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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by mic01: 10:17pm On Jul 03|
I beg someone in the house here in the name of God to please say something on whatever they know about Bayreuth and Bielefeld. Abeg na borrowed money I won use block account. Please help me with any info you may have heard about these places. So that I can know what to plan and expect.
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 10:56pm On Jul 03|
Berlin is one of the cities where you can hustle and get the money on time.
Did you apply for admission in any institution located in Berlin or any other big cities??
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by mic01: 11:28pm On Jul 03|
Hadampson:not at all. Except for bayreuth, Siegen and Bielefeld
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Adesunkanmi(m): 4:29am On Jul 04|
Hi everyone, can anyone share an insight into life in Dortmund please from work to living;basically everything
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 8:36am On Jul 04|
Like i said, Siegen and Bielefeld are the best cities because they are located in North Rhine Westphalia. Bayreuth is a city in Bavaria state.
North Rhine Westphalia state remain the best state for international students, especially international students from Nigeria.
The semester ticket can take you to other cities and towns in the state.
According to Britannica and go mapper, the major cities close to Bielefeld are Münster, Osnabrück, Kassel, Hanover, Dortmund, Hildesheim, Bochum, Bremen, Essen etc while the major cities close to Siegen are Bonn, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Bochum, Frankfurt etc.
If i were you, i would choose Siegen due to the fact that it's close to big cities like Dusseldorf.
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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hycent007: 9:12am On Jul 04|
Hi everyone, can anyone share an insight into life in Cologne please from work to living;basically everything
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 2:31pm On Jul 04|
Ravensburg, Baden Württemberg
As per the city, I don't really know much about it but this is the little I read about it. It is a city with about 50,000 population, it is in western part of Germany in the state of Baden-wuttermberg . "Ravensburg is a thriving shopping town in the wealthy region of Upper Swabia. Unemployment is relatively low. The nearest large cities are Munich, Stuttgart and Zurich, approximately a two-hour drive away each. Ulm, Konstanz and Bregenz are each less than a one hour drive away. Shalom
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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 3:07pm On Jul 04|
Freiburg, Baden Württemberg
Freiburg would have been nice, but it's veeeeerreyyy expensive for students (cost of housing) and as always being in Baden W, the semester ticket is comparatively shitty.
Freiburg is in the south no doubt. Its capital is stuggart a gud place to hustle but freiburg as a village on its own aint got much hustle.
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by odimbannamdi(m): 3:32pm On Jul 04|
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 4:01pm On Jul 04|
Tübingen, Baden Württemberg
Education: Studies here has been really nice and very tough. I'm currently studying MSc in Management and Economics. There are only one University in Tübingen which is the famous/prestigious University of Tübingen. The University spread across the length and breath of the entire city. There is no where you will go in Tübingen that you will not feel the presence of the University. Our professors here are very brilliant and smart. Educational system in Germany is highly intensive. If you are going for any Economics or Finance related courses you have to be very good in calculations. In fact very good is just an understatement you have to be extremely good in Maths. Be prepared to see some Mathematical symbols you have never came across in your entire life. And also try as much as possible to learn/improve on your computer skills. Be also prepared for presentations. I have 3 individual presentations to carry out this semester. I did two last semester they were fantastic. I never knew that I will be able to get it right because I was not used in making public speech. Exams are really tough here and grading system here is different from what we have in Nigeria. Professors don't award marks easily you have to work very hard to earn your grades. The marking scheme here is absolutely strict. To score a 1.0 here you need 95% and above. In general anything from 2.5 and below is considered good especially if an institute is doing high quality research like lmuhopeful rightly said.
Housing/Accommodation: Living in student dormitory is cheap you can get an accommodation shared/flat for 208, 217 Euros etc in old buildings. There are a lot of ancient buildings here dated back to the time of Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Martin Luther the reformer. If you want to live in the same building Goethe lived when he was writing his poetry it is possible grin grin grin and also from 245Euros for accommodation in skyscrapers. Private accommodation are a little bit expensive but not as in big cities.
Transportation: Tübingen semester ticket is not encouraging at all. Stuttgart is just 30km which is less than one hour drive by bus or train yet our semester ticket does not even cover Esslingen let alone Stuttgart. In fact Barden Wuttemberg semester tickets are like that. You can only enjoy semester ticket in this state if you are studying in a big city like Stuttgart and semi-big cities like Mannhiem, Kalshure, Freiburg etc. If you want to get a VVS semester ticket that covers Stuttgart you will be spending close to 400Euros which is not worth it.
