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Germany offers a variety of landscapes from the coast in the north to the Bavarian Alps in the south.  The country boasts a multitude of historical towns and cities, romantic castles, and excellent museums.  The tourism infrastructure is well developed and most of the people speak English. 

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COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Members of the military community in Europe, whether active duty, family members or civilians, want higher education.  They know than an associate, bachelor, or postgraduate degree can mean promotions and better paying jobs, whether in or out of the service.  That is why the command here has established an elaborate program of university-level instruction.  You may earn your degree while you are overseas, even if deployed, or you may transfer credits to a stateside college or university.  It's possible to pursue study full time in a campus environment, to attend classes evenings and weekends, or to take advantage of learning online. 

For more information about the opportunities in your area, contact your local Education Center.

Tuition assistance
A broad range of help in getting a higher education is available to everyone in the military community, whether active duty personnel, family members, or civilians.  The universities sometimes grant whole or partial scholarships to deserving students, and the government has several tuition assistance programs.  Under some there are outright grants, which don't have to be paid back.  These go mainly to active duty personnel and their spouses, and may be partial or, especially in the case of deployed personnel, total. 

There are also government loans for the completion of education programs, most of which don't have to be paid back until the student is out of school and earning money.  Some of these don't draw interest until the paycheck stage begins.  Finally, there is the Veterans Administration.  Even active duty personnel can qualify for the GI Bill of Rights.  As a rule, students getting tuition assistance must be seeking a degree, must maintain a certain grade average and must complete at least half of the semester hours attempted during each term. 

For more information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Schools, take a look at our pages below:
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Yellow Ribbon Schools

CREDIT FOR WHAT YOU KNOW
At the end of World War II, the Armed Forces realized that it had in fact interrupted the high school education of hundreds of thousands of young American men by drafting them into Active Duty.  Likewise, the military realized that a large majority of those veterans had acquired knowledge and skills because of their military training and experience.  Out of this realization came the original tests of General Education Development or the GED.  Civilian educators rapidly realized the applicability of these GED tests to the general population and soon the civilian GED Institute was created to make these tests available to non-veterans as well.

The military also realized that some soldiers had acquired college level knowledge and created the original college GED tests.  These tests were the forerunners of today's College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  The service member doesn't always have to be examined on what he or she knows.  The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended the number of credit hours that civilian schools may wish to award that service member based on military training and experience.  However, the ACE credit recommendations can be modified or rejected by a college or university.

DAMAGED SHIPMENT?

SEE OUR GUIDE TO CLAIMS FOR LOSS/DAMAGE TO HOUSEHOLD GOODS/BAGGAGE

Castles

Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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