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Studying in Germany quick guide
I get asked the same question everyday. I'm sure anybody who studies or works in Germany gets it too.
"Please help me look for a scholarship in Germany".
Well that's the question.
It may come in different ways. But the bottomline is the same: "I wish to study in Germany but I don't know how to go about it".
I don't know but in the age of the internet people should spend more time searching than reading useless posts on social media. I left active university a year ago.
I've shared this simple guide. It's helped a number of you get progress on your quest to pursue further education in Germany.
But we've a unique problem with Kenyans. We're not a reading society. Perhaps we're a listening society.
Because even though I share this simple guide, I still get people who come back asking me where to begin. Yet it says it clearly!
Please note. Going abroad, especially to Germany, for further education, is NOT an event.
It's a PROCESS. One that takes time, patience and costs money.
So don't wake up now and expect to get an admission letter in January.
You need at least three, six even twelve months of preparation. Plan early and stop behaving like a baby. Nobody will babysit you out here.
Here's is my guide.
You have asked me for help with scolarships. Germans are keen on REQUIREMENTS, be careful to read instructions and provide ALL documents, if they require them certified make sure they are. Mind deadlines too. Actually DAAD Regional Office for Africa in Nairobi has done a superb job in providing Info and you can stay up to date by liking their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/DAADNairobi). Also consider liking the very useful page Mkenya Ujerumani.
Ideally note the following.
1. Education in Germany is free. As in you don't have to pay any tuition.
2. The cost of living is high, that is what you would need help with. Plus you may need to pay other fees, probably up to 1000€ per semester.
3. To begin with, look for a course of interest. Use this link https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programs/en/.
SIMPLE GUIDE. Choose a course which is RELATED to your previous degree, Germans don't understand why Kenyans switch from one field to another and that determines your chances of gaining admission!
4. Create your CV online usinf this link (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose) and then download and send it to me to check. Do some cleaning by removing the Europas logo in the header. Save the file with Surname_CV. Mind first impressions. Keep it lean. You don't need to fill it with unnecessary Info. Only that which is useful for your application.
5. Once you have found your course of interest, go to the course/university website and READ the requirements, note DATELINES and applications datelines. Pay attention to requirements.
6. Get back to me with firm decisions on WHAT you want to study and WHERE you wish to study it.
7. Perhaps I'll guide you from there. Or you'll get help from those who have gone through a similar process.
You'll need a motivation letter. I'll expand later on what you need in one such.
Kindly do me a favour. READ the contents. I am pressed for time.
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