Helpful Links: Germany


General Information

Which time zone is Germany in?

What holidays are observed?

  • German holidays

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to Germany?

Where can I find my place of worship?

What is the manner of dress in Germany?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?



University Life

Where can I find a list of German universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What are the costs of attending university?

What is the average salary of a professor?



Weather

What is the weather like in Germany?

What is the weather forecast for this week?



Moving Around

Is my US driver’s license valid in Germany?

  • Yes, for at least 6 months, and up to 1 year with a petition.

How can I obtain a German driver’s license?

  • Many US states allow for exchange to a German license. Check with your state registry if they are a partner. If not, you will be required to take a written and practical test – and possibly some lessons.

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within Germany?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?



Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

What documents are needed for a visa?

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

How can I become permanent resident?



Pets

Can I bring my pet with me to Germany?

  • Pets in Germany

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.


Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in Germany?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

What medications am I not permitted to bring into Germany?

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to Germany?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • Dial 112 for the European-wide emergency number. A short delay may occur while an English speaker is found.

How do I find a doctor?


Money

What is the current exchange rate?

What is required to open a German bank account?

Will my debit/credit card work in Germany?

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?



Phones

Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in Germany?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for Germany?

  • 49

How can I call home?

How much can I expect to pay to call home?

  • Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?



Legal

How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.



Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

How can I contact other expatriates from the US?

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

  • Dial 112 for the European-wide emergency number. A short delay may occur while an English speaker is found.


Education

Are my children eligible to attend public school in Germany?



Language Resources

Where can I find German classes and/or tutors?

Classes

Tutors

Are there any online German study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my German?

Where can I find a bilingual dictionary for my language and German?

Online

Smartphone/tablet

What are some German idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?