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Study in Germany, land of ideas

19th December 2015, EME NUST


Hassan Bhatti
Study & life in Germany, scholarship network

Who we are?
We are students and professionals in Germany. Who want to help
Pakistani students to participate in Higher education opportunities in
Germany.
We want to share our experiences , so that they may help other students
with less effort and effective results.
We dont charge or intend to make any financial gains out of this process.
Our group and seminars are entirely free, we only expect to be helping
hand for other students in future. So that chain of Share your experience
and become a helping hand continues.

Best Regards:
Study and life in Germany:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/adminstudygermany/
Scholarship network:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/scholarships.pk/
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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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1- Eight reasons to study in Germany


Study in Germany is cost
effective with affordable
fee structure.

High work opportunities to afford


your expenses during studies.
Flexible work policies for students.

1- Eight reasons to study in Germany

High living standards, health


care and transportation.

One of the world best


educational system. World
renowned universities.

1- Eight reasons to study in Germany

Settlement opportunities.
Flexible visa and work policies
for professionals.

Multicultural , meet people ,


learn languages and visit 26
European countries.

1-Eight reasons to study in Germany

One of the top economies of


the world, excellent post
studies opportunities in
industry.

Enjoy Internship and research in


world renowned companies.

Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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2- Possible opportunities & deadlines


Studies level/Standard

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Requirements

Duration of degree

Bachelor
intake

A levels, 13 years
of education
FSc., 12 years of
education+1 year in
Studienkollege

3 years program with one


additional
studienkollege(if
candidate has 12 years of
education at time of
admission).

Masters
Intake

BSc. (16 years of


education , between
180-210 ECTS)

Typically 2 years program


with 120 ECTS.

2- Possible opportunities & deadlines


Studies level/Standard
PhD.
Intake

Split/
Exchange
program

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Requirements

Duration of degree

18 years of
education
300 ECTS

3 to 5 years depending on
your supervisor and
center.

Depends on the
program

6 months to 1 year ,
depending on
split/exchange programs.

2- Possible opportunities & deadlines


Semester

Application intake(each
year)

Start of semester(each
year)

Summer semester

August/September to January

April

Winter semester(There
are more no. of course in
winter semester)

January to May/June

October

Applications for winter 2015 semesters are opened between


January , and May 2015.You can also apply on the basis of 7th
semester result & hope certificate.
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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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3-Educational set up in
Germany & requirements

Type of Institution
Technical University a.k.a
TU

More research oriented study.


Course are more theoretical.

Suitable for candidates


who want to pursue PhD.
degree.

Hochschule (University of
applied sciences)

Industry oriented programs,


focusing internship.

Suitable for students who


are seeking jobs in
industry

There are about 400 universities in Germany offering more then


15,000 programs.
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3- Requirements for
bachelor degree in Germany

The requirement for German bachelor is 13 years of education.


If you have 12 years of education you have to attend one year
foundation course at studienkollege.
If you have 12 years of education then you must do B1
German certification from Goethe Pakistan.
The visa for studienkollege is granted for 3 months for entry
test of studienkollege , known as aufnahme. The admission in
studienkollege is only granted on the basis of aufnahme
success.
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3- Requirements for bachelor


degree in Germany
The studienkollege is required in two cases:
If the candidate has 12 years(FSc.) education in Pakistan.
If the candidate has 13 years (A levels)of education, and he/she
applies for German taught bachelor program.
After attending one year of studienkollege:
The candidate must pass university entrance exam,
Festellungsprfung.
** It must be kept in mind that DAE is counted as 12 years of
education.

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3- Requirements for Masters


degree in Germany
Following are requirements for masters program:
16 years of education with 180-210 ECTS.
IELTS with 6.0 from British council/AEO or TOFEL.
GRE is not mostly required in Germany universities except for few cases.
If you have low CGPA follow these tips:
Apply in 8-10 universities in Germany, try to apply as early as possible.
Make good quality of LOR(letter of recommendation) & SOP(Statement of
purpose).

