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  1. 1 hour ago, fraufruit said:


    Wow! Why would an ortho surgeon care how it happened or where? I find that shocking.


    What exactly do you find so shocking? 


    23 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

    I'm a Kassenpatient and have had surgeries in private clinics and seen Chefarzt in other hospitals. All covered by my insurance. 


    Coverage for work accidents paid through the Unfallkasse is better than what doctors can prescribe for regularly insured publicly insured patients. 


    7 hours ago, rodisi said:

    He has been told by the hospital where they did the x-rays and MRI that he should find an orthopaedic surgeon, who also deals with ‘arbeits unfall’.


    He needs a Durchgangsarzt.




  2. On 03/06/2021, 16:26:22, silty1 said:

    Of course you can apply.


    What is the point of applying for positions without the legally mandated minimum formal qualifications? If the position is at a public school, there are certain minimum requirements that must be met and no amount of spin can make up for certain deficiencies. 


    On 03/06/2021, 16:26:22, silty1 said:

    The worst they can do is say no. 



    I think the worst case is that someone spends hundreds of Euros on official translations and then finds out that the application can't even be considered because the minimum legal requirements have not been met. 


    I would advise anyone wanting to apply as a teacher (or in any other regulated profession) to determine the minimum requirements first.



    On 02/06/2021, 09:35:13, rajapkp said:

    Is  Zulassungsfrei  for  Hochschule   considered a Bachelors degree ?  I am assuming they too have the minimum GPA 3.0 requirement.


    This question makes no sense. 


    Zulassungsfrei means that anyone who has a HZB will be accepted. Usually over a third of the students who start in these programmes don't make it past the 1st semester. 


    The Abitur is the general Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB) in Germany. The Anabin databank provides info on the most common foreign equivalents. 


    When you're in Munich I would recommend that you make an appointment at the Studienkolleg and ask them about your chances of getting admitted to the Studienkolleg as well as if they would let you take the Feststellungsprüfung as an external candidate. You should also ask for copies of past tests so that you can see what you'll be expected to know. 





    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:

     Well , i have seen college kids here in USA including older friends and family who went to decent schools some even to Ivy league schools and its my opinion that they are just party schools. there is not much depth in what they learn. Most of them end up as software engineers  or work in a Bank and they cant do anything else.  Again this is just my opinion and I could be completely wrong.   


    I don't know where you came up with that assumption. From my experience the German system churns out many Fachidioten.


    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:


    I have better faith in education in Europe.   I feel like I can study in Europe and then comeback for Masters or career in America. 


    With respect to Germany I disagree. I can't speak to the rest if the continent. 


    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:

     I do bachelors for 2 years in USA and get better grades and re-apply in Germany freshly with better GPA. 


    Your high school and university grades will be averaged.


    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:

    I have read a bunch of online material  watched online videos and talked to some university placement services over the phone and I get different conflicting answers. 


    The placement services don't seem to know as much as they like to claim. 


    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:

    I am not sure if I can get into any of these programs with a GPA below 3.0 ( on 4.0 scale ).   is the 3.0 gpa ( on a 4.0 ) scale pretty cut and dry ? are there any exceptions ? 


    You'd need to contact each school individually and try to convince them. Most Studienkolleg won't even consider you because they already have too many applicants. 


    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:

    does any references/recommendations help at all ?


    Usually not enough to compensate for such a low GPA. 


    9 hours ago, rajapkp said:

    Any suggestions or advice are welcome and greatly appreciated.  


    My advice would be to look for a good school in the US for your undergrad degree.


    However, if you really want to study in Germany and if Corona rules allow it make appointments with schools with a Studienkolleg during the summer when you are in Germany to see if any of them would be willing to give you a chance.


    Alternatively if it is not too late, you could take the necessary AP exams before completing your diploma. 


  5. On 03/05/2021, 00:39:06, nickstraub said:

    I would like to study in Germany for my masters degree. However my bachelors degree is listed as a H+/- in anabin.


    Is the institution rated H+/- or your major?


    On 03/05/2021, 00:39:06, nickstraub said:

    How bad does this effect my chances of getting acceptances into a masters degree program?


    Many universities won't even consider your application. Others could offer you a conditional place with the requirement to take supplementary courses. Depending on your grades, some universities might be willing to offer you a place regardless of the H+/- status.


    On 03/05/2021, 00:39:06, nickstraub said:

    Is it up to the individual universities?


    Universities in Germany legally have discretionary power to admit students without all the necessary formal qualifications, however, most of the larger universities with too many applicants don't bother granting exemptions. On the other hand, some of the schools in small towns with low enrollment are willing to lower the requirements to fill their classes.



    On 27/05/2021, 03:11:59, allegory said:

    I guess I had the idea in my head that there's only one governing body evaluating foreign applications rather than individual entities that do their own thing after you've applied through Uni-Assist.


    Germany is a federal country and education is the responsibility of the individual Länder.


