When preparing to move to Germany, foreigners often do not understand the real situation and fall under the influence of delusions. These mistakes can be frustrating at best when realities are far from clear. And at worst… A lot can happen to a migrant who finds himself in a new country and knows nothing about it. Here are the main mistakes to avoid.
- SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
1. Search for a university (specialty) in which it is easy to study
Do not search because you will not find. It is difficult to study in Germany, even if you do not plan to be an excellent student and become a doctor of philosophy. Studying always takes a lot of time, physical and intellectual resources, because it is necessary to meet the minimum requirements. There is a so-called Orientierungsprüfung - a list of subjects that are especially important for this specialty. They must pass on time to confirm their qualifications and continue their studies. If this "minimum" is not passed - you lose both a student card and a visa.
In addition, to fully adapt (get used to the language, learning system, settle down, solve organizational issues, etc.) will only work after a while. Therefore, you need to adequately and objectively assess your strengths and desires in advance, to understand whether the abilities meet expectations. Don't like programming - don't go for IT. Scare drawings and calculations - do not go to the engineers. Even if these specialties are needed in Germany, bad specialists are quickly removed here.
2. Finding a science that will help with permanent residence
There is no such specialty that guarantees that you will successfully get a job and stay in Germany. Professionals here, of course, are valued in any field. But professionals learn their specialty consciously. Therefore, you first need to decide: why you want to stay in Germany, how you imagine your life in exile, what you want to learn, who to work for, etc.
3. I don't want to study, I want to get married
Many girls (women) ask: where is the easiest thing to do if I still plan to get married successfully? This is also a delusion. Because, as already written above, studying takes a lot of time and effort, and to build a personal life in such a time is quite inconvenient. You should not consider a student ticket as a pass to the country. It is better to look for other options, for example, the same acquaintances on the Internet.
And as for the ease of admission to the university, then "everything is difficult." In the German education system, the situation varies from year to year and from semester to semester. Some courses open, others are reorganized or closed. Tuition fees, conditions of admission to the university, etc. change. Therefore, it is best to apply to several universities of interest to you for similar specialties. And determine in advance for yourself a priority university, in case you go through everything.
4. "Light" part-time jobs
If a foreigner has a student visa, he is allowed to work no more than 20 hours a week. When the holidays are longer. Finding a job will take some time, and it all depends on how well you know the language and what experience you have. In addition, you must first learn how to properly write resumes and letters of recommendation. Sometimes it takes months to get some documents and get a long-term visa (the lowest - for a year).
Therefore, you need to start looking for a job earlier. And do not expect that from the threshold you will earn 600-700 euros, which are necessary for living in Germany. You also need to take into account taxes that are paid on income over 450 euros. And also remember that you can't work as a freelancer with a student visa.
5. "Secret" part-time jobs
Many emigrants expect to work illegally so that no one finds out. In Germany, this trick rarely passes. Many schemes and adventures have long been studied by relevant specialists. And if a person is caught in an illegal job, the trip abroad will be booked even in the form of tourism.
6. Savings on everything, even food
Future migrants are often asked how much money they need to live if they save on food. This misconception can have serious consequences. Living in a foreign country, studying combined with part-time work is a huge burden on the body. If you do not eat well, you can go to the hospital. And German health insurance does not cover all cases. Treating beriberi, gastritis or dental problems in this country is much more expensive than eating well to prevent these diseases.
7. Dislike of German
Rarely can anyone call German speech melodious. And if you are among those whose ear is cut off by this language, and you can't force yourself to learn it - you shouldn't go to Germany. There are other options: in a number of successful countries (Czech Republic, Poland, France) you can find free or inexpensive education in the state language.
8. "Now I'll explain everything to you"
When a person moves abroad, there are many people who believe that everything was given to him easily and simply. Money has fallen from the sky, as have the documents needed for the embassy, ready-made rental agreements and employment contracts, as well as other benefits of a successful life in Europe. It is not necessary to prove and explain how much you had to work to go abroad. They still won't understand. You need to smile and keep doing your job.
9. Just to leave
If a person is ill at home, it will be even worse abroad. Especially if he is ready to stay there on any terms, even as an illegal migrant.
10. I want to not know what
Just wanting to go to Germany is good. But if you really set yourself that goal, decide what exactly you want. Work or study, travel or sit still? Specify your motivation and go in search of opportunities. There really weren't any of them.