Studying Biology Abroad


If you want to help in the conservation of ecological systems, to contribute in the research of hereditary diseases with the help of genetics and molecular biology or study the evolution of wildlife in the oceans - In all three cases, biology is definitely the right subject for you. Biology is the science of all living organism, of humans, animals, plants and microorganisms such as bacteria. You will learn about their evolution, their genetics and their physiology. Laboratory work and field work are an essential part of university teaching and research. In this article, we have summarized the most important information about studying biology, the specializations you can choose and the options to study abroad, so that your future studies and university suits your interests in the best possible way.


What requirements do I have to fulfill and where can I study biology?

Apart from the admission to study, which are quite different from country to country, an important prerequisite is the interest in natural science subjects in general. Especially in the areas of chemistry and physics there is much related content and in each case good knowledge of mathematics in needed. You can choose between a simple biology study, i.e. a bachelor or master of science in biology, or a degree program with a partial biological focus. Therefore you have a large selection of locations wherever you want to study. And that’s a good thing, since biology is a very popular subject and there are many new students every semester.

Possibilities of specialization

During a biology degree, you can specialize according to your interests. There are a lot of possibilities and areas. However, you should already consider your desire for specialization in the choice of your university, because not everything is offered everywhere and, for example, marine biology is often only possible in direct proximity to the ocean. The extent to which you can choose content during your studies or follow a specific curriculum varies from country to country and from university to university, but university websites usually provide very accurate information or advice. Be sure to inform yourself in advance to find exactly the right course of study for you.

Study abroad

What is true for all countries in the world is that international experience improves your chances on the job market. A longer stay abroad definitely improves your language skills and changes you personally - and potential employers see that too. A semester or internship abroad is usually not compulsory while studying biology, but it is always worth expanding your horizons, learning or deepening a new language and get in contact with students, teachers and researchers worldwide. In addition, you can often study modules abroad that are not offered in your home country. This is especially the case when it comes to the flora and fauna of a particular region.

You can see exotic ecosystems in real life  and study tropical fish in their natural environment. Frequently, there may be courses abraod that would not be possible in your home country, due to the geographical and climatic conditions. You should clarify in advance, to what extent your university will accept the courses from your study abraod. There you will also get information about possible partner universities or cooperations.

Focus on marine biology and ecology - your semester in Bali

If you're particularly interested in marine biology, environmental conservation and ecology in a tropical region, the Upskill Study program might be the right thing for you. During the semester abroad at Udayana University in Denpasar, Indonesia, you can take courses such as "Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecotourism", "Tropical Marine Ecology" or "Environmental Pollution". You have the opportunity to study on-site the characteristics, but also the problems, of a tropical ecosystem and to experience first-hand on excursions. In many cases, these are contents and modules that make your study profile unique: coral biology, for example. Indonesia is home to over 600 different coral species and an impressive variety of reef fish due to the myriad of ecological niches in the coral reef system.

The aim of the Upskill Study program on Bali is not at least to raise awareness of the vulnerability of this sensitive underwater world through external influences such as climate change, wastewater and tourism and to actively contribute to their protection. You can actively help to protect this ecosystem during your stay in Bali.

Courses in Bali

  • Tropical Marine Ecology
  • Microbiology and Fish Disease
  • Tropical Horticulture
  • Marine Pollution
  • Ichthyology
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecotourism
  • Ethno Biology