    On 27/05/2021, 03:11:59, allegory said:

    I don't know of any options there may be for foreigners living in Germany to gain a university entrance qualification or how long it would take.


    There are theoretically many options, however, none are easy. 


    On 27/05/2021, 03:11:59, allegory said:

    All in all, I feel like I'm out of good options and I worry that getting married/staying in Germany could put me in a state of career limbo for years.


    It is quite possible. How important is having a career to you? 


    On 27/05/2021, 03:11:59, allegory said:

    Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go from here?


    University or apprenticeship? 


  7. 1 hour ago, rajapkp said:


         Looking for guidance on  Admission requirements for Bachelors Program in Mathematics and Science and we see this mentioned below  in DAAD and Anabin database

    " if the requirements for the United States of America High School Diploma are met and an unweighted Cumulative Grade Point Average (CumGPA) of 3.0 is proven"



    1 hour ago, rajapkp said:

    What are the odds of finding a German university that does not require a Uni-Assist application ? 


    There are quite a few. 


    1 hour ago, rajapkp said:

    I am a High School student graduating soon and I am asking mainly because I may be stuck with a slightly lower High School GPA than the required and I don't want to wait for 2 more years before re-applying. 


    Why 2 years? Why Germany? 


  8. Even if another German authority has accepted your documents, the Standesamt still has the right to have Indian documents verified for authenticity because Germany considers India a country with unreliable documents.


    While you are waiting for the Urkundenüberprüfung to be completed, you can obtain an Auszug aus dem Geburtenregister that you can send to your Krankenkasse as well as to apply for Elterngeld





  9. 15 minutes ago, KyariP said:

    It is a blue card job offer (IT field). Yes, I'm eligible for a regular work permit. I have a recognized university degree.


    That makes everything much easier. 



    I'm not sure if I can start working with the company in the date mentioned in the contract.  I'm afraid the blue card process takes much time.


    If you and your company know what they are doing,  it is possible to process a Blue Card very quickly if your annual salary is over 56,800€. If you are applying with the lower threshold, it could take longer.


    If your annual salary is less than 58,050€, you are required to obtain public health insurance. You need to choose a public health insurance company and inform your employer. The Krankenkasse is only allowed to insure from when you start work. 


  10. You won't be able to obtain proper insurance at the moment because you don't qualify for public health insurance and comprehensive private insurance won't take you. A cheap travel insurance could theoretically cover you as an interim measure.


    What type of job offer did you receive? Are you sure you are eligible for a regular work permit? Do you have sufficient funds to live in Germany for a few months without working?


  11. 12 minutes ago, sumguy said:

    Yes, I haven't been able to find anything about the vaccination centres de-prioritizing or not, or when.


    If you look at the top of this page you'll see my post from May 16th with the link to SenGPG's press release (the source for the article you quoted). They have not made any info regarding vaccination centres since then. 




    15 minutes ago, sumguy said:

    So maybe the vaccination centres will be open to everyone then?


    If you want an appointment at a vaccination centre and don’t belong to groups 1-3, then you need to wait until the vaccination centres start offering appointments for people in group 4. At the moment SenGPG has not provided any info on how they will reorganise the appointment process. 



    23 minutes ago, bramble said:


    Well, he said he was rather old and somewhat sick, so I presumed he could probably belong to one of those priority goups.




    You know what they say about assume, right? <_<


    It is not sufficient that he is thinks that he is somewhat sick, he actually needs to have one of the conditions specified or obtain special permission.


    He also said " just shy of being in a priority group."


    The first step is NOT trying to book an appointment,  but rather @sumguy needs to determine his priority group and obtain the necessary documents/codes.


    There is a reason for separate threads for different states. If you don't know how the system works here, please don't post and confuse people. 



    2 minutes ago, skdb said:

    So to sum up, before you renew your childs passport, be sure to find that perfect representative that you need to explain its "only your siblings Passport Renewal" process and that they themselves will be checked / verified by the HMPO along with sending extremely delicate information about themselves to a non EU country!


    Sibling? :unsure:




  15. It depends on the test centre. One place I went to sent an email and at another I had to download an app. Nor all test centres will have an on-site printer. It is better to verify in advance if you want a certain type of confirmation. 


  16. 4 minutes ago, dessa_dangerous said:

    @engelchen There are really a lot of freelancers as well as employed English-speaking foreigners here making very decent money, I don't know who you know.


    In Berlin there are many freelance English teachers and artists barely making ends meet.


    4 minutes ago, dessa_dangerous said:

    You completely lost me on the point of insurance.  You don't think foreigners are insured in Germany? :blink: Or what point are you trying to make that has eluded me?


    The point is that foreign therapists who don't speak sufficient German cannot receive recognition of their foreign qualifications. Without formal qualifications recognised in Germany, they are not allowed to provide medical services that can be reimbursed by insurance. Although foreign therapists can provide certain types of counselling services (preferably after obtaining legal advice on what exactly is permitted), patients need to pay for these services out of pocket. 



