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Hallo dear neighbours, I need some advices here. I just broke up with my girlfriend and left the south of France to come back to Strasbourg where I was born. I used to speak German quite well for a Frenchman but I forgot almost everything by not practicing it for 10 years. It's actually very hard in France to rent an apartment without someone engaging himself legally to pay your rent if you somehow can't do it anymore, unfortunately I have no one who's able to do it. The solution I found is to look at something in Kehl especially since the tramway cross the Rhine now so I would be working in Strasbourg (I already found a job there) . What would I need to rent an apartment here? Are there things I should now? I believe I should be paying taxes in Germany, do I need to register somewhere? As an Elsassich I always had a soft spot for Germany and I would actually be glad to end up living there especially once I'll be able to speak German properly again. Will it be easy or will it be an administrative nightmare just like everything is in France?

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2 points · 8 hours ago

You find information about that at Infobest, the official public information office, who you should also contact with questions. The situation of German-French cross border workers is pretty complicated with lot of specialised regulations that most people, including e.g. regular tax advisors, are not aware of.

level 3

Thank you, that website is very informative.

level 1

Hey guys,I've been learning German for 2 years and have done the B2 level from Goethe Institut Delhi,India .Now I want to do C1 or TestDaf next year in Germany,but the problem is that I am 14 years old. I have asked many institutes in Munich whether I can join their course or not,and they just said no because i am not 18 or above.So could someone please recommend me some places where I can learn German . Although I want to go to Munich,but I'll be fine if the institute will be somewhere else. Thanks!

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Hi! My name is Santiago, I have checked the FAQ and some of the comments here but I haven't found one that answers all my questions. So here I go: I am a Nicaraguan refugee in Costa Rica (For nearly 2 months now) I had to leave my country because I was actively being prosecuted by government forces because I had strongly participated in many of my city's protests against the violence towards my people and the corruption of my country's current dictator. So, yeah. I have been here for almost two months now mostly doing odd jobs (cleaning houses, watching over some kids, helping in stores, volunteering in hostels, working as a bartender and such) but not officially, since it takes months for me to get an actual work permit and even though I have tried to talk to some migration officers in here it seems that there is no way of getting a temporary permit or anything like that. Needless to say my stay in this country has been complicated at best. And most of the time I don't have enough money to live a decent life, now I have this uncle who is actually living in the US who happens to have a friend who is some sort of German diplomat or something and he told him that I could try to apply for political asylum over there, and that maybe I could get a chance to get an actual job there without waiting as much time as I would here. (Really sorry for the long post) but how true is this? I have proof of the paramilitaries actions towards me, mostly in screenshots I took of some FB posts they made with my info in them, as well as pictures I had on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Is it possible for me to apply for Asylum in Germany? Could I get a work permit? If so, how long does it take? I could save some money in time so I could get there. I am not trying to take advantage or anything. I just want to find a place where I can have a decent life again, and so far the people here have not been very willing to give me a full time job. I know that it might sound wrong but I am really trying my best here. Well... thank you for your answers and hopefully I can work something out. Bye.

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4 points · 17 hours ago

At the moment the the asylum system is overcrowded. Be prepared for getting a bed in a shared room in a refugee center with 3 meals a day. You cannot work during the asylum process which, I guess, takes several years because of the heavy workload. If you get asylum make sure that your degree is recognised and be fluent in German otherwise you stuck with unskilled jobs.

level 2

Problem would be, that you have to get a visa to travel to Germany. Only in Germany, you can apply for Asyl. I don't know, if any European country has an agreement with Nicaragua for traveling without pre-confirmed visa.

level 3

Actually Nicaraguans can go to Germany without a visa and stay for over 3 months according do what I read in Google

level 4

Then it is a question of "decent life". The refugee status/asyl is a temporary stay. The intention is, that the refugee will go back to the origin country, if the threat is solved. It doesn't lead into a permanent residence. I don't know the expeactations of the OP. But there are e.g. 500,000 refugess in Germany, living with uncertain residence permit, because th application for asly was rejected or the situation improved in the home country so that they are forced to leave Germany. They ae living with the risk to get deported everytime and will never be able to built up a permanent decent life in Germany.

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Yeah well I really wish I could go back to Nicaragua, but as long as this guy is in power I doubt I can. I know this isn't a permanent residence. But it may take years for something... or someone to happen to Daniel Ortega. Again this is just an idea I had because of some YT videos I saw.

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I can prove that if I go back to my country I can get either arrested and given a sentence for over 20 years (A law that conveniently got passed almost immediately when the whole problem started) or even worse, I have pictures of Facebook posts they made of me and some videos of me in the protests. So that's not a problem. What I am wondering is if I have a chance to integrate myself into your society, and actually contribute to it.

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So I've recently moved to Germany from the USA and although I was warned about a lack of food options in grocery stores, I'm astounded at just how difficult it is to find certain types of food. For instance, black, pinto, Peruvian, or really any type of beans besides green beans chickpeas and lentils are impossible to find. Does anyone have any suggestions of where I could look for beans? I'm of Mexican heritage so Mexican ingredients are a luxury I'd be happy to find.

level 2

Organic food stores tend to have a better selection of beans than normal supermarkets

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Bayern5 points · 23 hours ago

I've never heard of Peruvian beans do maybe we actually don't have those, but I'm surprised you're having trouble finding black beans or pinto beans. They should be available in most stores. Do you only shop in discounters (like Aldi, Lidl, Penny for example)? If yes maybe they don't have them there since their sortiment can be more limited. But normal supermarket like Edeka, Rewe, Kaufland of Real should all have them.

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I've been to Danner Frischmarkt which is a subsidiary of Edeka and they don't have beans. The local Rewe I've been to I have only seen "Enchilada Kits" and "Burrito Kits" but is there a section of the store I should be looking in? Maybe I haven't looked hard enough. Also wondering if bags larger than 1kg of white rice are available at a specific store?

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 14 hours ago

For large amounts of rice etc. look rather in asian and turkish supermarkets, they often have a bigger selection of stuff that is popular in other countries.

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Bayern3 points · 16 hours ago

Either in the tinned vegetable section or in the rice section. I've bought tinned and dry black beans and dry pinto beans (have never seen those tinned) at Rewe many times. Big bags of rice won't be available in any regular stores, but Asian grocery stores should have them.

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Niedersachsen3 points · 16 hours ago

A couple of things to keep in mind - even within the same branch supermarkets can differ slightly on what they offer depending on size and availability. In general Rewe for example should have black beans in the canned section - I have a can from the at home right now.

Also lentils and chickpeas are pretty much in stock are every supermarket, often even at discounters. We are shopping mostly at discounters here and our pantry is definitely stocked with those. :D

If you want large bags of rice, you'll need to find an Asian market though -> usually they will have those 10+kg bags there.

level 2

Rewe should have at least a few of what you are looking for. Pinto for example....

level 1
1 point · 1 day ago

How early is the schedule for the Nurburgring posted? Currently it looks like the track is closed almost every weekday of November. Any chance of these days opening up once we get closer to those dates?

I checked the schedule at https://www.greenhelldriving.nuerburgring.de/#/landing. Is there a better place to check the schedule?

level 1

A question from an Arab person, hey people I'm currently learning German in the hopes of going to study my bachelor's degree in Germany, as I'm following the political and social climate in Germany I'm noticing some resentment towards Arabs, my question is, is the current resentment against Islamic and Middle Eastern culture or against foreigners that come from the middle east in general? , and shall I (as a middle eastern non Muslim Arab) be afraid about my well being getting into Germany,? Thanks in advance and Tschüss :)

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Europe3 points · 1 day ago

Unfortunately, we have a few racist assholes in Germany (just like most countries). They're not particularly discerning - they dislike anyone who looks different to them (even though they often pretend like they are fighting the influence of "radical Islam", I'm fairly sure that they won't be checking someone's religion before trying to beat them up). They get a lot more press time (just like extremists everywhere) than their numbers would merit - we're talking about a very small number of people. They tend to be concentrated in more rural areas in eastern Germany (with the notable exception of Berlin).

The vast majority of Germans will have no problem with you coming here, provided you make a reasonable effort to learn the language and adapt at least a little to the local culture. If you stick to the larger cities, you probably won't experience anything worse than, very rarely, a bunch of (possibly drunk) idiots calling you names, and even in the smaller towns and villages (particularly in western Germany) you may get some odd looks, but usually nothing worse than that. As usual, you'll want to use your judgement - if you see a large group of skinheads assembling, you should steer clear - but hopefully you won't ever see them.

