Yes, all EU citizens are allowed to study in Germany. However, as the studies are in the German language, it is expected that you will be fluent enough in both, spoken and written German, in order to master the subject.
Many Germans do speak English to a certain extent and it might be possible to find a job and social environment where German language skills are not required. However, in order to make a success of your social and professional life strong language skills are invaluable.
It is the norm to rent unfurnished flats or houses in Germany. Costs for these can vary considerably depending on the region or city. Adverts can be found online and in local newspapers and usually contain a slang of abbreviations and expressions specific to the German property market. The same applies to the complex rental contracts. A deposit of one to three months is payable in advance and tenancy agreements usually run for longer periods, therefore we recommend seeking advice before renting.
Depending on where you live the rent will take up between 15% to 35% of a gross average income. The majority of everyday purchases are cheaper than in Britain. Most other goods as well as eating out and nightlife are also cheaper. In general, people with an average income manage to maintain a good standard of living without the need to overdraw their bank account at the end of the month – quite the contrary, most are able to put money aside.
If you are an employee your tax payments, along with your national contributions, will be handled by the employer. If you are self-employed you are required to pay these yourself, however, we strongly recommend commissioning a tax advisor to do this for you as the German taxation system very complex.
As far as traditional workplaces are concerned, these are more formal; hierarchy is respected and you are expected to be punctual and to the point. In general, this degree of efficiency allows you to work less hours.
If you are working in modern industries (media, creative etc.) you will find these are very similar to anywhere else in the Western world.
If professional life seems regimented to you, you would be surprised how sociable Germans can be. This is because they separate between work and leisure time which is reserved for friends, family, enjoyment and a beer or two.
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