If you have decided to stay in Germany and make this place your home
for good or for the time being, you might be interested to learn the
language. Attending classes help you not only to learn the language
but also giving you a chance to get to know new friends. German would
be the only language for students to communicate and to find out about
one another backgrounds. You would be surprised how fast you could learn
the language due to these reasons! Here are some tips where you could
find language courses.
1) AStA (ALLGEMEINER STUDIERENDENAUSSCHUSS) from the universities
Course levers are from beginner till intermediate level
Course Fee : about 200 Euro
Duration : 11 weeks (200 hours)
AStA takes in limited numbers of students, if there are more students
registered than available places, then a lottery system would be implemented.
Grundstufe 1 (Elementary 1), no basic language knowledge is required
Grundstufe 2 and Mittelstufe 1 courses, students are required to sit
for an entry test before the course starts.
Intake: 4 times per year (Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer Course)
Office : Autonomes AusländerInnen-Referat AStA der Ruhr-Universität
(SH 083) Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum
Tel: 0234/3226901 (Asta-Sekretariat: 0234/3222416)
Courses are available for all students.
b) Sprachkurse c/o AStA Uni Dortmund
Emil-Figge-Str.50, 44221 Dortmund
Sprechstunden : Wednesday 1000 - 1500 HRS
Website : www.asta.uni-dortmund.de
A community school, which can be found in every town.
(Information available in only German)
3) Inlingua Sprachschule
This language school has branches in most of the cities and towns in
Germany. I took a six months course at Inlingua Sprachschule Essen (1999-2000)
and was satisfied with the teaching materials and experienced teachers
Lesson hour : 0800 - 1445HRS (inclusive of 1 hour lunch break and two
coffee breaks, each took 15 Min)
Course Fee :about 260 Euro per month
Registration Fee : 22 Euro
Books: 22 Euro
(Please note the above information is not updated)
Website: www.inlingua.de (Information available in English), where you
could find the address and location of the school near to where you
4) Goethe-Institut www.goethe.de (Information available in English)
Located in bigger towns.
5) In Gelsenkirchen - You may want to consider this if you are
in Gelsenkirchen or somewhere nearby and getting a certificate is not
a must for you at the end of the course.
Städtische Abendrealschule Grenzstraße 3, 45881 Gelsenkirchen
(Ecke Granzstraße/Overwegstraße, im House der Lessing-Realschule)
Tel: 0209 / 1692615
Lesson is in the evening and free of charge. If you have completed your
German course and would like to recommend your language school to our
new comers. Do email me and send me the school details.
Visa for Malaysia Student (contributed
by Nydia Wong)
Applying Procedures & Documents
All Malaysians must
apply for a visa for study purposes via the German diplomatic representation
in their home country (German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur). You must not
under any circumstances travel to Germany on a tourist visa. A "tourist
visa" cannot be converted into a "student visa" and as a tourist; you
are not eligible to study in Germany.
(might not be up-to-date)
- Valid international
- Passport Photos
- Graduation examination
certificate and evidence of academic performance - results (SPM, STPM,
A level, Bachelor and etc.). Which give you entitlement to university
admission. Please check with University for admission qualifications
- Proof of financial
support - bank statements, fix deposits and etc.
- If possible,
notification of admission from the university or language school.
call the German Embassy to confirm documents required again.
Once you received your student visa, do check for period of validation.
Upon arrival in Germany you must register yourself in the local Resident
Registration Bureau ("Einwohnermeldeamt"). This must be done within
one week upon arrival (only if you are staying for more than 3 months
and more). To do that you need a proof of where you are staying - rental
agreement would be much prefers.
The next thing is a visit to The Foreigners' Affairs (Ausländer Amt)
before your student visa expired. With your student visa, you need to
apply for a resident permit ("Aufenthaltstitel").
Documents required: (might not be up-to-date)
- Valid international
passport (must be valid for more than 6 months)
- Valid student
- Proof of health
- Proof of financial
support (your bank current account statements in Germany).
- Proof of admission
from the university or language school.
- Completed application
form (available at The Foreigners Affairs office.
- Copy of rental
agreement or letter from landlord (to proofs your permanent address
- Three (3) passport-size
- Application Fee