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President’s welcome address

The president and the entire executives of the Nigerian Scholars in Germany (NiSIG) feel highly honoured and delighted to welcome you all to this noble body.

NiSIG, a non-profit and non-political organization founded in Hannover in 2013, was born following the increasing numbers of Nigerian Scholars and the need to form a common course for our welfare and success in our scholastic sojourn here. Additionally, to create the pedestal that will help facilitate our contributions to the growth and development of our country Nigeria, as well as Germany.

One of our goals is to help and assist incoming scholars to properly acclimatize and integrate with ease into their newly found German Society. Towards meeting our aims and objectives, we shall also from time to time where necessary, engage with relevant independent organizations.

Furthermore, we shall be organizing in the future, series of events that will foster the continuous growth of this noble association. Your idea and support is very valuable to us and we welcome you to join us in making a difference and be part of something worthwhile.

Thank you

Ayodeji Ayansola
President

WHO ARE WE?
The Nigerian Scholars in Germany (NiSIG) is a scholar led body that provides an enabling and conducive platform for its members at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level to connect with one another, exchange ideas and views on matters that concerns the interest of its members while also identifying and harnessing (Nigerian) talents for the betterment of Nigeria, its host country (Germany) and the world. We seek to promote creativity, innovation and unity amongst scholars through academic webinars, seminars and workshop, social events and other related activities. We also promote the rich cultural heritage of our beloved country Nigeria in Germany and other parts of the world.
WHAT WE DO?
Our mission is to serve as a channel for the application of unique talent, experience and professionalism that will lead to academic, social and economic development and opportunities in Germany and Nigeria. To strengthen academic and technological co-operation between Germany and Nigeria. To disseminate accurate information and addressing issues that concerns the interest of Nigerian scholars. NiSIG advocates for excellence by encouraging commitment to high intellectual standards, individual and institutional candour and good governance. We want to foster unity and amity amongst Nigerian scholars in Germany. Representing and serving as a mouthpiece for Nigerian scholars at the international level is what we aim for at all times.
WHY JOIN NISIG?
Networking: The easy and best way to network with scholars who have similar interests for joining and those that have had the experience of what it’s like. Professional Experience: Another important reason to consider membership to NiSIG is to take advantage of your career resources. NiSIG usually invite alumni and ask them to share their experiences with you. Broaden your knowledge: NiSIG provide an enormous amount of access to resource information. NiSIG will assist you to learn more and stay informed about issues in diversity. An inestimable opportunity to network with other distinguished scholars. To grow professionally in any chosen field of yours with the assistance of scholars in that same field.

Meet the NISIG team

Ayodeji Ayansola
President
Ayodeji Ayansola is from Ile-Ife in Osun State. He is currently enrolled as a masters students Environmental Resources Management at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus ...
Joshua Alabi
Vice President
Joshua Alabi is the new vice-president of NISIG, He is studying for his masters degree in marine geosciences at the Universität of Bremen. His hobbies include Playing Football, playing the guitar, dancing, bouldering ...
Victor Oyedele
Secretary General
Victor Oyedele is a master student of Environmental Engineering at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg. He is also a trained Civil Engineer with a strong professional drive for ...
Ukwungwu David
Treasurer
Ukwungwu David is the new treasurer of NISIG, He studied for his Bachelor Studies in electrical and information Technology in Ruhr-University Bochum, he then Continued in RWTH Aachen ...
Adeagbo Adekola
Director of Finance
Adeagbo Adekola is currently studying for his masters in Democratic governance and civil society at Universität Osnabrück. He is the present financial director of NISIG. His ...
Abiton Omatsone
Director of Socials
Abiton Omatsone is a witty, charismatic and creative lady. She is multi talented in diverse crafts, has interests in reading and creative writing. Her research interests are in educational economics ...
Oreoluwa Afolayan
Director of Public Relations / Webmaster
Meet Oreoluwa Afolayan, the new Director of Public Relations/Webmaster. He is currently a master student of Environmental and resource ...

