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    If you are from Nigeria and would like to study in Germany, either at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level, join this thread to ask any questions that you may have. I will try my best to answer them as best and detailed as possible.

    @mimiya you may share your questions under this discussion.

    Let’s go now.

  • How to prepare to study in Germany from Nigerian

    Michael updated 1 year, 9 months ago 14 Members · 52 Replies
  • Amarachi Onyenweaku

    Member
    May 25, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Hi, my plan is to study in Germany in 2023\2024 so as to have time to prepare everything. I’m thinking of getting my passport next month but, the whole process seems overwhelming. Is this something I can do on my own or do I need a travel agency?

    Do I also me to Wait till I’m ready before I get my passport? Also, I saw this as one of the requirements (the picture below). Can the guarantor be someone other than my relatives?

  • Michael

    Member
    May 25, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Planing well in advance is always something well recommended – so, I’d say your timing is perfect!
    As for the passport, since you do not need it right now and any time very soon, I’d recommend doing it on your own; there’s no need to have it done via a travel agency.

    You do not necessarily have to wait until you need the passport, you can start now and go through the normal process. Of course, your guarantor can be someone other than your relatives.

  • Amarachi Onyenweaku

    Member
    May 25, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Ok. I don’t just mean my parents. Can it be someone I’m not related to, like a close friend?

    Also, the issue of IELTS. Do I need it to get admitted or for a student visa because I keep getting different responses.

  • Michael

    Member
    May 25, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Yes, I think it can be anyone who is willing to stand for you as a guarantor.

    The requirement of an English language proficiency result, e.g. IELTS depends on the university and the study program. it is NOT a general requirement to study in Germany or abroad generally. So, you have to shortlist the courses that you want to study, then check their individual requirements. Such a requirement is usually for the application and not the student visa.

  • Favour Anefu

    Member
    June 23, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Hello! I’m think of applying next year, and I’ve been reading a lot on University of Bonn, as it’s free. The only hassle here, I think, is the language. Is it possible to get to B1 by next year? And what general advice can you give—mistakes I should avoid and the likes?

    • Destiney Arkaden

      Administrator
      June 23, 2022 at 5:53 am

      Hey Favour!

      Good thing you’re preparing already way in advance for your studies – respect ✊🏾

      Since you’re planning to learn the language, then you’re probably applying for a Bachelors degree program – is this correct?

      Anyways, yes, you can learn the language up to B1 level in a year, even up to a B2 level.

      Best advice would be PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

      This couldn’t be overemphasized!

      Besides attending German classes, use different media to expose yourself to the language – listen to German radio station, watch German movies and make German friends (online). Practice what you learn; read, listen, write and speak.

      We organize weekly German practice session, you’re welcome to join us when you’re ready.

  • Favour Anefu

    Member
    June 23, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Yes, I’m applying for an undergraduate degree. For now, I have U of Bonn and Technical University of Darmstadt in my crosshairs. They seem really promising, and I’m hopeful.

    I’d be very happy to join your practice sessions. How are they structured? And what level do I have to be at to get the most value out of it?

    Thank you very much!

    • Michael

      Member
      June 23, 2022 at 8:52 am

      Awesome!

      I’d also recommend adding my universities to the list; this would increase your admission chances.

      There’s no level needed help to join the class; it’s an online meeting to practice speaking/listening and solving exercises online. Depending on your German language proficiency, you can participate actively or passively.

      I’ll share the Google link here later so you can enter your details.

      • Favour Anefu

        Member
        June 23, 2022 at 10:08 am

        Oh, that’d be great! Thanks once again.

        I’ll keep looking for more universities, as you said.

    • Michael

      Member
      June 23, 2022 at 10:42 am

      You should check RUB in Bochum, the same state as Uni Bonn.

      Nordrhein Westfallen is the best state for foreign students in Germany – big state, very multicultural and good economy.

      Check out universities in Bochum, Dortmund and Münster. You should find some decent programs in those places.

      • Favour Anefu

        Member
        June 23, 2022 at 12:20 pm

        Great, thanks!

