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A Study Guide for International Students
Studying Abroad in Germany is a big chance not only for European people but for students from all over the world. They benefit from a high quality educational system, learn a new language and gain experience from this interesting country. It doesn’t matter if one is spending his whole studies in Germany or is just interested in a term abroad; these pages provide the necessary information about all relevant topics.
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Why Study In Germany
German universities have a quite good network with universities all over the world. Every year thousands of students have the opportunity to go abroad and spend some time in a different country, studying and living. This should be the same way for international students. Because of this, German universities and technical colleges try to provide enough university places for international students and they also make efforts to support them in many other questions concerning the time abroad.
But what is it that makes Germany that special and what can it offer to the students from all over the world? The Federal Republic of Germany proportionally is a quite small country but its history as well as its actual role in the world is something special. It is not only in Europe that Germany has an important position but it is also an important international trading partner and player, concerning political and economic questions.
German employees from different fields and disciplines are in great demand all over the world and have realistic chances to get a job in an international company in many different countries. Germany itself is also a good and attractive country to work there later. The universities and the obtained graduate degree are well-known all over the world and show the future employer that the student had a firm basic education and also got further knowledge. At German universities the practical part of the studies has an important part to play. Internships have to be done in many programs of study and every professor recommends doing one. The big industry and especially the large cities provide many opportunities for these internships. One can absolve them in the most different kinds of disciplines and companies.
Depending on which area in Germany one decides to study, there are numerous activities and journeys to do and go in the free time or on holidays. During this traveling one can see the different areas of the country and all its faces. With more time and a larger amount of money one can also start travelling Europe from Germany. The country gives the perfect start for this trip and one is able to see a lot of countries during the time abroad.
In Germany there are the sea and beaches of the Nord- and Ostsee, cultural and historic interesting towns or buildings and winter sports areas in the south. There will definitely be no boring time during the studies in Germany.
Studying in Germany has changed during the process of Bologna and the changes resulted in the Bachelor and Master system. The first graduate degree obtained is called Bachelor. After this there is the possibility to continue with a deepening or additional Master program. Both are independent and accepted graduates.
The large focus on research projects is also a reason for the good reputation of German universities. The state provides money for the research projects and this enables the student to do their own projects and learn in an actual real-life situation.
The study programs are furthermore considered as more difficult than the ones in other countries but this has a positive impact on the reputation.
With a semester abroad or a German graduate degree one has a very good chance for the future and with some more own initiative one can work all over the world.
Furthermore, studying in Germany not only provides interesting topics but also numerous free time activities and many travel opportunities. It is really worth, getting to know this country in the heart of Europe.
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German Education System
The educational system of Germany is underlying to continuous changes and reforms. Main point in the last years was the reorganization of the Gymnasium. The nine year education was changed into an eight year education to get the Abitur. Furthermore, the academic system had changed because of the Bologna reform. The degrees obtained are now called Bachelor and Master.
Studying in Germany requires the graduate degree Abitur or the advanced technical college entrance qualification. International students have to show a similar graduate degree. Until now it was not possible to build a central organization for application and award of university places. Because of this the applications still need to be sent to every university or advanced technical college.
The admission requirements are also defined by the universities. Therefore, they can be different for the same subjects at different universities. In Germany there are three different kinds of advanced colleges or universities. Arts, film or music advanced colleges offer practical education in the artistic subjects. Advanced technical colleges however, cover the scientific and social subjects. They also set value on practical experiences in their education. The third category is the so called university. They offer all different kinds of subjects. Practical experience is an important point as well but the universities are especially famous for their firm theoretical education.
