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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Legacy666(f): 7:15am On Aug 04
chimax1:
Anyone in pfarrkirchen? Pls am searching for reasonable and cheap accommodation for this winter semester. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Contact fustinachichi, she's schooling there.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 12:45pm On Aug 04
Glowing1:


Good evening.. Please if you have AL for both Paderborn n Passau.. Which would u rather head to. I will appreciate ur feedback thanks

Paderborn in my opinion would be the better choice because it is in NRW so your semester Ticket covers the economically better off cities around. They also issue 2years permit on first issue but it is one of the smaller cities in NRW...

Passau a tad bit difficult to settle into, accommodation is hard to get and a bit expensive, work is very limited to get and it is 2 hrs to Munich... A few guys are there and are doing OK so anyone heading there would be fine...

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by obibanks: 10:30pm On Aug 04
Chriswazo:
Dresden ist schön Menschen

You don dey reconsider? grin grin
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Chriswazo(m): 10:36pm On Aug 04
obibanks:


You don dey reconsider? grin grin

Why? My semester ticket covers there and I will also be there for a program at TU Dresden.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by legionnaire(m): 11:09am On Aug 05
Glowing1:


Good evening.. Please if you have AL for both Paderborn n Passau.. Which would u rather head to. I will appreciate ur feedback thanks

Paderborn

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by lynniebabes(f): 3:14pm On Aug 05
Hello my kid bro is looking at studying in Germany. He is 22 has a national diploma in estates management and survey. What’s the most affordable school and what kind of course can he study thst can make him get a good job. Also what are the requirements?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 3:47pm On Aug 05
Hi guys, does anyone have an idea if schools accept and admits students to courses different from what they studied in their Bsc? Especially for courses like the engineering/medicals.

Attached here with this post is a reply from the school I am applying to for an Msc in Advanced Architecture. Although My first degree was Building Technology which is still within the built/construction industry.

In respect to the attached, would I be considered for admission?
should I continue to apply or just find another course with less restrictions ?

Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.

Bw: I really would like an Msc in Architecture

Cc pompido janettee etc

Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by obibanks: 11:37pm On Aug 05
Chriswazo:


Why? My semester ticket covers there and I will also be there for a program at TU Dresden.

Hopefully if everything works out for me, we'll get to meet
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by waledora(f): 10:22am On Aug 06
I use N26 and I'm in Chemnitz

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!
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Adhheir: 6:23pm On Aug 06
lynniebabes:
Hello my kid bro is looking at studying in Germany. He is 22 has a national diploma in estates management and survey. What’s the most affordable school and what kind of course can he study thst can make him get a good job. Also what are the requirements?


Direct your questions to the student visa thread
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Adhheir: 6:24pm On Aug 06
Whitemagic:
Hi guys, does anyone have an idea if schools accept and admits students to courses different from what they studied in their Bsc? Especially for courses like the engineering/medicals.


Cc pompido janettee etc

You can cc pompido and janettee on the student visa thread when you redirect your questions over there. we're trying to keep this thread for survival In Germany only.

Dankeschön
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by RealPower77: 4:17pm On Aug 07
please which city is the best for students, weimar or Dresden?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Whitemagic: 10:30pm On Aug 07
Adhheir:


You can cc pompido and janettee on the student visa thread when you redirect your questions over there. we're trying to keep this thread for survival In Germany only.

Dankeschön
Noted. But regardless since it's here already, could you/they she'd more light?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 2:19pm On Aug 08
On today's episode of how students survive in Germany, here are a few points for you all... cheesy

A popular scholarship is the Deutschlandstipendium (w w w . deutschlandstipendium . de / index . ht ml) which is open to everyone ─ regardless of nationality or personal and parental income. Applications should typically be filed from your home country, but if you're already in Germany, you should apply within the first 15 months.


The first contact point should be the social office in the Studentenwerk or the academic international offices of the university if in ''financial distress''. The advisors there know who at each university helps international students in financial difficulty. The social office also provides information on financial help from the state which you might be able to apply for.

One-off financial support can be applied for from the catholic (KSG: w w w . f h o k . de / struk tur en / hochschulgemeinden-vor-ort / ) or the evangelical (ESG: google ESG + your city on google) student community of the universities. At some universities there are also private societies that support international students, so ask around.

