Living and studying in Germany
BBC Make me a German
This BBC documentary from 2013 provides a tremendously accurate delineation of ‘average’ German daily life. It shows a high level of empathy for what drives Germany as a country and ‘average’ Germans. It is of particular interest for prospective students of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg as it is set in Nürnberg (and you can see the central place of Erlangen at 0:09 of the video).
Although one always have to consider, that such a documentary will use some cliches and simplify things, many observations are very to the point and get to the button of German culture and life.
Student observer have to keep in mind, that the ‘average’ German is rather about 40 years old and not in a student’s age, so the feature does not necessarily describe the life of German University students but their family background and the expectations international students might meet from ‘average’ Germans when they come to study here.
Studying in Germany
- The most important site: A huge collection of helpful information by the German Academic Exchange Service.
- Another very comprehensive site “Studying in Germany” in several language (German, English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Tagalog, Portuguese, Polish, Albanian)
- More specific (as Erlangen is located in Bavaria): Study in Bavaria, a website run by the Bavarian Government
- Information for international students by the “Deutsches Studentenwerk”
- “Meet the Germans” by the Goethe-Institute
- A website giving advice in what and where to study, powered by some governmental and public institutions (in German): Path to study
- A website specialising on the issue of Health Insurance
- A website helping to find interships
- Another site about intern abroad
- A broader perspective: page about studying in Europe.
- very long collection of links especially for female students (most in German)
Country and People
- Homepage of the Federal Foreign Office
- Another site powered by the German Government: a portal to Germany. Huge amount of facts.
- One more governmental site: Find facts about Germany – in about dozen languages.
- Information by the team of Just Landed – an initiative which provides information about countries all over the world.
- Learn more about the region of Germany where Erlangen is located (in several languages): Bavaria.
- Fancy to go skiing in the Alps?
- …or traveling to another nice location in “wunderbar Germany“?
- A nice lake district near Erlangen (in German).
- For those who don’t like water: The wonderful “Franconian Switzerland” (in German)
Germans and Fun
- Some jokes about the Germans
- Some sketches of the probably greatest German comedian ever: Loriot at youtube (in German with English subtitles)
- A more contemporary German comedian Michael Mittermeier (in English)
Country specific information
Chinese version of the homepage of the Confucius Institute – which location is about 100 m from the MAOT office.
Living in Erlangen
- A collection of a good many of pictures by a private photographer.
- A virtual tour through Erlangen (in German)
- A slide show by a former international student
- MAOT is located at a small campus which buildings have been barracks before: this film on youtoube shows the area (0:51 – 1:10 shows our building)
Local culture centres
- The E-Werk: in Erlangen: Disco, cinema, music, cultural events, bicycle garage (tue, wed, fri, sat: 15.00 to 18.00)
- The Luise in Nuremberg.
- The K4 in Nuremberg
- Current events in Erlangen
Cinemas with movies in foreign languages (mostly English):
- www.erlangen.de (partly English)
- www.erlangen.notblue.de (partly English)
- Sports in Erlangen
- Probably unique in the world: Erlangen has five seasons. The fifth season is between the first and second part of spring. It lasts ten days starting on the thursday prior to whitsun. It takes its right to exist from the marvelous and unique Bergkirchweih – the most beautiful beer festival in the world. Get impressions at www.der-berg-ruft.de.
- In the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” (Long Night of Sciences) the University of Erlangen and other research institutions present their fascinating research to the public.
- The “Blaue Nacht” (Blue Night). Each year in May the city of Nuremberg is bathed in blue light and all museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions invite to special attractions.
- The anual “Arena Festival” in Erlangen presents young theatre artists and their wild ideas.
- In June Nuremberg rocks with more than 50,000 fans of Rock and Metal at “Rock im Park“
- The international leading “Comic salon” brings together friends of comics and graphic illustration in Erlangen each second year.
- At the”Bardentreffen” (site in German) in July minstrels, folk singer and rock bands from all over the world meet in Nuremberg, fill the whole city with music and people can listen for free.
- Tenthousands of people enjoy the beautiful mix of a relaxing picknick with high level classical music at “Klassik im Park” (site in German).
- In September Nuremberg celebrates its medieval heritage. At the “Burggrabenfest” (site in German) one can see fighting knights, amazing juggler and beautiful maids.
- The friends of quieter events and moreover the friends of poetry enjoy the “Poetenfest” (site in German) in Erlangen, where German and international poets and writers present their work.
- And each December the world famous “Christkindlsmarkt” lightens Nuremberg and more than 2 millions people come to see it.
Shops are open Monday-Saturday 8.00 – 20.00 maximum, closed at Sundays and public holidays (but shops at railway stations and gas stations have extended opening hours). Public holidays: 01.01, 06.01, Friday before and Monday after Easter, 01.05, Monday after whitsun, “Fronleichnam” (2nd thursday after whitsun), 3.10, 1.11, 24-26.12, 31.12.
Two professional clubs of the ‘1. Bundesliga’ or ‘2. Bundesliga” – the first or second division of professional football in Germany – are nearby:
- Learn more about the famous gingerbread
- A small local company, including the most famous ´pet´ of Erlangen.