EGYPTIAN GERMAN POSTGRADUATE INTERNSHIP
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I HAVE SENT MY APPLICATION. WHEN WILL I KNOW IF IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED?
A: After the application deadline, the applications will be screened and interviews will be held. You will be notified if you were shortlisted nu July 10th, 2016. After that the shortlisted applications will be sent out to the participating companies, who then make a first choice and report back to us. We will get in touch with applicants after that, most likely in August. Shortlisted applicants are requested to refrain from inquiries until you here from us.
Q: DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR ACCOMMODATION DURING MY INTERNSHIP?
A: Yes, you will need to find and pay for your accommodation during the industry internship yourself. We only can support you by searching. Some companies may offer assistance, though. Only the accommodation during the introductory course (November/December 2016) and the last week of the program is included, where you will have a furnished shared double room, with shared kitchen.
Q: WILL I RECEIVE A SALARY FOR THE INTERNSHIP?
A: Whether you receive a salary for the internship or not depends on the company. You may also discuss this when you are contacted by a company during the selection process if you were shortlisted.
Q: WHICH DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO HAND IN?
A: You need to hand in: Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (including a photo), Copies of certificates (secondary school, university, In case you do not have your degree certificate yet, please hand in proof of registration and a transcript of your exams taken so far.), Copies of references for work experience and/or internships, if applicable, Proof of language proficiency (min. level C1 in English - plus any further languages, if applicable), Records re. development courses, if applicable. Scanned passport. Scanned military completion/exemption documents
Q: DO I HAVE TO LEARN GERMAN ONTO BE ACCEPTED TO YOUR COURSES?
A: Knowledge of German is desirable, but not mandatory. Different companies have different requirements in terms of proficiency in German language. Those with better command in German will be preferred. Please refer to the internship advertisements to find out about required languages. Irrespective of further linguistic requirements, all participants must have a level of at least C1 in English.
Q: IS WORK EXPERIENCE MANDATORY IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
A: Previous work experience is not a prerequisite for participation in the programme.
Q: IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMAIN IN THE COMPANY AFTER MY INTERNSHIP?
A: This depends on the conditions given by the respective company. In case it is possible to stay at the company after the internship, you must apply for a Blue Card for the time after the internship.
Q: CAN I STAY IN GERMANY AFTER THE END OF THE PROGRAM?
A: We are afraid this is not possible. The student visa for this programme is only valid for six months and cannot be extended. In case you find a position in a company after the internship, you will need to apply for a Blue Card based on the new contract.
Q: I WAS SHORTLISTED, WHEN WILL I BE INFORMED ABOUT THE DECISION OF MY ADMISSION?
A: We anticipate the decision to be made in mid August. Please refrain from inquiries until you hear from us. The companies will check the applications during the month of July, so that you might be contacted around this time during the selection process. However, the final decision will be communicated by us in August.
Q: IN CASE I DO NOT HAVE ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE DEADLINE, IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAND IN SOME DOCUMENTS LATER?
A: All documents need to be handed in by the deadline at the latest. We are afraid we cannot accept any late submissions.
Q: HOW DO I GET TO GERMANY AND HOW DO I RECEIVE THE STUDENT VISA?
A: The organizational team will aide through the visa application process However, you are expected to make your own travel arrangements. You will receive further information on the dates after you have been accepted onto the program. Likewise, you will be provided with information on the application process for the student visa once you have been accepted.
Q: MUST I PROOF MY FINANCIAL RESOURCES?
A: Yes. Before you begin your studies, you will have to prove that you have enough money to support yourself. The document you need is called a “Finanzierungsnachweis”, or proof of financial resources. You are asked for it when you apply for an entry visa. At the latest, you will need to present it when you apply for a residence permit in Germany.
Q: WILL WE HAVE A BREAK ABOUT CHRISTMAS TIME?
A: Yes you will. From December the 17th till January the first you will have a Christmas break. Feel free to travel around in Germany or stay your holiday with your family.
Q: WHAT DO GERMAN STUDENTS PAY MONEY FOR EVERY MONTH?
A: Monthly expenses include the following on average:
- Rent (incl. ancillary expenses): EUR 448
- Food: EUR 165
- Clothing: EUR 52
- Travel expenses (car/public transport): EUR 82
- Health insurance and medical costs. Medication: EUR 66
- Phone/Internet/Radio/TV fees, postage: EUR 33
- Course materials/learning materials (books, etc.): EUR 30
- Leisure, culture and sports: EUR 68