Education Loan
The education loan programme (“Bildungskreditprogramm”), run by the German federal government, offers financial aid to students. Unlike the BAföG, the “Bildungskredit” is a loan with no grant elements. That means that you will have to repay the full amount at an interest rate of 0.75% (as of June 2017). The loan will be paid in monthly instalments with the maximum amount being 7,200 euros. If you live in Germany as a refugee, you are eligible to apply for the loan. Please note that this only makes sense if you are sure that you will have the financial means in the future to pay it back. Repayment starts no earlier than four years after you received your first monthly instalment.

STUBE is a body that helps students with integration and excellence in their academics with a focus on knowledge transfer to the developing countries (especially your country of origin). Their mainstay program is funding students back to either their countries or any african countries of their choice for a fully funded 6months internship or thesis completion. You can google Stube + your city to find which of their offices is responsible for applications.

You are allowed to get thesis funding from your university! Once you get your thesis topic approved, simply contact your international center about funding for your thesis and you will be informed about the process. Payout range from 200 to 450 euros for between 3 -6 months. The aim of this funding is so you can concentrate on completing the thesis satisfactorily.

Word of advice, start searching and applying for student jobs immediately after your visa interview, you may be lucky as some have been to have something waiting for you before you land. Being able to email in German without coming across as a novice might also help.

Additions are welcome.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by sahm4u2nv(m): 5:52pm On Aug 08
Living and hustling in BAYREUTH and Dresden

I will be heading to either next month by God's grace

Which is better?
Danke schön
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by djkally: 10:32am On Aug 09
Got AL from Stuttgart but Baden wurttemberg tuition fee is killing... I read about the waiver but haven't been successful in getting a waiver... Can someone help me.. Thank you
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Gaddafithe2nd(m): 10:56am On Aug 09
djkally:
Got AL from Stuttgart but Baden wurttemberg tuition fee is killing... I read about the waiver but haven't been successful in getting a waiver... Can someone help me.. Thank you
Why didn't you apply for a tuition free course?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by uptimum123(m): 12:08pm On Aug 09
Direct your questions to the student visa thread, it will be best answered there.

djkally:
Got AL from Stuttgart but Baden wurttemberg tuition fee is killing... I read about the waiver but haven't been successful in getting a waiver... Can someone help me.. Thank you

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by yelei(m): 12:07am On Aug 11
Good morning guys, great job u r doing here.
H
I. Have AL to BTU Cottbuss for masters in ERM. although, I haven't been able to secure a visa interview date yet.
Pls, I would want to link up with someone in dat city so know more about d sch and city in terms of jobs and most importantly, if they would allow me to differ to summer if I end up not having AD and not ale to make it to the school dis winter
Thanks.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by eastafro(m): 1:38am On Aug 11
pompido:

...
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.
....




so from what I understand it took you 3 years to finish your masters , that is to graduate , correct ?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by janettee(f): 6:45am On Aug 11
eastafro:

so from what I understand it took you 3 years to finish your masters , that is to graduate , correct ?

2 years. It might take longer if you took semester breaks in between.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by eastafro(m): 6:50am On Aug 11
janettee:

2 years. It might take longer if you took semester breaks in between.
My guy I was asking Pompido , his journey . Not the regular masters program duration
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by davizfx: 7:51am On Aug 11
Hello, everyone, please I need your help inform of advice and necessary information. I looking forward to my admission into MSc Sustainable development program at liepzig University in Germany. I have a BSc degree biochemistry (cgpa, 3.21) and an MBA, with 10 years of work experience in a public research institute here Nigeria. I am 36. I am married with 2 sons, ages 10 and 6, my wife (33 yrs) has HND computer science.

We all want to relocate to germany to work and study. We don't want to leave any one of us behind here in Nigeria. We have limited funds.

My main goal is to obtain my msc and PhD from German University. My wife wants a change of career to catering or nursing or pharmacy through the vocational training in Germany. We both want our boys to study at least up to university level in Germany.

My questions are:
What is the best way to achieve this? Is liepzig a good city to study, work and raise my kids? If not what are other options we have as a family?
With my qualifications and experiences, how quickly can I get a work to support my family?
What is the possibility of my wife working full-time while I study and work and vice-versa?