        I’m looking at RUB now, and I’m a little confused. From my understanding, one has to apply to the language school, and only after completing that can one apply for admission. This is unlikely U of Bonn and TUD, which allow one to apply for the admission before the language course. Is this how it is? Or am I mistaken about the process?

        • Michael

          Member
          June 23, 2022 at 3:53 pm

          That’s correct!

          But think about the student visa requirements as well.

          If you secure an admission to study the language, then the course, as offered by RUB, it’d be perhaps easier to get the student visa because the admission is to come study the language first.

          For the other universities, the embassy may require that you show the language proficiency test result before granting you a visa.

          How exactly is the flow/procedure for Bonn and Dortmund?

          • Favour Anefu

            Member
            June 23, 2022 at 5:05 pm

            But isn’t there the added risk that I might not be offered the admission, on completion of the language course, and would be required to come back?

            Sorry, the “D” in TUD is for Darmstadt. I should have made that clear.😅

            The way I understand it for Bonn, although the required language level is C2, they still accept a minimum of B1. If the applicant is successful, they’ll then be required to complete Bonn’s (or another?) language course and take the DSF-2 exam. I’m not completely sure about this.

          • Michael

            Member
            June 24, 2022 at 6:17 am

            I wouldn’t worry about what happens when I am here – like not getting the admission after completing the language courses or been sent back home and so on.

            Take one step at a time – pass the first level, get the admission (language course or study program), come to Germany and then take it up from there. Things get clearer when you begin and as you move on; so don’t worry about figuring everything out from the beginning.

            Also, if the language seem to be a big issue, you can study EE or a similar course in English language – thought about that?

          • Favour Anefu

            Member
            June 24, 2022 at 7:21 am

            Hmmm. This is very good advice. Thank you.

            I didn’t think there were courses in English for little to no tuition. I can’t afford to pay tuition and the uncertainty of scholarships…. But as you said, one step at a time.

            About the language. Are there any courses you can recommend? I only started learning this week, using Pimsleur Level 1, Duolingo, an Anki deck for common words and one for sentences, and DW’s Harry – gefangen in Der Zeit.

            Are these enough? I’ve also changed my phone’s language to Deutsch (yesterday).

      • Michael

        Member
        June 23, 2022 at 3:58 pm

        To add to this, if you want to study an Engineering course, then RWTH Aachen should be on your list. Aachen is also in NRW.

        • Favour Anefu

          Member
          June 23, 2022 at 5:06 pm

          Yes, I’m looking at Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I’m currently in my second year studying EE at ABU, Zaria; but ASUU’s incessant strikes and the very low quality of the course have me looking for better alternatives.
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          </div><div>I’ll check out the school you mentioned. (So happy to be getting these suggestions. Thanks everyone!🙏) </div>

          • Michael

            Member
            June 24, 2022 at 6:13 am

            You’re welcome.

            The best part is not even getting the information (suggestions), it’s about how you use them, and so far you have been doing great. Keep it up 👍🏾

            Many people are offered the same suggestions / information but they barely make the best out of it. Let me know when you have decided on the university to study, I will check my contact to see if we know some students there and connect them with you.

            Also, feel free to tell your friends/classmates about this platform; I think they’d benefit a lot from it too.

          • Favour Anefu

            Member
            June 24, 2022 at 7:32 am

            RWTH is looking very good at the moment. I’ll also apply to Bonn and Technical University of Darmstadt to increase my chances. Maybe also University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg.

            Please what are the documents I’m supposed to provide as admission requirements? I’m not completely clear about that. (Can only speak about WASSCE and maybe my secondary school graduation certificate.)

        • Favour Anefu

          Member
          June 23, 2022 at 7:06 pm

          I’m looking at RWTH and its process is the easiest to understand I’ve seen so far.🙏

          – C1 proficiency is required, but

          – With B2, one can be offered admission on the basis that after their second semester they take, and pass, a language test. If they don’t pass they won’t be allowed to register for (continue in) their third semester.