Student Jobs: If you are coming to Tübingen with the hope of getting a student job you better have a rethink. There are no companies here. Tübingen can be best described as a rural area. Getting a job in few restaurants around is extremely difficult. Tübingen is a university village where 2 out of every 3 people you see on the streets are students. Tübingen is such a boring town. Loneliness want kill me here ooo!. You can hardly find Nigerians here except for few Nigerian refugees. There are very few Nigerians here. There are also not too many blacks in this school. From time to time you can only come across 1 or 2 Nigerians studying here. But if you are coming to Tübingen with the sole aim of studying, I can assure you that you will get the very best of education here because Tübingen is a world-class university. Some of the best professors in Europe are here. An ex-president of Germany (Horst Köhler) is also here as one of my professors.
People: What I have seen here is not encouraging. Tübingen is not a friendly town. People here are not friendly I don't know if it's because Tübingen is relatively a small town. I have been to Stuttgart and Frankfurt people are more friendly there than in Tübingen. Sometimes they will be looking at you as if you are an Alien from another planet. A friend of mine who is in Engineering faculty often complained of racism in his faculty. No one wants to sit with him in the class. No one wants him in their assignment group. I was lucky to have few German friends in my department that are liberal minded. They are more than nice to me. I happened to be the only black in my faculty but was lucky to have those great German guys as friends.
Food: Since I came here I have never bought cooked food outside. I have always prepared my own food at home by myself. It helps you to minimize cost if you can be able to be cooking/preparing your own meal. Their own foods self no dey hungry me. This people wey dey chop bread like say tomorrow no dey. They have different verities of Bread. More than 50 or more different kind of breads. There are African shops here where you can get food items like Yams, Plantain, Beans, Fish, Meat, Egwusi, Ogbono, Okra, palm oil etc, but they are not cheap oooo!
Babes: Hmmmmn! Like I said before this is not a friendly town. This people discriminate a lot. They even discriminate against other whites let alone blacks. But it may be a different experience in bigger/International German cities. So if na babe you want come here come find be ready to work extra hard for it. And also be prepared to face so many rejections you maybe lucky at last sha! As some people were lucky to find one in the long-run. If you are a lady, I don't really know because I haven't seen whites guys going out with the few black girls that are here.
African People: There are few Africans here are they are really nice. Some people will tell you not to get close to Nigerian refugees that are here. Well experience differs, Almost all the Nigerian refugees I met here are very nice people they see me as their brother and have always been willing to help they don't even discriminate on basis of tribe. They have been really helpful even more than the 2-3 Nigerians studying here. I know of a Nigerian student that did not drop his tribalism behind in Nigeria. He brought his tribalism here with him. Aduro is the popular name given to those refugees. But this Aduro people are very very nice to me I don't know about other Nigerian students experience ooo!.
German language: The language is as important as the degree you are coming here to acquire. You need the language to be able to interact effectively with people here even if it's broken/basic German. I will also advise anyone coming to Germany to get at least a B1 language proficiency before boarding that plan. Life can be extremely difficult here without the language
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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by odimbannamdi(m): 7:36pm On Jul 04|
Thanks again, Gee
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 9:43pm On Jul 04|
Somewhere in Berlin. This is for neon lovers
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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hycent007: 11:21pm On Jul 04|
Someone should talk about cologne please.
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by frankie2K(m): 8:32am On Jul 05|
Please,elaborate more on this cos I kind of confuse right now.Willy2000 gave some hint that a city that is not up to 100k in population should be avoided somehow.Yet on this platform,it is advised that eastern Germany should be avoided somehow.Now a city like Dresden which is in the eastern part has a population of over 500k and a city like Bayreuth which is the south has a population of about 70k.Where would u advise that person to go?.Please elders in the house,your advise is very very important.
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by folarin1990: 1:57pm On Jul 05|
Hello House I am an intending Applicant for Msc in a German university. 2020 Winter Hopeful. I have been making a couple of researches on German study for international students and I believe this will be helpful to someone.
A students packing list for Germany
1. Valid passport with your student visa
2. Air ticket
3. Admission letter from the university
4. All financial documentation you will require to submit to the university or immigration
5. All original certificates and other important documents
6. Traveler’s cheques and sufficient cash
7. Photos – 20 Copies in different sizes
8. Detailed directions to your university or accommodations
9. Details of contacts (Family friends, Seniors, Personal Friends)
Make sure your date of travel is later than your visa goes into effect. I have a friend who got stuck at
immigration of a foreign country because she travelled before her day her visa went into effect. Check and cross
check your visa.
You might already know that students get extra baggage allowance the first time they travel. If you do not know this yet, contact the airline and ask how you can enable this offer. The baggage allowance might vary from 40- 56 Kg depending on the airline you are travelling with. Remember the baggage gets misplaced and lost quite a lot. Make sure you have your address and contact details on your
baggage. Also buying a lightweight suitcase will help you carry a few kilos extra. So buy some good bags. You can check out Amazon for affordable suitcases.
If you are renting an apartment outside the university, ask the house master if he can pick you up from the railway station. Most of them would oblige and drive you to the apartment. If you are living in studentenwohnheim (Student hostel) contact someone already there and ask if they can help you get to the hostel. If that does not work out, contact the international office of your
university and ask them if they can help. Universities have some kind off buddy program under which recurrent students help new
students settle down..