Good luck with learning the language! :)

level 3

Thank you so much for your comment, I'm sure I will try my best to fit in as I know being close minded and not open for new concepts and cultures is harmful to one's self and others:)

level 2

I would say use your better judgement. Most Germans are loving, kind, caring people that love everyone. If you assimilate and don’t propagate sharia law, you should be fine. Just watch out for the roving bands of criminal gangs.

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Europe1 point · 1 day ago

This is a good address.

Seriously answer: buying weed is illegal in Germany.

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1 point · 1 day ago

I did some research on the topic, since there is a lot of incorrect advice being shared on that topic. The "minimum amount" myth is particularly dangerous for people who think they'll never get in trouble with a gram.

Here's the guide: http://allaboutberlin.com/guides/buying-marijuana-in-berlin

level 1

I'm moving from Belgium to Berlin in the near future. What are the advantages of getting a mobile phone plan in Germany instead of just keeping my Belgian phone plan apart from having a local phone number, since roaming costs in the EU were abolished?

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Europe3 points · 1 day ago

You can only keep using your Belgian mobile number for a month or two once you've moved to Germany. Roaming costs were abolished, but only for visits - your Belgian mobile phone provider will cancel your contract if they see that you're using your mobile phone almost exclusively out of the country (i.e. if you've moved to Germany, as opposed to just visiting Germany occasionally while living in Belgium).

Therefore, you've got a grace period after moving during which you can keep using your Belgian mobile contract. However, you'll have to switch to a German contract after that.

level 3

Thanks for the insightful reply!

level 1

So I am having a debate with my friend and he said something intriguing.

What he claimed was that Germany's school separated secondary schools into 3 levels: one for low-level labor another for skilled labor and the last for a university degree and once you are into one, you can't really switch to another.

Is that really the case?

level 2
Europe4 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

That's about half-right. Broadly speaking, the original purpose of the three secondary school streams was:

  • To prepare someone for an academic career in the Gymnasium (GY)

  • To prepare someone for a technical or administrative career in the Realschule (RS)

  • To prepare someone for a vocational career in the Hauptschule (HS)

The three school offer different secondary leaving certificates:

  • Abitur

  • Realschulabschluss

  • Hauptschulabschluss

The subjects are also a bit different - for example, a Realschule may offer courses in technology (eg learning to solder) that a Gymnasium would not (conversely, Ancient Greek would likely only be taught in a Gymnasium). However, many subjects are common (languages, maths....), although may be taught at different levels and in different teaching styles - for example, maths at a Gymnasium would focus more on theoretical mathematics, whereas maths in a Realschule would focus on applied mathematics.

Over time, the various professions have crept “upwards” - so that some things that used to require just a Hauptschulabschluss now require a Realschulabschluss, and so on. This also caused the distribution of students to shift, from (very roughly) a third in each to over 50% at the Gymnasium these days.

Children are placed into one of the three streams of secondary education after primary school, primarily based on aptitude. Here is a very good explanation of this - noting that, like in most countries, your parents' background has a significant impact on what school you attend (not directly of course, but better educated parents tend to offer a more stimulating or encouraging home environment to their children, who then tend to attend the "higher" secondary schools).

Given that education is the responsibility of each German state, and education is always being tinkered with, each state has their own system. In many states, the Realschule and Hauptschule have merged into one (where a student has the possibility to do a Realschulabschluss after they have completed their Hauptschulabschluss). Also, many states offer Gesamtschulen (often in addition to the separated GY/RS/HS) where you can acquire all three secondary leaving certificates, but with a different teaching style (for example, in Hamburg at the moment, finishing your Abitur at a Gymnasium takes 8 years, while doing it at a Gesamtschule takes 9. I say “at the moment” as these kinds of things are constantly being tinkered with by various state governments).

If you’re struggling at the GY or RS you can also downgrade to a “lower” secondary school. Conversely, students doing very well in the RS/HS have the option of switching to a “higher” secondary school, although in practice this doesn’t happen all that often (it would be wrong to say that it never happens, though).

After RS/HS, most students would go on to some kind of vocational or technical qualification (e.g. an apprenticeship), and then enter the workforce. It should be said that in Germany these non-university forms of tertiary education are more highly valued than in other countries, so (depending on what career they wish to pursue) doing a vocational/technical qualification offers a perfectly reasonable career path. Professions which, require a university degree in other countries are handled through vocational qualification in Germany (and many of these professions are in very high demand). Here is a good summary of how vocational and technical training works in Germany.

Alternatively, RS/HS students can also attend a number of “upper secondary” (between secondary and tertiary) schools (the GY usually includes the “upper secondary” streams) which offer various paths to different forms of tertiary education - take a look at this infographic. This means that, should they wish to and have the academia aptitude, there are a number of ways in which someone with a Realschul- or Hauptschulabschluss can attend university, although the route is not as direct as those who attended the GY. This is a fairly common route for bright children from less priviledged backgrounds - they usually can't keep up in the GY (and so attend the RS), but given a bit more time (and emotional maturity), they can attend university after taking the slightly "longer" route (e.g. via a Fachoberschule).

Children who attend the GY generally go on to attend university, although a fair number also go into some of the more "brainy" vocational qualifications.

level 2
Germany2 points · 1 day ago

Not quite. In Germany, as many jobs as possible involve "skilled labour", with people doing apprenticeships and getting qualifications for crafts, manual labour, working in shops etc.

It's more Hauptschule (lowest tier) -> blue-collar apprenticeship, Realschule (mid-tier) -> white-collar apprenticeship, Gymnasium (highest tier) -> university.

In reality, some people from the highest tier also do white-collar apprenticeships, people from the mid-tier do blue-collar ones, so people with a bad leaving certificate (or worse, none) from the lowest tier may have great trouble finding an apprenticeship or work. Those who didn't even manage to graduate successfully may be practically unemployable.

It is possible for people to go into the higher tiers if they're good students. It's easier for people to drop down in to the next-lower one if they cannot cope with what's expected.

There are ways for those who went through the lower levels of the school system to gain university access later. But that will require a lot of work and motivation.

level 3

On the other hand. In international comparision studies, Germany has the school system with lowest permeability. The specificity of job requirements in Germany makes the system transparent, but the organization of students into different highly specialized and stratified apprenticeship tracks impairs permeability. Especially for children from lower social class.

level 2

Generally yes, but the school system is resposibility of the German states. So there is a variety of systems. Many states have combined the both lower levels of schools, or all three. Problem is, that the highest level schools "Gymnasium" have a long tradition, reputation, and history in Germany, and to do a real reform of the systems fails because the Gymnasium couldn't touched really.

level 3

It is also the case that you can move on / switch, i.e you go to second tier (Realschule) first and move on to Gymnasium later (depends on your grades and also there might be some other rules about having had a second foreign language, I seem to remember, in addition to English).

level 1
3 points · 2 days ago

Soon I'll be moving to Germany from Bosnia & Herzegovina. I want to know how do you german people feel about all this immigration into your country and about us, Slavs ?

I'm coming to do some honest work and also I'll be learning German. My country is a shithole as Trump would say :D

level 2
1 point · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

I'd say it varies a lot. You get a bit of everything from "borders are a crime" to neo-Nazis who blame everything on foreigners. There is certainly a disconcerting anti-immigration movement taking hold, but most people are just fine with hard-working foreigners.

level 1

I will be visiting Germany soon will be heading to Hamburg, would like to know what and how Germans think about Asians in general? Does Germans or Europeans in general dislike Asians?

I’m a Asian Chinese from Singapore and would also like to know more about German culture so that I would be able to fit in with the locals during my visit. Am learning some German language as well at the same time so I can try to speak your language when im here.

level 2

Hamburg have a long history of Asian people. In no other city in Germany there are so many Chinese people, more than 10,000.

level 2

Most Europeans don't know much about East Asia and there are certain stereotypes - that you are reserved, intelligent, prefer studying/working to socialising, obsessed with technology. But yeah, none of those are particularly likely to go against you. Xenophobia in Europe is directed at Muslims, Africans and other Europeans, only a minuscule percentage of morons have any problem with East Asians.

I'm not actually German but my experience of fitting into German culture taught me that learning German is important, and also being confident. Germans are very self-confident people and if you go out of your way to be polite or to please them, they will sometimes think you're shy and insecure.