          – RWTH’s language center offers cours that run alongside course work—4 classes per week when school is on and 8 classes (intensive mode) when school is off.

          – I don’t think one can apply to RWTH’s language center. From what I could gather, on successful admittance, one will be shown “reserved” slots in the program, which they’re to pay for before a deadline.

          – Payment method is something called SEPA. I checked, and it seems one can’t pay from countries out Europe. Is this a problem?

  • Michael

    Member
    June 24, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Great job, and I agree with your findings. If you find a suitable program for yourself in RWTH, I think you’d like it. Maybe it helps, that Uni seem to have the highest number of Nigerians studying in Germany, especially for Engineering courses.

    Since you’re starting from the Bachelor’s level, I’d recommend studying in German language; you will have more opportunities during and after your studies – things will be much different for you. Of course, maybe you already know this, you don’t have to study in German – there are some English language courses at the Bachelor’s level too. Have you had a look at some of them?

    About the SEPA payment, you are right – it’s a payment system for easy money transfer within European banks with no fees (at least from my experience). We, @arkaden can help you with the payment when the time comes. Just keep us updated.

    • Favour Anefu

      Member
      June 24, 2022 at 7:24 am

      Woww, that’s great news—about fellow Nigerian students and the fee. Again, thanks a lot!

      I don’t have any commitments at the moment, so I can devout most of my time to the language.

      • Michael

        Member
        June 25, 2022 at 9:12 pm

        I like your spirit and mindset. You will do exceedingly well abroad with such energy.
        Have you read my blog about my first major job interview in Germany?
        I think you’d like it and learn a thing or two. Here you go

        https://setlinn.com/full-job-interview-story-in-germany/

        Let me know your thoughts/questions under the post.

        • Favour Anefu

          Member
          June 26, 2022 at 6:35 am

          “You can never be too prepared.” I’ll keep this in mind for sure.

          Did you get the job?😅

          About the language study group… You haven’t shared the link yet. I think I’ll do much better if I had study partners, and people ahead of me in the language, to practice with.

          You’ve been really helpful, and I’m grateful to you and whatever lead me to Setlinn.

          • Michael

            Member
            June 26, 2022 at 11:40 am

            I didn’t get the job and I am very happy about it today 😁

            The position was to work as a lab assistant and help with the production of oligonucleotides (used for molecular biology research). When I reflect on the experience today, I am grateful that I didn’t get the job; I am a sales guy, and not someone to work in the lab. I like talking, meeting people and discussing products.

            It was a friend who advised me to apply to jobs that I truly will enjoy and best if I had an experience in it before. So I changed my focus from applying to Lab/Research Technician positions to more vibrant areas like Sales, Marketing and Business Development – my career life hasn’t remained the same since then.

            Any ways – long story short; let passion be the drive!

            Here’s the link to add your details.

            https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgm3fzPEJmRFPdOnIheLk9b0rJwF3Be60099S9UL5ZjGFIRg/viewform?usp=sf_linkhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgm3fzPEJmRFPdOnIheLk9b0rJwF3Be60099S9UL5ZjGFIRg/viewform?usp=sf_link

          • Favour Anefu

            Member
            June 26, 2022 at 6:46 pm

            What a great story! You’re really lucky to have such a friend.

            I just filled and submitted the form. Thank you.🙏

            The journey begins.🚀

  • Samuel Ayantunji

    Member
    July 7, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Hello Mike Dike,

    Firstly, I commend your dedication replying to those question before mine. It’s really great.

    I will also like to seek suggestions and recommendations from you.

    I am currently an Aerospace Engineering student and I will be graduating in a year time. I will like to study M.Eng in my area of concentration. I will appreciate to know if you can suggest and recommend schools that offer fully funded scholarships to a student with second class certificate. And I’m also looking forward to starting a Pilot career, so, I will appreciate a country that offers such opportunity.

    Thank you.

    • cosmosgodwin2000

      Member
      July 7, 2022 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Mr Samuel, please I’m not here to give you your reply, but I want to ask if your previous course, Aerospace Engineering was a course available in Nigeria??

