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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Adeniyii2017: 7:57pm On Jul 27
truthsayer009:


Miss, please do not be discouraged. Programming is only one part of computer science and there are other parts to it like

1. User experience design
2. Software Testing and Quality assurance
3. Project/product management
4. Networking

And many more. I have friends who graduated with 1st class in CS and doesn't know how to code. So don't be worried. The issue is schools in Germany many require you to code, so you might just have to learn the basics.

For example User Experience designers earn twice the salary of Programmers, but a lot of people dont know.
Nice reply.. I was gonna say something similar even though I don’t have much in-depth knowledge about CSC, I’m just a programmer. But to be honest, the lady was very rude to the guy.
Anyways, nice one.
Enjoy!
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by engrola00001(m): 4:09pm On Jul 28
Gabrielclint:
the both cities are ohk. weimar is in the east. the course NHRE is a nice one. i know 4 Nigerians studying the course and they are enjoying it.

Erlangen is also good as it is close to Nuremberg. I think Erlangen will be best for you.
Thank you
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by odimbannamdi(m): 6:27pm On Jul 28
willy2000:


My small bits, it helped me and it may help you too,

1) Sign up on codeacademy, choose a path and complete it.
2) Look for books to compliment what you do not understand. ( Illegal: library genesis cool )
3) Practice(take up a small project (to do app) and code your way thru it, it may be a copy-paste work, but make sure you type every code.
4) Try and add some functionality to the code. This deepens your understanding of the concept
5) If you have issues, use google, stackoverflow.
6) Repeat step 2, 4, 5

If you have money, register at Pluralsight and choose your path.
Finally, you definitely will repeat step 2,4,5,6 should you register on any Video tutorial site. Youtube is good but it's really difficult filtering junk from hardcore stuff.
If you are interested in Web design, follow Traversy Media on youtube, he is good.


All in all, you need motivation, dedication, and discipline to scale thru.


NB: look for a friend to start the journey, it is always easier for two heads to crack a nut.


Starred
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by odimbannamdi(m): 6:29pm On Jul 28
Gabrielclint:


[b]You mean the Hohenheim in Stuttgart. if that is it, then i advice you to come. it is the best university of Agriculture in Europe and its in stuttgart, [/b]one of the best cities in Germany. I can help you get a job if you arrive around september in Stuttgart.

Hello,

What about Trier University of Applied Sciences - Germany's greenest university?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 11:37pm On Jul 28
epurepu:


Please can you send the link to this thread... I will find it helpful.
Thanks.

Might be banned if i send link oh
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 7:21am On Jul 29
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...

Hi pompido... please how do one apply for these internships? What's the nature of the building/architecture/project management industry there? Secondly the fashion industry? Danke schon
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 7:27am On Jul 29
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...
I sent you a DM... pls is there a format for applying for an internship?

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 1:35pm On Jul 29
Whitemagic:


Hi pompido... please how do one apply for these internships? What's the nature of the building/architecture/project management industry there? Secondly the fashion industry? Danke schon

Applying for internship is like applying for a job. each advert for internship will normally state what mode of application they accept (typically a CV, cover letter and a short email introducing yourself and why you want in...). The process goes on from there....

Building/Architecture is surprisingly buoyant but the need to speed German is Key. So if one can speak German well (B2 level I would advice) then internship of post-study jobs are abundant.

Project management especially in IT abound and may offer less hurdle with the language as some will request for English speakers only. In other industries, German language is a must!

The fashion industry is very coded but blooming massively.....Language as you know will be the major challenge here. I know a few guys trying to break into fashion photography but I have met a Cameroonian guy who broke into the modelling industry in France. He was doing gigs for top brands and traveling the world for shows while still a student. Being a native French speaker also helped him though....

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 1:35pm On Jul 29
Whitemagic:

I sent you a DM... pls is there a format for applying for an internship?

I didn't get the DM....
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 2:06pm On Jul 29
Mayfav:
Thanks for this inspiring piece
I' m a female computer science graduate(second class upper) with no experience except a 6months internship.
I would love to go for MS in information systems or information engineering because I don't really like coding and maths.

No one likes Maths in school but we all found a way around it and some became really good at it while finding their way around it. Same goes for coding. You can learn it if you put your mind to it but if you know it is not for you then it isn't...no crime in that

Please my question goes thus.
1)which school/city can u recommend as I don't have money to renew the blocked account in the following year?

No one has an exhaustive list of these cities though most are in the bigger cities which means more competition and really lower chances of getting admitted due to the quality of applications. The smaller cities that offer such may have disadvantages such as no student jobs or close proximity to bigger cities. My advice would be to search for courses that match your desires and then shortlist based on other addons such as economy, renewal, cost of living. etc.

2)Also I would love a city where I can get internship during my studies so as to gain some work experience

Yes the bigger cities offer more possibilities to get internships or work student positions but the truth is that you should be willing to move to wherever for internships. Especially if you are gunning for the top dogs which will definitely look good on your CV. People have even gone to other countries for internships (Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Poland, Malta. etc. Keep an open mind...