  17. On 22/05/2021, 07:22:21, Tap said:


    I think the difference here is that in Canada, everyone speaks English, so if someone joins a company whose English isn’t too good, they can cope with it.

    Here in Germany, that’s not the case, not everybody can speak English.



    The issue, however, is that a high level of German is required for most non-technical jobs and many German employers are not as willing to make allowances and cope with less than stellar German. 



    I work with 6 completely different companies, helping them with their business English.  Yes, everyone here learns English in school, but that’s not always effective. I learned Irish every day when I was in school, it was compulsory, but apart from a few basic phrases, I couldn’t put a sentence together now, so I get that not all Germans can speak English.


    I realise that many Germans do not speak English, however, that is not in and of itself a problem. However, most German officials running the campaigns to attract foreign workers like to claim that it is possible for skilled professionals  (without making any distinction between occupations) to find jobs in Germany without any knowledge of German. 


    12 minutes ago, dessa_dangerous said:


    The demand for English-speaking health professionals--particularly for therapists--is through the roof in this part of Germany, waiting lists are very long and it can be very hard to find a therapist that speaks your language and who you also get along with.  That's also not just limited to native English speakers, consider how many people are much more comfortable using English than German, from all countries of the world, even years after living in Germany and having learned a fair bit of German.  The demand is there and it is high.  Maybe a little less in Munich than in Berlin, but in any city where there are foreigners, there will be people who prefer services in English.


    Although I agree that many would prefer service in English, how many would be willing (and able) to pay privately for it? AFAIK, the massive waiting lists are only for therapists covered by insurance. 




  18. On 19/05/2021, 17:03:44, emkay said:

    I have tried to find an official answer to my question to no avail.  Does anyone else have a similar experience?


    Both of my parents are German and moved to the UK in the 1960’s.  I was raised in the UK as a German citizen with a German passport.  I moved back to Germany after 44 years and married my German husband.




    On 19/05/2021, 17:03:44, emkay said:

    My question is, having lived in the UK since childhood and worked there for 30 years paying income tax and and NI, am I eligible to to move back to the UK?


    If you had thought of this last year, it would have been possible. 


    On 19/05/2021, 17:03:44, emkay said:

     I have been advised that I couldn’t receive any benefits here in Germany as I have only minimally worked here...not for the want of trying!


    What benefits do you think you'll need? As a German citizen living in Germany you're entitled certain types of benefits, however, you are probably too wealthy for needs based benefits.




  19. 40 minutes ago, BethAnnBitt said:

    He mentions in this thread that he wants to work in healthcare.  I agree that B2+ is necessary at a minimum to work in healthcare.




    I just answered his questions on healthcare occupations in his other thread.


    This thread is about corporate jobs for business grads that don't require German.


    I've met Eastern European immigrants in Canada who were able to get onto the corporate ladder with strong accents and less than perfect English. This does not seem to be a widely available option in Germany (granted the Mittelstand is the motor of the German economy and most Mittelstand companies operate in German).



    On 13/05/2021, 16:13:56, bytex said:

    I would like to train for a degree in healthcare (as a physical therapist, dietician, osteopath, or dental technologist) but all the Ausbildung/study offers require good German and mine's like A1 (My English is about B2/C1 and French B1).

    What would you do in my case?


    I'd forget about Germany. It doesn't make any sense with your skill set.


    The examples you've given are all Ausbildungsberufe i.e. ones which traditionally require an apprenticeship rather than a degree. Although there are a few schools now offering degrees in physical therapy and nursing it hasn't really caught on and employers don't see the need of offering higher salaries to university grads.


    In order to be accepted into any health care apprenticeship you'll need a minimum of B2 German (and with only B2 it would be very difficult). German for healthcare is much more complicated than in English since many English medical words are derived from Latin and German has invented totally different words (for example, appendix = Blinddarm or thyroid = Schilddrüse). You'd need to be familiar with the Latin derivations, but use the German words with patients. Even if you complete training abroad, you'd still need B2 German to work here.


    Furthermore, physical therapy is a schulische Ausbildung which means you have to pay for it. IIRC Osteopathy has different training programmes, but is not completely standardized. 


    Regardless which healthcare-related occupation you choose, you would first need to learn German, then spend a few years back in school in order to finally look for relatively poorly paid positions. 




  21. 16 minutes ago, BethAnnBitt said:

    @bytex is talking about wanting to work in a health related field, such as physical therapy.  I'm a retired therapist.  That's not an IT/programming/engineering job.  


    Read his post again (or even just the part I quoted). He mentioned "programmers, engineers, nurses and doctors". I would include all health care professionals in that list (and health care requires a minimum of B2 German). Where is he saying he wants to work in health care? I understood that he has an economics/ business degree.


    Could someone please point out where foreigners with economics/business degrees can find good white collar jobs that don't require German? 


    Is it really so hard to believe that there are few opportunities university educated foreigners in non-technical / health fields in Germany? :wacko:


    I guess being white really does have its privilege. <_<



    This also not the first time that this topic has come up: