Thursday, 24 November 2016

Get Familiar With German Culture And People..!!

As we have already spoken about the weather of  Germany and it's education system.

Now its time to know about it's people and their culture at a glance.

If you have ever been in Germany for a while, you might make a perception about Germans to be rude and coldly behaved. But eventually your mentality will change.

Actually Germans are quite straight forward. “They say what they mean & they mean what they say”. Unlike we Indians, they don’t ‘speak with actions’ or ‘speak through eyes’. Whatever they want they ask for it.

They generally don’t interfere in others BUSINESS, but when asked for, they may help beyond the way (too much). Hence I recommend you to ask for help whenever in need. You will be surprised by their warm response.

The culture has taught them to be independent. This is the reason why children start earning from an early age to aid themselves financially. Moreover, people deal with their lives by their own. They make their choices about studies, living and Life-Partner. 

Every small-big decisions are taken by them freely, without the threat of ‘society’s reaction’. Inspite of living separately, people frequently visit elderly.

Apart from all this, Germans have another great quality in terms of punctuality. They are highly punctual and always ‘On-Time’, in fact most of the time “Before-Time”. In addition, they always beat the deadlines, let it be of work or any other task. 

Also, they ask for more time, if they feel/want so. This nature of them has made them a bit intolerant when it comes to ‘Time-Factor’. So better be careful about “What you say” not ‘How it is said’ and try to be on-time when travelling to Germany.

Until now, this is a bit about the general nature of Germans and their culture.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Why Should You Choose Germany For Your Career ?

Germany – “Land of Ideas”, as they say. It is justified to call it so, as ,the best minds across the world accumulate here to study, research and work together to invent original & authentic ideas that keep technology updating .
                  Why Germany?

Although English is not the common spoken language, yet the land attracts students overseas to pick study courses. Even the language barriers are over-come due to offer to choose courses in either of the language.
Germany creates not only one but several reasons so that people around the world get lured to choose this country over any other.
Firstly, “The no tuition fee” policy. – Most of the masters program are funded by the government hence the courses are free of cost. Therefore makes the knowledge approachable and affordable to many.
Secondly, many student welfare programs run to facilitate life in Germany. Then comes affordable accommodation and bearable living expenses.
For nature lovers, the country has scenic beauty in abundance and is barely crowded, indeed peaceful. All due to the climatic conditions of the region. Thus making it perfect place for a tourist visit. Moreover, many travel planning clubs are exclusively there for organizing students trip during semester breaks and holidays.
Coming back to studies, Germany has a robust education system . The latest infrastructure, up-to-date laboratories speed-ups the pioneering of technological inventions. For ground breaking ideas, saplings from different backgrounds are needed. Germany try to achieve it by running Student Exchange Programs with different universities abroad
These incoming foreign students contribute towards the countries development as well as boost its economy. Germany provides a platform for students of different backgrounds to meet at a common place to create something productive for mankind. Infact there are vast interdisciplinary fields to work upon let it be science related topics, technology, music or art.
Germany’s education system touches every niche and digs up to the depth of the subject . The insights so obtained lightens the path to new discoveries , hence withstanding its phrase “land of Ideas”.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Must Know About Germany…!! Part 2

 Must Know About Germany…!! Part 1
Any drink you buy here be it water, soft drink or liquor, you are charged a recycle amount included in it. You can easily recycle the bottles in any store and each plastic bottle gives you 0.25 euro and glass bottle 0.08 euro which you can use in our next purchase. So, always keep the bottles after use and recycle them.
The emergency number in Germany is 112. For any kind of emergency or casualty, you need to call 112 and within 5 minutes a van with doctors will arrive at the spot with all the necessary aids. If you are insured under any health insurance, you need not pay a single penny for your treatment. 112 is the number for fire and medical emergency and 110 is for police.
Most Germans are non vegetarian but there are many who are vegetarian and vegan. Admitting the fact that most of the cuisines and foods are non-vegetarian, you still get lot of vegetarian food. The word for vegetarian in Germany is “Vegatarisch”. Apart from that, you do have Indian restaurants in almost every city in Germany but again you need to shed some extra bucks for Indian cuisines but again, it’s worth it!
Most Germans drink carbonated water which is regular water for them; you need to specify them as tap water of still water to get normal water. Water in all restaurants will cost you money. The most interesting fact is that tap water from anywhere is potable drinking water and you can literally drink it.
The internet speed is very fast. If you use a Wi-Fi, the webpage loads in no time, streaming HD is without any buffering. The only limitation is that Torrent is prohibited. It is a strict no to use torrent. If caught using torrent, the fine is up to 1000 Euros and a possibility of jail term.
If you hold a German visa or any European Nation Visa, you can travel the entire Europe except for UK for the obvious reason. Germany shares border with atleast nine other countries and it is very easy to travel those countries. It shares boundaries with Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Luxemburg and many more other countries which are very nearby.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Must Know About Germany…!! Part 1

More than a year in Deutschland, it has been an amazing experience both personally and academically.

While I miss and remember a lot of things back home, there are lot of things here in Germany that pleases and surprises me.

Note that, these are the descriptions of my personal experiences and observations which are obviously subject to different opinions.