Another differentiation can be made between public and private universities. Public universities are financed by the government and do not charge tuition fees or just small amounts of money. Private universities in contrast are financed by the fees paid by students and these can be quite expensive. In Germany can be found much more public universities than there are private ones. German law says that education should be offered to everyone and everyone should be able to afford adequate education. Therefore, in some areas tuition fees were abolished in other areas they are very small. Moreover, there are numerous possibilities to get help from the government, for example Bafög-money. The studies in Germany are in some aspects more theoretical than in other countries and they consist of many lectures from the professor. In the lecture there are all students of one year and there are just a few exercise lessons in which the theoretical part can be practiced and proofed in reality. At the end of every term the students get grades for their final examination and for speeches, assignments and practical projects. Depending on the subject the composition of these parts can differ. Practical education can also be offered in internships which are an obligation in some subjects.  For some weeks or months the students have to work in a company and use their theoretical knowledge in real life situations to gain experience. This is also a good chance to find a job for the working life after university. The graduate degrees from university are accepted and estimated worldwide. The education at German universities is considered as a good one. The first graduate degree can be obtained after six to eight terms and is called Bachelor.
Afterwards it is followed by the Master degree after another two to four terms. Both degrees require passing the exams and writing a specific graduate thesis. For the subjects medicine, dentistry, law and pharmaceutics as well as the teaching degree another degree is required which is called Staatsexamen. After the Master degree students can also do their graduation to get their doctor’s degree. Academic education in Germany should give firm basic knowledge and theoretical background as well as specific details and practical application. After successful studies the alumni should be able to work successful in every part of the working environment.
But what is it that makes Germany that special and what can it offer to the students from all over the world? The Federal Republic of Germany proportionally is a quite small country but its history as well as its actual role in the world is something special. It is not only in Europe that Germany has an important position but it is also an important international trading partner and player, concerning political and economic questions.
German employees from different fields and disciplines are in great demand all over the world and have realistic chances to get a job in an international company in many different countries. Germany itself is also a good and attractive country to work there later. The universities and the obtained graduate degree are well-known all over the world and show the future employer that the student had a firm basic education and also got further knowledge. At German universities the practical part of the studies has an important part to play. Internships have to be done in many programs of study and every professor recommends doing one. The big industry and especially the large cities provide many opportunities for these internships. One can absolve them in the most different kinds of disciplines and companies.
Depending on which area in Germany one decides to study, there are numerous activities and journeys to do and go in the free time or on holidays. During this traveling one can see the different areas of the country and all its faces. With more time and a larger amount of money one can also start travelling Europe from Germany. The country gives the perfect start for this trip and one is able to see a lot of countries during the time abroad.
In Germany there are the sea and beaches of the Nord- and Ostsee, cultural and historic interesting towns or buildings and winter sports areas in the south. There will definitely be no boring time during the studies in Germany.
Studying in Germany has changed during the process of Bologna and the changes resulted in the Bachelor and Master system. The first graduate degree obtained is called Bachelor. After this there is the possibility to continue with a deepening or additional Master program. Both are independent and accepted graduates.
The large focus on research projects is also a reason for the good reputation of German universities. The state provides money for the research projects and this enables the student to do their own projects and learn in an actual real-life situation.
The study programs are furthermore considered as more difficult than the ones in other countries but this has a positive impact on the reputation.
With a semester abroad or a German graduate degree one has a very good chance for the future and with some more own initiative one can work all over the world.
Furthermore, studying in Germany not only provides interesting topics but also numerous free time activities and many travel opportunities. It is really worth, getting to know this country in the heart of Europe.
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German Grading System
International students who want to study in Germany need to know about the German grading system for two reasons.
First, one needs to translate the school certificate or report into the German grades for the application to the German university. Second, it is important to understand the grades one achieves during his or her studies for other applications and to pass the exams.
There are two different grading systems in Germany. The first one contains grades from one to six. One means very good, six means very poor. If one achieves only the grade four or worse he or she didn’t pass the exam. This system is mainly used in Germany. It is used in school from the first year till year ten and it is also used at advanced colleges and universities. Smaller steps in the grading system can be shown in decimal numbers.
The full translation of grades is:
1.0          Very Good
2.0          Good
3.0          Satisfactory
4.0          Adequate
5.0          Poor
6.0          Very Poor
In the last years of Gymnasium, which means year 11 to year 13 in the old way and year 10 to year 12 after the reform of G8 there is another grading system. This system gives points from 0 to 15 and is used because in the exams of the Abitur there are points to show the final grade. Because it is easier to calculate the final degree the system is introduced earlier. This grading system is also the basic system for the application for university. But the points can also be expressed in grades from the first system.
