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August 8, 2017

Studying in Germany

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First steps to studying in Germany

(for non-EU nationals)

Studying in Germany

Are you a student ready to enroll in a German higher education institution?
Or a Ph.D. candidate? 



Here are the first steps you need to take when moving to Germany



Admission

1. Apply for admission to a German university (from abroad)


Requirements and application deadlines can vary from one university to another and from one program to another.

If you get admitted to a German university, you can then apply for an entry visa, which could either be a student or an applicant visa. 

Check out the video below, that explains how the German higher education system works

[Source: www.study-in.de]:




January 24, 2017

Tax Refund in Germany

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How to apply for a tax refund in Germany

[by Bastien, the editor behind Settle in Berlin]

Tax-Refund-Germany

Finding a job and working in Germany comes with the obligation of paying taxes to your fiscal administration, otherwise known as « Finanzamt ». As an employee, it's taken directly from your payslip every month and you need not worry about it for most of the year. At the beginning of a new year however, it will be possible to file a tax statement leading to a tax return which can often reach several hundred euros.

It's up to you to prove to the Finanzamt that you have had expenses to reduce your overall tax rate. You can do this by filling in a « Steuererklärung » which is a summary of your profile, situation and expenses as a tax payer for the previous year. Employees have until the 31st May to submit it to the Finanzamt. 

It would be a shame to pass on a sizable tax refund (Around 1000€ on average in Germany). We have laid out here the different methods to claim that money back.


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On your own with forms and a good dose of patience


There is no going around it when it comes to German administration : some forms will need to be filled. For employees with no other additional sources of income, there will be 3 (for 2016): ESt 1 V 2016, Anlage N 2016,Anlage Vorsorgeaufwand 2016. They can all be downloaded from this website. With them, you will give information about your tax ID, your income, expenses and other insurances.

It is recommended to fill them in electronically via the dedicated ELSTER tool, issued by the German administration. You can sign-up here to open an account and receive your password by post (takes about a week).

Elster-Online

ToyTown Germany has made a pretty complete help sheet to fill them in. 
I'd recommend checking it.