Introduction of Living in Germany.
One can have a very different experience while studying abroad than living over there. Cultural shock and extreme home sickness are some common problems faced by some students when they go abroad for studies, especially, during a long stay. The factors related to studying such as the education system, university, on campus activities and others might be very favourable and appealing but factors related to living in that country (life outside the university) might not very desirable and the lack of mental preparation to deal with the same can lead to a stressful and unhappy experience abroad. In order to avoid such a situation, students must carefully analyse and assess each and everything about their destination country 8-10 months in advance and prepare themselves gradually to adjust and immerse in the new culture.
Living in Germany is a perfect mixture of stress free lifestyle, high standard of living, dignity of labour, an interesting historical background and a bunch of memorable experiences. Germany has always welcomed international students and has great international relations with most of the countries of the world which helps Germany stand economically and politically very strong. It is a study hub as well as a business hub as major trading of the world takes place from Germany. Besides this, there are a few points which all students who wish to Study in Germany must keep in mind as this would mentally prepare the students for their future journey. It is explained in detail as follows:
Selecting the German city.
Choosing a suitable German city to live in is very important. Germany is not at all expensive as a country and even the education in Germany is quite affordable but cities like Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Bonn and Dusseldorf have high living costs in comparison to other German cities. Along with the expense, minor differences in culture and the residents of those cities also follow a change in lifestyle. Thus, it is very necessary to keep this factor in mind before choosing a destination city.
Germany visa and entry requirements.
German visa and entry requirements also determine a lot of things about living in Germany. One must have enough information on this topic and prepare for the Germany visa interview well in advance as it is not easy to get the visa for Germany and one must be systematically organised and confident enough in order to leave a good impression on the visa interview officials. The necessary documents must be submitted in time with an expected level of authentication. Thus, German visa and entry requirements are very different from other countries and it is necessary to keep this factor in mind before application itself.
Health insurance for foreign students in Germany.
Health insurance for foreign students in Germany must be arranged for well in time as it is an important step towards living in Germany. Application cannot be started without a health insurance in hand. Germans pay a lot of attention towards the safety and security of international students and consider them to be the country’s responsibility for as long as they are in Germany. This makes finding a suitable health insurance an unavoidable factor for living in Germany.
The working and security system in Germany.
The working and security system in Germany must be researched over at least 10 months in advance as international students, on a general basis, require a part time job or an internship for earning their own living and at the same time getting a practical working experience and making the most of their time in Germany. The social security system in Germany is rated as one of the best in the world and is greatly in favour of international students. But still, it is very important to be in constant touch with the happenings in Germany on a daily level and getting enough knowledge on the working system and the social security system as it is an important part of living in Germany.
Understanding Driving Rules and Limits in Germany.
Driving in Germany is another topic of research. Speed limits, drinking and driving, important traffic rules, getting a driving license and its procedure, highly purchased cars, some important roads and much more needs quite some time to know about. Driving in Germany is very different from driving in India and the procedure to get a driving license is not at all simple. Safety comes first in Germany and thus, everyone is not given the license. It becomes highly necessary for students to keep this in mind and learn more on this topic while they are in their home country itself.
Written test Consist of Multiple choice questions.
Getting a driving licence is quite lengthy. Candidate will drive the “fahrschule” cars. New candidate in Germany must have at least 225 minutes and 50 km per session if the test is taken on a country road or highway.
Money Transfer Facilities in Germany.
How to transfer money within Germany and abroad may have a very different process than what we have in India and other countries. Banks in Germany are highly advance and function very differently compared to banks in India. Also, the system of transferring money within the country and outside have different rules and procedures which international students must be well aware about as transferring money will be a daily routine for them after arriving in Germany. It is advisable for international students to have enough information on this topic to avoid confusion and stress in future.
Methods of Money Transfer within Germany
- Standing Orders
- Direct Debit Authorisation
Methods of Money Transfer outside Germany
- SWIFT Transfer
- Bank Drafts
Money Transfer Agencies
- Western Union
Accommodation and banking facilities in Germany.
Accommodation and banking facilities in Germany also need to be highlighted, as often, many people ignore this which later stands as a huge trouble. Germany has a very different system of functioning when it comes to this topic which makes it even more important for international students to be well aware about it. Housing facilities and options are very different in Germany as students prefer to book a shared apartment with a few of their class mates as against the on campus hostel facility that prevails in India and other countries. Accommodation is one topic which needs intense research and right decision making as it can make or break your dream of an ideal stay in Germany.
Public holidays in the year of arrival must be kept in mind by international students as it would help them plan a weekend getaway, schedule their language class, make plans to travel around with their friends or simply relax and make the best of their holidays. Also, it is advisable that one must know the significance of each and every public holiday and the way in which locals celebrate their festivals by actively participating and becoming a part of their celebration. This creates a good bond with the country as well as its people and the best way to make the most of their journey in Germany is by living, thinking and growing just as a local!
