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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by sassy92(f): 11:17am On May 02
Please who has info about OVGU and magdeburg city?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 11:21am On May 02
Website for accommodation in DE by Angeldiamond1

I got my apartment here after about 6days of searching.

http://mobil.immobilienscout24.de

Put your city and search........it will show you available accommodations....be ready to call the phone numbers you see there and be ready to hit the road if you are told to come check the house.........mind you, most houses are unfurnished.......i insisted i want a furnished one so i took my time to search for it and got lucky

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 11:46am On May 02
sassy92:
Please who has info about OVGU and magdeburg city?


Contact TubbyTJ sis or wait for those who has some information about the place
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by bataderemi(m): 12:13pm On May 02
Is it possible to get the daad scholarship without ptdf?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by dobeespen: 12:35pm On May 02
Kiel, Allianz...?

Hmm. I feel like I know you... lol


pompido:
Let me clarify here that I had already worked a few years in Nigeria in the IT field so I kind of found the course easier than most people did. That was why I was able to clear all my courses while hustling like there was no tomorrow.

Also, because there was no way I could cope with hustling and attending lectures, I stopped going for classes except labs and presentations.

I would spend whatever time I wasn't working reading up slides and doing my research for presentation or writing papers. This way I was always almost ready for exam. I always made sure to go for final revision classes by the profs though where they would talk about the difficult areas of the course and possible give ideas on what to expect on the exam.

So, yes I kind of breezed through the course but classes and language suffered and I still ended up spending 2.5 years to finish.


Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 12:56pm On May 02
I feel like I know you too cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy


dobeespen:
Kiel, Allianz...?

Hmm. I feel like I know you... lol


Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by chimax1(m): 1:05pm On May 02
Hadampson:

Your the real deal man..bless up.





You can contact jaydeemourg, Touchflex and olatondo for more information. They did their masters degree in Lübeck i think


Viel Glück smiley

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by janettee: 1:11pm On May 02
sassy92:
Please who has info about OVGU and magdeburg city?

It's hard to get student jobs in Magdeburg according to someone I know who lives there.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by chimax1(m): 1:12pm On May 02
pompido:
I am greatly pleased to be on this thread and actually read from the very first page

Quite educative and brings back a flood of memories. We thank God for grace.

All questions asked and answers given (sliding tackles and all grin) are great learning curves for all.

My summary....

Landed October 3rd 2015.....Digital Communications in CAU Kiel. Took the first lecture and knew it wasn't for me. Told the profs so and opted out of the program (was still registered of course and was attending the german class provided by the school and intensive language class with VHS at the same time (register with VHS in your city within your first year to get a good rebate (up to 50% off) you can select a start date months away).

Switched to Information Engineering in FH Kiel the following summer (March 2016), did multiple jobs while studying (Printing presses, Cruise ships, Umzug, Chinese Restaurant. etc. cry cry cry Man hustle oooo....days of 12hrs straight jobs 4 times a week and top it with a 13hrs shift on Sundays embarassed
I was actually doing good in school but learning the language suffered as I couldn't fit it in the calamitous schedule I was running (I did attend intensive classes later though).

Then I got a rude awakening grin grin grin, I visited my naija university mate in Berlin working for Bombardier at the time and immediately knew I was wasting my time with the lager jobs I thought was giving me money. I needed to look at the bigger picture. Got back from Berlin and applied to Allianz Technology in Munich for internship, I got in and all of a sudden was making more working 9-5pm (own office with perks, fantastic international team and exposure into the professional world in Germany) than i was doing working 12hrs (4times a week) plus 13hrs on sundays. All, while doing professional work and improving my professional profile.

I was at Allianz Technology for 1yr & 3months (finished my master project and thesis) and got 2 full time offers before I was done with my master study in October of 2018.


My advice, do what you have to do to survive out here (legally of course). Make sure you pick the right course and if you find yourself in a jam with your choice course, be open to changing. Do not worry about hustling, it is not going to be at the top of your priorities when you actually settle and draw those priorities. Especially if you are looking at the bigger picture. Work will always be available, whether in your city or outside but believe me when I say you will be alright and find a way as everyone before you have done.

Learn the language grin grin

Before you leave Nigeria or wherever you are based, set your goals (minimum and maximum), have unbelievably high expectations but also psych yourself up for the very worst case scenario so that wherever you find yourself, you would be mentally grounded to face the music and sing out loud because darkness lasts just the night, light comes with the break of dawn.

God bless our dreams and make our strives abundantly fruitful...
this piece is lit!! You just reinvigorated me 100%. Thanks for that, cos what I've been hearing probably not lies, shook my legs.but this your story I claim. Shebi na Germany..we die here!

