitur' and prove they have financial backing and health insurance for the first year of their studies. Those who wish to enrol in a German study programme will also have to demonstrate their German language proficiency. The good news is that German universities do not charge tuition fees (only a small registration fee payable at enrolment) and have no restrictions for foreign students from any country. In fact, about 15% of German university students are foreign nationals while at some universities as many as 30% of students are foreigners. Moreover, foreign students are eligible to all discounts and benefits like any German student.