We asked many multicoolties what advice they would give to newcomers moving to Germany. Here’s what they said… 😉
“First thing first, learn the language! Just learning a little bit makes your life infinitely easier. You’ve got to embrace new changes, traditions, and learn to interact with others. Germany is a land of opportunities. There is so much to do, see and try in this country. The weather here is unpredictable! It will certainly take a while for you to get used to it. Sunshine is not to be taken for granted, so get out in the sun at every opportunity.” Gaurav Kumar from India
Don’t get disappointed or frustrated by the slightly frosty behaviour of some Germans. In most cases it’s not because they don’t like you but yes, we need a lot of time to feel comfortable with someone. Until we totally feel that we can trust someone, Germans often react a bit shy, which can be misinterpreted as “cold” !” Mona from Germany
“In Germany, we say “Probieren geht über Studieren” (The proof of the pudding is in the eating – ed.). The country offers many opportunities, you just have to find the right people. Speaking of whom, there really are many people who are willing to guide newcomers through their new life in Germany. And a guide is what I would recommend to anyone. Also make use of any international groups your institution has to offer or just look for some groups on Facebook and let yourself be known. Your call won’t go unnoticed! Just cherish diversity and don’t let the anti-multicoolties let you down!” Irma from Russia
Never give up while learning the German Language, it is only a matter of time!” Mai from Egypt
“Learn the language as that is the most important part of integrating with the German people and culture. They have the “der, die und das” – three genders – one for every noun – and four different ways to conjugate each, depending on the context… That’s enough to drive anyone crazy. But don’t worry, you will be understood! German food is certainly in need of spices! Yet once you get accustomed to it, you might find something good. Germans love to have a good steak and the majority of the people are meat lovers. You’ve got to have patience with the German bureaucracy. Everything here takes time! The paper work here will drive you nuts. Also very importantly, hang on to every piece of legal paper or you’ll end up like the story of the King who lost his Kingdom for the loss of a horseshoe.” Catherine originally from India
Learn as much of the language as you can, so you don’t feel like a total outsider. Even if it’s just to know how to order in a restaurant or go shopping. Travel, travel, travel – take advantage of this time aboard and explore other places – you’ll be so happy you did. Taking yourself out of your home country can be scary, yet empowering to step out of your comfort zone. Try new foods or join an expat group; basically fully enjoy this time because before you know it, it will be over in the blink of an eye.” Jessica from the USA
Have patience: it took two-three months before I met people who wanted to manage real friendships! And forget stereotypes and enjoy!” Clémence from France.