15           Better than very good
14          Very Good
13
12
11           Good
10
09
08           Satisfactory
07
06
05           Adequate
04
03
02           Poor
01
00           Very Poor
To get the average degree for the Abitur the points of all exams in the last years and the points from the final exams are summarized. The points from the final exams are worth more than the other ones. The solution can then be calculated as average grade.
To apply for a place at university it is necessary for German students to have the number of points. For international students who have a different grading system it is possible to “translate” their grades. The necessary documents can be found on the webpages of the German university.
Exams at German universities are evaluated after the first graduate degree (one to six). But thanks to the Bologna-reform and the changing to Bachelor and Master system there is a third characteristic. For every lecture or exercise with a passed exam at university the students get so called ECTS-points (European Credit Transfer System). These points are summarized at the end of the studies and put together with the final thesis and the average of all grades. Allocating these one gets his or her final degree.
This sounds really complicated at the beginning but as soon as one is in the system and gets own grades it isn’t that hard anymore.
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Scholarships and Financing
Deciding to study abroad includes also to know what costs might be included and different to those who would exist when studying at home. Depending on where you come from the costs in Germany can be higher or cheaper than in your home country. It is also important to know that costs like those for the health insurance or for traveling home can arise.
Scholarships and FinancingTuition fees in Germany are quite cheap when combined with other countries. Most universities and technical colleges are financed by the state and just a small amount is financed by the students. In Germany every state can decide if tuition fees are necessary or if they can be dismissed. The federal states Bayern, Hamburg and Niedersachsen do charge tuition fees which are about 500 Euros, which is quite cheap. The other federal states do not charge tuition fees but some have special regulations concerning long-time students or a second degree.
All students have to pay another amount of money called the semester fee. With this fee the administration costs for the own person are paid and cafeterias, residential homes or sport facilities are financed. In most cases with these fees one also gets a semester ticket that can be used for bus or train in the area. The semester fee is about 150 to 250 Euros.
To study at a private university or technical college is much more expensive because these are financed only by tuition fees. The fees for these universities can be up to 20.000 Euros per year.
Additionally, there are costs for a health insurance which is necessary in Germany and the normal living costs. Renting costs can differ a lot depending on where and how one wants to live. In the big industrial and university cities the rent can be quite expensive because there is not much space for all the people. For German students it is therefore normal to share a flat with other people and make an apartment-sharing community to lower the costs for everyone. Another cheap opportunity is the residential homes from the university. These are always strongly demanded and it is therefore important to apply for a place early. Costs for the rent are in residential homes 200 – 400 Euros, in apartment-sharing communities about 300 – 500 Euros and for a single apartment from 400 Euro upwards, these amounts can differ from town to town.
In addition to the rent there are also costs for food, books, copies, telephone, internet, clothing, free-time and many more. Combined with other countries Germany has EU-average costs in this area. How much money is needed depends on many coefficients. One can calculate with about 200 – 300 Euros.
To finance all these things it is important to know early enough what budget one has and what are the other alternatives. A student-job in Germany cannot always be done by international students. First there have to be checked the rules and regulations for one’s home country. But then a student-job can be a good way to improve the budget. Job offers can be received from university as well.
Another opportunity is to apply for scholarships. It can either be a scholarship from one’s home country or a scholarship from Germany. In Germany there are different foundations and organizations that help international students. The scholarships from the DAAD ( German Academic Exchange Service ) are always good and on the webpage can be found a list of all scholarships to search and find the best one. For students from Europe there is also the possibility to get scholarships from the ERASMUS-program. It makes sense in every case to apply for a scholarship. Even if they just pay for a small part of the costs it can be a big help.
It is also that important to get the information about how to finance the studies early because in Germany there is needed a proof of financing. This proof is very important because it is needed for the application, for the visa and for the residence permit. There has to be a proof that one has 8.000 Euros per year from different sources.
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List of Universities in Germany

There are over 380 officially recognised universities throughout Germany, and they offer a total of over 15,000 study programmes.
Below you will find a list of web addresses for some well known universities!
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How To Study In Germany
Study programs and processes at universities can differ from country to country. Therefore, here is a small survey about subjects, exams and term structures.
