Medical, law and technical schools are the ones most in demand by Greeks who choose to study in universities in Europe’s economic giant. Around 4,000 Greeks study in Germany today. German universities are picked chiefly for postgraduate studies, since the difficulty of the language and the high quality of studies prevent 18-year-olds from jumping into the deep end of German higher education immediately after finishing school. Education in German institutes of higher education is free. The cost of living rises from a base level of 720 euros for areas in the former West Germany and at least 550 euros in the former East Germany. Greeks who wish to study in Germany must have a mark of at least 10 on their certificate giving them access to Greek tertiary education, and of course, a school-leaving certificate. They must also have covered the same subjects at school as they choose to follow in Germany. For example, they cannot have studied subjects that lead to law school or literature studies and then plump for medical school in Germany. As a rule, a good knowledge of the German language is required, but in some universities, students can attend English-language courses in the desired subjects. In addition, before the courses start, prospective students can attend intensive courses in German at the Goethe Institute or at German universities. More information can be had from the Goethe Institute in Athens, tel 210.728.5242 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m., except Wednesdays).