5 Reasons NOT to Study Abroad in Germany

Reasons Not to Study Abroad in Germany

I’m not going to sugar coat things. While the experience of studying abroad in Germany can be amazing, it is not for everyone. So, especially if you are considering pursuing your entire Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Germany, maybe you should first consider these reasons for NOT studying abroad in Germany. I studied abroad in Germany for one semester during my Bachelor’s and then came back to Germany to complete my entire Master’s degree. And while I write a lot about all the great things about studying abroad in Germany, I think it’s important that I tell you the not-so-great Continue Reading

Top 5 Tips for Writing a Master’s Thesis in Germany

81 pages. 23,937 words. 1 hour-long oral defense. Although I never thought I would be able to say this six months ago, now I can: I DID IT! I successfully completed my master’s thesis (and my master’s degree). For other international students preparing for the final semester of their master’s degree, here are my top tips for writing a master’s thesis in Germany. START EARLYIf you are doing a classic 4-semester Master’s program, then I suggest you begin looking for a topic and supervisor at the start of your third semester. I chose my topic based on a term paper Continue Reading

Job Search Visa for Foreign Graduates in Germany

Whether you are considering getting your degree in Germany, you are currently getting your degree in Germany, or you are just about to graduate, then you have probably wondered: What comes next? Good news! Foreigners who receive a degree from a German university are allowed to stay in the country after graduation in order to to work. However, if you are not lucky enough to have a job lined up directly after graduation, and your student visa is running out at the end of the semester, then you are eligible for the job search visa (Aufenthaltserlaubnich zur Arbeitsplatzsuche). To understand Continue Reading

A Month of German Bureaucracy

I had four appointments at the Bürgeramt in the month of September. Yes, you read that correctly: four appointments in four weeks. Here’s a review of each of those appointments, just to give you an idea of how amazingly thorough (and sometimes redundant) German bureaucracy is for us foreigners. Appointment #1: Ausländerbehörde My student visa was going to run out on September 30th. However, due to other bureaucratic circumstances, I had to enroll for another semester at my university. So, I needed to renew my student visa for at least 6 more months. When I made this appointment per email, Continue Reading

Torschlusspanik & Permit Problems

I am graduating. Soon. So, I am panicking. Now. In German, the panic as something is coming to an end is known as Torschlusspanik, which translates literally to gate-closing panic. The castle’s gates are closing, the enemies are encroaching, and you need to get through those gates ASAP. But you still have to herd your sheep, pack up your belongings, gather your wife and children. There’s not enough time. AHHH!!! I have been writing my thesis since about mid-May, and it is just about done. Still, I am terrified to turn it in. Even more terrified to get feedback on Continue Reading

How to Save Money as a Student in Germany

As a foreign student, many people seem to have this expectation that I can take trips to amazing European cities and attractions every weekend. While I’d love to, the truth is that I can’t afford it. But for what my blog lacks in sexy travel photos, I hope it can make up for in practical tips for living abroad. One of the main reasons I chose to further my education in Germany was because of the free tuition. However, free tuition doesn’t mean free living. I still have student loans from my bachelor’s degree. I am not financially supported by Continue Reading

Studying in Germany FAQ

Last month marked this blog’s 3 year anniversary. YAY! In that time, I have moved to Germany, passed the TestDaF, applied to German master’s programs, enrolled in a German master’s program, and am now writing my master’s thesis with the plan of finishing my master’s degree in September. Whew! Over the past three years, I have also received countless comments and messages from prospective students looking to study in Germany. So, in an effort to help these curious minds, here are some of the most frequently asked questions I have received about studying in Germany. Student Visa/Residence PermitsI want to Continue Reading

Writing My Master’s Thesis

Since I know a lot of fellow international students (or soon-to-be-international-students) read this blog, I figured I would write a little update on my current studies, namely: writing my master’s thesis. I am now in my fourth semester of my master’s program, which runs from April 1 to September 30. During this semester, I am writing my master’s thesis – a scientific work of approximately 80 pages that proves I can analyze a topic, conduct research, formulate an argument, and write a long-ass paper. Knowing my fourth semester was getting nearer, I started to think about possible topics back in Continue Reading

Day in the Life of an American Student in Germany

I know, I know. I haven’t been around in a while. First it was Easter, then it was the start of a new semester, and this blog got put on the back-burner. But I am back! Since this is my last semester of grad school, I figured I would make a “day in the life” post to give you all a glimpse into my current “student life.” This particular day (Wednesday, April 11th ) didn’t turn out quite as expected, but I still took pictures all along the way. I also want to apologize in advance for the potato-quality pictures Continue Reading

My Third Semester of Grad School in Germany

I did it! I made it through my third semester of graduate school in Germany! Yay! Best of all, this means that I have made it through (almost) all of my coursework! My fourth and final semester will largely just consist of me sitting at a desk by myself as I write my 80-page Master’s thesis. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Before I start thinking about the coming semester too much though (the new semester starts on April 4th), let’s take a look back at everything I accomplished in my third semester of grad school in Germany: 5 grad school coursesIn Continue Reading