How To Study In GermanyAfter getting the wanted place at a university in Germany it means to find a way and organize the chaos in this new structures and country. In Germany many things concerning university are handled with the internet because the students come from all over the country and can’t be at university all of the time especially when on holidays. In most cases one gets his or her access data with the enrollment form.  For example for the web-based learning platform called ILIAS. Through this site one has access to lecture documents and further contents. The library also has such an internet platform. With this access one can control if the book he or she wants is available at the moment or can renew the time to keep the books.
Getting along with these sites and the university web-page is a good start to find all the information needed.
Furthermore, it is now important to get knowledge about the subjects and lectures. This is important not only to choose the right study program but it is also necessary to make your own timetable.
Every study program has its own study conditions and curriculum. With the help of these two it is easy to get along with all the different courses. The study conditions describe which subjects and lectures there are and where they have different weights. It also says which lectures need to be absolved. The curriculum shows what subject has to be done in which term. To make your own timetable it is also possible to ask for help among older students or to ask the student advisor.
In Germany one study year contains two terms called semester. There is a summer and a winter term. Each term lasts half a year and contains two parts, the lecture period and the lecture-free period. In the lecture period every lecture and class takes place at university. In the lecture-free period the end of term exams take place and it is also possible to make an internship, to work or to enjoy your holidays.
At university there are different kinds of lectures. The normal lectures are main part of the studies in most of the programs. A professor speaks in front of the students about important content. On the contrary, in seminars there is an exchange between the professor and his or her students and in exercises the students can apply their theoretical knowledge in practical projects.
Such lectures can be combined in a module. For example one module can contain a normal lecture and the fitting exercise. It is finished with a presentation, homework or exam. For each module the students get Credit Points or ECTS-Points. These points make it easier to compare the different programs with programs from other countries. In addition to the points the students receive grades for their exams. The grades generate the average degree at the end of a term or study program, the Credit Points show if the student has passed his or her studies or not.
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How To Apply At A German University?
The decision to study in Germany is a quite good one, because the time abroad can give many positive experiences and memories. But first of all it is necessary to get a place at the favorite university in Germany. Places at the German universities are very rare and it doesn’t matter if applying for the total studies or just one term, the competition is high. It is therefore important to get all the information very early and to complete all the necessary formalities.
How To Apply At A German University?If you want to do the whole Bachelor- or Master studies in Germany you need to apply the same way as the German students but at most universities the places for international students are very rare. There is no central office for students applications in Germany, therefore it is necessary to apply at the university you want to study. This can be quite confusing because there are many different application procedures depending on university and study program. According to this, one has to achieve different admission requirements, keep to different deadlines and submit different documents.
Initially, there has to be differentiated between study programs with admission requirements and study programs without. The programs without admission requirements can be studied without special average grades or other assumptions. It is still necessary to apply and to enlist for formal reasons. The other programs have a limit after which one isn’t accepted anymore. In most cases the limit are grades. With a certain average grade (numerous clausus: NC) one is accepted or not. The NC can differ each year, depending on how many students apply for the program. It is also possible in some cases to upgrade the own average if it isn’t high enough to be accepted. Internships, finished educations, social work or military duty can be charged. Depending on how long the work was and in which area it was absolved it can push the average grade some points higher. If one isn’t sure which activity can be charged,
With a realistic chance to get the place in the favorite study program, one can start to arrange the application. In every case it has to contain a complete application form from the university and an accredited copy of the final certificate (Abitur or similar degree). International students also need language proof of ability, right of residence and others. More information can be found on the webpages of the universities. The application often starts with an online-form which has to be filled.
An exception form study programs which are limited in whole Germany. For example the subjects medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutics and animal health. For these subjects the application has to be sent to a central office,www.hochschulstart.de provides more information. For all other programs the application has to be sent so the foreign office of the university or one has to apply with uni-assist. Uni-assist helps international students with their application in Germany but also demands money for the service.
If one only wants to do an exchange program for one term the application has to be done with the home university. Normally they also provide all the necessary information and offer meetings.