3) Is it only programmers that are in demand in Germany?what are the chances for other fields in IT?

Of course not! They have the higher demand though but other aspects of IT are also in demand though knowledge of the German language is key.

4)I would appreciate if u think there are other courses that are good as well. Thanks and God bless.

Keep your search within Information Technology, Information Engineering and cybersecurity if interested.
Avoid any course with Communication Technology in it (this deals with Signals and Systems, Antenna technology, Radio Frequency and Microwave....which is tons of maths and calculations)
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by SpongeBobSP: 11:02am On Jul 30
pompido:


I didn't get the DM....
hallo bro,
thanks for the insight so far,
I got a few questions,if you don't mind.

1. what are the possibilities of removing certain courses and doing them at a later time during the Msc program, I know it will extend the duration of the program, but I'm thinking long term, in terms of how it will affect side hustle( cos there will be less workload ), grades, and most importantly it will give ample time to learn the language to a respectable level.

2. what do you know about kaiserslautern in terms of student jobs and the possibility of internship.
there are limited schools in the summer application and that's one of the few schools u could see that matches what I want.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 11:43am On Jul 30
SpongeBobSP:

hallo bro,
thanks for the insight so far,
I got a few questions,if you don't mind.

Nope, I do not mind grin

1. what are the possibilities of removing certain courses and doing them at a later time during the Msc program, I know it will extend the duration of the program, but I'm thinking long term, in terms of how it will affect side hustle( cos there will be less workload ), grades, and most importantly it will give ample time to learn the language to a respectable level.

The beauty of MSc in Germany is that you can shuffle your courses as you wish and as is convenient for you. You can do an assessment of the courses you will be taking and select the ones that will allow you time to work and learn German. Alternatively, you can try and rush your first 2 semesters so you have less course load in the later semesters. It really is up to you and you will naturally make these changes when you land and see what obtains where you find yourself.

2. what do you know about kaiserslautern in terms of student jobs and the possibility of internship.
there are limited schools in the summer application and that's one of the few schools u could see that matches what I want.

From what I know about the city, it really isn't really the bubbling place and I think Hadampson had posted something about the place here a while back. Look on the bright side, You will be about 1hr from france, 3hrs from Luxembourg, 5hrs from Belgium and Switzerland cheesy cheesy.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Missmi: 5:09pm On Jul 30
Hi guys, I've read a bit about the N26 online bank and would like to open an account with them, however I'd like to know if there is any majors cons I need to watch out for. I already know that you make deposits at grocery stores and free withdrawals at any ATMs, but I just want to make sure there isn't a big con that I am unaware of before I open the account. Also, can you suggest any other banks in the Chemnitz/Mittweida area in Saxony? Thank you!
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by SpongeBobSP: 6:01pm On Jul 30
[quote author=pompido post=80767394][/quote]
danke , really appreciate it.
gives me a clearer idea what I'll definitely try to do, but first and most important is getting there and finding out how things work there, then plot my moves. but it's good to know I can shuffle things around..
and yeah I'll always look on the bright side smiley
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by chimax1(m): 10:16pm On Jul 30
Please anyone in tubingen? I need help sorting out accommodation.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 11:40pm On Jul 30
pompido:


I didn't get the DM....
Pls kindly check again now
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 11:47pm On Jul 30
pompido:


Applying for internship is like applying for a job. each advert for internship will normally state what mode of application they accept (typically a CV, cover letter and a short email introducing yourself and why you want in...). The process goes on from there....

Building/Architecture is surprisingly buoyant but the need to speed German is Key. So if one can speak German well (B2 level I would advice) then internship of post-study jobs are abundant.

Project management especially in IT abound and may offer less hurdle with the language as some will request for English speakers only. In other industries, German language is a must!

The fashion industry is very coded but blooming massively.....Language as you know will be the major challenge here. I know a few guys trying to break into fashion photography but I have met a Cameroonian guy who broke into the modelling industry in France. He was doing gigs for top brands and traveling the world for shows while still a student. Being a native French speaker also helped him though....

Cant thank you enough for this info...really helpful... i would be applying to a school in Frankfurt am main, pls what do you have to say about the city?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Toroze(m): 1:20am On Jul 31
willy2000:


My small bits, it helped me and it may help you too,

1) Sign up on codeacademy, choose a path and complete it.
2) Look for books to compliment what you do not understand. ( Illegal: library genesis cool )
3) Practice(take up a small project (to do app) and code your way thru it, it may be a copy-paste work, but make sure you type every code.
4) Try and add some functionality to the code. This deepens your understanding of the concept
5) If you have issues, use google, stackoverflow.
6) Repeat step 2, 4, 5

If you have money, register at Pluralsight and choose your path.
Finally, you definitely will repeat step 2,4,5,6 should you register on any Video tutorial site. Youtube is good but it's really difficult filtering junk from hardcore stuff.
If you are interested in Web design, follow Traversy Media on youtube, he is good.


All in all, you need motivation, dedication, and discipline to scale thru.


