Most likely, you already know tuition fee is free in most public German universities. But is that all to know about studying in a country that is among the world’s top study destination for international students? Are there things that you will find disappointing about studying in Germany? After digging deeper we discovered that there are some truths about studying in Germany that most people don’t know about. So today, you will read 25 truths you probably didn’t know about studying in Germany. This post is brought to you by After School Africa on Youtube. Be sure to click the subscribe button and turn on the notification to continue exploring opportunities. 1. Studying in Germany is hard Unlike in some countries where you can get a good score on an exam by just remembering the textbook; in Germany, one needs to understand the course material in depth to get good score. Get ready to work hard and spend time understanding each course in depth, which will cut into your time for partying, and enjoying summer. WATCH: How to Apply to Win DAAD Scholarship in Germany 2. You need a part-time Job Despite the education is free, the cost of living is high in Germany. If you don’t come from a wealthy family or have no scholarship, you will have to find a part-time job to support your education. This will cost time and energy that can otherwise be dedicated to studying. However, many employers are flexible with students and often have no problem if you take a week or two off during your exam time. 3. They run pre-degree programs called ‘Studienkolleg’ If you are worried about not meeting the entry requirements for your course of choice, relax. The ‘Studienkolleg’ is a preparatory course for individuals who aim to study in a German university, but whose immediate qualifications do not fulfil the minimum admission requirements. It runs for a period of one year. After the program, you can then apply directly into your desired program. 4. Get ready for unusual education system Most courses (with exception of Thesis, guided research, and seminars) are solely graded on basis exams. There is no project work, exercises, presentation, etc contributing towards your grade. Your exam takes the score. Many exams, especially in Master’s courses, are oral. If you are not used to oral exams back home, you may struggle. ALSO WATCH: Top 10 Countries with Best Education Systems in the World 5. The burden of learning is on the student The ratio of Professors and lecturers to students is very low. Hence, students have to organize their own studies. There is no one to hold your hand and lead you through the study course. The burden of learning is on students and not the university. 6. Course duration may exceed expectation In case of bachelor’s or Masters study, it often takes a semester or two longer for many students to complete their coursework than what is advertised by the university. This can be an issue if you have restricted funding. 7. A second masters degree is not tuition free If you already have a master’s degree and apply for a second master’s in Germany, it will be counted as “Zweitstudium”. This could mean that you may have to pay tuition fees in public universities as well. WATCH: Studying in Germany vs Norway; Which is better? 8. You do not have to apply to universities by yourself In Germany, Uni-assist helps with all admission inquiries, preparations and applications for intending students. On behalf of German Universities, they perform preliminary evaluations of students’ documents and application packages. Afterwards, they can also help the students apply directly to their desired program. 9. There are many courses taught in English Good news for those who don’t know any German or if your German isn’t good enough yet. Many courses and degree programmes are offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level. According to the DAAD website, there are 1471 courses that are completely taught in English 10. You need TOEFL or IELTS to qualify for English study programs Language tests are required in most institution around the world where higher education is offered. Germany is not an exception: to study any of their English Language programs, as a non-native English speaker, you are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by presenting IELTS or TOEFL test scores.
Dating is an adventure. And adventures can be fun … or they can be disastrous. I want your dating adventure to be fun, which is why I wrote this article for you. Below are eight surprising myths about dating that are important for you to know. Learning these myths will help you have a lot more fun and success while you're out there on the market. 1. You'll know at first sight. Sometimes we can be quick to judge; we'll make our minds up about someone before we properly get to know them. We're all guilty of this; we do it all the time. In dating, this sets us up for disaster. Being quick to judge ensures that no one will ever measure up. And this will keep you in a constant state of disappointment. Remember that it takes time to get to know someone, so let that happen. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience before you decide how you feel. You might be surprised at what you find. 2. You won't know at first sight. I know this myth contradicts the first; that's because keeping an open mind is important, but it's also very important to listen to your hunches. Our intuition can give us information that our rational minds may not understand. This means you may find yourself on a date with someone who you didn't think was your type, but you find yourself very attracted to him or her. Listen to that. Similarly, you may be on a date with someone who you thought you'd be attracted to, but you're not feeling it. Listen to that. Your intuition may not seem logical at the time, but chances are, it's guiding you in the right direction. It's always a good idea to listen to what it has to say. 3. In today's world, you have to online date. Guess what? You don't! In fact, unless online dating is fun and exciting for you, you shouldn't be doing it. Here's why: The path of finding love is supposed to be fun; it's not supposed to feel like an obligation, a chore, or a sentence. If online dating makes you cringe, trust that it's not the correct route for you to find love. Remember that people are everywhere, which means potential partners are everywhere, too. At the grocery store, walking their dogs, at the beach, and so on. You can meet people in random places if you're open to it. Every time you leave your house, say to yourself, "I wonder who I'll meet today …" This sets you on the right path for connections in a variety of places. 