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Starting a new life overseas as a student is incredibly daunting. Not only do you have to find your way in a new university, as well as find a suitable place to live, you also have to have enough finances to make ends meet. With study being your main priority for the duration of your degree, mini jobs (part-time jobs limited to no more than 12 hours per week or €450 per month) are a popular option for students wishing to gain some pocket money to help fund that weekend trip to the Alps.
Tests are serious matters that require diligent preparation. Even so, the best-prepared test-takers can also get stumped by tricky exam questions. Sometimes, we really don’t know what the answer is. If this happens to you (which it probably will at some point!), consider the following hacks – they’re quick, easy ways to help you when you’re unsure. But, do not in any case assume that these tips can take the place of a good content knowledge base and preparation. Your best test-taking strategy is to come well-prepared, but to know what to do when you’re unsure about your answer.
The definition of “best” is so subjective. The world of education is filled with slogans about providing the best future for your child, being the best that you can be, and aiming for the best. Regardless of whether a university is as notorious as Harvard University or not, the best university for you will depend on what’s personally important to you. Your best university may simply be one that is well-located, safe, affordable, and specialises in your discipline of choice. But to give you a starting point, we’ve put together a list of the supposed 10 best universities in Germany, and some things you should consider when working out the best university for you.
In our Studying in Germany segment from our regular A New Life in Germany blog, we posed our readers a question: What is it that you want to study? Undoubtedly, this is a daunting question for many young students across the world. Our blog touched upon the pressures young people face when trying to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. It gave an overview of the study system in Germany, including the role that the TestAS can play in helping you gain university admission, as well as expectations around studying and living costs.
You’ve made up your mind, finished the TestAS, and are getting ready to say goodbye to mum and dad for the next few years of your life: you’re relocating to Germany. Before you wipe the final goodbye tears from your face, there’s one major thing you should have sorted out by now: where you’re going to live. And this, my friends, is one of the hardest games you’ll ever have to win in Germany. Saying goodbye to your parents was nothing.
Time and time again, we are told that preparation for a test is vital to one’s success. Even if you are already an expert in the content matter, a lack of mental or physical preparation could be what breaks your test performance. Feeling tired, hungry, overly anxious or even overly confident are all potential pitfalls for test-takers. For those wanting to take the TestAS, it’s never too early to implement a strategy to help you achieve TestAS success. In keeping with the methodical and structured style of the TestAS exam itself, the following presents a useful guide for systematically and rigorously preparing for the TestAS.
Thanks to the high standards of education and good international reputation held by many German universities, studying medicine in Germany has become a very popular choice. Lena*, a 19-year-old student from Kosovo, decided to take the TestAS to do just that: gain admission into a high quality German university to receive the education needed to one day work in the field of medicine.
Like many students across the world, Defne from Istanbul had dreams of living and studying abroad. Here we talk to Defne about her experience in taking the TestAS, and how this helped her to achieve her goal of studying medicine in a top quality German university. “Taking [the] TestAS made it easier to be accepted to Johannes Gutenberg University… TestAS is really useful for the application process for medicine, and with the right materials you can succeed in no time.”
How many times were you asked as a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” How many times did your answer change over the years? As soon as a child has passed the nappy-wearing stage of life, it seems completely normal that society expects them to know what they want to do once they’ve finished mandatory schooling. Some kids are determined on becoming the fireman, pilot or doctor they’ve always answered in response to that inevitable question;
So you’ve gotten your first little taste of Germany – you’ve seen the travel brochures of the flowing Rhine, rolling hills and enchanting Black Forest, and now all you can think about is munching on a pretzel while hiking through the Bavarian Alps. The travel brochures and websites can only do Germany so much justice; being in the country, experiencing the lifestyle and immersing yourself in the culture will open all your senses to what is likely to be a completely different way of living for you.

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