      • Samuel Ayantunji

        Member
        July 7, 2022 at 6:13 pm

        Yes, it is. Kwara State University is the only accredited school that offers the course in Nigeria. That’s where I study.

        • Michael

          Member
          July 7, 2022 at 6:36 pm

          Will the course qualify you to become a pilot in the future?

          Also, is it offered at the masters level or just bachelors?

          • Samuel Ayantunji

            Member
            July 8, 2022 at 12:38 pm

            Aerospace Engineering is offered in Masters level but not currently available in Nigeria. And again, I don’t neccessary need a B.Sc before I qualify for a Pilot.

          • Michael

            Member
            July 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm

            Okay. I see. Well, I think you’re on the right path and Germany May just have what you need.

            Are you exploring the opportunities in other countries or you’re just focused on Germany?

          • Samuel Ayantunji

            Member
            July 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

            I’m not only focusing on Germany. I’m considering other European countries

    • Michael

      Member
      July 7, 2022 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Samuel, nice to connect here. Good thing you’re planing your studies abroad well in advance; that’s how it should be.

      As far as I know, scholarships are usually offered by organizations, private and public, and not by universities. The biggest scholarship organization in Europe is Erasmus; they offer scholarships to almost all fields, including Aerospace and Engineering. Your grades are okay and will qualify.

      There’s an article recently shared here. Check the Scholarship section of Gist here. You will find the post and many more. Hope this helps.

      Of course, feel free to ask me any further questions.

      • Samuel Ayantunji

        Member
        July 8, 2022 at 12:41 pm

        Thank you. I’ll check it out

  • moomeike

    Member
    July 7, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Hello Mike, wish to find out if my son can study an undergraduate course (computer science) in Germany. He is 15 yrs old.

    Thank you.

    • Michael

      Member
      July 7, 2022 at 6:25 pm

      Of course, 💯%

      It’s a good thing you’re making the preparations for him now already at his age.

      I’ll tag you in a post to learn about the initial steps. Then you can ask further questions and we plan how to move on.

  • obinna Ajawuihe

    Member
    July 10, 2022 at 10:11 am

    I will be applying for B.A at uni of passau this year october using my HND certificate, please I want to confirm if it is actually possible using HND and NECO result

  • obinna Ajawuihe

    Member
    July 11, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for feedback…getting a block account is it after you have been given admission from the school of your choice or before the admission?

  • Michael

    Member
    July 11, 2022 at 5:47 am

    After you have been admitted.

    A blocked account is part of the student visa requirement. So this comes after you have been admitted and are applying for the student visa.

    • Lara Nk

      Member
      July 14, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      What of the case of an obligatory letter? It’s also for when you’re applying for visa right?

      • Michael

        Member
        July 14, 2022 at 2:59 pm

        That’s right. It is a part of the visa requirement for long stay, which can be for a normal study program, Ausbildung or language course.

    • peaceambassadors47

      Member
      July 14, 2022 at 8:36 pm

      What can a prospective student do to meet the requirements for studying abroad with HND certificate?

  • obinna Ajawuihe

    Member
    July 11, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Please how much do we need to have in a block account

  • albert-ainna

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Hello Mike. Please i need to know the best available English speaking schools to apply where I can study and work (Masters)

    • Augustine Olu

      Member
      July 14, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      What course do you intend to apply for @albert-ainna

    • Michael

      Member
      July 14, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Lol 😂

      Majority of the universities in Germany are ‘best’, and you can study in English language, especially at the Masters level, and also tuition free.

      If you want to study and work, I believe the deciding factor would be on study locations where you can easily find a Student job. And on this note, then next thing would be, which skills do you have to work – digital skills or manual skills?

      So, maybe we should start from the student work perspective and make our way up to the study programs/university.

      What day you?

  • peaceambassadors47

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Okay, I have the soft Skills and Technical Skills with tech tools support. How can I get inclusive with the Scholarship opportunities?.

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