Target mostly Hochschule type of universities.

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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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4- Steps to apply
Step-1
Step-1

Step-2

Search your program(1


to 3 days)

Apply online and send application


by post(one week), admission
letter takes approx. 2 month

Step-3

Step-4

Open bank account in


DB(3-8 days), submit
amount(3-5 days)

Apply for visa(4-8


weeks)

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Total time: 5-6 months

Step-1: Search your


program

Select your area of interest.


Use daad.de website to find the universities offering the
program of your interest.
https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/internati
onal-programs/en/
Compile list of programs in XLS, make columns for
university name, program details , requirements and
deadlines .

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Step-2: Applying for


programs

Once the list of programs to be applied is ready , follow


these steps:
Go to website of particular university and find online
application portal.
Make an account and fill in your online application using
steps guided by the wizard.
The next step is to take print out of application and
attach it with the set of documents(explained on the
next slide).
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Step-2: Understanding
Uni assist
Some universities donot have in house application
evaluation system. They outsource this task to third party
called uni assist. Application procedure is very similar to
that of any university:
Instead of going to university website portal, you need to
go to Uni Assist portal, http://www.uni-assist.de/. Make
account and apply via wizard. (Similar procedure as for
any university).
As extra procedure you are required to pay application
fee, which is generally free in case you apply in university
directly.
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Step-2: Understanding
Uni assist
Keep in mind applying through Uni Assist is not your choice.
If certain university is affiliated with uni assist then you
must apply through uni assist.
Application fee for first application is 68 Euros and 15
Euros for every next application. Fine more information
here, http://www.uni-assist.de/FAQ-en.html
Most suitable way to make this payment is UBL Wiz card.
Or if you have any friend in Germany he/she can do it
easily.

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Step-2: Preparing
application bundle
After you complete your online application.You need to take print out of the
online application. And attach required document with the application.
Following documents are required:
All academic documents
Language certificates, IELTS/TOFEL . German language(If required )
Statement of purpose (SOP)
Letter of recommendation (LORs) . (If format is given on the website then
use it, other wise make your own LORs).
One page CV, including your work experience, internships and search
experience.

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Step 2: Attestation of
documents
Copies of all academic documents should be attested from notary public. Few
universities have additional requirements mentioned on their websites.
IELTS results can also be attested by the notary public. The TOFEL/GRE
score are send through ETS.
Use LOR of the university if give on their website like TUM other wise
make your own LOR.
For document to be attested from HEC, use online appointment system,
and send the documents which are front attested. (Originals are attested
from back and copy is attested from front ).

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Step-2 : Letter of recommendation(LOR)


Generally two LORS are required. Try to sign it from senior
professor or some manager in your organization.
The LORs must be signed, stamped, and sealed counter signed
envelopes .
Use white envelopes, with following information on the front:
Name of the university , name of the signatory, his designation, his contact
(including his contact number, email and official address).

First close the envelope with good quality of glue and let it dry.
Then request your professor to sign. And finally put
transparent tape on it.
Always remember to have neat formatting and spell check on
your LORS.
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Step-2: Statement of purpose


Statement of purpose reflects your interest in certain field
provided your earlier educational and research activities.
Never copy and paste the SOP from the internet. Write SOP in
your own words.
Rewrite, read and review your SOP again and again. It is most
important piece of document and mistakes in SOP will give very
bad impression.
The SOP must include following:
The link between your BSc. education and your intentional area of
masters.
Your research interest, your future prospect and your projects
oriented on the same direction as your intended filed of masters .
Your internships, job experience or other activity showing your
interest in the same field.
Your BSc. thesis and other research publications reflecting your
interest in the your intended masters degree.
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Step 2:Compiling
application bundle

Now arrange your documents in the following order


Online application , CV, statement of purpose, all educational
documents in ascending order, language certificates,
experience certificates including internship.
Seal the letter of reference separately, and put all document in
one big envelope with out stapling them.
Stitch them neatly and print the address of the admission
office. Also put your address, name, email address and contact
number at the back of the envelope.
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Step 2: Sending the documents by postal


You can use courier services or Pakistan post for sending your application.