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Europe1 point · 2 days ago

You won’t have any issues; Hamburg is a fairly multicultural city in any case. Just make sure you avoid the most egregious faux pas (e.g. doing a Hitler salute while drunk) and you’ll be fine. Our wiki has a list of German etiquette that you may find useful.

If you’re looking for things to do, look through past threads on this subreddit (here is one example, but there are plenty more, so use the search function), or browse /r/Hamburg - there are a ton of things to see and do. Have a great trip!

level 2

Definitely not, germans don't dislike asians! If you want to learn much about german culture, you should visit both ends, north and south, because they are nothing alike. The part about "Oktoberfest" is mostly in southern Germany, where the northern have the so called "Schützenfest".

level 1

QCould anyone recommend Oktoberfest in Düsseldorf? Anything interesting or not to miss?

level 2

There‘s only one real Oktoberfest :) That one in Munich

level 2

"Oktoberfest" is not a traditional festival there. It's a form of "dress up as cliché Bavarians", like Carnival.

If you're American, imagine a bunch of people living on the East coast dressing up as Texan cowboys and holding a rodeo.

It might be fun, but it's not the grand old "German tradition" you might be looking for.

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I'm not looking for a Bavarian experience, just want to know if there's anything local and unmissable about the one in Dusseldorf. Otherwise we will just hunker down in Altstadt.

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Württemberg5 points · 2 days ago

anything local and unmissable about the one

As Oktoberfest in Munich is the only "real" one you are not missing anything except a bunch of drunken teenagers wearing cheap dirndl. Go to the Altstadt enjoy a few Altbier. This is more local and authentic than the Shitfest.

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level 2

Normally they ring first, but if you aren't at home it's common for package delivery services to hand items to neighbours.

Sometimes the various services also do this without ringing, when they want to save time and just claim you weren't there.

Unless we're talking about big household appliances etc., they aren't going to phone you, even if they can't find the place. The people driving those cars are badly paid, have to meet impossible quotas to get a halfway decent income; they're not going to phone after people.

level 1

Has anyone used SMARTments – either their student temporary apartments or their business ones?


I'm having trouble contacting them and I want to see if they offer a Wohungsgeberbescheinigung/landlord confirmation on their bookings....

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Nordrhein-Westfalen1 point · 2 days ago

I recently moved into an unfurnished flat that doesn't have any lights, just hanging wires. Each "position" has three wires and nothing else. It appears the previous tenants drilled some holes to anchor their lights.

They are also fairly high up and I don't own a step ladder or anything. Nor do I own a drill. Or screws. I've also never installed lights (although I recognise the wire colors). I'm not the most handy guy and drilling vertically is something I have never done. I can probably borrow a toolbox from a friend and stand on a chair.

My question is, how normal is it to install lights oneself (I will shut the power off so I don't kill myself) or do people normally hire someone? I have very little bearing on how difficult it will be.

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Chilean in NRW1 point · 15 hours ago

don't be afraid. The same happened to me, at the end could install the light without problems. Although in my case it was only one lamp fortunately.

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Europe5 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

While most people install their own lights, if you don't feel comfortable doing it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking a friend (or even an electrician) to do it for you the first few times. Watch what they do, and then you'll probably feel more comfortable doing it yourself in the future.

  1. As you wrote, check that there is no power running through the wires. Turn off power at the fuse box, and make sure you tripped the correct fuse by checking the exposed wires with a voltmeter (such as this one).

  2. If the previous tenants left dowels in the ceiling, feel free to re-use them. Screw hooks (or screws) into them, and use them to attach your lamp.

  3. If you've got a very light lamp (essentially just a lightbulb, perhaps with a small paper screen) you can just hang it by the electrical wire. However, for anything heavier (or if you're feeling a bit unsure), you'll want to hang it by a screw or hook in the ceiling.

  4. When drilling a hole, make sure you don't hit the electrical cable by mistake. Sometimes you can see (by the bend in the cable) which way it runs along the ceiling, but most of the time it will run straight from the fixture to the switch on the wall, orthogonal to one of the walls. Therefore, when you drill, make sure not to drill in the path of the cable.

  5. Before drilling, knock on the ceiling (e.g. with the butt of a screwdriver). Sometimes there are Hohlraumdosen installed in the ceiling - if the area immediately around the cable sounds hollow, drill a bit further away, in an area that sounds "solid".

  6. Your ceiling is likely concrete (although it could be wood if your house is older). Use a concrete drill bit, of the appropriate diameter for the dowel / wall plug (Dübel) you're using (the wall plug's packaging tells you what diameter to use).

  7. When connecting the lamp's wires to the wires in the ceiling, make sure they are inserted all the way into the wire connectors, i.e. make sure that there is next to no exposed wire. Trim the ends of the wires a little if necessary. Tighten the screws sufficiently so that, if you pull on the wire with a moderate amount of force, it doesn't come out.

Good luck! :)

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Germany3 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

Very important advice for drilling up vertically:
Protective glasses!!!

All that dust and sand and grit will go somewhere, most probably down - where your wide open eyes are trying to see what's happening!

PS: if you have help, have a vacuum cleaner running and suck away the dust at the source! (needs a second pair of hands!)

level 1

What is the best state of Germany to visit for architecture lovers?

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Germany1 point · 2 days ago

Whereever you may go, come visit Aachen

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Patrona Bavariae1 point · 2 days ago

Depends on what kind of architecture you're interested in.

level 3

Mostly older structures such as castles and forts from the Middle Ages.

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2 points · 1 day ago

Definitely not Berlin and Brandenburg then.

level 5

Thanks

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Patrona Bavariae2 points · 1 day ago

Then I'd say the south and the east of Germany would be most interesting for you, like Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, Thuringia, some parts of Northrhine-Westphalia and Rheinland-Pfalz along the Rhein river

level 5

Thank you or Danke!🇩🇪

level 1

Hello, I need to purchase a laptop from an online store in Germany that delivers to Europe. Do you have any recommendations for a reliable and trustworthy store? (No Amazon)

level 2

Notebooksbilliger, definitely

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Europe3 points · 2 days ago

Use a comparison shopping site like Geizhals.de to compare offers from different online stores, making sure to read the store reviews to see if a particular store is trustworthy or not. Major online stores for laptops include Alternate.de and Notebooksbilliger.de.

level 1

Hello, i have 2 questions, are there any university with a deadline past 7/15?

Can i send all documents except proof of 1 academic year before 7/15 and then send the proof of 1 academic year at the beginning of august?

level 2

The 15th of July deadline only applies to courses with limited capacity. Less popular courses (think Latin or Theology....) usually don't have a limited capacity aka numerus clausus aka NC because universities know they have the capacity for anyone who would want to study it and it's not worth going through the hassle of a proper application process.

Which means you can just show up (or go online) and enroll in those courses. Of course you will still need the necessary paperwork but if you have that you are guaranteed to get a place. Usually enrollment for these courses is open until very close to the start of the semester. I believe in this case the dates vary somewhat from uni to uni. But the 15th of July deadline is basically fixed because lots of application processes are centralised through Hochschulstart now and obviously they need the same deadline at every university.

Which courses don't have a limited capacity varies greatly from university to university. Basically popular cities like Berlin limit capacity for almost all courses because they are all overrun due to the popularity of the city which leads to huge application numbers even for usually not so popular courses.
While in less popular cities you might be lucky and be able to just enroll in a course that's usually considered popular and has limited capacity in other cities.

Google for "zulassungsfrei" or "NC-frei" to find courses that don't have limited capacity.

level 3

thank you for your answers, i have 1 more question, i have found this website and it's showing almost all courses of cs are open admission, Is cs really that unpopular?

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Patrona Bavariae1 point · 2 days ago

Informatik is very hard, with lots of mathematics. So not too many students looking for that

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Baden-Württemberg 2 points · 3 days ago

1 - Depends on what you want to study. There are "unpopular" subjects like maths, physics or african literature, the deadline for those is usually in October. This applies to bachelor programmes. Deadlines and requirements for Master level programmes can differ very much depending on the university. What are you looking for?

2 - that will also depend on the university

level 1

Hello everyone!

