Can foreign Arab GJU students apply for a visa to Germany in their home country?
No, they should not. The German Embassy in Amman is legally the only embassy responsible for GJU students.
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 deposit 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?
If you have a financial proof and a purpose of stay you should be able to extend your visa. For further questions please turn to your local Auslaenderbehoerde in Germany.
Yes you can. Every EURO that exceeds the required deposit amount may be spent freely.
How much money am I supposed to take with me for the first month in Germany?
What amount of money will I need per month?
If I haven't spent the whole 670 Euro in a month, can I spend the rest in the next month?
If you did not spend the whole 670 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?
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?
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.
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, and there is a good possibility that they will be very similar to courses you have in your study plan at the GJU. A detailed learning agreement will be signed by your Exchange Coordinator at GJU and the Head of the International Office. This agreement will then be submitted to your host university, along with your application documents.
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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