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Students perspectives on life in Germany

As an international student preparing to study in Germany, here are a few tips to help you prepare mentally for the exciting trip ahead. These tips are extracts from students experience, obtained from a course which required Masters in Eurpean Studies students to write a feedback to the German chancellor about their first impressions in Germany.

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As an international student preparing to study in Germany, here are a few tips to help you prepare mentally for the exciting trip ahead. These tips are extracts from students experience, obtained from a course which required Masters in Eurpean Studies students to write a feedback to the German chancellor about their first impressions in Germany.

The statements represent individual opinions from students' unique experiences and will  vary from student to student. They are intented to give a general overview of how some international students perceive Germany.

What new students enjoy in Germany

  • I admire the high rate of cycling and the developed transport system.“

    Female, 34 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • Apart from Germans punctuality, I admire the education and transport systems in Germany.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I admire the good air condition and lifestyle in Bremen, the reasonable price of commodities and the willingness of people to help. My German neighbour always shares her food with me.“

    Female, 24 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I hope to learn more about German history and present policies.“

    Female, 24 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I admire the efficiency and the discipline the country shows, which should serve as an example for other countries to emulate.“

    Male, 27 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • Compared with my country, Germany is well regulated and secured. The people here are law abiding.“

    Male, 28 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • The polite and gentle reception I received on arrival, has made me fall in utter admiration of Germany. "Deutschland ist sehr sehr schön".“

    Male, 27 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I admire Germany for its environmentally friendly role by trying to use more renewable energy, and its refugee stance in comparison with other EU member states.“

    Male, 32 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • Compared with my country, Germany is much more liberal, as in religious sentiments are lower. Institutions are more transparent and laws are enforced here. Germany is also better in their quality of education.“

    Male, 28 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

Challenges for new students

  • I have difficulties understanding German language, but I am learning the language.“

    Female, 34 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I have difficulties understanding Germany politics and elective system.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

     

  • I have difficulties understanding the different tax systems with respect to the different federal states of the country.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I hope that Germans will try to educate foreigners more about German culture.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I would like to ask for stopping to manufacture any kind of weapon and not selling to any country to encourage other countries for this issue to help bring peace in the world.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I have difficulties understanding Germany foreign policies.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

Students have also highlighted particularly challenging aspects they face while trying to adapt to life in Germany. Read through their experiences...

 

Challenges for new students

  • I have difficulties understanding German language, but I am learning the language.“

    Female, 34 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I have difficulties understanding Germany politics and elective system.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

     

  • I have difficulties understanding the different tax systems with respect to the different federal states of the country.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I hope that Germans will try to educate foreigners more about German culture.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I would like to ask for stopping to manufacture any kind of weapon and not selling to any country to encourage other countries for this issue to help bring peace in the world.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies

  • I have difficulties understanding Germany foreign policies.“

    Female, 30 years old
    Master in Eurpean Studies