So I have a couple of questions about university applications in Germany. Is it normal to wait till you get your high school diploma? Also, when do German students typically get their abitur?

level 2

Yes. It's not even possible to apply before you actually have your Abitur in your hands. Applications open on the 1st of June and close on the 15th of July for a start in October. Usually pupils will receive their Abitur sometime in June, leaving them a couple of weeks to apply before the 15th of July.
Since German university applications usually don't involve writing essays or getting references from people that's plenty of time. You can do all the choosing of a university and a course beforehand and then you only need to go through the actual application process after you received your Abitur. Shouldn't take longer than ten minutes or so per university to do the actual application.

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Bayern2 points · 4 days ago

Yes, it is normal to wait. Don't think you even can apply without it. Applications close July 15th. When people get their Abitur depends on the Federal State. Bavaria should be (one of) the last ones and we got it the end of June.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen1 point · 4 days ago

You usually receive your Abitur around June. Can you elaborate on your first question?

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I will receive my high school diploma around June. However, I am at a school in Asia, and if I need to send my documents to uni-assist I don't know if I can make the July deadline. So I was wondering if there was any way that I could apply before getting my diploma.

level 1

Hello guys, I have a small question. Are there any colleges in Germany that deal with 3D modelling or visual effects? I've found my calling in that area and it would be a great opportunity to move where my parents live. Thank you guys a lot!!!!

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Niedersachsen1 point · 4 days ago

Yes. Most schools dealing with media and film are private schools though, so chances are you will have to pay a tuition fee. Also the vast majority of Bachelor's courses in Germany are in German. Last but not least there is something called Google, which can immensely help you finding study programs.

level 1

Hello you all. I got this banned from two subreddits and I am hopeless.

I want to know the meaning of "Die Wölfe kommen zurück". I know the translation is "The wolves are coming back". But I do not undestand the real meaning of it. All I know is that it is the name of a short story by a german author called Hans Bender and also the name of a Coil's song from the Black Light District album. I just could not find anything about it in english (or any language accessible to me) on the web and the curiosity is annoying me. Thank you all in advance.

level 2

Depends on the context. I guess you got it from a news story. For over a hundred years there haven't been any wild wolves in Germany because humans hunted them down back in the day. But for the last ten years or so more and more have come back. Especially in Brandenburg there is a sizeable wolf population now and they are spreading out over the rest of the country.

So the literal translation is correct. The wolves are coming back and lots of environmentalists are very excited about it while farmers are afraid for their farm animals which is why you will read the occasional news story about it.

level 1

Servus everyone!

I am an international student and from October 1st I will be studying Computer Science at Hochschule Ulm. I am really excited about it and also a bit nervous for my new life there, so I’d really appreciate it if any of you would give me any tips or advices that would ease my fresh start in Germany.

Have a good evening!

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Nordrhein-Westfalen1 point · 4 days ago

Habe a look at the wiki, there is some useful stuff there.

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Singapore1 point · 5 days ago

I'm moving from Singapore to Berlin this October for university. May I ask if an appointment at the Bürgeramt is required for the registration of my apartment? The website seems to suggest that all the offices need an appointment.

I move in on the 1st, but could only secure an appointment at a centrally located Bürgeramt on the 15th. (Any earlier slots I could find, I am either not free or the office was simply too far!) However, I'd prefer to register asap so I can open my bank account earlier with the Meldebescheinigung. And since I'm technically supposed to register within 14 days of moving in, I'm toeing the line with my appointment on the 15th. Thanks in advance!

level 2
2 points · 1 day ago

Instead of repeating myself, I'll link to my sources directly:

As these guides say, you don't need to get the appointment in 2 weeks. However, many banks require a registered address before you open an account (some don't). In 2018, you can trivially get appointments in the same week.

level 2

Berlin knows it is a failed city. People don't care if you're late registering your address. Officially they don't even require you to register it within 14 days any more but just to book an appointment to register it within the 14 days, even if that appointment is several months in the future. Because they know that getting an appointment within the two weeks can be hard to impossible.

These days it's gotten much better but two or three years ago people had problems getting an appointment at all. If you were lucky you would be able to get one two or three months in the future. But sometimes literally all appointments in the online calendar were booked.

Personally I have never heard of anyone being fined for registering a couple of days or even weeks late. Certainly not in Berlin.

Agree with the other poster though: just walk in, ask very nicely and you have a good chance to be squeezed in between two appointments. Especially when you go early in the morning.

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1 point · 1 day ago

It's trivial to get same-week appointments in 2018 though.

level 2

No one will really care if you're a few days late, in fact even a few weeks won't cause any problems. So don't worry.

Depending on the person behind the desk, you can try and just walk in. Explain your situation, be nice and humble, they can squeeze you in of you're willing to wait. Worked for my erasmus students plenty of times.

level 3
Singapore1 point · 5 days ago

Thanks for the info!

level 1

Can you use AldiTalk Internet plans with tablets like the iPad or is it just for phones? I'm looking for LTE-only plan for an iPad.

https://www.alditalk.de/prepaid-internet-flat-tarif-optionen

Thanks

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Europe1 point · 5 days ago

As far as I know, yes (assuming you have an iPad with a SIM card slot - not all of them do).

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1 point · 6 days ago

Hello, I’ve enrolled myself at university, but later I remembered that I almost surely forgot to put a date and a signature at the end of the enrollment form. The official at the university probably didn’t notice that and accepted my documents. I also received the mandatory matriculation number and paid the semester fee afterwards and the online portal of the university shows that I’m enrolled and that I’ve paid all the fees. Now I only need to get my student ID-card (I’ll come to get it next week).

Do you think I should inform the university that I forgot to sign the enrollment application or to leave it this way? So far nobody has contacted me to notify me about the mistake although it has been nearly 3 weeks after the enrollment. Will there be serious consequences because of this? I know that it’s a really stupid mistake and it’s my fault, but I still hope that nothing bad will happen. I would greatly appreciate your help.

level 2

Don't do anything. Most universities probably won't even store enrollment forms after they processed them. So if yours was processed and the clerk didn't notice you got lucky. Because usually they shouldn't be allowed to enroll you if it wasn't signed.

I don't see why they would ever look at your enrollment form again, even if they store it - so if you keep your mouth shut the chance of you getting in trouble for this is basically zero.

But if you make a fuss about it I guess there is a chance your enrollment would be revoked and if the deadline for enrollment has already passed god knows if you will be able to enroll again. So effectively you might lose your place at that university.

level 3
1 point · 4 days ago

Thank you for the reply. I won't say a word about it and I'll act like nothing happened. There is just one more thing about this - in the enrollment form I gave the address in my home country since I haven't moved to Germany and don't have a German address yet. So they told me to let them know as soon as I have an address in Germany. Do you think they will look at my enrollment form again after I give them my new address or they'll just update the information in their system?

level 4

I never worked in uni administration so I wouldn't know. Also I guess every uni is a bit different. But my best guess is that they probably put the enrollment forms in the shredder after processing them. Why would they keep them? What kind of (legal) dispute could there possibly be for which they would need to keep the original enrollment forms as proof?
And even if they do keep them, I doubt anyone is going to dig them up in the archive unless absolutely necessary. And I don't see why it would be necessary to check the original enrollment form to change your address. Students change their addresses all the time, that's not something special that would require an awful lot of forms or anything. Often you can even just do it yourself in the uni's online portal.

Relax, you'll be fine. Chances are you even signed the document without remembering it.

level 5

What kind of (legal) dispute could there possibly be for which they would need to keep the original enrollment forms as proof?

How about "I never enrolled, why do you want money from me?". And even if there were none, no public office will shred such papers for a long time.

But you are right, nothing will happen here.

level 6

I've only ever been immatriculated at two universities but in both cases if you didn't pay you just got exmatriculated automatically. So there would never really be a legal dispute over payments. That might be different at other universities though.

level 5
1 point · 3 days ago

Thank you, I feel more relaxed now.

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Niedersachsen2 points · 6 days ago

Just move on. Honestly the chance that this can matter some time in the future is around 0%.

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1 point · 6 days ago

Hello, I'm a student from Europe and in winter semester I'm going to study at the Dortmund University thanks to Erasmus exchange.

I'm currently trying to find a furnished apartament for four months and it's not going great. I've heard form somebody offering a very nice apartament with decent rent but high deposit. Two people have been replying to my emails so I don't really know who is the landlord. They offerd me signing a contract via e-mail but want the copy of my ID first.