For all applications it is recommended to send them as early as possible. The deadlines are about half a year before the beginning of the term and if you miss the deadline the application isn’t accepted anymore. It is also a good idea to send it before the last day, to have enough time for missing documents to be handed in.
For those who search for the information in time it should be no problem to hand in a complete application and they can look forward to their time abroad.
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What Does It Cost to Study in Germany
The question “And what does this cost?” is one of the first questions one is asking or is being asked by parents when their children want to study abroad. Not only a whole degree abroad but also a single term can include costs that wouldn’t be there in the home country.
What Does It Cost to Study in GermanyThe first point of the costing is the tuition fee. In Germany these are quite low compared to other countries and at some universities there are no fees. Most German universities are financed by the state and government and just a small amount of their money comes from tuition fees. How much has to be paid depends on the location of the university. Every federal state can decide on its own, if it has enough money to abolish tuition fees or if it needs additional fees. The federal states Bayern, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Nordrhein-Westfalen still charge tuition fees. These are obligatory for most students and account about 500 Euros per semester. All other federal states do not charge tuition fees or just fees for long-time students and for a second degree.
Those who want to study at a private university have to calculate with much higher tuition fees. The private universities are financed only from tuition fees and therefore these are much higher. It is possible, that students have to pay up to 20.000 Euros per year.
In addition to the tuition fees it is normal in Germany that there is another amount called the semester fee. This amount has to be paid by every student and covers administration costs and the finance of cafeterias, sports areas and residential homes. Furthermore, it includes the money for a semester bus ticket. At most universities it is possible to use the students-card as a ticket for bus and train in the area. The semester fee can differ from university to university and costs about 150 to 250 Euros.
The second big part besides the tuition fees are the living-costs. Germany is not much more expensive than other countries but one needs quite a lot of additional money when not living at the parent’s house. Living-costs in Germany differ a lot depending on the area. It is a big difference living in a big industrial or university-city or in a small town which is not that overloaded with people. Especially in the areas with high housing shortage the students form apartment-sharing communities and share the basic costs.
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Study German language in Germany
German may not be the world’s first and most important language as English and it is not spoken by so many people as Spanish, but it is an important language and to learn it and to be able to speak it may give some important chances. In politics and economy Germany is an important partner in the international business. The German companies in foreign countries are as important as Germany itself as country of importation and exportation. Especially in Europe it has a strong position concerning economy and politics.
Study German language in GermanyKnowing German can give important chances at the job market. First at companies which work together with German ones, second the outposts of German companies in other countries and third the German companies in Germany. They are all good employers and can be impressed with good German speaking skills. The network and economic relations between countries are not well-known but they are stronger more manifold than we may think.
For Europeans it is a very special skill and an important opportunity to learn German but for students from other countries it can also have promise to learn it. The students who decide to study in Germany not only benefit from the high quality of the educational system but also learn a language that is quite important.
The ones that didn’t have the opportunity to learn German at school or at their home university can apply for language courses in Germany. These courses not only give a broad basic knowledge but also try to impart scientific and economic vocabulary.
Most of the German students are able to speak English or other foreign languages and therefore it is especially easy for foreign students to communicate. At the same time it is possible to learn quite fast because the others can translate a lot of things.


To live in foreign country for a period of time is the most efficient and the quickest way to learn a different language. It is necessary to communicate with the others and to use the language every day, not only at university and in the lectures but in everyday-life and during the free-time activities with the new friends.
For those who want to study in Germany it is necessary to have some basic skills in the German language. It is important to understand the lectures and literature to pass the exams at the end of the term. Those who don’t have any basic knowledge should consider moving to Germany earlier and take language courses or apply for a place in special programs. These programs offer partnerships between German and international students and while spending time together it is easier and more fun to learn the language. At the same time one can get to know the new environment with a person that lives there.
Learning German during a time abroad in Germany is a good opportunity to combine learning with free-time, new friends and many unforgettable experiences.

CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


















Elementary use of language
A1A2
Can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences, which relate to the satisfying of concrete needs. Can introduce him/herself and others as well as ask others about themselves – e.g. where they live, who they know and what they own – and can respond to questions of this nature. Can communicate in a simple manner if the person they are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.Can understand sentences and commonly used expressions associated with topics directly related to his/her direct circumstances (e.g. personal information or information about his/her family, shopping, work, immediate surroundings). Can make him/herself understood in simple, routine situations dealing with a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and common topics. Can describe his/her background and education, immediate surroundings and other things associated with immediate needs in a simple way.
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Independent language use
B1B2
Can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used and the focus is on familiar topics associated with work, school, leisure time, etc. Can deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in the language region. Can express him/herself simply and coherently regarding familiar topics and areas of personal interest. Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals as well as make short statements to justify or explain his/her own views and plans.Can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands specialized discussions in his/her own primary area of specialization. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is easily possible without a great deal of effort on either side. Can express him/herself on a wide range of topics in a clear and detailed manner, explain his/her position on a current issue and indicate the benefits and drawbacks of various options.
      
Autonomous language ability
C1C2
Can understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings. Can express him/herself spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words frequently and noticeably. Can use the language effectively and flexibly in his/her social and professional life or in training and studies. Can make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics and apply various means of text association appropriately in the process.Can effortlessly understand practically everything which he/she reads or hears. Can summarize information from various written and spoken sources, logically recounting the reasons and explanations. Can express him/herself spontaneously with high fluency and precision and also make finer nuances of meaning clear

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Germany Visa and Entry Requirements
What kinds of documents and papers one needs for the entry to Germany depends mainly on where he or she comes from and on how long he or she wants to stay in Germany. It is important to get the necessary information and to put together all the papers quite early and in time before the studies abroad.
Germany Study VisaIn general there are the following rules: For citizens from the EU or from the countries Island, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein it is only necessary to have an identity card to entry Germany. It is not necessary to have a visa. Citizens from other countries instead need a visa if they stay in Germany for more than 90 days. There are some more rules for the visa application as well. Citizens from the countries Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA can apply for their visa even after they arrived in Germany. For citizens from other countries it is necessary to apply for the visa before coming to Germany.
If staying less than 90 days in Germany there are even more regulations. Citizens from certain countries can entry Germany for this time without a visa. These are Venezuela, Vatican City, Uruguay, Singapore, Seychelles, Paraguay, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Mauritius, Malaysia, Macau, Croatia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile, Brunei, Brazil, Bolivia, Bermuda, Barbados, Bahamas and Argentina.
More detailed information and lists of the certain countries can also be found on the webpage of SchengenVisaInfo or by going to the consulate or the German embassy in one’s home country. For those who just want to go to Germany for one semester there are also information councilors at the home university.
When applying for the visa there are different ones for what one has to apply. What kind of visa is necessary depends on the application to the German university. If the university place is already secure and confirmed one can apply for a visa for the stay for study purposes. If the application is not yet confirmed or one has to apply for a visa to visit the German university or to do a test one has to apply for a visa for the purpose of university application. But careful, the visa doesn’t cover the whole stay in Germany. Those visas normally just last for three months. Afterwards, one has to apply for an additional residence permit in Germany. This can be done at the Aliens Department after changing one’s residence at the Registration Office. Those who are still confused or who have further questions can go to the International Office at the German university. The councilor can answer all the important questions and remember the deadlines.
To get a visa and later the residence permit one need certain document. For the visa it is necessary to show the health insurance in Germany (you can choose: ReiseCare or Allianz) and a proof of financing. The German Embassy or the Consulate can say what else is required, for example German knowledge, the confirmation of the university place in Germany, etc. For the residence permit it takes the confirmation of the Registration Office, health insurance, certificate of enrollment, identity document and visa. It is also important to know that the residence permit is not for ever but just lasts for two years. Those who study longer can extend the permission.
All those formalities are quite confusing and it can also last a long time till all documents are applied and confirmed. Therefore, it is really important to get the information in time. Especially for those who study the total time in Germany and organize their stay alone. When doing a semester abroad there is a lot of help from the home university as well but it is also good to start planning early.