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Philfit(m): 1:21pm On May 02
pompido:
Let me clarify here that I had already worked a few years in Nigeria in the IT field so I kind of found the course easier than most people did. That was why I was able to clear all my courses while hustling like there was no tomorrow.

Also, because there was no way I could cope with hustling and attending lectures, I stopped going for classes except labs and presentations.

I would spend whatever time I wasn't working reading up slides and doing my research for presentation or writing papers. This way I was always almost ready for exam. I always made sure to go for final revision classes by the profs though where they would talk about the difficult areas of the course and possible give ideas on what to expect on the exam.

So, yes I kind of breezed through the course but classes and language suffered and I still ended up spending 2.5 years to finish.


Thanks for the Answer. Really helped
I am going for communications engineering, I know it’s different from information engineering but some schools offer them together as ICE. What makes them different tbh lol?
I have work experience, but it’s in form of internships not real work. I’m planing to solidify my work experience there in good companies when I begin studies. You have a list of good companies I can target in terms of our field and what programming language is most preferred
I’m learning C and C++ now. Thanks for the advise

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Legacy666(f): 1:53pm On May 02
Hadampson:


This is what i found...


Thank you.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 2:02pm On May 02
Philfit:

Thanks for the Answer. Really helped
I am going for communications engineering, I know it’s different from information engineering but some schools offer them together as ICE. What makes them different tbh lol?
I have work experience, but it’s in form in internships not real work. I’m planing to solidify my work experience there in good companies when I begin studies. You have a list of good companies I can target in terms of our field and what programming language is most preferred
I’m learning C and C++ now. Thanks for the advise


Please where are you learning it?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Goztino(m): 2:03pm On May 02
sassy92:
This your analysis ehn.... my heart don cut.
you're forgetting all the application process money, uniassist fees, shipping of docs to DE, visa fee etc.
it's well oooo


Many people here have never paid any dime for application. Me sef never used Uniassist for once.
Visa fee is not costly na , I heard its 30k+
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Philfit(m): 2:10pm On May 02
Hadampson:



Please where are you learning it?
On YouTube check thenewBoston
He has playlists for all programming languages and he’s really good at teaching
And then you can also take online courses at udemy.com

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 2:17pm On May 02
Goztino:
which means, judging from information I have gathered so far,
In rough estimate for a low budget Nigerian , this is what you should hold if you are planning to enter Germany for education.

1. Block Account = #3,600,000
2. Flight fee = #300,000
3. Pocket money = #285,000 (if you have block account)
4. Money for clothes and foodstuffs = #70,000

TOTAL = #4,250,000

The chief analyst is at it again grin

Pocket money should be 400,000 plus.... €1000 multiply by the conversion rate.

Flight fee shouldn't be more than 200,000, highest 250,000

Money for clothes and foodstuffs... How many clothes you wan buy? 5 jeans is okay boss smiley

If you go to where the Chinese people dey sell clothes for Lagos, tell them you wan buy 5 jeans and shirts at dozen price. That should reduce the money you already have in mind to spend.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 2:19pm On May 02
Philfit:

On YouTube check thenewBoston
He has playlists for all programming languages and he’s really good at teaching
And then you can also take online courses at udemy.com


Thanks boss
I offered the course last semester and i have D

Education in Nigeria is a scam i swear
The lecturer don't know how to teach students programming.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Goztino(m): 2:38pm On May 02
Hadampson:


The chief analyst is at it again grin

Pocket money should be 400,000 plus.... €1000 multiply by the conversion rate.

Flight fee shouldn't be more than 200,000, highest 250,000

Money for clothes and foodstuffs... How many clothes you wan buy? 5 jeans is okay boss smiley

If you go to where the Chinese people dey sell clothes for Lagos, tell them you wan buy 5 jeans and shirts at dozen price. That should reduce the money you already have in mind to spend.

I no use 1000 euro bro, I used the average of 400 and 1000 euros which are the two figures mentioned and the average is 700 euro.
Then coming to flight, it depends on your location. Some part like Nuremberg and Hannover even cost more than 300k sef depending on airline.
A bag of garri, dried Egusi, palmoil, salt, Ogbonor, dried fish and okporoko, Abacha etc (I for put ogiri shaa but make I just leave am to avoid public disgrace) coupled with all these shoes and clothes go near 70k.

my figures na just rough estimate not the exact figure. I never even travel pass Nigeria before grin

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Philfit(m): 2:44pm On May 02
Hadampson:



Thanks boss
I offered the course last semester and i have D

Education in Nigeria is a scam i swear
The lecturer don't know how to teach students programming.