I know that according to German law, one should provide the copy before viewing the apartament but since I don't live in German, I'm not going to physically see the apartament until my arrival. How safe is it to send the copy without any confirmation other than the email? From where I come from it's like asking somebody to take credit in my name or something like that. Everything about renting apartament at a distance makes me horribly stressed, especially because I sent many many requests and received almost no answer, and I'm leaving in two weeks. Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for the reply!

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Chilean in NRW2 points · 5 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Hello, I started as PhD student in Dortmund in August so I can help a bit (only a bit, I'm still getting used to Germany). Try searching in the facebook group of WG in Dortmund. Also the same TU Dortmund website has a lot of websites where you can search for accommodation. I found mine in ebay-kleinanzeigen, and most of the visits I could pay to apartments were with ebay more than immobilien tbh. You can ask also asking for the Studierendenwerk if they know of anyone looking for subleasing their apartment in the student village.

About the other comment you posted, don't do by any chance paying beforehand you are provided the keys, signing the contract is enough, I would report them to immobilienscout. I wouldn't sign a contract before seeing the apartment personally too. I think your best chance is renting for some weeks a short-term rental (like in airbnb or housing anywhere) before looking something serious here

And the deposits are just expensive. Maybe you should search for a room in a shared apartment.

Edit: forgot to write it, but you can ask to pay the deposit in 3 installments or something. That's the deal I reached with my landlord since no way I have 1500€ of nowhere lol

level 2

I know that according to German law, one should provide the copy before viewing the apartament

There is nothing in German law that says you have to provide an ID copy. If a landlord or agent wants to see one, that is usually done during the viewing of the flat.

I've heard form somebody offering a very nice apartament with decent rent but high deposit.

Do they want the deposit in advance, so you can "prove you're serious" or some such? Could you give the numbers, and perhaps a link or screencap of the ad? I'm getting several scam warning tingles.

You should start to consider options for interim accommodation until you find a permanent place. Finding something from abroad is very hard, and not feasible at all in many places.

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1 point · 6 days ago

Thank you for the quick response! Here is the link: https://www.immobilienscout24.de/expose/106458939?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=commservicemail_vendortoseeker&utm_content=object_textlink#/

They said that they ''we will exchance the contract via email; the contract will be effective when you send both the deposit and the rent for Oktober and November.'' I asked if the deposit could be lower to 1300 from 1950 and they agreed but the amount of money required to Pay at once worries me.

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Germany3 points · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

Well, the ad is not as obviously a scam as some I've seen, but it's still one.

we will exchance the contract via email; the contract will be effective when you send both the deposit and the rent for Oktober and November.

That is utterly and completely against German law, and against common practice.

The first rent, just as the first third of the deposit (which you have a right to pay in three installments) is due on the first day of your rental period. You have three working days grace period. That means you hold the keys and have access to the flat before paying anything.

A rental contract in Germany is "effective" when it's been signed by both sides. Having to pay two rents plus the deposit in advance screams scam. What proof do you have that the flat is for rent, and/or that the people you are talking to own it?

What is weird is that the supposed landlords given in the ad are two men who run a tax consulting firm. They should know and/or be able to research German rental laws.

I can only assume that someone is using their name, because this is so much beyond what even shitty landlords in Germany try to do that I cannot see it being real.

This is the tax consulting office; here is their contact information. They use an @tinter.de domain for their email addresses.

ETA: Also, in a tight housing market, if you ask to have a deposit lowered, I think many landlords would have just rejected you - or they would have offered the option to pay in installments, which is after all a legal thing anyway.

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1 point · 6 days ago

Thank you so so much. I'm going back to looking for the apartament. I have one more question: do you know anything about https://dortmund.homecompany.de? I'm desperate and it's seems like something which won't illegaly take my money, at least I hope so. They require full registration (also with copy of ID) and will serve as a middleman between the landlord and myslef.

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Hm, the company appears to be real at least. They have social media channels that haven't been updated in a long time, but have been up for years. The reviews they have on Facebook aren't exactly glowing, but at least two of the reviewers have rented flats from them.

"Wohnen auf Zeit" etc. can be an option for the beginning in Germany, until you find a "proper" flat.

Have you tried rooms for "Zwischenmiete" on wg-gesucht.de? "Zwischenmiete means that you subrent a flat or room while the tenant is away, often it's students spending a semester elsewhere.

level 7
1 point · 6 days ago

Yes, I've sent couple of requests to the offers on wg-gesucht but as for now, no luck. I'm going to keep searching. Thank you for all the help!

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 4 days ago

If everything else fails, there is the option to rent a Monteurswohnung for a short amount of time, basically a flat for travelling craftman. Depending on the length of your stay there you can haggle, the longer the cheaper normaly.

Wiki about housing

Wiki about Dortmund

level 1

Moving to Germany in January with my Swiss-German partner. She's getting a work transfer to either Berlin, Munich, Hamburg or Cologne. We don't know which one yet, but we can influence the decision if we submit a preference. Our preference would be based on my job prospects in these cities.

I'm an Australian citizen and can get an initial one year working visa, but I am a physiotherapist (bachelor of health science and master of physiotherapy) with 5 years experience and cannot be registered as one in Germany without fluency in German. I am currently learning the language but becoming registered is more of a long term goal.

Does anyone have any ideas on what jobs I could look into as a non-german speaker? My thoughts so far have been to do a TEFL course and teach English. Although my understanding is that this market is saturated with plenty of English speaking expats. Perhaps a massage therapist - does anyone know if I'd need extra qualifications for that or would my Australian qualifications be enough?

I am working full-time until I leave and plan to do a 4-8 week intensive German course when I arrive so I have time to self-learn or do any online courses that would enhance my job prospects.

Any input or direction for further research would be greatly appreciated!

level 2
Europe1 point · 6 days ago

I presume you're not married? If you were to get married, you would be able to "piggyback" in order to get a work permit - otherwise, you'll have to get your own work permit, "on your own merits", so to speak.

TEFL is always a possibility, but, yes, it's very tough, pay is low, and there is a ton of competition from people fleeing Brexit and Trump. If your partner is bringing in most of the money then it might work, but you certainly wouldn't earn very much.

Massage therapist can be tricky. You have to be very careful what you call yourself (you can't call yourself any of the "protected titles", such as physiotherapist, as that would imply that you had a recognised qualification), and you can't offer any clinical massages (i.e. massages that seek to remedy a medical condition). Here is some information from a group of "alternative" masseurs. If you wanted to expand beyond this, you would have to get your qualification recognised (see here for information, as well as here).

To be honest: your best shot is working very hard on your German, and then following the paths to getting your qualification recognised (or at least get a list of additional courses you must attend in order to get an equivalent qualification to a German physiotherapist). Otherwise, you'd be stuck doing jobs that require no qualification (e.g. stacking shelves at a supermarket).

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Chilean in NRW1 point · 5 days ago

marrying seems to be the most easy option definitely lol and what we did with my now wife when I was offered the job (of course, we already thought of marrying before, we had plans for future, long time serious relationship etc)

level 1
Germany1 point · 7 days ago

Where can I ask about a book to learn German? Is there a sub dedicated for people learning German?

I'm getting a hard time to find this book, can someone hook me up with it? I would really appreciate it.

"Prüfungstraining DaF / B1 - Goethe-/ÖSD-Zertifikat B1"

978-3-06-020897-5

[https://www.manz.at/list.html?isbn=978-3-06-020897-5]

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level 1

I leave Berlin tomorrow forever and move to Spain for 1 year (insert super sad face here). What are the best suggestions re my Sparkasse bank account? I don't want to withdraw all the money and have it with me - that's stupid. I have a main UK bank account but no longer have the debit card attached to it. Should I:

  1. transfer my Euros into my UK account, pay the transfer fee and lose money with the TransferWise exchange rate? But the problem is I don't have my UK debit card anymore... then I have no way to withdraw money, so this seems very silly.

  2. keep my account until I open a bank account in Spain (eg N26), then transfer the money and close my Sparkasse? This option assumes I can close my account outside of Germany which, according to this post, is indeed possible. Seems like my best option so far - thoughts?

  3. Continue using my Sparkasse account in Spain - I don't know what sort of fees I would pay though because I cant find the page with fees and account types. I can read and speak C1 German but all the complicated business and banking words on their website confuses me too much.