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Health Insurance for Foreign Students in Germany
An important aspect when studying in Germany is finding the suitable health insurance. One should think about this topic early because it is necessary for the application. It is said by law that every person that lives in Germany has to have a health insurance.
Health and Medical TreatmentThere is a difference between the compulsory health insurance in which one is a member automatically and the private health insurances that require certain circumstances. For international students there are some more appointments, for example the health insurance from EU-countries can be accepted in Germany. Those who already have an insurance in their home country should ask if this is accepted in Germany.
Even if the health insurance is accepted it can be good to have an additional private health insurance. The conditions and benefits of the home health insurance can decrease in Germany and not all costs are covered or certain benefits are not paid at all. It is important to get the information and avoid high co-payments.
In Germany one has to pay 10 Euros for every three months in which he or she visited a doctor, if insured. Without the insurance these costs and the costs for drugs and other medical treatment can increase very fast even if nothing bad happened. Those who do not want a health insurance because they think it is only necessary for bad illnesses or accidents are wrong. Also accidents can happen easily during the time abroad. It can be a simple sports injury or a traffic accident whilst shopping in the city. If hospital stays and operations are necessary the costs cannot be covered by students. An additional private health insurance covers the costs that would provoke high co-payments with the normal insurance.
An additional health insurance or for short trips a travel insurance covers the most important basic treatment and moreover contains the benefits for the own situation.
Especially for students who spend a long time studying in Germany it is important to cover the medical and dental treatment. The normal consultation already causes costs that have to be paid. A chill or different normal illness do not become agony but one can go to the doctor without fearing the costs.
Normal consultations may dominate for most students, for women there are also visits at the gynecologist. But the private health insurance offers even more for the students. If coming to hospital because of an accident and needs to stay longer is confronted with high costs, these are covered from the private insurance. Another point that no one is wishing for but that can occur and is blasting every student’s budget is a transport to a hospital in the home country. When having real bad injuries and long hospital stays can this opportunity be considered and almost no insurance from the home country will cover the costs. A private health insurance for foreigners instead covers the amount.
But in Germany there are numerous providers of the different insurances and they differ a lot from each other, what the clients do not always recognize. Differences lie in the single benefits, in the covered amounts and in monthly costs paid from the clients. For students during the studies abroad money can be an important argument.
To offer every student in Germany a special offer the insurance experts from MAWISTA have established themselves in this area. Special offers which cover the need during the time abroad and fair costs have convinced numerous students. Points like making a “certificate for administration” which is used for the visa application are naturally and go without saying.
All conditions and benefits in a whole can be found by clicking here. At this page one can get a quick overview and compare the benefits of the Health Insurance for foreign nationals in Germany with those of the MAWISTA rates.
The insurances from MAWISTA are also very suitable because they can be booked comfortably and easily over the internet. It is therefore possible to complete the insurance in the home country. The only thing that has to be done is filling an Online-Form with important information about the own person.
Besides the health insurance it can also be reasonable and necessary for international students to book a personal liability insurance or a baggage insurance.
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Work and Travel in Germany
Many of us wish to be travelling the world, meet new exiting people and enjoy their company and cultural peculiarities however we lack the funds to engage in such vibrant journey.  There is nothing like facing a new reality and getting inside its skin, sacrificing and pushing your limits in order to truly understand the essence of different angles of perception thus different kinds of people.
Work and Travel in Germany
Work & Travel programs have proven to be the perfect opportunity to earn money and support yourself financially while you are living a crazy insightful adventure in the country of your dreams. Such an experience will always remain on your memories and look pretty good on your CV for the future.
So why Germany of all the world? Germany has been known to be super friendly to expats, for starters. It is historically a very challenging tier, a living proof of the power of second chances when the will is genuine. Naturally it has some one-of-a-kind treasures and architecturally, it gives the impression of a fairytale once you are wandering in the rural spaces. Germany is diverse, exciting, demanding and giving at the same time. Most importantly it has one of the most dynamic economies operating mostly in the international market which gives you a wide range of job opportunities as a foreigner.
Of course the settlement procedure is never easy yet it doesn’t have to be an obstacle for you. Once you are done with opening a bank account, getting a tax number, a SIM card, finding accommodation and finding a job, the journey will begin. Some of it can be done online from home, like seeking for a job and accommodation while other formalities can be taken care of the first few weeks after your arrival.
