Moving to Germany (Masters Program in Germany)
I am planning to move to Germany in September to start an Master's Engineering program. I don't personally know anyone who has done this before; So finding all the speed bumps has been a little frustrating. But I am getting everything together for the move and living in Germany for two years.
Even though there is a lot of information out there. I wonder if any of yall had pointers for moving to Germany, dealing with the bureaucracy, things to watch out for....
Honestly, having lived in Germany for several years, I really do not think that people face more bureaucracy in their everyday lives than people in North America. When you move, you do have to go to the city office "Einwohnermeldeamt" to report your address to the city government, but that is the only special bureaucracy that you have to deal with. It kind of depends on what you'll end up doing, though. Getting married or divorced is much, much more complicated in Europe than in North America, and if you have children, there is more bureaucracy involving the particulars of sending them to school and so on. If you are just going to study and not work, you're not likely to have any special hurdles as long as you have enough money to pay for your expenses (you won't receive public assistance as a foreigner), and after a few months you'll probably be surprised at just how similar life in Germany is. That's been my experience, at least. In almost any situation involving living abroad, the language is usually far and away the single biggest problem, and once you master the language, you'll find that people and the lives they live are not that much different wherever you go. Good luck!
"Klassen" sagen wir nur in der Schule. Aber es geht um ein "Master's Program". Es ist also an einer Uni. Und da sagen wir "Vorlesung". Außerdem würden wir auch an einer Schule nicht sagen "Werden die Klassen auf Deutsch sein?", sondern "Wird der Unterricht auf Deutsch sein?", weil "Klasse/Klassen" die Gruppe von Schülern bezeichnet, aber nicht die Unterrichtsstunden bzw. den Unterricht. I am in the class 5B. -> Ich bin in der Klasse 5B. I have to go to class now. -> Ich muss jetzt in den Unterricht.