Here is a list of public (National and Regional) holidays in Germany for 2016.
January to May.
January 1: New Year’s Day (Neujahrstag) (N).
January 6: Epiphany (Heilige Drei Könige) (R) – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt.
March 25: Good Friday (Karfreitag) (N).
March 28: Easter Monday (Ostermontag) (N).
May 1: Labour Day (Maifeiertag) (N).
May 5: Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) (N) (40 days after Easter).
May 16: Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag) (N) (also known as Pentecost Monday).
May 26: Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) (R) – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and some local authorities in Saxony and Thuringia.
August to December.
August 8: Peace Festival (R) – Bavaria.
October 3: Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) (N).
October 31: Reformation Day (Reformationstag) (R) – Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and parts of Thuringia.
November 1: All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen) (R) – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and parts of Thuringia.
November 16: Day of Prayer and Repentance (Buß- und Bettag) (R) – Saxony.
December 25: Christmas Day (Weihnachtstag) (N).
December 26: Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day (Stephanstag) (N).
Apart from these points, there can be some subjective topics which one must consider such as availability of vegetarian meals and Indian restaurants and other such cultural aspects. A well done research on the above points would ensure a life time experience of living and studying in Germany.
Studying in Germany [Overview].
From an academic point of view, German education is one of the best for education. University of Germany is among the top German universities which are famous worldwide. There are some of the other best universities in Germany also. Many students prefer to study medicine in Germany. There is a huge availability of scholarships in Germany. Scholarships are available for MBBS in Germany as well. Study in Germany for international students was always a great option. But now, there is a free MBA in Germany and free education in Germany. Study in Germany for Indian students is also gaining popularity.
One must make it a point to study German up to a certain basic level of recognition before applying to any of the top German universities. German universities ranking is also on a very large scale. This is due to a huge list of universities in Germany. There is a high level of progress by each of them. Studies in Germany is very different from studies in India. There are many universities in Germany for MS. People have realised that German universities for MS are as good as or in some cases better than most of the universities in the world. Along with the increase in the number of people who wish to study MBBS in Germany, Engineering in Germany is also very famous. Due to this, the number of engineering universities in Germany are on a rise since the past few years.
Government Universities vs Private Universities.
German study at the Government universities in Germany is way more practical, rational and realistic in nature. From the huge list of German universities, some of the best German universities are on the number 1 position across the globe.Most of the students can afford to Study in Germany considering its quality and system. Along with doing MS from Germany, international students prefer to study masters in Germany in any of the subjects. One must also research well and make a list of the top 10 universities in Germany.
However, Public universities in Germany have minimal or no tuition fees on a general basis. Universities in Berlin come under the top universities in Germany for MS. There are many universities in Germany for PhD as well. MS in Germany cost at the technical universities in Germany is not very expensive. Medical universities in Germany are available in abundance. The cost of studying in Germany at any of the German colleges and universities depends on many different factors.
The first approach towards Germany.
Moreover, one should visit a good overseas consultancy and handle things in a professional manner. There are also many good education consultants in Delhi. Apart from overseas consultants in Delhi and Mumbai, one of the best consultancy in Hyderabad also exists which focuses on Study in Germany as the core program. One needs a tremendous amount of research on this topic in order to make a wise decision with no regrets.
In recent times, there are many universities in Germany for international students. They encourage DAAD, Study in Germany and one must definitely research on it. Also, study in Germany in English has got high recognition. One must also research on and follow the German universities ranking. Many local as well as international students prefer to study engineering in Germany. MSc in Germany, MS in Germany for computer science are also some of the core courses in Germany. The concept of study and work in Germany is also becoming highly popular. There is also a huge availability of scholarships to study in Germany.
Benefits of Research [12 to 18 months prior].
Study at Germany in an international university in Germany can be a life time experience. Study in Germany scholarships at the top universities Germany can be a great achievement. ‘Master Germany’ is quite famous study program today. The process of university ranking in Germany must be studied deeply. The ranking of universities in Germany is of great value. There are also many top engineering universities in Germany along with public universities in Germany for international students. There is also a huge list of universities in Germany for international students. They also have one of the best international master programs in Germany. There is a huge list of universities in Germany for MS. One must focus on the top 10 universities in Germany for MS. One must also focus and research well on:
- The top 10 German universities
- The best engineering universities in Germany
- English colleges in Germany
- Scholarships for masters in Germany
- Top universities of Germany
Due to such a wonderfully designed system of education, programs such as MBA in Germany and Master’s in Germany have become very popular. Also, PHD in Germany and MS in Germany are two of the most popular programs in Germany currently.
Why study in Germany through MOKSH?
MOKSH is one of the top education consultant in Mumbai. There are very few overseas education consultants which represents study in Germany on such a large scale. Also, An already existing list of study in Germany consultants is present in India. There are many consultancies in Hyderabad and other Indian cities.Therefore, MOKSH is one of the best. Thus, along with Mumbai, it also serves as a consultancy in Hyderabad and other cities.