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© 2015 Alberta Saxony Intercultural Internship Alliance

DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP

 
Duties Upon Arrival

The majority of your responsibilities are administrative tasks which need to be completed upon arrival in Germany.

 

Informing Our Office of Your Arrival

First thing first, let us know you are here! Inform the coordinating offices in Alberta and in Saxony of your arrival. Enquire about an arrival information session.

 

Making a Phone Call in Europe

   - If you have not set your mobile phone up for international calling, you can easily and cheaply 
     purchase a German  pay-as-you-go phone.

   - Visit the local electronic store to enquire about your new German mobile phone.

   - Dialing a phone within Europe requires you to dial "+" and then the country code, drop the first zero
     of the number and dial the remaining 10 digits 

    - German country code is +49

    - All calling within Germany is considered "local" meaning you will not be charged long-distance
     prices.

 

Registering at the Residence Registration Office (Bürgeramt)

Click on the links below for the address to your host city's Residence Office. Please note that some cities have more than one office, you can choose the one that is most convenient for you.

Dresden     Leipzig     Chemnitz     Zwickau

    - Within two weeks of arriving in Saxony, you must go in person to your local Resident’s Registration
       Office (Bürgeramt) to inform them of your new address

     - Failing to do so within the required time period can result in a fine and complex bureaucratic issues

     - You will receive a document and it is important that you keep this in a safe place - you may need
       this during your time in Germany.

     - Upon receiving the document confirming your address registration, please email it to asiia@leo.tu-
       dresden.de

      **Don't forget to bring along:

     - Travel passport

     - Rental agreement with your address, dated and signed by both yourself and the person you are
       renting 
from.

     - If you move during your stay in Germany, you have to register your new address in person within 

        two weeks by filling out the Transfer Registration Form (Unmeldeformular).

       **Note: ASiiA cannot stress enough, the importance of registering your address.

 

Receiving Mail

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your name is written on your mailbox. Germany does not use mailbox numbers; instead they search for your name on the corresponding mailbox.

 

Setting Up a Bank Account

You might have to set up a local bank account - especially if your host organization offers you a payment. Most of the banks do not charge fees for student accounts and offer the possibility for online banking.

The following documents are usually needed to open an account:

   - Passport and visa

   - Student ID

   - Proof of address registration from your local residents' office

REMEMBER: Ensure that your name is written on your mailbox otherwise you will not receive mail from the bank (i.e. PIN, online banking information).

 
Placement Agreement

The Placement Agreement is your ASiiA internship contract. It is an agreement between the participant, the sending university, the host organization and the LEONARDO-OFFICE SAXONY.

Your contract clarifies important items such as:

 

 -  Information about your host organization

 - The main tasks you will be asked to fulfill

 - The type of support and supervision you can expect from your supervisor

 - The requirements of the company in terms of knowledge, skills and language proficiency that the
    participant should possess

 - The payment and/or non-monetary benefits the host company agrees to

 - The rights and responsibilities of each party

Please read carefully all the terms and conditions of your placement agreement before signing it!

 
Duties Upon Departure

About three weeks prior to your departure you should:

- Deregister at your local registration office

- Inform your German bank of your departure and agree on a closing date for your account

- Work on your final documents to hand them in before the end of your internship

 

Prepare for Your Return Home

** Anticipate reserve culture shock - just as you experienced culture shock during your time in Canada, returning home will also pose challenges.

Give yourself time to process the transition you are going through.

Avoid the temptation to compare life abroad and life back home. Don't be too critical of the latter.