HOW TO STUDY IN GERMANY AS A NIGERIAN STUDENT
Why study in Germany as a Nigerian Student?
Most universities in Germany offers free or very low tuition fee programs for students from any part of the world including Nigeria.
You will also benefit from a high standard educational system, advance your career, study a new language, make new friends and socialize.
As a foreign student in Germany, great experiences you will never want to forget plus amazing opportunities awaits you.
If you want to study either Medicine, Architecture, Business or Engineering so to say, Germany is the best place to definitely be.
As the institution combine high quality education with a unique cultural experience. This is one of the reason this country is known from all corner of the earth whereby individuals either visit or study in Germany.
Though the German universities have free or low tuition fees, students will have to take care of their own cost of living.
It is advisable as international students to work part-time to cover their cost of living expenses. But if you are financially capable to cater for yourself during your stay in Germany, then there is no need to work part-time
IMPORTANT STEPS TO STUDY IN GERMANY AS A NIGERIAN STUDENT.
Below are the required steps to study in Germany as a Nigerian student. Make sure you read carefully and understand each steps before proceeding.
1. Find a course of study:
it is essential for you to find a suitable program that fit your interest and ability. There are countless universities as well and wide range of programs to choose.
Irrespective of your choice, definitely there will be a program that will match your study aspirations and future plans.
Take your time to find a university and a study program before starting your application process to study in Germany.
As soon as you locate the universities in Germany, you can focus on a lesser number of those more for you.
You may decide to apply to two or three universities in case you want to increase your chances of securing admission.
2. Comply with all prerequisite.
After you might have chosen the course you want to study, you can now decide what university and program you want to go for.
The most important thing you should look out for is the requirement. You are advised to check the university website and their admission requirements.
In case of clarity, do not hesitate to reach out to the university directly. It is advisable for you to read all the requirements section as many times as possible.
There are differences in entry requirements depending on the university and the type of course you choose.
If important documents are omitted in your application, there may be delay in admission or your application might be rejected.
Nonetheless, in order to avoid this, you must prepare your documents and other necessary things beforehand.
3. Learn and understand the German Language.
In order to enjoy your stay in Germany and get along well with others around you, try to learn the German language.
Basically in Germany, most free undergraduate courses are taught in the native language.
This is an important reason you should learn the German language. It will also be needed when you want to communicate with the locals.
Learning the German language will be to your advantage.
It helps you build a close relationship with others, and you will also get along easily with courses being taught in German.
You might find learning German difficult because you will have to start from the peripheral. So, it is good to start learning as early as possible.
If you do this, it will take you less time to start speaking German fluently when you arrive in Germany.
It is advisable that you start learning the German language at least 5 to 6 month before starting your course.
4. You must be financially stable.
This is one of the most important step you should strictly adhere to. Every foreign non-EU or non-EEA student must have a proper means to finance their stay in Germany during their studies.
As an international student who wants to study in Germany you must have at least €8, 650.
This should be sufficient to cover the total cost of a student living for a year of his studies. You will be asked to debit this money into the German blocked bank account.
With no doubt, as a student, this money is said to be large and it takes time to gather it. However, you can start planning or saving money beforehand.
Those who have been granted a scholarship can use it as an evidence of financial capability.
5. Apply For Admission.
After you might have cross checked your application and documents, then submit your application.
You can submit your application online, but there are some universities that prefer to receive applications in person or by post.
Most German universities are part of the national application platform known as UniAssist while there are universities that run their own online admission platform on their website.
Please have it at the back of your mind that the German universities are in hub for international students and admission committees are heavily occupied with foreign applications.
Hence, it will be to your advantage when you submit your application early. Endeavor to submit your application shortly after the room for application is opened and then wait for the admission letter.
Application process varies, depending on what level of studies you are pursuing.
Below are the University degrees that Germany offers:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Master’s Degree
- PhD Degree
6. Get Your German Student Visa
Fortunately for students coming from a EU and EEA country you are not required to get a German student visa.
On the other hand, students from a non-EU and non-EEA country must get a German student visa.
As long as your admission letter is ready, make contact with the German embassy in your country for information about Visa processing.
As you get in touch with the Embassy personally, prepare your secured proof of financial capability for studying in Germany.
You also need to provide your health insurance in order to qualify for student visa.
7. Find Accommodation.
After you must have been admitted into the university in Germany, the next thing is to look for a suitable place to stay.
Normally, accommodation is not expensive but as an international student, you might preferably look out for a place that suits you.
You could as well find an accommodation online before your arrival in Germany.
This is better because the mindset that you had already found a place before even landing in Germany will help you concentrate on your study upon arrival.
We recommend that you do this at least three weeks before your arrival in Germany which will certainly reduce the stress of running here and there.
8. Enroll At Your University
Finally, the step to take after you might have found an accommodation is to enroll in the course you are admitted to study. So to say, it is after your enrollment into the university that you now become a student in Germany.
Note that the public higher education in Germany is offered for free.
Nonetheless you will still have to pay a registration fee which amount somewhat between €150 and €250.
In addition, you still have to pay for your Semester ticket to use public transportation for 6 months.
In order to register for courses at your school in Germany, you need to approach the administration office to submit the listed documents:
- Your valid passport
- A passport photo
- Your Visa or Residence Permit
- Completed and signed Application Form
- Degree qualifications (original documents or certified copies)
- The Letter of Admission
- Proof of health insurance in Germany
- The payment fee receipt
After this, you will receive your Identity Card which is necessary for residence permit application and attendance of your classes.
Lastly, you should note essentially that you need to re-register each semester following the completion of the previous one.