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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To-Do Before the Semester Starts in Germany

Now that I have been officially accepted to grad school in Germany, I need to get a lot of things in my life sorted before the semester begins. To give you an idea of all the things one must do before they can study in Germany and to help myself sort my priorities, I figured I share my To-Do List.

To-Do Before the Semester Begins

☑ Enroll in German health insurance
Now that I am a student, I can get public health insurance in Germany for the best possible rate

☑ Open a German bank account
I actually had one three years ago, but I stupidly closed it. It is time to finally open one back up again.

☑ Pay tuition/semester fees
Since I will be attending is a public university, there is no tuition! I only have to pay ~300 Euro/semester in fees

 Accept my spot in the program
I have to turn in the official paperwork before August 31st

☐ Get my student visa
As soon as I turn in the paperwork to the University and get my student ID, this should be pretty simple

☐ Purchase tickets to the U.S. for Christmas
The sooner, the better. This will be my first time going home in 1.5 years!

☐ Go to Marco's family reunion in Southern Germany
On the last weekend of September, Marco and I will make the 8-hour drive to Southern Germany for his bi-annual family reunion in the mountains

☐ New student orientation
As soon as we get back from the South, I will have some orientation meetings during the first week of October

☐ Start classes
Classes start on October 13th!

That is a lot of things on my plate for the next two months! Let's hope I can make it through this list with no snags, and start grad school in Germany on the right foot.


  1. Wow how exciting!! I am so jealous of your international experience :) Nothing like living like a local to be a local!

    1. I usually think of it more as stressful, but you are right, it is exciting ;)

  2. Good luck on the upcoming school year! Your time abroad sounds amazing :)
    Also I nominated you for a Liebster award, totally understand if you are too busy, but I thought it was a fun blogging project. Here is a link for more info:

  3. Congrats! I'm an American expat doing my Master's at Uni Heidelberg! So happy I found your blog :)

    1. Sounds like we have a lot in common! What are you studying? Is your program in German or English?

  4. What an exciting list of things to do!!! x

  5. It looks like about a third of your list is taken care of. Hope you have a great school year! That reunion in the mountains is sure to be a wonderful time.

    1. It is seriously the coolest place to have a family reunion. Totally beats my family's reunion every 10 years in rural Ohio...

  6. Ohh, have a wonderful time in my neck of the woods - southern Germany is a lot of fun!


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