Pakistan post takes 15-20 days. Cost around 300-500 Rs depending on the
weight.

TCS, cost around 1500 Rs., takes 4-5 days , using TCS student express

service.

DHL costs around 1860/- Rs. takes 3-4 days , Fedex 1500/- Rs. 3-4 Days.

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Step 2:Waiting for results/Receiving


admission letter
Once application is submitted you need to wait for 2-3 months for the results.

Generally universities send you admission letter by email first and then by
postal.

This admission letter is important for the following

For opening bank account at Deutsche bank

For your VISA application

For the immigration while travelling abroad

For all your Initial responses when you reach

Germany.

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Step 3- Financing studies in


Germany
Education in Germany is almost free how ever the person must bear living cost
himself. Typically this cost is around 600-900 Euros depending on your City.
Following can be adopted to manage this Cost

Opening a bank account in deutsche bank Germany depositing one year expense
i.e. 8040 Euros in it .

Getting some scholarship from government of Pakistan or from any body in

Germany.

Getting some sponsor from Germany, which gives declaration to sponsor the
student for the period he/she does not get proper job to support himself.
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Step 3- Financing
studies in Germany
Following are expenses in Germany:
Compulsory health insurance- 30 to 80 Euros (depending on
the company.)
Mobile phone expenses -10 to 40 Euros (depending on you
take smart phone on contract or only the mobile phone
connection)
Rent of room 240 to 500 Euros(depending on your city)
Semester fee 200-500 Euros(most of this fee goes to your
semester ticket, it allows to travel free of cost with your state
in specific trains & buses).

Other living expense-100 Euros


Total Expense------ 600-900 Euros
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Step 3- Financial requirement for visa


According to the VISA policy it is compulsory for every
student to show the expense of first year on average 670
Euros per month or 8040 Euros per year.
It is assumed that the student will get some job with in
one year and can bear the remaining expense after that.
The student can alternatively provide scholarship or
sponsor letter as the proof. However sponsor letter has
very less chances of success and is not recommended.

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Step-3 : Opening bank


account in Deutsche bank

Download the online form , fill and print it. Attach admission
letter and copy of passport.
Take appoint on phone from Islamabad embassy, consulate in
Lahore or Karachi for attestation of the DB form.
Send the application form to the address written on it via
DHL.
The package should included account opening form, admission
letter and copy of passport.
In 4-5 Working day you will receive email of your account
information of Deutsch bank account.

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Step-3 : Opening bank


account in Deutsche bank
As visa requirement you are required to proof your finances. One way of doing it
through blocked account statement.

After you receive account opening letter, you need to transfer the said amount i.e.
8040 Euros. The transfer takes 4-5 more days.

After this you will receive blocked account letter. Indicating that your money is
now safely blocked in the account. This is received with in one week of sending
amount.

Transfer 100-150 Euros extra which are normally required to activate your
account. Which include 50 Euros as account activation charges, 30 to 50 Euros as
international transfer charges.
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Step-3 : How to transfer


money to Deutsche bank

Following methods can be used to transfer money to Deutsche


bank , Germany.

Through foreign currency account, exchange services like NBP


exchange.

Through money brokers , like money gram, western union etc.

Through any relative or friend already in Germany.

