Welcome to the official website of the Nigerian Scholars in Germany.

Faqs

Why join NiSIG

The Nigerian Scholars in Germany is a noble organization that houses scholars of different fields.

To stay informed, enhance and advance your career and contribute to shaping your future, this involvement can make college life a more rewarding experience.

Here are some benefits of joining NiSIG.

Networking:

The easy and best way to network with scholars who have similar interests in joining and those that have had the experience of what it’s like. It can help you with your career, hobby or anything that you are passionate about.
For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. NiSIG sponsors numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. You can share ideas, ask for advice, volunteer to be a speaker. Since there are have national or local conferences, you can participate and have the opportunity to learn about breaking news in your career, learn “best practices” or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or you may be in a position to become a mentor to someone else. Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in meetings, group chats or discussion boards sponsored by NiSIG is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you.

Professional Experience:

Another important reason to consider a membership to NiSIG is to take advantage of your career resources. NiSIG usually invites alumni and ask them to share their experiences with you. It is a wonderful opportunity for you learn from seniors who have graduated and get connected to them. It helps you with information on internships, job search and mentoring. Other benefits include information about seminars, training or certification classes that may be suitable for you. And don’t forget, listing your membership on your resume, as an impression to current or future employers shows that you are dedicated to staying connected to your countrymen.

Broaden your knowledge:

NiSIG provides an enormous amount of access to resource information. NiSIG will assist you to learn more and stay informed about issues in diversity. Additionally, NiSIG provides a source for scholarship information, links to publications, and awards for persons achieving excellence in their field. No matter what your field is, staying on top of all of these issues is important.

So, whether you are looking to learn about internships, job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your career area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining NiSIG is a step in the right direction.

How to become a member of NiSIG

Membership is open to all Nigerian scholars residing in Germany. To become a member, you will be required to fill a membership form. The membership form must be completed carefully and signed by the concerned. You have to prove that you are a scholar in Germany as at the time of filling the application. The membership form must be completed carefully and signed by the concerned. Once delivered to the executive office, the form must be signed by the President and Secretary General of the association. The concerned becomes an active member of the Association after payment of its annual contribution. After application receipt and finalization of the application, the person acquires all the rights, privileges and duties of a member of the association. To ensure a climate of justice, respect and fairness, the association NiSIG reserves the right to verify the authenticity of the scholarship proof from the applicant

How to make Application for a Bachelor degree

The bachelor’s degree is the first degree earned for an undergraduate course in any Higher Institution. In Germany most courses lasts an average of 6 semesters. It can also last longer depending on how each individual balances work and other life commitments. In other to apply for any given course in Germany, every applicant must satisfy the criteria set by the admission office of the respective universities.

The following are required for application for an undergraduate degree:

1. Certificates: Your secondary school leaving certificate (WAEC, SSCE) with a minimum grade of “C” is required for admission. If you apply to a university in Germany while studying in a university, it is also possible for you to apply directly, as you may not start from scratch. But it still depends on the university you are applying to.

2. Course Requirement: While some courses are offered in English, some other courses require German proficiency. This can be absorbed in any recognized German language Institute (Goethe Institute) before matriculation. After the language course, it will be required of you to attend the “Studienkolleg” here in Germany. Its duration is for one year (1 yr.) and at the end, you will be required to sit for the final exam called the “Feststellungsprüfung”. After successful completion of this phase, a recognized body called “Uni-assist’’ will further help process your admission into any suitable university.

Further Information can be found in the websites below:

https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/en/

http://www.uni-assist.de/index_en.html

3. Embassy Requirement for Visa Processing

  • Original Admission letter.
  • Valid international passport and 2 color passport photos with a white background.
  • Birth certificate and Age declaration certificate.
  • Original School Leaving Certificates of Secondary School, original WAEC certificate.
  • Proof of previous academic studies / professional training, if applicable.
  • Proof of financial means for one year (7,908€ in a blocked German bank account or official German declaration of sponsorship (“Verpflichtungserklärun’’) for one year given before a German authority.
  • Proof of knowledge of the German language, if required for the course.
  • A “WAEC-direct access card“ (scratch card to access WAEC results online).

Please note that there could be further requirements from the embassy in processing your visa and we make no claim that what is stated here, represents the final criteria of the German embassy.

You should make inquiries in good time, in order to meet up with other admission requirement if there is need.

For further Information check: www.abuja.diplo.de

How to make Application for a Masters Program in Germany

Admission into a master’s courses in any discipline requires a Bachelor degree in the field or related field in which he or she wants to apply for. Eligibility of students gaining admission is a function of the candidates meeting the requirements of the admission committee granting the admission.

Although the official language of instruction is German language, most Universities offers courses that are entirely in English. While others are partly English and German with percentage ranging from 80-20 %, 60-40 % or 50-50 % respectively depending on the course and the University.

Applicants for Masters in most German Universities are expected to show a very good previous academic record. In most cases, you may be asked to provide TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) certificate as a proof that you have good command of English language. Generally, a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 79 (internet-based) or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 is required. However, some universities may accept a good proof that the language of instruction from primary school to Undergraduate level was entirely conducted in English.

For exceptions and further details regarding the admission requirements and the application procedure it is strongly recommended that candidates refer to the “application guidelines”, in his/her University of interest.

How to make application for Ph.D. programmes

Before application: Before you can be accepted into any Ph.D. programme, it is mandatory that you currently possess or you are in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in the relevant or related field you are applying for. A complete application package comprises the following:

1. A Curriculum vitae (CV) of not more than two pages, stating your academic qualifications and work experience (internships are highly welcomed).

2. A cover letter, which tells your interviewer or employer about your skills, accomplishments and the value you intend to bring or what difference you’d make if you are hired. This is simply a chance for you to market and sell yourself. So be sure to keep your cover letter simple and straight to point.

You will also need to provide all your academic certificates from bachelor to master’s level, certificates of internships and other necessary documents that will support your application.

Where and how to apply

here are commonly two ways to apply for a Ph.D. programme.

Route 1: You have to check the webpage of the universities that you intend to study, browse to narrow down your search to the department and course of study that you want. Check the research areas of the Professors that interest you and then make contact with them via email (most common method of communication).  This basically means that you make independent research and write your dissertation (which has to be published) under professorial supervision. Most times, available PhD positions are advertised on the websites of the Professors or the corresponding departments. Please note that the Professors or department can offer you monthly stipends to support you during your studies.

Route 2: The second way to make application for a PhD is through a graduate school, Research training Groups or International PhD programmes. These are structured PhD programmes. That is, they are organized in such a way that there is a time frame (usually six semesters on the average) within which you have to complete your PhD studies. They are also funded, which means that you get monthly stipends to support yourself.

More information can be obtained from the Professors, the Graduate Schools and Research Training Groups that  you are applying to.

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

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.

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.

How to find accommodation in Germany

Finding accommodation in Germany is not a difficult task, but it is better to start looking for accommodation as early as possible before you arrive Germany and this you can do easily via the 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 note 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

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.

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

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 of 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.