Study: With a late study to the goal

Most students are in their early 20s, but there are also some who do not enroll at university until they are in their 30s or 40s. Many already have jobs and families. How do they do it?


Miriam Hoffmeyer

The mostly very young people who come to Kirsten Brandenburg for advice ask questions like: What should I study? How does a degree actually work? The rather rare conversations with over 30-year-olds, on the other hand, went completely differently, says the study advisor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. “I experience older prospective students as very motivated and determined. Most of the time they are well informed and know what they want,” she says. Some of them come to her again for advice during their studies: “So I know that these students really put their heart and soul into it. The studies have a high priority for them because they have to fight for it.”

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