Saturday, 7 January 2017

Long Break

Hi Guys,

Sorry I took a long break from blogging. You know, I was getting used to the school system here and classes and settling down and I was virtually left with no time to blog. Its really hard to come up with blog posts so for now I am going to develop a new strategy.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Meeting my classmates :)

A huge part of the reason I wanted to study abroad was to meet people from all over the world. I believed that would expose me to different cultures and also make me aware of how diverse our World is. Also I know very much that I will end up working with an International organisation and my job will include a lot of travelling to different parts of the World so schooling with different people from all parts of the world is definitely a step in the right direction.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cultural Shock...Pedestrians own the road

So I am going to start a cultural shock series about things that are done differently in Germany. The very first thing I noticed was about the roads...

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Living Expenses...Arrghhh

The biggest expenditures will be your living expenses. Nothing is free in Germany. You even pay to use the washroom. And the washing machine at your apartment.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Free Tuition?

I have received a few emails from blog readers asking about how the free tuition works in Germany. Let me quickly outline it

Monday, 24 October 2016

Email me for enquiries

Hey guys,

I have been receiving quite a lot emails from you guys...A lot of you have so many questions and I try to respond as promptly as I can. But please keep in mind that as classes has started, I may see your email and make a mental note to respond but may end of forgetting
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Also since I receive lots of emails, and I have limited time responding to everyone, I would prefer if the questions are straight to the point and specific.

Like if you send me an email saying 'I need your help', I would respond asking you the exact type of help you need. To save time, its better to tell me what you exact needs are and If I can be of help I will let you know...

It will be helpful for both of us if you also read previous posts as I've already talked about some issues. Like I mentioned earlier I have very little free time during the day.

Some general questions can be left as comments and I will respond to it as well. That way others can see the answer too.

Difficulties in the School/Visa application process or personal questions should be sent via email.

My email address is foreignstudentingermany@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

My almost first month in Germany

Hi Guys,

It has almost been a month since I got to Germany and I know it has been a while since I updated the blog...I have been crazy busy. Between registering at the city, school and sorting out accommodation issues, there has been so much to do and so little time!

Friday, 7 October 2016

My Life in Siegen

Siegen
My school is located in a meduim sized town called Siegen. Yeah I am sure you havent heard of it.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

In Germany now :)

Hi Guys,

Sorry I havent updated the blog in a while. Between having to resign from work and preparing for my trip I was super busy.

I had booked a ticket with Ethiopian Airlines as far back as August even without my Visa (talk about faith), so after I was called to pick up my Visa all I had to do was wait for my scheduled flight date.

Friday, 23 September 2016

What are the essentials to pack?

I have less than a week to leave Ghana! Because I hadn't resigned earlier I will work till next week Tuesday and then prepare for my flight on Thursday morning. I am already exhausted thinking about all the preparations I have to make.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

I got my Visaaaaa!!! :)

Yaaayyyy!!! I am shaking and jumping as I write this. I stare at this piece of document blankly. The significant of it still sinking in.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Writing an awesome motivational letter

If you are applying for grad school, then there is a good chance you will have to write a Motivational letter as part of your application.

A lot of people underrate the importance of motivational letters, and simply copy sample ones from the Internet. I remember hearing the story of someone who was applying to a top notch grad school. He graduated top of his class. And he was trying to get into a top University. He was very confident of getting into the program so he didn't pay much attention to his motivational letter. He was confused when he received a letter of rejection from the school. It wasnt until he consulted other people that he realized that his motivational letter was extremely bad. As in terrible.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

How I managed to save up money for my Masters degree

Being a self sponsoring student is a huge financial burden. As a young twenty something year old girl in Ghana, it was a daunting task to be able to raise over 8000 Euros for my studies. Throw in the fact that your salary is meagre and the task almost seems impossible.

I want this so bad!

Every one who knows me personally knows how much I have been wanting to pursue a Masters degree.

Though I love my current job, I feel somewhat trapped in a career I have no passion for. I have always wanted to be an Economist, and for some reason, I have steadily built a career in another field. Probably the fact that my first job out of school was in this field.