I Dey tell you, but we go survive
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by erny11: 3:30pm On May 02
[quote author=Goztino post=78044215]

I no use 1000 euro bro, I used the average of 400 and 1000 euros which are the two figures mentioned and the average is 700 euro.
Then coming to flight, it depends on your location. Some part like Nuremberg and Hannover even cost more than 300k sef depending on airline.

If that the case, to save flight cost one can fly to the closest international airport and use train.
E.g Going to Gottingen (hannover), it's indicated on the school website to land at Frankfurt then take a train to Hannover/Gottingen. Flight cost from Lagos to Frankurt is about 200k.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by IchBinBrait(m): 4:12pm On May 02
pompido:
I am greatly pleased to be on this thread and actually read from the very first page

Quite educative and brings back a flood of memories. We thank God for grace.

All questions asked and answers given (sliding tackles and all grin) are great learning curves for all.

My summary....

Landed October 3rd 2015.....Digital Communications in CAU Kiel. Took the first lecture and knew it wasn't for me. Told the profs so and opted out of the program (was still registered of course and was attending the german class provided by the school and intensive language class with VHS at the same time (register with VHS in your city within your first year to get a good rebate (up to 50% off) you can select a start date months away).

Switched to Information Engineering in FH Kiel the following summer (March 2016), did multiple jobs while studying (Printing presses, Cruise ships, Umzug, Chinese Restaurant. etc. cry cry cry Man hustle oooo....days of 12hrs straight jobs 4 times a week and top it with a 13hrs shift on Sundays embarassed
I was actually doing good in school but learning the language suffered as I couldn't fit it in the calamitous schedule I was running (I did attend intensive classes later though).

Then I got a rude awakening grin grin grin, I visited my naija university mate in Berlin working for Bombardier at the time and immediately knew I was wasting my time with the lager jobs I thought was giving me money. I needed to look at the bigger picture. Got back from Berlin and applied to Allianz Technology in Munich for internship, I got in and all of a sudden was making more working 9-5pm (own office with perks, fantastic international team and exposure into the professional world in Germany) than i was doing working 12hrs (4times a week) plus 13hrs on sundays. All, while doing professional work and improving my professional profile.

I was at Allianz Technology for 1yr & 3months (finished my master project and thesis) and got 2 full time offers before I was done with my master study in October of 2018.


My advice, do what you have to do to survive out here (legally of course). Make sure you pick the right course and if you find yourself in a jam with your choice course, be open to changing. Do not worry about hustling, it is not going to be at the top of your priorities when you actually settle and draw those priorities. Especially if you are looking at the bigger picture. Work will always be available, whether in your city or outside but believe me when I say you will be alright and find a way as everyone before you have done.

Learn the language grin grin

Before you leave Nigeria or wherever you are based, set your goals (minimum and maximum), have unbelievably high expectations but also psych yourself up for the very worst case scenario so that wherever you find yourself, you would be mentally grounded to face the music and sing out loud because darkness lasts just the night, light comes with the break of dawn.

God bless our dreams and make our strives abundantly fruitful...

Thanks for this Pompido...

But some persons do say a student isn't expected to work for more than 20 hours/week because it is the rule in DE, it seem you worked more than the stated number of hours. Please could you share your thought on this.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Eldeee(m): 4:58pm On May 02
See as pompido just dey pump us with enough tips today. This is the real thing, saying it as it is. Bros I truly appreciate your kind gestures. Abeg help us tell several others oooo say the food don ready, make we for see as e be for their side. We are so happy having someone like you in our midst today. God bless you real good

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by tsmith1(m): 5:06pm On May 02
Hadampson:



One more thing sir

Can you list out the cities that give two years resident permit?

Berlin is one i believe
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by IchBinBrait(m): 5:20pm On May 02
Goztino:


I no use 1000 euro bro, I used the average of 400 and 1000 euros which are the two figures mentioned and the average is 700 euro.
Then coming to flight, it depends on your location. Some part like Nuremberg and Hannover even cost more than 300k sef depending on airline.
A bag of garri, dried Egusi, palmoil, salt, Ogbonor, dried fish and okporoko, Abacha etc (I for put ogiri shaa but make I just leave am to avoid public disgrace) coupled with all these shoes and clothes go near 70k.

my figures na just rough estimate not the exact figure. I never even travel pass Nigeria before grin

Baba you say bag of garri?? How you wan take package and carry am??
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 5:57pm On May 02
Goztino:


I no use 1000 euro bro, I used the average of 400 and 1000 euros which are the two figures mentioned and the average is 700 euro.
Then coming to flight, it depends on your location. Some part like Nuremberg and Hannover even cost more than 300k sef depending on airline.
A bag of garri, dried Egusi, palmoil, salt, Ogbonor, dried fish and okporoko, Abacha etc (I for put ogiri shaa but make I just leave am to avoid public disgrace) coupled with all these shoes and clothes go near 70k.

my figures na just rough estimate not the exact figure. I never even travel pass Nigeria before grin

And dem go allow you carry a bag of gaari enter the plane grin
I don't think so

The day i would leave Nigeria for Germany, i would make sure i buy 12 packets of Maggi cos e be like say oyibo no dey eat Maggi like that

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 5:57pm On May 02
IchBinBrait:


Baba you say bag of garri?? How you wan take package and carry am??


