When it comes to being a freshly unpacked international student, a lot of questions are popping out of our heads. That’s why we decided to make this post: to try to answer all of them.
FEES & SEMESTER PAYMENTS
Q: What are the program fees?
A: There are two different fees you need to pay. One is for registration with the school and one is for the program itself. Both fees have to be paid each semester. The registration fee is 76€ in the first semester and 70€ for each following semester. The program fee also called semester flat fee is 800€. Both fees together (876€) have to be transfered together before the registration or re-registration deadline.
Q: What is the bank details to pay the fees?
Here are the details :
Beneficiary: Hochschule Anhalt
Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
IBAN: DE35 8100 0000 0081 0015 39
Purpose: Student Number _ Last Name, First Name (for first semester students, please add applicant number)
For re-registration also add: RM and the year (example: RM2018)
Q: What is a WG?
A: WG stands for Wohngemeinschaft, which means shared living. WGs are really popular between students. You can share appartment or house with other international or German students, making life more affordable.
Q: Should I look for a furnished apartment?
A: Usually, and for saving some headaches, it is way better to find a furnished place. The German term is “möbliert”. With the change of country, the immigration papers process and school stuff, the last you have to worry about is to find where to sleep. Anyway, the chances are limited. So good luck!
Q: How can I look for accomodation?
A: There are a few Websites dedicated to find accomodation in Germany. Some of them are WG Gesucht, Immobilien Scout 24, Immowelt and Immonet.
Pay special attention to the fact that some of the ads specify a limited time for rent, say, 1 or 2 months and not the whole semester. Studentenwerk Halle also offers a very affordable student dormitories, however they are very limited and got fully-booked super fast. Make sure to try your luck applying their dorms as well 🙂
Q: Kaltmiete, Warmmiete, Nebenkosten… What’s all that?
A: Kaltmiete (KM) is the cost of the rent, Nebenkosten (NK) are the services such as heating, gas, electricity, water, etc.. Warmmiete (WM) is the Kaltmiete + Nebenkosten. Kaution is a security deposit that in most cases, equals 3 months of rent.
Q: How important is to have a housing contract?
A: It is absolutely VITAL. The housing contract, in German, “Mietvertrag” is a must to open, among other things, the bank account and to get the visa once you are in Dessau. So, as soon as you get a place, ask the tenant (Vermieter) to give it to you, signed.
Q: Where can I shelter myself during the first days?
A: There are several hotels, hostels and Gasthäuser for all the budgets. Some of the most famous ones near downtown are: City-Pension Dessau-Roßlau, Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel, Jugendherberge Dessau, NH Dessau and Hotel 7 Säulen. Nevertheless, more can be found using services such as Booking and, even a more convenient option can be Airbnb or Couchsurfing.
Q: Help, I need internet to survive! Where can I find WiFi?
A: First thing first, in Germany it’s called W-LAN not WiFi.
The first days, unless you have an international network plan, can be felt with e-isolation due to no network connection. The process of getting Internet at school takes a while because you must get first your student ID and then scan it to send it to Mr Krehan (the IT guy). This is because only students have access to the Uni’s WiFi… So meanwhile this happens, you can get FREE WiFi in Kaufland (supermarket), some zones in Rathaus Center (mall) and in Dessau Center (mall). If you don’t have luck with these places, you can walk to the Bauhaus Café or go to Café Hilde, to buy a coffee and ask for the WiFi password.
Q: How do I open a bank account in Germany?
A: You can choose between Commerzbank, Sparkasse, Deutsche Bank or N26. You need to make an appointment first, bring your Passport, Residence Permit (Aufenhaltstitel), Rental Contract (Mietvertrag), Certificate of Council Registration (Anmeldungsbestätigung) and Student ID or Admission Letter. (or you can just skip all that and apply N26) . P.S : Use the code “BAU3T” to start with €10 on your new N26 account (you can treat your seniors for a nice beer after!) 🙂
Q: Where can I apply for Health Insurance?
A: You can choose between TK, IKK Gesund Plus, DAK or AOK. There is a lady from DAK in the Mensa Building – 2nd floor. If you’re more than 30 years old, the public health insurance won’t open an account for you so you can try open one in a private health insurance company such as Mawista.
Q: How to easily learn German?
A: Watch Peppa Pig in German. Not a joke. It’s a good start to build your vocabulary. Need something cooler? How about Dark – a science fiction thriller about the case of a missing child in a small town in Germany that spans three generations. Want something more structured? Deutsche Welle – Learn German to Go – structured German video lessons from A1 to B1.
Die deutsche Sprache ist keine schwierige Sprache!
WHAT TO DO IN DESSAU
Q: I have a lot of free time, what can I do in Dessau?
A: This city has a lot to offer! You can watch some theatre show at the Anhalt Theater. You can go swimming at the pools. You can grab some coffee & cake from cafes all around the town. There are so many design events & workshops in Vorort. You can bike around the town. You can have an Apfelschorle at Kornhaus. You can enjoy the UNESCO-certified parks. You can grab lunch at the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and enjoy their beautiful building. You can visit Hugo Junkers museum, the pioneer of metal aeroplanes. Or you can simply make your own workshop class in our living room! Previously we have had workshops for soap-making, video-editing, sewing, tea ceremony, chinese dumplings, typography, and many more! Just invite your fellow MAID and share your crafts 🙂