Do I need to speak German?
One can’t give a strict answer to this question, unfortunately. It clearly depends on the type of job you are planning to do once you arrive in Germany. It’s true that big German cities are pretty cosmopolitan and the majority of the people speak English so you might not need German to run aprons on daily bases. If you will be working on some international company, some type of internship you might never use German even if you could speak the language, or some job at a call center and so on.
However, if the type of job you choose requires meeting customers you will most definitely need to have some German language skills. It’s recommendable to take some course prior to your departure and practice what you learn once you are in Germany. Work & travel programs in Germany are a perfect way to learn a new language as well, something that will be of your service for ever academically.
Do I need a visa?
One can enter Germany if they are citizens of a country marked as “no visa” and stay for 90 day maximum. The EU citizens of course are considered equal to any other German citizen, so they cans stay and work in Germany for ever.
If you are planning to stay for longer than 90 days and you come from the following countries Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or the USA you will have to apply for a residency permit as well as work permit and continue your stay in Germany.
There is of course the possibility to simply prolong your visa through the designated embassy without having to apply for residency permit. However, working might become tricky if so.
You will be needing a visa to first enter the country if you come from countries not mentioned above (for more information please visit Germany VISA). You’d probably need to get a job prior to the application process in order to have a reason to enter Germany and proof that you can maintain yourself during the stay.
Another alternative would be the working holiday visa offered only to citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan that meet the following criteria:
  • age between 18 and 30 (35 for Canadians*)
  • stays of up to 12 months
  • sufficient funds for the first three months (ca. 250 euro per month)
Employment
Miscellaneous/Random – The type of jobs most frequently encountered in such an occasion would be random youth jobs like waiting tables, bartending, hosting at trade fairs, selling at retail stores, motorbike delivering, office assistance, babysitting, au-pairing and so on. These are considered student jobs and are minimum wage jobs, yet the best part is that you aren’t obliged to pay taxes on the salary. Germans refer to them as mini jobs. If you are travelling to Germany for no other reason but travel and make some money on the road the following job alternatives are what you should be looking for:
  • Au-Pairing / Baby sitting
  • Bars and Clubs or similar Entertainment Facilities
  • Amusement Parks
  • Call Centers
  • Office assistance
  • Summer jobs (if you are travelling to Germany during the summer months) – It refers to field work in Farms or Vineyards, a great possibility to relax from civilization and experience a true rural expedition.
Internships/Career building
If you are already oriented in what you will be doing for the rest of your life, you might as well use the traveling opportunity to complete some study related internship in a multinational company in Germany. It’s a win-win situation, where you will challenge yourself culturally and academically while enjoying the perks of this new country.
Language Summer Schools
If your primary aim is to develop your German language skills and earn some money on the way, summer months are the ideal time of the year to be travelling to Germany. Almost every major University organizes German Language Courses within the Summer School where everyone is welcome to apply. This was you will get a formal invitation once you’ve enrolled in the program which makes the visa issuing much more easily. Once in Germany you can start looking for a mini-job to fund your entertainment.
Volunteer work
You will most definitely earn no money by engaging in volunteer work yet the experience is food to your soul, and most probably you will have food and a roof over your head. This noble gesture might turn out to be life changing, so never underestimate the power of the good will.
How much you earn in your part-time job depends heavily on your experience, the sector and the employment situation in which you are working. In cities like Munich and Hamburg, student salaries are usually higher, but so is the standard. Five to ten euro an hour is usual.
Everyone who works in Germany has to pay taxes and the sum varies solely on the person’s income. An exclusion would be having a so called mini job, a common student job that pays 400 and below euros per month. In this case you are relieved from any taxes.
People who earn less than 8.004 euros per calendar year receive a tax refund at the end of the year if they submit an income tax statement to the tax authority of their place of residence.
Also, as an employed part of the German economy you are obliged to pay pension contributions which usually sums for 9.95% of a person’s income. Students, however pay a reduced sum just as part time employees who earn around 400-800 euros monthly.