If you are familiar with the career path of an Economist, you would know that you definitely need a Masters degree to even be considered for any serious job role. A PHD should be considered if you want to specialize in a particular field of Economics.

Studying in South Africa

Studying in South Africa can be an amazing and rewarding experience. Being the biggest economy in Africa, there sure are lots of opportunities that this country could provide a potential student.


Also remember that South Africa has the most developed economy in terms of infrastructure. Higher education in South Africa is comparable to world standards and the University of Cape Town is a world wide known institution of high quality education.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Study in Africa?

Aside countries in Europe and North America, you can get the International Student experience in other African countries.

Yes you can still assess top quality education in a safe and enabling environment in some countries in Africa.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Getting Recommended by your past Professors

When I was applying for admission into schools, I considered a whole lot of countries and a whole lot schools. I must have applied to about 10 schools. Or more.

It was so bad that I applied to schools, forgot about them till the admission letter came in.

Whilst some schools do not require it, a lot more schools ask for recommendation letters from your past lecturers.

If you are female, get in here quickly!!

There are a wide range of scholarships available for students. However the selection criteria for most of them is quite tough. A lot of them is merit based - you need to demonstrate excellent academic track records.

A few of them are need based. This means that priority is given to candidates from very poor backgrounds.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

When you want a degree but have no money

Education is damn expensive! Especially Higher education. More so when you want to school abroad. Some countries offer a tuition free educational system but most don't.

The good news is that you should never let the lack of money stop you from pursuing your educational dreams. I remember anytime I tell people of my plan to study abroad, they will ask me about money and I will say to them, "I dont care that I can't afford to school abroad".

Why I never considered the UK

During my search for a country to study, I considered so many factors. But for some reason I never ever considered schooling in the UK. The UK is actually a very popular destination for a lot of International Students but it never caught my fancy.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The confusing phase of deciding where to study

Well, in deciding to study abroad, one of the biggest questions you have to answer is where to study.

There will be various reasons for which ever country you consider. Gladly, now, I have narrowed down my search to one country. But at some point I had so many countries in mind. It was confusing and took a lot of my time.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Why I didnt accept my American University's admission

In my search for a Masters degree course, I did not limit myself to one country. In fact I actively researched on 6 or more countries and applied to schools in 5 out of the 6.

The United States of America was one of those countries I had applied to. I applied and gained admission to 2 schools.

Costs for a Masters program in the US can go upwards of $20k per year. Since I was self sponsoring, it meant I had to look for a bank to rob  this money somewhere. There was no solid plan of how to get the money. I was hoping by some divine intervention I will stumble on money somewhere. Or win the lottery. But neither of that happened.

Monday, 29 August 2016

When you've worked so hard

Have you ever worked hard for anything? Like you sat down and penned down a goal. Then you also wrote down your plan on how to achieve that goal. All that was left was for you take action and follow through these plans.

Have you ever done that?




Germany (Part 4)

This is my concluding part of the Germany series. You can read the previous parts Part 1Part 2 and lastly Part 3

At this point, you should have received your admission letter, identified your source of funds and also booked your Interview.


Friday, 26 August 2016

Germany? (Part 3)


This is the 3rd part of this series. You can read the first part here and the second part here.

On this page, I will talk extensively about the Visa application process. I am currently in the process and awaiting final  decision from the embassy.






Thursday, 25 August 2016

Germany? (Part 2)

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This is the second part of the 4 part series to studying in Germany. If you missed the first part Click Here to read through it.

So you have searched for schools and applied. What are the next steps?

Germany? (Part 1)


I will be doing a post on various countries and their student Visa application processes. Today, I will focus on Germany.

The German student Visa process is multi staged and requires a lot of time and effort. However if you follow through there is a good chance of scaling through.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Getting Started






So you have decided to school abroad.

Congrats because you have taken a very courageous and expensive decision.





Lets start this journey


Hello!

If you are reading this, then you are going to be a part of a journey, a journey to my success.

A little information about me