In Germany, after each move, it is mandatory to register at the corresponding registration office. For this you will have a week of time from the moment of the change of dwelling. It is also possible to register at the town hall’s registration offices. In the German Academic Exchange Service or in the international office of your high school you will be provided with the address of the registration office or the municipal registry. You will find the local addresses of the German Academic Exchange Service on the DAAD website.
Open a bank account
In Germany you will need to have a bank account to make payments, such as renting your home, easily and quickly. It is advisable to open an account at a bank in Germany as soon as possible. Most banks offer free bank accounts for students. More information, for example on the documents needed to open an account, in the “Living in Germany” guide of the “Make it in Germany” portal.
Apply for residence permit
In case you arrive in Germany with a visa, you will need a residence permit to continue residing in the country. To do so, he must present himself at the foreign office of his place of residence within three months of entering the country. Check with the German Academic Exchange Service or your school’s international office to find out which administrative body is appropriate for your case. You will find more information here.
Enroll in a language course
Are you about to take the “DEST (German Language as a Foreign Language Test)” exam, or “to take the” German Certification Exam “? In that case it is possible to prepare intensively on the internet or through entities that offer courses in German. The DAAD offers a series of proposals. Also as a career student taught in English, you will need to speak German in your daily life. There are many high schools that offer special German courses during vacation periods. You will find the existing offer in the DAAD database. During the academic period you can combine German courses with your studies. The offer of courses varies according to the place of studies. Enroll at the beginning of the semester at your language school’s language center. More information about the possibility of simultaneous German courses with your studies, the German Academic Exchange Service or the international office of your high school.
Start your studies with a good footing
For this, it is convenient that you begin by designing a plan with the schedules of the subjects you have decided to take. The rules of study or examinations of your career may be useful. Note that compared to other countries, in Germany there are many issues whose organization runs the student’s account. In case you have doubts, you can go to the representation of students of your specialty for advice. The staff of your school’s German Academic Exchange Service can also assist you in such matters.