I have a foreign passport that requires a Visa; do I need to follow the same steps of the Jordanian passport holder?
Yes, you will have to go through the same procedures as the Jordanian passport holders.
Do I as a foreign Arab student have to get my high school certificate certified in my home country?
No, you do not. Just make sure you have an English or German translation of it.
Do students who have German passport, go through the same procedures like other students do before moving to Germany?
Students with a German passport do not have to open a blocked account neither do they need a visa. Nevertheless they have to fulfill all academic prerequisites for the German Year and apply for the host university with the IO.
Can I renew or extend my visa once I arrived in Germany?
Please turn to the responsible outgoing coordinator / IO at GJU for further details.
According to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a minimum amount of 10332 Euro (plus Fintiba 189 euro fees) should cover the monthly requirements of your German Year. This will come to a total of 10521 required to be blocked.
Do German host universities require fees?
How much money am I supposed to take with me for the first month in Germany?
How much money do I need monthly to cover my expenses during my GY?
Depending on the state, city, personal expenses etc. Generally between 800 – 900 Euro.
For further Information for the cost of living in Germany, please check the below link:
If I haven't spent the whole 861 Euro in a month, can I spend the rest in the next month?
If you did not spend the whole 853 EUR in one month, you may spend it during the next month.
How much are the transportation costs? Which are the must practical and cheap?
There are many ways to travel inside Germany and Europe.
Some universities offer a so called "semester ticket", with which a student can use the public transportation inside the same city or region, or maybe the same Bundesland of the university for free. Most of the times the semester ticket fees are included in the enrollment/registration fees.
In most cities, you will find one of the following means of public transportation: Tram (Straßenbahn), buses and trains (Deutsche Bahn). You should also look out for opportunities to share a car with friends on e.g. the way to and back from your university.
Other than this you should be aware of the recently established network of intercity buses ("Fernbusse"). Simply select your city of departure, your destination and the day on which you want to travel, and you'll be shown a list of possible connections.
Still, if you really like it the healthy way and have enjoy exercising, why not go by bicycle?!
May I choose any university I like in Germany?
Please do not contact any other non-partner university in Germany in order to enroll or apply for a seat.
Can I stay with a host family instead of moving into a dormitory?
What exactly is a Wohngemeinschaft (WG or Studentenwohngemeinschaft)?
What exactly is a Wohnheim?
You should write on your housing application if you want to share a dorm with a specific person.
If any problem with the dorm occurs, who is responsible?
Is it possible that my parents/relatives transfer the money for me? Even if they live abroad Jordan?
Yes, it is possible. Since you are the account holder, so they can transfer it for you.
if I am a green card holder, shall I go through the process of having a blocked account via Fintiba?
No, you will not be able to have a blocked account through Fintiba, you will need to open a blocked account by your own (e.g. Deutsche Bank), or use a similar service called Expatrio (expatrio.com).
Do I have to apply for a statutory/governmental health insurance?
Yes, you have to apply for it, as the German embassy requires it.
is it obligatory to register with DAK (statutory health insurance)?
yes, it is as it is one of the requirements for the German Embassy. unless, your host university requires another insurance.
Can I search for another option/ dorm after I arrived in Germany?
Should I/Can I apply for the visa at the German embassy myself?
No, please do not apply for a visa for the German Year on your own. The International Office will help you with the application process and arranges the necessary appointments at the embassy.
May I choose the person I go with?
Yes, you can but you will lose the chance of having your preferred host university.
Does the German embassy require fees when I apply for the visa?
yes, the German embassy requires 75 Euro as service fees (this amount is for 2019/2020). to be paid in Jordanian dinar according to the currency difference on that day. the amount is not refundable in case of German Year cancellation.
How many credit hours should I pass in order to start my German year?
Does the German embassy require fees when I apply for the visa?
Yes, the German embassy requires 75 Euro as service fees (this amount is for 2019/2020). to be paid in Jordanian dinar according to the currency difference on that day. the amount is not refundable in case of German Year cancellation.
Is it possible to apply for the German year if my GPA is below 61% hoping that I will raise it before I travel to Germany?
No, it is not. As the GJU German year, regulation states that the GPA must not be less than 61% when the student apply for the German year.
How long does the Visa issuance take?
It usually takes from 6 – 8 weeks to be issued.
Is it possible to start my Internship semester before the study semester?
No, it is not as it is against the German year regulations of GJU.
Does the International office has an influence in the Visa issuance?
No, the IO at GJU have no influence on anything related to the Visa issuance.
If I cancelled my German year for non-academic reasons. Will that affect my allocation for the semester after?
Yes, it will. Those who cancel their German year after the allocation and for non-academic reasons will get the least preference in the university allocation process for the semester after.
Can I track my Visa via VFS Global or through the IO at GJU?
No, you cannot track your Visa at all. You will be informed by us when it is issued.
Is the International office at GJU responsible for finding me accommodation?
