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Life in Germany

Germany is situated in the heart of Europe and shares its borders with more neighbouring countries than any other European state - namely 9 in total. Indeed, you are sure to notice this when you walk, ride or drive along its streets and roads. People from all the countries of the world live here. Of the 82 million inhabitants, some 8 million come from abroad, which means that almost 10 percent of the population is of foreign origin. This has naturally left its mark for instance on the culinary landscape. Italian pizza houses, Spanish bodegas, Greek taverns and Turkish kebab stands, as well as Chinese restaurants have become part of everyday city life. Germany is a many-sided and colourful, as well as a relatively safe country.

And: some like it so much, they adapt really fast!

Germany is a country blessed with an extremely efficient industry and possesses an education system which not only needs to meet the requirements of this industry but has an ethical commitment, too. The country's history is thrilling and ever present, the landscape is varied, and the range of cultural offerings unparalleled in Europe. In Western Europe, German is the mother tongue of almost 100 million people. Germany's very powerful industry and the increasingly global activities of companies are lending more and more weight to the German language, even at international level. The manifold leisure activities organised at the universities are supplemented by endless possibilities outside the academic sphere. Sports, cultural events, or simply friendly get-togethers - there is doubtless something for everyone. It is obvious that there are many good reasons for spending some time in Germany.



You want to know Germany from a different perspektive? Then play ''Studi-Stadt''...

"Studi-Stadt" is the name of a DAAD online-game ( Join the WG-casting and get to know Germany from a different perspective.
The DAAD invites you to a real "WG-Casting". Imagine you have just landed in Germany and are looking forward to your studies in Germany. The only thing missing now is a nice place to stay with great flat mates. You are lucky because five so called "Wohngemeinschaften" (WG) still have a spare room to offer. Now it's up to you to convince them that you are the one to move in.

Find here some comments of those who already played the game:

„I liked best the Boys-WG. Thought it was fun to see what typical German guys look like.”

„The Szene-WG was totally crazy. Inhabitants were not my type and seemed boring to me. They did not like me as well, but that’s okay.”

„The game I liked most was the game in the supermarket because it was easy to play and the game of the Fußballspieler because I knew all the Spieler, just didn’t know all the positions, hehe…”

“I liked the Gourmet-WG most of all. The location close to the market is just perfect, also the food cooked. The room seems very clean, and the WG is located in a calm area, which I like.”

“The WG I liked least is the Alternative-WG. It looks dirty, and politicians do not interest me. Even though the location is good, I didn’t like the WG.”

„Well, Boys-WG I liked least: Just because I can’t spend my days sitting with boys and talking about football and gym all the time. ;-)”


Before commencing your studies in Germany, find out about life in your future place of study! Get information on cities, daily life, travelling, eating in Germany and so on at:

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