  4. Open to other suggestions :)

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Nordrhein-Westfalen1 point · 7 days ago

It depends what you are doing with it. Using the Girocard ("EC-Karte" is the old name, but still used widely) for payments is free of fees throughout the Eurozone. Getting cash from an ATM at other banks means you possibly have to pay a fee, so ask at your Sparkasse at what banks in Spain it is the cheapest or free in the best case (there is not one Sparkasse, but a gazillion of little local Sparkassen in Germany, each with different fees, so you have to check with yours, might be Berliner Sparkasse, but I'm not sure of course).

If you do all the banking online and don't need a Sparkasse branch office within reach, I see no reason why you shouldn't just keep the Sparkasse account. Überweisung (Credit Transfer) and Lastschrift (Direct Debit) are the same all over the SEPA (single Euro payment area), so you can just receive your wages from a Spanish company to your German account and pay your Spanish utility and internet bills from your German account. That seems to me as the least complicated way.

Changing an account is always a lenghty matter (it is recommended to keep the old account with some money on it for a few months to catch the odd Lastschrift or Dauerauftrag that you have forgotten to reroute. It always makes a bad impression if you can't pay a bill because the account is empty or non existent, and you can easily avoid having to explain that mess), so if you only stay in Spain for a year that is probably not worth it.

level 1

Would you rather study in Rhine-Waal in Kleve or Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt in Lippstadt?

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 6 days ago

First both give you a semester ticket for public transport in the whole state NRW, it is incuded in your membership fee, so you can travel everywhere and you should use this opportunity extensive especially on weekends where you probably will have more time for traveling around. So the question is also do you need a lot of entertainment opportunities every day.

Well if it is in Hamm or in Lippstadt depends on the department, you can find out on their website (well I was reading the german version). Hamm is a middle sized city and really good connected to surounding cities, you are in no time in Münster, Dortmund ... and you can also visit a lot of other cities easily, just hop on on of the regional express lines and there will be a lot of interesting cities in a range of 1-2h that you can visit without switching trains. Lippstadt is around 30 min from Hamm so it might be possible to live in Ham and visit the Campus in Lippstadt, if your department is there in case Lippstad is to small for you, students in germany live either way seldom in dorms, those are rather rare and renting on the private market a small flat for your selve or a shared appartment is the normal way. But is you can get one of the often rather cheap dorm rooms it is a good option.

Kleve is not so far from Duisburg, so the rhine-ruhr area is not far away, but the public transport connection seems to be not so good, sometimes things are not far away, but take a long time with public transport. You can probably use a bicycle and reach Duisburg in the same time you need with public transport, so if you study there an ebike, scooter whatever might be a good tool to bring you to a better public transport hub.

Lippstadt and Kleve seem to be both nice small towns, so I would say it depends on the amount of entertainment you need, especially Monday - Friday.

By the way I think our city center here in Dortmund is a bit meh, while Kreuzviertel and Kaiserviertel are quite ok. Here is a bit of info about Dortmund.

Münster has definitely the better city center. For real action on weekends, Cologne as a metropole is the place to party. But in general with the NRW ticket in your hand, you should rather look on weekends for events in whole NRW, choose what you like and just commute to it. If you party until the morning it should be even with Kleve no problem to get home with public transport.

To get a feeling for public transport connection install the apps DB-Navigator, öffi and some from public transport companies and play around with it, try especialy times in the evenings of the weekends, to see how good the connection is.

level 1

Hello. Can someone tell me if these 1 and 2 aren't a scam.

My brother is in Berlin, looking to rent, he's getting desperate as people aren't responding to his inquiries.

He's a student, going to TU berlin in October.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 7 days ago

I'm not sure if that is a scam, but when you send me 950 €, then I will tell you.

level 2
Niedersachsen4 points · 7 days ago

102% scam.

level 2

100 percent a scam. Those scammers are preying on the desperate; tell your brother not to go for this on the hope that just maybe it might be real. Same goes for wonderful cheap flats found on places such as Craigslist that no German uses.

Never pay money for a flat you haven't seen, or without holding a contract.

I assume that the information on the receipt from Western Union, coupled with knowing the name, would enable the scammer to get the money.

Tenants' rights in Germany being what they are, no sane landlord would promise a flat to a prospective tenant they haven't seen yet. And while they do ask people to prove they can afford a flat, that's not done by having a family member of the tenant send money somewhere. Rather, they ask for the Schufa record, payslips, or a guarantor's statement, especially with young people. Again, no sane German landlord will promise to rent to a person based on the first exchange of contact information. They want to meet a tenant (or if they employ an agent, have the agent meet the tenant).

Usually a landlord invites as many applicants as they want for a flat viewing. There are going to be unsuitable candidates among the crowd; that's expected, and the meeting serves as a means of sorting through the crowd. They aren't going to pick one person and verify their suitability by establishing that someone in their family has 950 Euro (which does not prove anything about the applicant).

Rental contracts in Germany do not involve notaries. There's absolutely no reason to have one.

Please direct your brother towards the Wiki of this sub for advice on finding housing, including avoiding scams. /r/scams is also a good resource, but US-centered; not all aspects of finding housing are the same there and here.

level 3

Thanks for the lengthy reply, I was iffy about having to use Western Union but couldn't really explain to him why it's a scam.

I did sent him to the wiki, but I don't know what he said in his emails, he's just not getting any responses except for obvious scams.

level 4

People are constantly looking for rooms in Berlin, that is why he isn't getting responses. Landlords and main tenants want someone who can meet in person and be ready to move in, not arrange a meet up next month and hope the person is compatible. Meet in person and have a contract before sending any money. If your bro does not follow this, he will get scammed.

level 4

Anything where the landlord is abroad etc. and requires a "deposit" to show you're serious is a scam. Legally, the deposit (or rather the first of three installments) is due on the first day of the rental contract, together with the first rent. There's a grace period of three working days. That means that when you move into a flat here, you have the keys and can put your stuff in before ever paying anything.

What sites is he using to look?

level 5

Thanks again, I'll pass this along to him.

He's using wg-gesucht

level 6

That's the best one for someone in his situation. Sadly, the only thing he can do is monitor it closely and immediately contact people for every advert that pops up, as soon as he can.

level 7

To expand on this: come up with a nice little text about yourself when applying for a room in a WG.

When we were looking for new flatmates we often got very short emails that basically just said "my name is X, I study Y and I would be very interested in this room". Of course we never invited any of them because we also got tons of emails from people telling us a bit about themselves so we already had an idea if they could fit in with us before we invited them over to meet in person.

Basically anyone offering a room or flat in Berlin will be swamped with emails. So unless you stand out a bit no one is going to waste their time inviting someone they don't know anything about to view the room. There are just too many other applicants who take the time to write a bit about themselves.

level 7

I guess I'll have to help find his housing then.

level 2
Württemberg3 points · 7 days ago

101% scam

level 1
1 point · 7 days ago

Hi All! I am moving soon to Germany(Ulm) for studies. I wanted to know roughly how much the average haircut/hair coloring cost is in Germany? I am trying to budget my expenses, so was curious to know it.

level 2
Europe1 point · 7 days ago

For a woman or a man? Short or long hair?

level 3
1 point · 7 days ago

Man with short hair

level 4
Europe1 point · 7 days ago

I’d say about 10-25€ for a haircut, and another 25-35€ for colouring. However, it very much depends on what kind of hairdresser you go to, and what your expectations are.

level 4
Patrona Bavariae2 points · 7 days ago

No clue about colouring, but a haircut should be in a price range from about 10 to 20 euros

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Europe1 point · 7 days ago

I’m not sure what you mean by “CAD” and “trade”. Do you have a university degree? Or another kind of formal qualification?

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level 4
Europe1 point · 7 days ago

In that case, I can recommend that you read our wiki. Keep in mind that not only do you need to speak conversational German to survive daily life in Germany, but that the overwhelming majority of jobs in Germany require that you speak fluent German (there are only a few niche exceptions, such as IT, and certain kinds of finance and engineering jobs).

level 1

I got a friend fresh out of highschool in Germany and she's trying to find something to do. Preferably she would have wanted to work as something she describes as "a teacher but not really a teacher." Basically she wants to do work that makes people happy and if it involves her getting to travel around (especially abroad) then that would be a huge plus. Do any of you know how she should go about doing this? Or know any organizations that might be like this?

level 2
2 points · 1 day ago

So she wants to be paid to be on vacation?

All jokes aside, "Chief Happiness Officer" is a position that exists now. It's essentially a person who keeps the workers happy.