So here it goes….

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  1. Taking Public Transport
Accepted the fact that public transport is pretty costly when compared to India, but the facilities such as train speeding at 150mph and mostly on time are quite rewarding. Always be patient and maintain a descent distance while getting in or out of trains or buses. These are the general etiquettes followed in Deutschland. Also if you are a student, in most cases you are given a semester ticket to travel with public transport.
  1. Obey Traffic Rules While Crossing Roads 
This is known globally to STOP when the traffic light turns red but in Germany even if there is no car in the vicinity, it still means STOP. If you do not obey it, you will be yelled at. This seems too strict but sometimes a few do oversee red lights and cross the roads. Notably, in most traffic signals, you would need to press the yellow button in order to make the signal turn green.
  1. No Honking!
For initial days you will feel that German Automobile companies just forgot to mount a horn in the vehicles. Stand by the roads and you can only admire how Germans drive. The cars ought to stop three feet behind the preceding vehicle. A close German acquaintance of mine said, honking unless too necessary is an offence. It is just amazing and surprising how they drive at very fast speed and still do it without honking.
  1. Noble Gestures at Zebra Crossings
If you happen to stand at one end of street waiting to cross at zebra crossing, the passing by vehicle would stop way behind the zebra crossing and give a smiling nod to pass. For a moment you feel proud and happy for the kind gesture and treatment. Similarly, avoid crossing roads unless on zebra crossing. Note to avoid walking on lanes marked with bicycle symbol.
  1. When You are asked to be at 12, be There at 5 Minutes to 12
For Germans, punctuality is top priority. To be in their good books, one thing you must do is to be always punctual. Not only with Germans, but anyone and everyone here in Germany tries to be punctual. If you are expected to arrive at 12, it is advice to be there by 5 minutes to 12. As everyone say, this is German definition of PUNCTUALITY!
  1. Try to Keep Your Voice Low
You got it Right! As Indians, it is quite unusual to think about it at all but here if you talk too loud over phone in public areas, people will give awkward stares and even can ask you to shut up. Usually everywhere in Germany, it is less crowded and you should try to speak gently. You do have an exception, maybe on a late night weekend party you drank and start shouting which could be taken in a wicked humour and is subject to ignorance but again it is advised to avoid such situations.
  1. Winter Never Ends in Germany. Be Prepared for Rains at Anytime!
The moment you land in Germany and walk out of the airport, you will feel like someone has turned on Air Conditioning and it is set at horribly low temperature, for those travelling internationally for the first time it’s thrilling moment. The summers sometimes warm up to 25 degrees midday, but come the night, it is 13 again. The sun shines, the sun shines not, the next moment it’s raining, ten minutes on its not. Keep a spare jacket in your bag pack. Climate is unpredictable most times. Advisable to check weather forecast before you leave home.
  1. Practice Paying Change, If not Wear Pants with Big Pockets
Every currency in Germany lesser than 5 Euros comes in coin form only. The denominations come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 & 50 cents and 1 & 2 Euros. If you run a bill of 1.58 Euros, you will end up getting three coins. Eventually the coins pile up. It is advised to keep a piggy bank and you will be amazed to see how much you save by the end of a month. There is a 200 euro note too unlike India.
  1. Do not Freak Out at Prices!
Stop multiplying every Euro you spend with 70! You’ll freak out paying €1.5 for a burger that would cost Rs. 35 in India or pay 50 cents to use restroom at stations. Take a chill!  Soon you’ll get used to it. While cost of living is still way higher than it is in India, you can’t help but get along with it.
  1. The Working Hours are Quite Less!
If it is a Saturday, buy all the stuff you will need for Sunday. Sunday is a curfew. Except for restaurants and overly priced gas stations, don’t expect anything to be open. Even frequency of public transport like buses is very limited. Check the schedule before you leave home on holidays, chances are you may not get ride back home if you hangout late. Even though Germans work for less number of hours than any other countries, the productivity is way higher.

So that is it! Please leave behind any of the points that you feel are important and I have missed out on! I would make sure to address them. I would love to listen from you what you feel about this blog. Please do comment.

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Why Master's Degree In Germany??

Here are some of the points which will help you head to Germany.
1 Study in English 
Pursue your masters degree in English as almost all universities offer courses in English language so you can study in Germany without knowing German language.
2 No tuition fees 
Studying in Germany is 100% free. Most of the masters program are funded by the government hence the courses are free of cost.If you want to attain top class degree from top university within budget it’s time you pack your bags and fly to Germany.
3 Living expenses 
Cost of living in Germany is reasonable and less as compared to other countries.It depends on your lifestyle and place where you are studying.Once you get a student card you will be able to get discounts at theaters, museums, cinema, public swimming pools etc.
4 Earn while studying
Yes, you can definitely do part-time job while studying to support your studies and manage your expenses.Germany allows students to work while studying so you can live a life with zero tension.
5 Stay Calm and Stay Safe
Germany is one of the safest country in the world.
Along with being safe, this country is BEAUTIFUL and people of these country are great. They are co-operative and helpful.Germany is much safer to live and roam around at nights but would be better if you avoid risks.Germany has somewhat of a multi-cultural society and you are warmly welcomed.