I wonder oo grin
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:01pm On May 02
Philfit:

I Dey tell you, but we go survive


We NIGERIANS have experienced alot in this country. So i believe any Nigerian should be able to survive anywhere in the world cos it can never be hard like it is in this country

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:04pm On May 02
Legacy666:
Nice job here to every contributor especially Hadampson, we will all make it to DE in Jesus name.

Pls any information about student life, Resident Permit and Job in Trier Rhineland Palatinate. I'm applying for winter semester to University of Trier. Thank you all.

By Godson201333

Trier is a nice city and its a student town....I was there recently and that state is lovely too i mean Rheine land palatinate..

trier is close to kaiserlautern,karlruhe,stuttgart
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:19pm On May 02
Some useful links to meet current students in different cities by WildChild00

For those going to Bremen

Use this http://www.linkedin.com/groups/university-Bremen-CIT-IAE-alumni-5106015

Alumni students of Bremen University
@ first register with Linkedin and join the group and discussion, also some of dem do not speak english, u can translate via google and tell dem wat u want, all d best.

Also you can use facebook too,
http://www.wiwi.uni-bremen.de/news_detail/items/news_17 u can make new friends, there is also a forum.


For Mannheim
Use this http://www.linkedin.com/groups/university-Mannheim-Business-School-2127621


***Use facebook, linkedin etc you will find as many as u want.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:28pm On May 02
Some useful tips by dolpaz

According to one of our guys who is already in germany, Emeka..its advisable to buy your stuffs from Nigeria. Jeans and clothes are expensive. most especially phones and gadget. mind you, the prices will be in euros. also, go with alot of shoes cos according to him, there are no cobbler in germany. shoes and winter jacket are expensive as well. i think around 50-70 euros. so imagine spending 12,000 naira to buy a single jacket when u can get it for less at yaba or idumota.

Go with enough Garri and some food items as well. grin though i heard some kenyans inport stuffs that looks like Garri/semo.. its called griese or so.

You save cash if you like chicken and wine/beer, cos those are the cheapest food/drinks in germo. I also heard its better you go with an android phone so you can access your student portals easily.

As for Jobs, the first step is: do u speak german? it goes a long way to determine the kind of job you will get. also, which city are you gonna be staying. some cities are competitive and expensive like Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund and Stuttgart. you can get a good student job cos your visa allows that, but understanding deutsch is the key to getting a good one.

If not, u may end up getting a menial job, but it will be enough to sustain you. coupled with your blocked account cash which you can live on. 650 - 700 euros per month.

Watch ur spending habit. Be mindful of pretty german ladies. grin cheesy (they like ice cream and chocolate, each cost as much as 20euros). if you are so conversative, you may be able to live on 200euros per month excluding accomodation.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:38pm On May 02
For those worried about life in germany, this is a post from someone in germany who relocated to Germany 6 years ago (2013)

"Guys relax, even with 60 euro u can survive monthly. THIS IS AN OLD POST O grin I just shared his experience for us to learn.

More over u think u will have time for 3 square meal a day? food is the cheapest thing here except if you cook in your hostel. The most expensive thing here is accomodation not food full chicken(superhunn) is 2 euro=420, rice sef no reach 1 euro here.

If ur garri fininsh just go aldi or markauf ask of grease na 25 cent just by 4 if u like swallow that one na still 1 euro, food is cheap here my man.

The only issue is there education is intensive,and u need alot of self study so u guys shouldnt worry about surviving.

alles klar"

what you should be bothered about is been excellent in your studies

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Goztino(m): 7:03pm On May 02
IchBinBrait:


Baba you say bag of garri?? How you wan take package and carry am??

Lol, I thought they said we can carry two bags of 23kg each?
TOTAL OF 46KG

So, I fit carry
17kg garri
3kg dried fish
3kg stock fish
Thats 23kg in one bag,

Then the remaining 23kg go be clothes and other miscellaneous then the bag I go carry for hand go contain some personal things.

All I know is that all the required free kg will be filled completely with foodstuffs and other necessary things.

Well, I have never travelled before by flight, so I dont know how things are done there
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Legacy666(f): 7:30pm On May 02
Hadampson:




Thanks Hadampson, God bless you, Pls keep up d good work for us.

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