Testimonials

Desmond Arinze
PhD student, TU-Freiberg
I pleaded for accommodation assistance from wonderful Nigerians in this forum. I am happy and honored to testify that this group rocks. Through people like Ola Dunni and Adeniji Olasunkanmi Milanista, I felt the spirit of brotherly love that we all need to move our country and the whole world to the next level.
Tobi Akinyemi
Masters student, BTU Cottbus
Movement from the airport to the school on arrival in Germany and where to sleep on the first day was very easy thanks to Oreoluwa Afolayan through NiSIG Cottbus who arranged for my pick up, accommodation and catered for me. NiSIG is truly a good umbrella to bring everyone together and foster unity.
Lotana J. Nwosu
Masters student Universität Bonn
Back in 2015 one of my best friends left Nigeria for Germany. We both started the application process but she saw it to the end. Months down the line she wasn't 'fresh off the boat' anymore. Abiton advised me to come and study in Germany, - "it's an experience " she told me. I sent out my applications and ...
  • Life in Germany
    Germany is a place where a lot of people would like to stay because everything is well organized; excellent health care system, efficient security system, good roads and transportation network, clean and tidy living environment, abundant culture and leisure activities throughout the year. Germany is a country that welcomes foreigners and then practically helps them integrate into the society through social support systems. Life in Germany can be very interesting; however, there may still be some challenges of which the language is a major one. Staying in German may thus require some adjustment, especially if you come from a country that’s more laid-back or even cheerfully chaotic. Nevertheless, Germany can serve as a second home for you; it all depends on how you look at matters and your willingness to integrate. If the following characteristics like “Punctuality, Orderliness and Straightforwardness are of most importance to you, then life in Germany will be a delightful experience for you and a nice place to stay. Bureaucracy is a central aspect in the German society as they believe more in evidence than just words. This could be considered good on one hand especially in the business concern and unpleasant on the other hand, as your shelf would be filled up with papers (letters). Generally, an efficiently run and economically stable country is what everybody wants and that you can find in Germany and also get a lot of social help from the government. Life in Germany is beautiful.
  • Where can I learn German?
    • You can learn German by attending German language school in Nigeria at Goethe Institute before coming. More information can be obtained from http://www.goethe.de/ins/ng/lag/enindex.htm. Goethe institute is the officially recognized German language institution and is located in Lagos state.
    • You can also learn German at any German University most of which offer intensive language classes for foreign students. Some offer this intensive language course for a reasonable fee. There are also free language courses (not intensive but twice a week language course) that the Universities also offer.
    • You can also go to the nearest bookshop and buy books and audiotape for German beginners so that you can start with the basics.
    Ways to improve your German
    • By watching movies in German language or movies that are subtitled in German language.
    • Watching German News and reading online Articles.
    • Reading poems and storybooks for kids
    • Finding a Tandem partner
    • The best way to learn the language would be to move to Germany and immerse yourself completely
  • Where and how can I learn German?
    First, it is important to note that no language is easy but if you are determined to learn any new language especially German, Yes you can! Interestingly after Russian, German is spoken more by people in Europe, which makes it essential for the sharing of knowledge. Learning German will not only help you to cope with everyday life it will also, quoting Hyde Flippo ‘’ Das Erlernen einer neuen Sprache ist das Erlernen einer neuen Denkweise’’ which simply means ‘’ learning a new language is learning to think in a new way’’ help you to think in a new way.
  • How to find accommodation in Germany
    Finding accommodation in Germany is not a difficult but it is better to start looking for accommodation as early as possible before you arrive Germany and this you can do easily via Internet anywhere you are. However, the cost of accommodation makes up a large part of your expenses greatly depends on the size of the room or apartment and it varies from city to city. In most Institutions, an organization called (das Studentenwerk) provides social, financial and cultural support services to students. This organization also runs some accommodation facilities and can help you in searching for accommodation, in case you haven't found one. A temporary arrangement for accommodation can be made for you in a student or Youth Hostel where you can stay until you can find a suitable accommodation. This option might be a little expensive. Please not that the cheapest rooms and apartments are mostly found in student residences. Another alternative for you to find accommodation is by living a shared apartment (Wohngemeinschaft, WG). It is the most popular form of accommodation amongst students. This is usually run and administered by the tenants. All tenants share a common kitchen and bathroom as well as the rent. If you would prefer to live on your own, you might start with a small apartment. There are a lot of vacancies on the Internet and in the local newspapers. Some apartments may either be furnished or unfurnished and this also affects the cost. Here are some helpful websites for student hostels: www.wg-gesucht.de www.studenten-wg.de www.studentenwohnung.de www.zwischenmiete.de  
  • University Ranking in Germany
    Germany is known for quality and this holds true especially in the field of education. The quality and standard of education in all the Universities in Germany is high and thus, they are highly rated and well recognized worldwide. Most of the Universities or colleges are well funded. Education, Science & Research has been playing a key role in the advancement and development of the German society. To name a few inventions - Aspirin, Phenol, MP3, Diesel Engine, Tachometer, Electromagnetic radiation, Gauss, Hertz, Ohm, Roentgen, X-ray Crystallography, Automobile, Zeppelin all come from Germany. Time is testimony of the fact that Germany has produced 103 Noble laureates. The University system is very well structured in such a way that it guarantees practical knowledge in addition to solid theoretical foundation. Be rest assured that studying in Germany would be a worthwhile experience.
  • Working & Studying in Germany

    a.  Am I allowed to work while studying in Germany?

    • Yes - as a full time student, you are allowed to work part-time for 120 days (240 half days) in a year.
    • A working permit is included in the first residence permit received in Germany (on the expiration of your visa from Nigeria).
    b. How can I find a student part-time job?
    • There are a lot of student job vacancies during semester and holiday periods posted on Universities' publishing boards on campus.
    • Other good sources are regional job portals, newspapers and magazines.
      c.  Must I hold a good command of German Language in order to have for a part time job?
    • This depends on the nature of the job in question. However you stand a better chance if you understand and speak the language.
      d.  Where can I get help or assistance when looking for internships and professional Jobs?
    • All universities in Germany have an international office, where support and assistance of all kind are rendered to international students.
    • Most universities have career services / career centers to advice and guide students in their chosen field.
    • The student union (Studentenwerk) in your city is also a good source for help.
    • The “Bundesagentur für Arbeit’’ is also another option to finding a job.  They have their offices located in every city in Germany.
  • Application for scholarship/funding
    There are several organizations in Germany that offer scholarships to students within and outside Germany. There is however, no general that strictly applies to all these organizations. The criteria are set by the respective organizations. We advise that you look through their websites for further information regarding application procedure and deadlines. Below is a link that offers scholarships to students from bachelor up to PhD level. www.funding-guide.de
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