NB: look for a friend to start the journey, it is always easier for two heads to crack a nut.

Hey finally got around to applying to Otto Friedrich University Bamberg. I just mailed you need your help with one or two things
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 1:21am On Jul 31
willy2000:


Lol, don't tell me you carried the bags on your head. Anyway, Leipzig is a smaller airport compared to Frankfurt. Imagine if it was Frankfurt you landed, with no coins for the trolley, Mehn na Gobe be dat now, from baggage collection area to train station/taxi pick up. Don't try this if you are coming for the first time ohh. It won't be funny
Boss willy you jn Frankfurt? Thats my prime target location for school
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by janettee(f): 7:10am On Jul 31
Whitemagic:

Cant thank you enough for this info...really helpful... i would be applying to a school in Frankfurt am main, pls what do you have to say about the city?

Though I no longer live in Frankfurt but I could chip in one or two things about the city.

First off, it's a really diverse city!. The rent there is high especially if you are considering living in the central. If you want to pay less for rent, you might want to consider smaller districts in Frankfurt or smaller cities close Frankfurt. From my experience, there aren't much Nigerians in Frankfurt but you would meet other Africans especially the ones from eastern Africa. The semester ticket covers the whole of Hessen including Mainz.

If you are good in German it's easy to find a job otherwise it might be hard to find something you could do while also studying, this is the most important part.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by doppelganger10: 7:46am On Jul 31
Good morning everyone.

Is there anyone at Deggendorf? Like the main campus, Deggendorf. If you don't mind can you throw more light on the place?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by jesmond3945: 4:44pm On Jul 31
[quote author=pompido post=80739764][/quote]cybersecurity has maths too
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by chimax1(m): 9:18pm On Jul 31
University of tuebingen or deggendorf institute of technology. Gurus help me make a choice pls
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 8:39am On Aug 01
chimax1:
University of tuebingen or deggendorf institute of technology. Gurus help me make a choice pls

Tübingen is the better choice.....It is a University town with loads of Students (So social life is okay), 1hr to Stuttgart (not as bubbling a city as people claim but still an economic hub, in Baden-Württemberg which is considered a correct economic area for students, close to France (via Offenburg or elsewhere), Switzerland and Liechtenstein.....

Daggendorf is a very low key area like Passau in Bavaria with borders close to Czech and Austria (Reports say the place is dry. Met a couple of guys studying there when I visited Passau which I can confirm leaves much to be desired but guys will always find a way to survive.)

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 9:17am On Aug 01
jesmond3945:
cybersecurity has maths too

Maths get level for Germany....

The depth of maths required in Cryptography depends but in most cases it is for a couple of courses.

Still a safe bet for anyone trying to steer clear of core maths and besides, Cybersecurity is the sweet baby for companies now and positions are being filled with or without German language knowledge...

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by jesmond3945: 11:33am On Aug 01
pompido:


Maths get level for Germany....

The depth of maths required in Cryptography depends but in most cases it is for a couple of courses.

Still a safe bet for anyone trying to steer clear of core maths and besides, Cybersecurity is the sweet baby for companies now and positions are being filled with or without German language knowledge...
link me up, i have a phd in post quatum cryptography.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Gaddafithe2nd(m): 10:51pm On Aug 01
eldest:
Hello guys pls I need your replies
I secured admission in Northern Cyprus but due to feedbacks I got I have decided to wave it

I wants to know the possibility of doing masters in Germany. I did my bachelor I. petroleum Engineering with a CGPA of 2.98. Pls suggest schools I can apply. Thanks
I would have told you to apply for Process safety and environmental engineering but your CGPA on German scale is 2.5 but the course requires at least 2.3. I studied petroleum engineering also and I got admitted for that particular course. But check these links;

https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programmes/en/detail/3681/

https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programmes/en/detail/4505/

Also, check this link to convert your CGPA to German CGPA scale.
http://www.tum.de/en/studies/application/grade-conversion-formula-for-grades-earned-outside-germany/
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by heybaby12(f): 11:29pm On Aug 01
Missmi:
Hi guys, I've read a bit about the N26 online bank and would like to open an account with them, however I'd like to know if there is any majors cons I need to watch out for. I already know that you make deposits at grocery stores and free withdrawals at any ATMs, but I just want to make sure there isn't a big con that I am unaware of before I open the account. Also, can you suggest any other banks in the Chemnitz/Mittweida area in Saxony? Thank you!
I use N26 and I am in mittweida.
DB
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by sassy92(f): 10:06am On Aug 02
heybaby12:

I use N26 and I am in mittweida.
DB
Did you open your N26 while in Nigeria?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Chriswazo(m): 7:42pm On Aug 03
Dresden ist schön Menschen

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Glowing1: 7:56pm On Aug 03
pompido:


I didn't get the DM....

Good evening.. Please if you have AL for both Paderborn n Passau.. Which would u rather head to. I will appreciate ur feedback thanks
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by chimax1(m): 11:29pm On Aug 03
Anyone in pfarrkirchen? Pls am searching for reasonable and cheap accommodation for this winter semester. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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