No, it is not, the student is fully responsible for finding accommodation; the IOs at GJU and at your German host university will be happy to provide you with general info and support. It is advisable that students start looking for accommodation very early since there are many types of accommodation and students have various demands. Please check the following link for further details: http://www.gju.edu.jo/content/housing-germany-447
What is the type of my Visa? Can I travel around Europe?
The Visa you get is a National Student Visa type D, which allows you to travel through the European Schengen area.
Do some dormitories require rent to be paid in advance?
Yes there are, some dormitories require some deposits before you leave to Germany. Even some dormitories require the full 6 months in advance.
Does Germany have to be my first entry destination?
Yes, Germany has to be your first entry destination, in order to avoid any interference with the European Authorities.
What happens if I submit my blocking confirmation late?
Please note that we do not accept late submissions of the blocking agreement. The blocking confirmation document is a key requirement for securing a visa application date and receiving your visa. If this is delayed, you may face serious issues traveling to Germany on time.
Can I apply for the Visa using the Declaration of Commitment (Verpflichtungserklärung كفالة) instead of the Fintiba blocked account?
Yes, you can; the terms and conditions varies from a German stat to another. The person offering to sponsor you should ask the Foreign Office at his state to clear the situation. The original document should
Can I transfer to the blocked account in instalments / can I submit the rest later?
Please do not submit the funds to the blocked account in instalments. Doing so would incur extra fees, and only a full blocking confirmation with the full amount for the time you will spend in Germany will be accepted.
Is there any deadline for money depositing?
Yes there is, it changes every semester (10th of December for Spring outgoings & 10th of June for Fall outgoings), please note that the International transfers may takes 10 days, so please make sure that you have your blocking confirmation ready by then the latest. A delay in submitting the blocking confirmation will lead to a cancellation in your German year.
I entered the wrong dates / I need to adjust information on the Fintiba portal, how can I update these?
Please note that the international office has no direct access to Fintiba’s platform. If you require information changed, please contact fintiba’s support team at email@example.com.
If I cancelled my German year for any reason. Can I get my money back from my blocked account?
Yes. There is a specific procedure for that. Please note that it takes up to two months in order to get your money back. The responsible IO coordinator will give you further details. Please note that if you are moving your German Year to the future, we strongly suggest maintaining the blocked account until you do travel. This will save you the effort of reopening the account, as well as paying fees a second time. No money will be deducted from an existing account until you travel to Germany. You will, however, need to adjust the travel dates in time (relevant for your mawista travel insurance).
I am a scholarship holder, do I still need to block the full amount?
No, if you have a scholarship, please only block the difference required to reach the yearly blocked amount of 10521 Euro. For instance, if you have an Erasmus scholarship for 4 months, you would only need to block for the remaining 8 months (6888 Euro + 189 Euro fees = 7,077 Euro)
Do I have to transfer the money in Euro?
You can transfer the money in any currency that equals the specific amount in Euros.
How can I be sure to get a dorm before I travel to Germany?
Where can we stay if we want to arrive two weeks before the dorms open?
If I got sick, or an accident occurs, where should I go and am I covered by insurance?
Are we going to take similar courses of what we’ve taken at GJU?
The courses provided at your host university will be related to your field of study. For further details please refer to your Exchange Coordinator at your school.
Is it true that universities in the west of Germany provide better education than universities in the east?
False. All universities in Germany are run by the respective federal state and are very well equipped. Tutors are skilled and provide the same level of teaching every where. Actually some of the most famous German universities are located in East Germany with an excellent reputation throughout Europe and around the world. Generally German universities do not excel as whole institution but more specifically on a selection of certain fields of study.
Do I have to pay more, if I decide to have extra credit hours in Germany?
No, you do not have to pay any tuition fees to the host university. For changes to your learning agreement you should consult your Exchange Officer at GJU and your Contact Professor at the host university.
If I have one subject left to graduate, can I take that subject in Germany instead of coming back for 1 semester?
This depends to a large degree on the study program you are taking at GJU. You should always consult your GJU Exchange Coordinator in such cases.
Does the German way of teaching and studying differ a lot from the kind of American way at the GJU?
Yes, it does. In Germany, the greater load of studying is on the student himself. The student needs to be very self disciplined, self organized and highly independent. Memorization is not being asked much, but creative approaches to questions are highly valued. German students do a lot of reading, having to research the resources mostly by themselves.
At a Fachhochschule a great part of the study process is via hand on experiment and laboratory assignments. Also at the end of the term there is only one final exam for each course. It is not common to have mid term exams or quizzes, so your final grade depends solely on the final exam. In general nobody takes your attendance and it is entirely your own responsibility to benefit from your study term or not.
Can I do an internship in Germany independently of my fourth year in Germany?
What would happen, if I couldn't find an internship?
Will there be anybody to pick me at the airport in Germany, once I arrived?
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