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My First Few Weeks in Germany

27/07/2016 - 10:00-6 Comments by | nepal flag

This is the first time I have been to a different continent so far away from home. There are so many things which are different from my country here. Beginning with my accommodation and my kitchen to the trains, transportation system, super markets, department store, university, canteen (mensa), internet, telephone, banking and so on. But everything is in an organized manner and people follow the rules and regulations here in general. This is what I have already begun to like about Germany.

The very next day I arrived to Germany, I got introduced with my 13 colleagues from 11 different countries. As the programs offered at my university are development related, we are basically from the developing countries of the world viz. Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Ghana, Liberia, Sudan, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador. I found everyone in my group really nice and humble as well as talented in their respective fields.

On our first day at ITT, we got an introduction from the director of our institute, Professor Lars Ribbe. He welcomed us and talked about the research focus of our university as well as partnership of our university with different universities all over the world. We also got introduced to the program coordinator, DAAD contact personnel and student assistant with whom we had only talked via email before. It was interesting to meet them in person finally.

In my first few weeks here in Germany, I have been kind of busy in the bureaucratic works such as registration in the city office, opening bank account, extending my room contract with the Koelner Studentenwerk and applying for the residence permit.

My German language classes began at the end of my first week. We have 4 hours of intensive classes from 9am to 1pm five days a week. We have two different groups, one for people who know no Deutsch at all and the other for the one who know little bit of (ein bisschen) Deutsch. I belong to the second group. Till now, the classes have been fun as we interact with each other and the teachers have been helping us to improve our language skills.

It has been three weeks already since I arrived to Germany. So far, the experience has been good and I haven’t felt bored at all. I share my kitchen with 9 people who are all students from different countries like Georgia, Colombia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Turkey and Cameroon. It has been interesting to meet people from different background in my class, in my university and in my apartment. It’s interesting to share our experience with each other once in a while and to learn about the language and culture of other countries. Everyone I met till date has been kind to me.

In the starting days at a new place, it’s quite obvious that we have to buy a lot of stuffs for our room, for the kitchen and for ourselves. This has kept me somewhat engaged. My friends have been a great support to me in this regard. They share their knowledge and experience with me concerning where do I get certain kind of stuffs and where do I get them at reasonable prices. This has made the things much simpler and easier for me.  And I need to thank my friends for it.

Since the first day I arrived to Germany, I feel like I am learning a new system here every day. In the beginning, there were few occasions- I often lost my way after returning from the store, and one or two times I took the wrong train to and from my university. But I guess these are the funny mistakes which we would rather laugh at. Right now, I believe that I am gradually adjusting here. And there are still a lot of things to learn and experience ahead in the days to come.

One fine evening i was just sitting by the Rhine river with my friend. Some ducks came swimming and near to me. It was a nice moment.

One fine evening i was just sitting by the Rhine river with my friend. Some ducks came swimming and close to me. It was a fabulous moment.

Tags: Accommodation, English Blog Post, German Language, Society & Culture, Student Life

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6 Comments

    Hi…
    Nice to hear your experience…
    I am preparing for PHD from abroad…
    Hope I can get some help from you…
    Plz send me your email I’d…
    If you find suitable…


    Thanks
    Prashant Priyadarshi

    Comment by Prashant created 03/08/2016 - 03:38

      Hi Prashant,
      thanks for your request and your interest in researching/doing your PhD in Germany. Our colleagues of ‘Research in Germany’ can give you the best advice about your research and funding opportunities in Germany. You can find them here: http://www.facebook.com/Research.in.Germany
      Best wishes, your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 03/08/2016 - 12:32

    Hi dear,
    Nice to see your blog. Dear i have graduated in Computer Systems from Pakistan in 2012, and i have three years of experience in Developing java and mobile so dear now i want to Masters to my concerned field so please dear in regards need your help for getting the scholarship to continue my study…

    Best Regards:
    ASIF CHANNA

    Comment by Asif Channa created 03/08/2016 - 08:41

      Hi Asif,
      you can find master programmes in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/?a=result&q=&degree=37&courselanguage=&locations=&admissionsemester=&sort=name&page=1. The programme description informs you about the admission procedure and the requirements.

      You can find scholarships for graduate students in the DAAD scholarship database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/
      Best wishes, your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 03/08/2016 - 12:31

    dear sir
    i want to study beng aerospace engineering from FU Aachen university
    how can i study free at FU Aachen uni
    what is the criteria and procedure of study visa????

    Comment by tayyab ur rehman created 12/02/2017 - 18:00

      Hi,
      you can find bachelor programmes in aerospace engineering in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/?a=result&q=Aerospace+engineering&degree=&courselanguage=&locations=Aachen&admissionsemester=&sort=name&page=1 The programme description informs you about the admission procedure and the requirements.

      The tuition at German universities is very low. However, all students have to pay a semester contribution. For more information, see the section on money and costs https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/money-and-costs/

      You can find scholarships for graduate students in the DAAD scholarship database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/

      For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/sid_B1CB5F98FD3681A689450B209A7AA2BA/EN/Laenderinformationen/DtAuslandsvertretungenA-Z-Laenderauswahlseite_node.html

      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 14/02/2017 - 10:06

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