Travelling for work is a real drag though. It's vastly different from travelling for fun.

level 2
Niedersachsen2 points · 8 days ago

I think a lot of people would be very happy to have a job where we get paid to travel around and have fun too. :P

In general NGO/non-profit work involves making people's life better and may include traveling. Also generally most kind of interesting work requires her to have certain skills, experience and/or knowledge too. Starting college or an apprenticeship in a field like social work would be a possible next step for her to acquire those skills, score some internships and giving her time to decide what kind of a career she wants to start.

If she can't decide what to do right now then there is the possibility of doing a volunteering gap year - Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr. There are options abroad, but those often involve additional costs.

level 3

Oooh. Where would be nice to do this volunteering?

level 5

Oooh, thanks! I'll tell her to check it out 😂

level 1
2 points · 8 days ago

Hi all! I will be moving to Germany soon. Am I able to register in Bürgeramt in Berlin, if my address is Ahrensfelde, Brandenburg? And where I can find a site, where I can book a Termin there?

Thank you.

level 2

Am I able to register in Bürgeramt in Berlin

No, you have to register in the municipality where you actually live. Berlin is not just another municipality, it's another state.

The address of the municipality appears to be here, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A place that size is not going to have online appointments.

Scroll down to "Meldewesen" on this site for the form you need to have filled by your landlord. You have to bring that along when you register.

level 3

Thank you!

level 2

Nope, if you move to Ahrensfelde, you need to register in Ahrensfelde. It's not the same city or Bundesland. I don't know for sure, but I would guess that registering in Ahrensfelde works the same way it does elsewhere in Germany: you just show up at the Bürgeramt, no need to book a time slot in advance.

level 1
1 point · 8 days ago · edited 8 days ago

Where can I go to have an old photo scanned and edited? I have a childhood photo of a friend with his sister. I want to get the photo scanned and fixed for any imperfections and present the photo as a gift. Where can I get this done? Thank you.

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1 point · 7 days ago

Depends on how much money you are willing to spend. Most photographers offer this service, chains are probably a bit cheaper. You could also ask your local copy shop

level 2

Try in DM maybe? I think they offer that sort of thing

level 1

Hallo, i'm from Singapore and will be in Hamburg soon for a business trip and i will be renting a car during my stay in Hamburg. I'm planning to drive to Denmark and Netherlands as part of my trip, need some advise on first time border crossing on what I need to do etc and what border is recommended to cross and where to stay in this two countries? thanks.

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Europe2 points · 7 days ago

I'm planning to drive to Denmark and Netherlands as part of my trip,

Just to check: why? If you're looking to visit places, see if taking the train might not be easier - it generally is, unless you're thinking of visiting out-of-the-way places. Are you aware that it's a two-hour drive to Denmark, and over three and a half hours to the Netherlands? If you're just here for a business trip then there are plenty of things to see and do closer to Hamburg - unless there are specific things you're looking to see and do in Denmark and the Netherlands?

You definitely won't need a car in Hamburg; it's far easier to get around with public transport.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 8 days ago

Normaly there are no real borders within Shengen/EU, just random spotchecks of customs controll or police, so it can hapen that you do not get controlled at all. The border consists of a sign welcome to country x. Real borders with checkpoints is rather a thing with border to countries outside of the EU, germany is in the middle and has none of them.

Denmark is doing more controls in the recent years, the same is true for the german/austrian border.

Well what do you need:

  1. Telling the company where you rent the car that you want to drive in the netherlands and denmark.

  2. You need your driving license (international or translation might be handy sometimes), visa if you need one to enter the EU ( I am currently to lazy to look up, if singapur is on the list with people who can just enter for 90 days), passport etc. .. so all your official papers, + the papers from the car rental company so you have proof that you rented and not stolen the car, if police or customs stops you.

  3. Inform yourself about traffic rules in the countries, to not violate them and getting fines. for germany you can look here.

For tips where to stay, you should tell people about your interests, also to ask in the subreddits of denmark and the netherlands might be a good idea.

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Niedersachsen2 points · 8 days ago

We don't really have border controls anymore within the EU with very few exceptions. Just use your navigation device and drive to your destination.

The only thing is that on the way back from the Netherlands German police may randomly check cars because drug laws are more lenient there and they want to stop people bringing some back.

level 1

Anyone know what a "Pflichtmitgliedschaft confirmation" is?


I got a contract, and I am switching from private to public health insurance (TK).

But the private insurance won't let me go! I already sent tons of documents asking for termination, and proving I am currently insured by TK... but they say they need a confirmation that I am a "mandatory member of TK".


I asked TK if they can provide me with whatever document this is, but I haven't gotten an answer (yet). Anyone has any idea?

level 2
2 points · 8 days ago

Not an expert, but they may be asking for a confirmation specifically stating that you are a Pflichtmitglied, i.e. your salary is below the Beitragsbemessungsgrenze (mandatory insurance in a public health insurance (GKV)). As opposed to being a Freiwilliges Mitglied (high salary, Beamter or others), who can choose between private (PKV) and GKV.

level 1
2 points · 8 days ago

Hello
I don't think i found the answer to this question in FAQ
I am a Syrian Student and i'll graduate from college in 3 months or so (Medicine), so i was planning on going to Germany to Specialize in Medicine .My question is : Will my (Laptop/phone/storage devices like external hard disk or usb flash drive) be scanned or examined in the airport or other place to check for copyrighted material or pirated data ?

Since here in Syria we can't buy or get any legal movies/anime/music/programs due to the U.S sanctions on my country , we are forced to live on pirated data
Another question is about streaming/downloading illegally , i read the FAQ , but let's say i "download" a song from youtube , does that also counts as copyright infringement ? How the internet provider will tell if i did that and fine me?

One more question : Is there a list of forbidden sites to access while in Germany?

Thank you for your help !

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Europe2 points · 8 days ago

Will my (Laptop/phone/storage devices like external hard disk or usb flash drive) be scanned or examined in the airport or other place to check for copyrighted material or pirated data

Almost certainly not.

but let's say i "download" a song from youtube , does that also counts as copyright infringement ?

It's almost certainly legal (as YouTube is responsible for removing illegal content), but note that you (probably) will be breaking the law if you then share the music with someone else. Either way, you're very unlikely to get caught if you do this.

Is there a list of forbidden sites to access while in Germany?

It's not a question of whether a site is forbidden (there are no "forbidden sites"), it's whether you're illegally downloading copyrighted material. Think of it this way: are you downloading a song/TV show/movie etc that has not been released by their creator for free? Are you doing so from a website or service that doesn't have the rights to do so (and to whom you pay something)? Then it's illegal. If you're unsure, it's almost certainly illegal.

For 100% legal content, use music services like Spotify, Audible, iTunes etc, or video services like Netflix, Amazon Video, or the Mediatheken of the German TV broadcasters.

As the wiki says, if you use BitTorrent to download illegally obtained material, you're very likely to be caught and fined. If you use other means (e.g. streaming, Usenet), then what you're doing remains illegal, but you're less likely (although this change is not zero) to be caught and fined.

level 1

Are the people asking for signatures (allegedly for the deaf) at major tourist attractions from tourists legit? It seems a bit fishy that they target tourists (first question is "do you speak English"), and their page seems rather vague. They definitely don't feel legit

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

That is a scam, be careful! Either they use it to distract your attention you someone else can pickpicket you, or they ask for your address, then they phone a burglar buddy to tell them where a certain someone is not at home right now... Or it is another heinous act they are planning with that, either way, they are certainly not legit. And that donations they collect will not go to a charitable organisation anyway. Stay away.

https://www.ndr.de/ratgeber/verbraucher/Klemmbrett-Masche-Vorsicht-vor-Spendenbetruegern,unterschrift134.html

https://www.swp.de/suedwesten/staedte/heidenheim/abzocke-aufgedeckt_-spendensammler-laut-polizei-betrueger-22870427.html

level 2

Before you know it you signed something to make a "donation".

level 3

Nah, I didn't sign it, luckily

level 2

No they‘re not. You can also find these „deaf“ people in trains, trying to sell stuff.

level 1
1 point · 8 days ago

Sorry for asking another question, I feel like I've been spamming you guys lately.

This morning I went to the dr and she prescribed an an antidepressant. She gave me a Krankenschein for the next two weeks, so I don't have to go to work.

In the last block of Berufsschule I heard people talking about how they sometimes call off sick just for a day or two. They talked about how you just have to be careful not to get caught outside having fun, and how it's better to play video games inside and blah blah blah.

