Things to do before and after your arrival in Germany

Moving to a new place and starting a degree program brings with it a whole set of to-do tasks; the list of things you have to do can often be long and confusing. To get an idea of what you might be expected to do as a new student and new arrival in Germany, here's an informative list to get you started. Accommodation As soon as you are 100% sure you will be coming to Stuttgart for your university education, start looking for an accommodation. Stuttgart is notorious for limited places of re...
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Out of the ‘Classroom’ ways to learn German

There usually are three kinds of people. Those who plan everything beforehand and pretty much hold on to the plans. Those who do not, whatsoever and leave it to the ‘gods’. And those who transit between the two cases. While I plan a lot of things, although not to the ‘German detail’, there are quite a few things I just do not. Or rather, let the time decide on my behalf. As it turns out, it works sometimes and for obvious reasons, sometimes, it doesn’t. I did not think twice before applying to a...
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What ‘not to carry’ when you travel abroad for studies

The moment you book the ticket for your travel abroad to study, the million-dollar question starts haunting you and ends up consuming most of your time before your take-off. What do I carry in the ever-insufficient luggage allowance? It doesn’t matter how much the allowance is, it is never sufficing. If it is a short trip of a few days, you don’t have to worry about the luggage as you are sure to fit them all in the luggage. But, when you are traveling to study, you are unlikely to travel ba...
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More than just a degree: How University of Stuttgart helps students throughout their education

If you are planning to start your higher education and University of Stuttgart is on your list of possible schools, or if you are already a student here, then allow me to help you understand how this institution provides you much more than just a degree. With its numerous services from food, counselling to sports, University of Stuttgart takes a wholesome approach to further education, allowing you to not just become a professional but also a happy and healthy individual. Cross Cultural ...
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Alternative Stuttgart: 9 offbeat things to do in the city

From TripAdvisor to Lonely Planet, the online world is replete with suggestions of clichéd activities to do if you want to explore Stuttgart. While there’s no denying that spending a sunny afternoon at Schlossplatz and marvelling at the evolution of automobile at Mercedes-Benz Museum are a must-do, there’s much more to enjoy if you are up for trying out non-touristy options.  Here are nine things you can do in Stuttgart to explore the city in a different way.   Jazz music If y...
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The software privileges for Uni Stuttgart students

  Had it been a couple of decades earlier, the title of the blog would have been totally irrelevant. But today, technology has become so pertinent that living without them may well qualify as a challenge by itself. Our interactions with technology have become so frequent that our existence in the future without technology is a big question mark. A recent book I read went on to predict an addition of the 7th kingdom of life by the name 'technium' and dared to quote that human species ...
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The not so daunting PhD Application

Let’s call them decision junctures. We face them quite frequently. Where the path that we had been traveling splits into two (or sometimes more!) and we have to take one of them.  The decisions that we make at these junctures often decide the way we will be living the rest of our lives. And when these decisions concern our career, it gets more serious than ever. It is important that we make informed decisions and choose wisely so that we don’t regret our choice at any point further. We face ...
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What changes when you study abroad?

30 Kilos was all the allowance I had to carry my belongings when I boarded my flight from India to Germany. 30 Kilos to fill in the clothes I wore to the groceries I had to use to possibly ‘feel being fed at home’. From the currency I spent to the restaurants I visited. Everything was about to change. From the faces I saw every day to the way I moved about the city. A new set of rules to be wary about. Put in a nutshell, the whole way I had been living so far had to be flip-flopped. Awe fill...
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Living on-campus versus off-campus

All the freedom and independence I dreamt of as a child were in the offing as I entered the university. Did the dream still hold on to the charm and the fantasies? Well, I would say it almost did except for the harsh face of the real world out of the cocoon. As children, we were always under the supervision of our parents who kept an eye on us and in a way kept reminding us what was right and what was not. But, as we came of age and got out of the snug homes of our parents, we had a lot of d...
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How to Become a Diplomat in a Few Months

Being a diplomat is an art in itself. You have to be polite, professional and willing to compromise. At all time. This may sound like a major challenge to many people, nevertheless, it is said that for one job vacancy as a diplomat there are around 100 applicants. However, if you are just interested on how it would be like as a diplomat, I can introduce you to the right project! The United Nations. Everyone knows the institution, but only a few know the number of fields the organization i...
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