Is there any easy way to go to Germany?
Hello! It's been a looong time.
Thank you so much for your appreciation of my blog :D I got a lot of questions about "how can I go to Germany easily?" well..... you know, in Indonesia, there's this one magician name Pak Tarno. His magic is always about turning something into something else and before he does that, he always says "bimsalabim jadi apa" and then claps 3 times and say "prok prok prok" and then voila!
I don't wanna let you down, but unfortunately, there's no magic in the process of catching your dream to Germany. You can't just say "I want to pursue my dream in Germany, please help me" and then clap 3 times and the next day you can fly to Germany without any effort. You have to follow and respect the process. The process will help you grow. If you're willing to follow the process and make a lil bit of effort, then now we're talking :)
So, in this post, I will sort some ways to go to Germany from the easiest to the more difficult one. So here we go :
Of course, it's the easiest of them all, because the only thing that you have to apply for is the visa. To go to Germany, you need the Schengen travel visa that is valid for 90 days in the period of 1 year. And of course, you need to spend some extra money to apply for the visa, to buy the flight tickets, to reserve a hotel, to buy food, to go places with public transportation, etc. And also don't forget to write your itinerary, it is really important so that you won't spend your whole day just sleeping in the hotel.
2. Au Pair
People sometimes think that if you work as an AuPair, then you're just a babysitter. No. If you see it from another point of view, being an AuPair is way more than that. You can learn the german language at nearby Spachschule during your AuPair and the cost will be paid by your Gastfamilie. You don't have to find and pay for your own place, because your Gastfamilie will provide it for you. You will also get an allowance of about 250-300 Euro/month. And don't you think that you have to work 24/7 if you stay at the Gastfamilie's home, no, you have your working schedule too and according to the German laws, you're not allowed to work more than the working hours that's stated on your work agreement, because it means that they have to pay you more for your extra time. Hence, you'll have free time that you can use to travel or to find any information about FSJ or Ausbildung or Universities.
FSJ stands for Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr. it means you'll work as a volunteer for social services, for example, Altenheim, hospital, Kindergarten, etc. But don't worry, you'll also get a monthly allowance too. This program is available from 1 up to 15 months. You can only take this program once in a lifetime. So, what happens next?
BFD stands for Bundesfreiwilligendienst. It actually has the same concept as FSJ, but you can do BFD more than once. So I would suggest that you take the BFD program after FSJ. They also have the BFD+27, which is addressed to people from 27 years old and up.
Germany has this amazing vocational school system name "duale Ausbildung" which makes it balance between theory and practice. In Ausbildung, you basically study the work field that you're interested in like if you want to be a nurse then you can do the Ausbildung zum Krankenpfleger or if you want to work for a bank, you can do the Ausbildung zum Bankkaufmann, etc. But you have to take note that you have to have at least a B1 language certificate (it depends on the company or the Ausbildung program).
6. Study in Germany
This is probably the hardest of them all. If you want to study for bachelor in Germany and you are from Indonesia, you have to get a spot in a Studienkolleg first and you have to learn there for a year. There are 2 kinds of Kollegs : staatliche Kollegs and private Kollegs. So basically, you don't have to pay if you go to staatliche Kollegs and you have to pay about 2.500 euros a year if you go to the private Kollegs. There's also an entry test before you are accepted in a Studienkolleg, they usually test your german language skill and mathematics. The language level upon entry is a minimum B1 level. Then, if you're "graduated" from the Kollegs, you still have to find a spot at a university.
If you want to pursue a master degree, you have to apply directly to the university. That means that you have to contact the university admission office about the application procedure and deadline or you can find the informations on the university's website because each university differs.
I think that's all for now. I hope this post can help you further to set your goal and plans. Don't lose hope! Just believe that there's always a way.....