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Step-3: Scholarship
opportunities
In case of scholarship, blocked account is not required. Following
links can be used for scholarship:
You can find scholarship on higher education
commission(HEC) ,
http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/HRD/Scholarships/
ForeignScholarships/Pages/ForeignScholarship.aspx
Agha Khan foundation,
http://www.akdn.org/akf_scholarships.asp
National ICT Scholarship, http://www.ictrdf.org.pk/scholarship/

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Step-3: Scholarship
opportunities
Foreign scholarship opportunities
Daad Pakistan scholarships,
https://www.daad.de/laenderinformationen/pakistan/de/
Erasmus Mundus,
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_comp
endia/selected_projects_action_1_master_courses_en.ph
p
Look on scholarships at, Scholarship network
https://www.facebook.com/groups/scholarships.pk/

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Step-3: Sponsorship letter


a.k.a. formal obligation letter

Formal obligation letter also know as


verpflichtungserklrung can be used as proof of finances:
The sponsorer should be paying taxes as per German law.
The sponsorer should be German or European national.
The income of the sponsorer should be more then
required amount to sponsorship after his/her own
expenses.

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Step-4: Applying for


the visa application(I)
The visa can be applied in:
Islamabad embassy:
Islamabad embassy requires appointment for visa. The appointment can be taken
by online appointment system.
Karachi consulate:
Does not require any appointment , the token are given every morning. Just
reach as early as possible & try to secure your token.
Only people from Sindh & Balouchistan can apply through Karachi consulate.

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4- Polio vaccination

From 2013 onwards polio vaccination is mandatory for


every person travelling to German.You must submit polio
vaccination card with your visa application.
The card can be obtained after free vaccination at nearest
government hospitals. Some recommended places are
Polyclinic , PIMS Islamabad etc.

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4- The travel insurance


There are two type of insurances, travelling insurance(3
months insurance for your travelling trip to Germany),
Health insurance(obtained after reaching in Germany,
maintained during your stay in Germany).
Travelling insurance is mostly required for 3 months
having 30,000 Euros cover, such insurance mostly costs
between 5000 to 8000 Pkrs.
The travelling insurance can be bought one month before
and two month after your expected date of receiving visa.
It is submitted with visa application in Isb. Embassy, and after
obtaining visa in Karachi consulate.

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Step-4: Applying for


the visa application(II)

As soon as you get admission letter , apply for bank account


and visa appointment in parallel. Bank opening procedure
takes 20 days , keep this margin in view.
Embassy entertains appointment by online system only, no
appointment can be taken by phone or email.
The embassy only gives 5 to 8 appointment per day , due to
which appointment system is very busy. Student find problems
in securing appointments each year. To reserve your
appointment ahead.

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Step 4- Setting up for the


visa process application

You need three set of documents, one original and two


copies.
Make check list of documents from the Embassy page &
http://www.pakistan.diplo.de/Vertretung/pakistan/en/06Le
gal/2__visa__longterm/2__Study__visa__Seite.html.
The arrangement order of documents may vary, however
general order is provided on next slide. There are people
to help you in arranging the documents in correct order.

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Step 4- Setting document in


right order
You need three sets of documents, one original & two copies.
Following documents are needed , make checklist from the embassy website
and complete your documents.
Application form(available on embassy website),passport copy (first four
pages only).
List of relatives, security questionnaire(also available on embassy website).
Application declaration, one page CV
Academic document(Originals must be attested from HEC), Experience
document
Proof of blocked account, travelling insurance
Language proficiency certificates, IELTS, German course certificate(if
required).
Other documents can be seen on embassy website.
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4- Reaching Embassy for


visa interview

German Embassy is located near convention center isb. While travelling to


Muree turn towards QAU, in front of lake view park entrance.
You can enter the embassy enclave via a shuttle bus service. Park your car
in parking, & get token for shuttle bus service.
It is important to show your passport & the email of appointment to enter
German embassy. Try to reach one hour prior to your appointment , since
it may take some time in waiting outside embassy.
Once your turn comes before interview, your documents will be sorted &
missing copies will be copied.
You need to deposit (60 Euros in Pak rupee) as visa fee in bank branch near
embassy. Keep around 13,000 euro for safe side for the whole process.