I'd really rather not be stuck in my apartment for the next two weeks, I think I'd probably go even crazier. But what happens if someone from work sees me outside walking around, or going to gym? Is it ok as long as I have a Krankenschein? (Which I do have, to be clear.)

level 2

In addition to the excellent answer you already have, there's also this:

The people who take one or two days off likely aren't going to have a Krankschreibung, as most employers do not require one by default for less than three days illness. That means of course that their "I'm sick" is less believable than yours if an employer gets suspicious, as in your case a doctor is involved. Being sick for just long enough not to need a Krankschreibung is of course a classic trick that employers are aware of.

level 3
1 point · 8 days ago

I suspected it was something like that, I just wanted to make sure. Thank you!

level 2
Europe3 points · 8 days ago

If you have a Krankschreibung, then you have a duty to do everything reasonable to speed your recovery and be fit enough to return to work as soon as possible. Therefore, for example, if you have a strong flu, then you should definitely stay in bed, drink lots of water, and rest. If my employee called in sick with a strong flu, but I saw him outside playing football that afternoon, then I'd be fairly pissed and would give him a stern talking to (or a disciplinary warning) when he came back to work, as playing football is not exactly conducive to getting over your flu quickly.

In your case, with depression, you should avoid doing things to make your depression worse, and do things which make it better. If you feel better by going to the gym or walking through the forest, then you should do that, and without concern that anyone would have an issue with that.

I hope you get better soon!

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 7 days ago

playing football is not exactly conducive to getting over your flu quickly

also it could be a sign that you are only faking the flu, then you'd risk being fired. When I got the flu (not just a cold, the real flu) last year two days before christmas, I was basically tied to the bed for 2 weeks, just going to the toilet was already an ordeal because I felt so weak and dizzy. I strongly doubt I would have been able to play football. Great way to spend the holidays, by the way. Not.

level 3
1 point · 8 days ago

Thank you!

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Chilean in NRW1 point · 9 days ago

I "inherited" the internet connection with 1&1 of the previous tenant (it was an agreement when changing flats and since the price seemed fair and I wanted the apartment I said OK). The plan they have is 100mbps, but my connection tests only give about 15mbps. I enter to the Fritz!Box admin panel and shows this

                                 Empfangsrichtung	Senderichtung
DSLAM-Datenrate Max.	kbit/s	109344	42000
DSLAM-Datenrate Min.	kbit/s	720	368
Leitungskapazität	kbit/s	13877	986
Aktuelle Datenrate	kbit/s	13838	967
Nahtlose Ratenadaption		aus	aus

This means that the actual capacity of the line here is just 10% of what they contracted? Could I (or them, since is still under their name) do something apart from complaining to 1&1?

level 2
-2 points · 8 days ago

8 bit per byte. 100k internet means 100k/8 = 12.500kb/s =12,5mb/s.

your connection seems fine to me.

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Chilean in NRW3 points · 8 days ago

that isn't kb/s is kbit/s, is 13mbps not 13mb/s

level 3
Germany4 points · 8 days ago

But he is getting 13877 kbit/s instead of 100000 kbit/s

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Niedersachsen3 points · 9 days ago

Talk with your provider. Your connection/router has to support DSL vectoring to get the full 100mbit speed. 15mbit is the backup speed you usually get when there is a problem with the vectoring. Generally they should send a technician to fix your connection or router.

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Chilean in NRW1 point · 8 days ago

thanks! Didn't know about this DSL vectoring thing.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 7 days ago

Ask for a router that is "VDSL2 compatible" (ADSL goes until 6 MBit/s, ADSL+ is good until 16, and VDSL is for 25 and 50, and VDSL2 is for 100 MBit, there is also VDSL2+ for speeds above that).

You should check whether the router you have there is rented from the ISP (as option to the contract for a few Euros per month extra), then you can just ask for a new one. Or maybe it was bought by the guy living there before, then you'd have to either rent a router from the ISP or buy your own new one. Those would all work: https://geizhals.de/?cat=wlanroutmod&v=l&hloc=at&hloc=de&sort=p&bl1_id=100&xf=4024_VDSL2 (you have to look at additional features that you might want to have). Buying your own router can pay off if you are using it for a couple of years, also you might not get from your ISP what you need in terms of features.

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Chilean in NRW1 point · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

thanks! I think that the Fritz!box router is rented since the box is full of 1&1 advertising. The model is a Fritz!Box 7462 7362 SL, the box says that it has capacity up to 100mbps but only states it supports VDSL/ADSL/ADSL2+, nothing about VDSL2. I'll ask the previous tenant to call them and request another modem or a technician or something, while the contract is still under their name. Thanks a lot!

level 6
Nordrhein-Westfalen1 point · 7 days ago

you sure about the number? I only found a 7412 and a 7362, both are young enough and would work with VDSL2.

If it is one of those, there's probably another reason that you're only crawling at some 13 MBit/s, it might be a wiring issue. Do you still have a splitter in the line? the VDSL lines are usually sold as VoIP, so there are no phone and internet frequencies that need to be split, so a splitter would be useless, in contrast it would disturb the signal. The landline just has to go into the Fritzbox unaltered, and any phones that you have are attached to the Fritzbox (you can use the outlet "phone" from the Fritzbox, or if you have DECT handsets, just register them directly with the Fritzbox, not their base station anymore).

Next item on the check list would be your wiring. Usually the phone main socket is somewhere in the hallway, while people like to put their router near their computer, so there's probably a line running through one or two rooms within your apartment. That cable between the landline socket and your router could have an issue, maybe there is also a wall socket that is not up to it and needs to be changed. Easy way to find out is to temporarily put the router directly beside the main socket and connect it with a short cable, circumventing the long complicated and possibly faulty cable through all the walls and connection sockets. If it works at 100 MBit/s then, you'll know what to do.

If that's not the reason either, then let the ISP check its side of the connection (that means waiting in a hotline queue for a prolonged while until you can tell them that something is wrong).

level 7
Chilean in NRW1 point · 7 days ago

You're right, is the 7362, my apologies. And is connected directly to the wall socket, no splitter and no phones installed indeed. So ugh it seems I'll just have to call or something, something I wanted to avoid since I don't know much german yet. Thanks!!

level 8
Nordrhein-Westfalen2 points · 7 days ago

I've found a similar case in the Telekom forum, there somone also had only some 13 MBit/s instead of 50, and eventually it turned out that it was indeed an error on the Telekom side (needed to flip a cable in the grey cabinet at the street corner). So it is indeed possible that your future ordeal of talking with your ISP's service line will actually help.

level 4

In addition your provider has to make sure you receive at least 50% of the advertised speed or else you have a ground for a termination of paying less.

level 5
Nordrhein-Westfalen1 point · 7 days ago

not if the router is the reason, and it is his own router, not a rented one (in which case it would be replaced by the ISP for free).

level 1

hey germans ! iam looking for nice nature spot in germany , not far from belgian boarder max 200km+~ where we can hike and enjoy food ! pleas help me :) its for my gfs bday thanks ! ( sorry for bad writing )

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Germany1 point · 8 days ago · edited 8 days ago

The High Fens are nice for nature hikes.

Edit: Official Site in German with pictures.

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2 points · 8 days ago

Have a look a the Rheinsteig: Beautiful scenic hiking trail along the rhine. Some parts are bit challenging, others lead you through vineyards and the view is stunning most of the time. On top of that it's very easy to get back to your parked car by train.


The small towns down in the valley should have a variety of restaurants.

level 1

My SO has a mother that needs some elderly care, and I was hoping that getting her mother some internet would help with communication and monitoring. Unfortunately, my SO isn't in Germany to help facilitate this, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how best to get an elderly, senile, technophobic person in Hamburg set up with some high-speed internet.

According to my SO, it's actually quite difficult to get internet set up in Germany, which is why she says she couldn't get it done before, but there's a chance she'll be back in October, but perhaps only for a week. I don't speak German but my SO does, but I think we need some steps/procedures/tips to help us through the process.

Thanks!

level 2

gigacube would be a portable solution. witch doesn`t rely on connection to any outlet.

level 3

Thanks, I'll look into it!

level 2
Europe1 point · 8 days ago

Does your mother-in-law live by herself (ie in a house or apartment), or in a care home?

level 3

She's by herself in an apartment. She does not yet qualify (so far as I understand) for a care home.

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