I will be be very grateful for any assistance anyone here can provide. Thank you.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 6:13pm On Aug 11
eastafro:

so from what I understand it took you 3 years to finish your masters , that is to graduate , correct ?


I spent 2.5years to finish my masters but I changed courses after I landed so I lost one semester. So in total 3years...

From July to October of the following year, I completed my masters project, wrote one exam (in January) and thesis. Graduated that October.

You get now?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by odimbannamdi(m): 7:25pm On Aug 11
djkally:
Got AL from Stuttgart but Baden wurttemberg tuition fee is killing... I read about the waiver but haven't been successful in getting a waiver... Can someone help me.. Thank you

I doubt you would be able to get a tuition waiver as it is a state-wide policy.

I have two schools (University of Honhenheim and Hochschule Reutlingen) domiciled in that region in mind and i mailed them about the possibility of a waiver, they refused.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Odedenshi1(m): 7:35pm On Aug 11
Greetings y’all,
Thanks for the nice update. Been following the Student visa thread for over a year now, planning to apply for Summer admission. I have a few questions for those already in Germany the reason I am here. My questions are;
(1) I was considering applying to Study in Kleve, how viable is the City in terms of Student jobs?

(2) My undergraduate discipline is Biochemistry, but I have over 7years experience in Sales. I have decided to switch to IT, presently running CCNA and by the grace of God I plan to complete CCNP before December. Is Networking in demand in Germany?

(3) Based on my Undergraduate course of study, I am aware it would be difficult to get a Masters program in IT, is settling for a Bsc in IT advisable considering my age, I am already in my late 30’s.

Your advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Cc Pompido,
Willy2000,
truthsayer009,
Hadampson,
Berliner,
heybaby12

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Odedenshi1(m): 7:42pm On Aug 11
uptimum123:
Noun is a better option, registration is on now and closing on the 3rd next month i think.


It has been extended to August 15th, 2019.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by eastafro(m): 12:13am On Aug 12
pompido:



I spent 2.5years to finish my masters but I changed courses after I landed so I lost one semester. So in total 3years...

From July to October of the following year, I completed my masters project, wrote one exam (in January) and thesis. Graduated that October.

You get now?
yes!
say where can one look for those internships you talked about ? any particular search engine ?
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 10:49am On Aug 13
Odedenshi1:
Greetings y’all,



(1) I was considering applying to Study in Kleve, how viable is the City in terms of Student jobs?

Do a search on nairaland for ''Kleve'', you should find posts from people that will surely help you.

(2) My undergraduate discipline is Biochemistry, but I have over 7years experience in Sales. I have decided to switch to IT, presently running CCNA and by the grace of God I plan to complete CCNP before December. Is Networking in demand in Germany?

Anything IT is hot cake in Germany but as networking is a customer facing role, it is a safe bet to master and perfect your german for easy entry.

(3) Based on my Undergraduate course of study, I am aware it would be difficult to get a Masters program in IT, is settling for a Bsc in IT advisable considering my age, I am already in my late 30’s.

Age is just a number here. They do not use age in the consideration of anything so you are very welcome to take on BSc. There are older people doing BSc and it is just 3 years.
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by pompido: 11:20am On Aug 13
davizfx:
Hello, everyone, please I need your help inform of advice and necessary information. I looking forward to my admission into MSc Sustainable development program at liepzig University in Germany. I have a BSc degree biochemistry (cgpa, 3.21) and an MBA, with 10 years of work experience in a public research institute here Nigeria. I am 36. I am married with 2 sons, ages 10 and 6, my wife (33 yrs) has HND computer science.

We all want to relocate to germany to work and study. We don't want to leave any one of us behind here in Nigeria. We have limited funds.

My main goal is to obtain my msc and PhD from German University. My wife wants a change of career to catering or nursing or pharmacy through the vocational training in Germany. We both want our boys to study at least up to university level in Germany.

My questions are:
What is the best way to achieve this? Is liepzig a good city to study, work and raise my kids? If not what are other options we have as a family?
With my qualifications and experiences, how quickly can I get a work to support my family?
What is the possibility of my wife working full-time while I study and work and vice-versa?

