New in Germany? As an international student, you must now take three crucial steps to have a smooth start

Social Life as an international student in Germany
There are many tasks in the first weeks – Nevertheless, you should not underestimate how important your social life is

Are you an international student about to embark on a new adventure in Germany?

Congratulations! Studying abroad is a life-changing experience that will broaden your horizons and enrich your soul. However, starting a new life in a foreign country can also be challenging and overwhelming. Fear not, for we have put together a comprehensive guide of things to do in your first weeks in Germany. From administrative tasks to cultural experiences, we’ve got you covered.

Administrative Tasks

Academic Life

  • Attend orientation sessions. An orientation week or sessions, are often times highly underrated. Please attend them if possible. Firstly, it provides an opportunity to get to know the university and its resources. Secondly, it helps students familiarize themselves with the academic system and expectations. Finally, it offers a chance to meet other students and form a support network in a new country. Strong relationships will be formed at the very beginning.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources. Whether it be an examination office, cafeteria, international office or libraries. Find out what your university has to offer and navigate with ease and confidence through your universities system after the first weeks.
  • Find out how to access the campus portal, your student e-mail address, and get your student ID

Social Life

  • Join clubs and organizations on and off campus. For example, the student union or a club related to your hobbies
  • Attend cultural events. A hot tip is our event calendar. Whether it be recruiting events or student parties. We’ve got your back.
  • Other tips steps to take are: Make friends, start learning German and learn about the culture, travel, explore your new city e.g. Berlin, plan weekend trips. This will boost your social life to another level. You should not underestimate how important your social life is.

Conclusion

Starting a new life in a foreign country can be daunting, but with the right preparation, it can also be an incredibly rewarding experience. Take the time to complete administrative tasks, get involved in academic and social life, and explore your new surroundings. Remember to be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey.

FAQ

Do I need to speak German to study in Germany?

While many universities offer programs in English, it’s highly recommended to learn at least some German to make your everyday life easier.

Am I allowed to work? When can I start working in Germany?

Yes, international students are allowed to work part-time while studying, up to 120 full days or 240 half days per year. Once all the administrative tasks mentioned above are fulfilled you are ready to apply for the first jobs. Check out our job market specifically designed for international students and expats.

What should I do if I feel homesick?

Homesickness is a common feeling among international students. Reach out to your support network, talk to other students, and find ways to stay connected with your home country.

What are some cultural differences I should be aware of?

Germans value punctuality, direct communication, and privacy. Familiarize yourself with German cultural norms to avoid misunderstandings. The YouTube channel “Easy German” is a good source to familiarize yourself with Germany and its people.

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