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4-Appearing in visa interview

Each candidate must appear in front of visa officer for


interview which generally takes 30-40 minutes comprising
different questions.
Visa processing takes 4-8 weeks , after this period Islamabad
Embassy sends document via AMS, while consulate calls
candidate via phone to collect visa.
It is also important to note that candidate must bring flight
reservation along with him to collect visa in Karachi consulate.
However there is no such requirement in Isb. Embassy.

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5-Leaning German
Even though international programs are in English, its
useful to learn German.
Almost all international programs have German language
courses with them. If time is available, it is useful to learn
some German in Pakistan.
Find your nearest Goethe or language institute to learn
German.
If you plan a long term stay or job after studies it is
important to integrate yourself with German culture
and language.

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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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6-Travelling to Germany:
planning your journey

After you get your visa, you need to pack up and fly to Germany. It is better
to make a packing list, so that you can buy & pack in a planned way.
Buy the quality travelling case, because you may have waiting time or transit.
Moreover you need to move around stuff here and there repeatedly.
Most of the flights go to Frankfurt, Munich or Berlin, manage your train
connections accordingly.
It is wise to reserve your temporary accommodation and pick up prior to
travelling. Connect to Pakistan Student association( PSA) in your city. Or if
you dont find any, try to contact individual Pakistan already in your desired
city.

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6-Travelling to Germany,
Carrying cash

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Besides 8200 Euros blocked amount you should carry 1000


Euros travelling cash with you.
It may take one to two weeks to activate your account.
Following will be your initial needs:
250 to 500 Euros your semester fee.
200 to 500 , your rent , you may also need to pay caution i.e.
rent of two to three months to initialize your contract.
Food stuff, mobile expenses and others till the point your
account is active.

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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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7-Life in Germany, first


things first
Once your reach Germany you need to fulfill legal requirements.
Task-1: Registration at AAA
You need to report and register in your university. AAA is office
responsible for students affairs in your university.
You need to fill few forms and legally register at your university.
Task-2: Health Insurance:
Every person living in the German is required to get health insurance. Buy
TK or AOK public health insurance or private health insurance endorsed
by your university.
Mostly insurance companies open help desk at your university , however
you can visit nearest office to get health Insurance.

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7-Life in Germany, first


things first
Task-3: Activating your bank account:
Visit nearest Deutsche bank with passport and copy of blocked
account letter. It takes 2 weeks to activate your bank account.
Task-4: Anmelden a.k.a city registration:
You need to go to nearest city office a.k.a. Auslanderbehorde.
You will register your arrival in the city called anmelden.
You can also delay the anmelden for some time if you
searching you accommodation. But you must report your city
office before expiry of your initial visa.

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7- Living in Germany,
Termine
Termine is German word meaning appointment.
This refers to an appointment given to extend your visa
for one or two years.
Once you apply for termine, you will be given a date to
come with certain set of documents so that your case of
residence permit can be forwarded.
It is important to report any change of address , so that
you remain registered at your city office.

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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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8-ASTA and TU international

Besides studies all German universities provide excellent


sporting facilities.You can learn different sports and music.
Different bodies in University ensure integration of
international students and allow them to learn different
cultures and to seamlessly mix with each other. TU
international organize several events to ensure
participation of students.
ASTA is student body which represents students in
University. It deals with several issues which students face
during their university lives.
Above all university provides you pleasant environment to
study and for recreation at same time.
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Contents
1- Eight reasons to study in Germany
2- Possible opportunities and deadlines
3-Educational setup & requirements in Germany
4- Steps to apply
5-Seeking PhD. in Germany
6- Travelling to Germany & initial steps
7- Life in Germany
8-Campus life
9-Some recommended programs
10-Useful links to find help
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Some useful links:


Connect to us:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/adminstudygermany/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/scholarships.pk/

Daad Website & Masters portal:


https://www.daad.de/en/
http://www.mastersportal.eu/
Uni Assist website:
http://www.uni-assist.de/index_en.html
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