I will be be very grateful for any assistance anyone here can provide. Thank you.

First, let me commend you for taking the bold step of gunning for better for you and your family. This is the true definition of a man! I have to be frank when I say that having everyone move out at once is going to be quite the uphill task especially as you say funds are limited (though in my experience, funds tend to show up when there is good traction in your plans). Another angle to it is once you leave your family behind first to try and settle in Germany, you will quickly realize things are not that straightforward which may then affect your plans of having your family over asap.

Achieving your goal is attainable but it is different for your wife. This is because nursing and pharmacy are taught in German entirely so she must first be at C1 level at least to even understand what is going in in class. It would be easier for your wife to get into a BSc program in IT or anything related to IT which of course makes it easier for her to get internships and work after study. Your sons are of compulsory schooling age so you are lucky in that regard as they will be put into school (mostly free) immediately which is from 8am - 4pm at least (could be till 6pm if you want).

In my opinion, Liepzig isn't the ideal place to start off especially with the entire family at once but I believe wherever God has blessed for you will work (search on nairaland for Liepzig to learn about people's experiences).

Student visas have working time limitations. If your wife comes in as a student, she will not be able to work full time. If you come in first and do family reunion to bring your wife and kids over, your wife will be able to work full time.

Forget about your sales experience especially if you can't speak German. If you are fluent in German, you can seek out work student jobs in customer care (there are english customer care jobs too so look out for them). The bigger the city you land in, the higher your chances of landing a job asap but anywhere will work if you plan and commit to job hunting early.

Wish you all the very best.

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Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by Odedenshi1(m): 2:47pm On Aug 13
pompido:



(1) I was considering applying to Study in Kleve, how viable is the City in terms of Student jobs?

Do a search on nairaland for ''Kleve'', you should find posts from people that will surely help you.

(2) My undergraduate discipline is Biochemistry, but I have over 7years experience in Sales. I have decided to switch to IT, presently running CCNA and by the grace of God I plan to complete CCNP before December. Is Networking in demand in Germany?

Anything IT is hot cake in Germany but as networking is a customer facing role, it is a safe bet to master and perfect your german for easy entry.

(3) Based on my Undergraduate course of study, I am aware it would be difficult to get a Masters program in IT, is settling for a Bsc in IT advisable considering my age, I am already in my late 30’s.

Age is just a number here. They do not use age in the consideration of anything so you are very welcome to take on BSc. There are older people doing BSc and it is just 3 years.

Thank you very much for taking out time to respond to my questions, I am most grateful. God bless you
Re: Nigerian Students In Germany..how Do You Survive?? by davizfx: 2:57pm On Aug 13
pompido:


First, let me commend you for taking the bold step of gunning for better for you and your family. This is the true definition of a man! I have to be frank when I say that having everyone move out at once is going to be quite the uphill task especially as you say funds are limited (though in my experience, funds tend to show up when there is good traction in your plans). Another angle to it is once you leave your family behind first to try and settle in Germany, you will quickly realize things are not that straightforward which may then affect your plans of having your family over asap.

Achieving your goal is attainable but it is different for your wife. This is because nursing and pharmacy are taught in German entirely so she must first be at C1 level at least to even understand what is going in in class. It would be easier for your wife to get into a BSc program in IT or anything related to IT which of course makes it easier for her to get internships and work after study. Your sons are of compulsory schooling age so you are lucky in that regard as they will be put into school (mostly free) immediately which is from 8am - 4pm at least (could be till 6pm if you want).

In my opinion, Liepzig isn't the ideal place to start off especially with the entire family at once but I believe wherever God has blessed for you will work (search on nairaland for Liepzig to learn about people's experiences).

Student visas have working time limitations. If your wife comes in as a student, she will not be able to work full time. If you come in first and do family reunion to bring your wife and kids over, your wife will be able to work full time.

Forget about your sales experience especially if you can't speak German. If you are fluent in German, you can seek out work student jobs in customer care (there are english customer care jobs too so look out for them). The bigger the city you land in, the higher your chances of landing a job asap but anywhere will work if you plan and commit to job hunting early.

Wish you all the very best.
I will review my plans in line with your thoughts and advice. Thanks for your time and understanding.

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