1. Pressure cooker
2. Spare gaskets & safety valves
4. Grinder (Not a must)
5. Frying pan
6. Good knife
Toiletries and Medicines
1. First aid box
2. Prescribed Medicines
3. General Medicines
6. Bathing soap
8. Cold cream
9. Nail clipper
10. Shaving kit
Clothes and Accessories
1. Few pairs of jeans
2. A very good jacket for winter
3. Thermal wear – men – women
How many clothes you wish to carry is upon you. However, if you are arriving in winter term pack a good number
of warm clothes. German winters are harsh. The temperature is mostly in single digit or sub-zero. Thermal wear
will help you beat the cold more effectively.
1. A laptop without a bit-torrent client
2. Universal plug adapter
3. Scientific Calculator
The most important of all, EUROS. Carry good amount of cash. A few things to take into consideration. You will
need cash to pay a deposit for your apartment and pay semester fee at the university. Blocked account
sometimes take about a month or so to get unblocked. So carry enough cash to survive a couple of months.
Important: Do not transfer any deposit money for the apartment before arriving here. Many people have been
ripped by frauds. Also, read the contract terms of apartment renting very carefully, or any contract that you sign
for that matter. Ask for English translations if you do not know German.
If you are going for a post-paid phone contract in Germany, you should know that you are signing a contract for
two years (in most cases), the customer representative will tell you all about it. What (s)he might skip is that the
contract is auto-renewed if you do not cancel the contract three months prior to its expiry. You will be most
likely to be moved to a high expense plan and the contract extends for further two years. There is no way to get
out of contract. A prepaid contract is a safer bet but you get less for more money.
More to come
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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 3:07pm On Jul 05|
It's no news that West Germans are more friendly than the East Germans. East Germany may be good but West Germany is better. My uncle told me that.
On the population aspect, the tendency to experience racism is high in small towns/cities where the people are not up to 100,000.
@the emboldened... Dresden cos of the obvious reason
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 3:08pm On Jul 05|
Check the previous posts on this thread. It has been discussed
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 3:10pm On Jul 05|
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by MrsInvisible(f): 3:31pm On Jul 05|
[quote author=Adesunkanmi post=79922555]Hi everyone, can anyone share an insight into life in Dortmund please from work to living;basically everything
Dortmund is a nice city with a good transport system. Many foreigners are living there and there are lots of jobs. Houses can be found within the city and in the suburbs. Only the immigration authorities is strict and not always friendly. In total the city is ok. You'll even find Nigerian church there. (Living waters)
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by MopeL(f): 7:55pm On Jul 05|
good evening everyone
please i will like to ask if anyone knows about kassel and witzenhausen, interms of accomodation and jobs.
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Omoawoke: 8:52pm On Jul 05|
Bless you for the great work you are doing here, u are impacting people's life without even knowing...
I got admission from technical university chemnitz and Ruhr University bochum, still waiting for Phillip marburg university and Technical university Darmstadt.
Meaning I may be left to make a choice among these options... Please which do you think might be most favourable
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by abimcdssi: 9:04pm On Jul 05|
Hycent007:Köln is one of the best cities in Germany as an international student in terms of opportunities. You already know that the better your language skills, the better life will be for you here but you can get by with English (jobs et al)
I'll advice you apply for accommodation at Kölner studentenwerk if you have an admission already.
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by tck2000(m): 3:37pm On Jul 06|
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:18pm On Jul 06|
information about Hamm-lippstadt from computaholicGoc
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:23pm On Jul 06|
Living in paderborn in terms of living standards and work opportunities from computaholicGoc
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|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 6:38pm On Jul 06|
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Bigpapa080: 8:56pm On Jul 06|
Cashmanbreeze:I got admission into the same University too for masters
.kindly Holla me and let's discuss
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Basalt(m): 8:18am On Jul 07|
They have come again with MY FRIEND, MY FRIEND always discouraging people with hypothetical posts
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Basalt(m): 8:28am On Jul 07|
Please bro, don't let an unverified MY FRIEND posts demoralise you.
First of all ask him
1. Does his friend know anything in German even bitte and Dankeschön?
2. Does his so called friend realise that Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf are close to Aachen and he can as well try there?
3. Is his so called friend capable of doing menial jobs for a start before jumping up the ladder or is he extremely selective even without any language or programming skills?
I have friends in Aachen too and they are not complaining
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 8:33am On Jul 07|
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Hadampson(m): 8:38am On Jul 07|
Bro, don't let that weigh you down. You are different from them.
Deutschland experience varies.
@the bolded... It's definitely worth it bro
|Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by chimax1(m): 8:56am On Jul 07|
Basalt:lol, my brother no be Dem say. But it's all good tho. God will see us through
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