Have you already bought the following items?
|Extra pair of spectacles||They’re really expensive in Germany!|
|Winter Jacket||Buy/bring just one winter jacket. More can be bought after arrival in Germany. (Tip: Wait until the post-Christmas sale in Europe, you won’t regret it!)|
|Long sleeved shirts and thermal underwear||This can also be bought in Germany, if necessary.|
|Rice cooker||Useful for steamboats too!|
|Chopsticks||“Asian” items can cost quite a fair bit more than they normally would back home!|
|Prima Taste Food Packets||Quick and easy method of preparing your Singaporean meals when you’re homesick, or when you want to organise dinner for your German friends!|
|Instant noodles||Bring along your favourite flavours from home – they will be your best friends during the exam season!|
|Power adaptor||Nothing can be a bigger bummer than finding out that your appliances cannot be used in Germany – especially if it’s because of the plug!|
|Scientific calculator||If required by your course.|
|English-German Dictionary/Phrasebook||Would be good to bring one along, if you’ve already own one.|
|Panadol, Tiger balm, Po Chai pills, Medicated Oil, personal medication||Even if you don’t use them, tiger balm make amazing presents – Germans are thrilled by them!|
|Stationery, ie. Mechanical pencils and refills, pens, writing pads||Paper and good ballpoint pens can be expensive here – so if you have forgotten to bring them, ask your parents to bring it with them on their next visit!|
|Mahjong Set / Playing cards||Nothing beats playing these games when you’re 10,000km away from home!|
Before flying off, have you…
- Applied for and received the correct visa?
- Bought your air tickets?
- Bought your International Student Card (ISIC) for discounts on accommodation and transport? Click here for more information!
- Extended your passport with the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority for the period you will be overseas?
- Registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?
- Applied for your Exit Permit to defer your NS liabilities?
- Brought enough (biometric compatible) passport photographs to navigate and last you through your brushes with German bureaucracy?
- Changed your Singapore Dollars to Euros?
- Had a haircut? Especially important for guys – good haircuts can be expensive in Germany!
- Packed your acceptance letter, welcome package and transcript of records along (particularly for exchange and transfer students)?
- Found a place to stay for at least the first few nights if you have yet to secure a long-term accommodation?
- Said your final goodbyes?
- Found a contact person in the city you are going to?
If you have said YES to all the questions above… Have a safe flight and we look forward to welcoming you here! Gute Reise!