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February 25, 2013

Blue Card for Germany: work & live in Germany

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On June 2012, the EU -and thus Germany- launched an offensive to attract skilled workers and boost the labour market. Here is the result:

Blue Card Germany
Last update: December 2014

6 Facts about the Blue Card

1. The EU Blue Card is a new residence permit for non-EU nationals who have an academic or equivalent qualification and a defined level of minimum salary. Through the EU Blue Card, non-EU nationals can be granted a German residence permit with the right to work and live in Germany.

2. If you wish to work in Germany under the Blue Card scheme, you first need to apply for a work visa at the embassy or consulate responsible for your place of residence (Exception: Table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Germany). The German authorities will then issue the Blue Card once you are living in the country; it means once you have a permanent accommodation in Germany and have registered your address (Anmeldung process) at your local Bürgeramt.

February 19, 2013

Five things to think about when doing TestDaf

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Sooo, do you want to study at a German university in the near future? Ja?
If so, there is a LOT of options for you. Germany is practically exploding from excellent universities and mind blowing courses. There are just a few (which in Germany means "many") papers to fill in and one long language test to sit through. Here are five useful tips for when you take the TestDaf - Test of German as a foreign language, a necessity for most educations in Germany.

Last update: October 2014

First thing's first, and this is an important one. Not even a finger print or a drop of fresh blood will get you out of the sticky situation that will appear if you don't have your ID with you. If you don't bring the same identification that you used when you registered for the test you will not be allowed to take it. Might seem like a relief, since the test is about 5 hours long and extremely intense, but after paying roughly 170 euro it will definitely feel a bit sour to miss out.

February 10, 2013

The 10 German movies you must see

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German movies

It's a tough job, but we decided to watch a bucket load of German movies and debate tirelessly among our team to figure the top 10 German movies out there. So, for all you Ausländers, make sure you can tick all these films off your check list before getting into a discussion with a German about their movies. We know there's a few red herrings in there, but fish is good for you in moderation. 


Das Leben der Anderen

1. Das Leben der Anderen

Few would doubt the number one spot. Set in 1984 DDR East Germany, we get a peek at what life was like both for the secret police and the secretly policed. Over the backdrop of East Berlin, we follow the lives of a notorious writer, his lover and the Stasi agent who details and monitors their every move. Grippingly intrusive, this movie makes one shudder at the thought of how recently this all occurred. Expect incredibly stylish DDR clothes and retro furniture to make an appearance. Do not expect any CGI, Coca-cola placements or cameos from David Bowie.

February 6, 2013

The top 44 apartment listing sites for Germany

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How to find an apartment in Germany

Last update: January 2018
Finding an apartment in Germany

Are you looking for a place to live in Germany?

Your options in Germany are: 

  • Students halls of residence
  • Shared flats (Wohngemeinschaft – WG)
  • Private apartments
  • Temporary accommodations (hostel, B&B,...)

Before signing a rental contract you may be asked to present any of these documents or a combination of some of them to your future landlord. 

If you are flat-sharing or sub-renting, you will likely be spared this bureaucratic procedure:

  • Last 3 payslips or letter from current employer stating how much you earn; 
  • Last 3 bank statements; 
  • SCHUFA (this is a letter with your credit score) You can apply online for the print out; 
  • Letter from your current German landlord saying you are up-to-date with your rent; 
  • A proof of your Privathaftpflichtversicherung (personal liability insurance) or an equivalent insurance, that pays in case of damage to the rented property; 
  • Contact information for a guarantor, someone who could pay your rent in case you get into financial difficulties; most often only a German contact will be accepted.