4. You should treat dating like a business. Unless your business is exciting, fun, and awesome (which it might be), please don't treat dating like a business. Dating should not feel like a grind. Does this mean you shouldn't set goals for your dating life? No, you should definitely have those. But keep them light and open, which will keep your spirits up. We meet the right people when we feel great inside. Make sure you're having fun in the process of dating, and you're absolutely on the right track. 5. Dating is 100% about getting to know another person. Yes, dating is about getting to know other people, but it's also about getting to know yourself. Dating can be a vulnerable experience for many of us. We're putting ourselves out there, trying to make an impression, hoping to be liked! All of your quirks and fears come to the surface, which is painful at times, but also helps you get to know yourself better. When fears come up, ask yourself questions like: What am I scared about? What insecurities am I feeling? How can I try to be more of the real me? Rather than letting these challenges drag you down and cause you to "hate date," let them be opportunities for you to stretch and grow into a new level of confidence. 6. Rebounds are always bad. Not always, but you have to be cautious. You will attract the right people when you feel good about who you are. Sometimes when relationships end, we feel really good! And this is a great place from which to attract new people. But sometimes when relationships end, we feel bad. In this case, dating could be a defense against difficult feelings. This is when you should steer clear of a rebound, because you're attracting someone as a distraction, rather than as a match for who you are. Make sure you properly grieve the loss of your last relationship and regain your strength before you put yourself back on the market. When you take time to heal, you'll be primed for a new relationship when the time is right. 7. Dating is a numbers game. Quality trumps quantity. This holds true for dating, as well. If you're filling up your schedule with dates, it scatters your energy and doesn't feel good to the people you're sharing your time with. This mentality does not help you make genuine connections or find someone you love. Because of this, I recommend dating with a mentality of quality . Make every person you choose to go out with important. This will increase your likelihood of being present on a date, and give you an opportunity to make a lasting connection. 8. The right person make you feel complete. People do not complete us. Romantic partners definitely don't complete us. If you're seeking a relationship from the space of "I'm looking for fulfillment," it's a good idea to spend some time alone and find fulfillment within yourself first. Approaching a relationship from the stance of "What am I going to get?" is always a bad idea. When you're fulfilled in your own life, a fantastic relationship will be an incredible bonus. This is the secret to being fulfilled by love. The bottom line about dating is this: have a good time, stay open to the possibilities, be you, and believe that your match is looking for you, too. Doing so will ensure a fun, exciting, successful dating adventure for you. Please leave a comment below telling us what you enjoy about dating, and the successes you've had in the process.
Origin/History It's been said that "Sports Betting" started in the 18th century and the main focus was on horse racing. Fast forward 200-plus years and bettors can wager on a wide array of sporting events, with the most popular being football, basketball, soccer and the aforementioned horses. Bettors were able to place wagers through illegal bookmakers, who were better known as "bookies." In the late 1940s, Nevada casinos were able to legally accept bets on both horse racing and professional sports. The United Kingdom started taking legal sport bets in the early 1960s. The online or Internet sportsbooks started popping up in the early 1990s. Since then, there have been hundreds of sportsbooks that provide odds and accept wagers on both horse racing and sports via the Internet. It is estimated that millions of americans wager approximately 380 billion dollars each year. Types of Sports Betting Wagers Straight Bets with a Point-Spread Bettors must choose a team that will WIN by more than the point-spread or LOSE by less than the point-spread. The point-spread or odds are created by oddsmakers and fluctuate based on the action received at each sportsbook. Straight wagers are common in football and basketball. Straight Bets with a Money-Line Bettors must choose a team that will be the outright winner of the game or event. No point-spread is involved in these wagers but sportsbooks do adjust the price of the money-line based on the action received. Money-Line Example
New York Yankees -200
Atlanta Braves +180 The Yankees are the favorites in the above example. To bet on New York, a bettor would risk $200 to win $100. If you bet on the underdog, Atlanta, a bettor would risk $100 to win $180. Money-line bets are common in baseball, hockey and soccer. Parlays Bettors must choose as few as two teams and they need both selections to win for your parlay wager to be considered a WIN. Some sportsbooks will take up to 20-team parlays but the most common parlay wagers are 2, 3 and 4-team parlays. Bettors can use both Straight and Money-Line selections in a parlay. Since it's harder to win more than one selections, bettors will receive a higher payout based on the number of selections chosen. Payouts for Parlays
2-Team Parlay: 13/5
3-Team Parlay: 6/1
4-Team Parlay: 10/1
5-Team Parlay: 20/1
6-Team Parlay: 40/1
7-Team Parlay: 75/1
8-Team Parlay: 150/1 Teasers This wager is only available for basketball and football. Similar to parlays, bettors must make at least two selections and they must win both for the Teaser to WIN. Along with those differences, bettors are allowed to modify the point-spread in their favor. The most popular teasers are two and three-team teasers. In football, most sportsbooks bettors can move the line from 6, 6.5, 7, 9 or 10 points, but the payoffs are lower with each additional half-point or points gained. Basketball teasers generally run from 4 to 6 points. Example - 9-Point Three Team Teaser Three teams must be selected to complete this wager and all three must win for the Teaser. The original point-spread (listed in parenthesis) is modified to the teaser spread. In the event of a tie, some sportsbooks still payout but at a lower rate. Green Bay -10 to Green Bay -1
Chicago -3 to Chicago +6
Dallas -7 to Dallas +2 Official Sports Betting Rules If a game or an event isn't completed due to weather or other reasons, sportsbooks follow industry standards and pay out a wager based on the below: Football: A game is considered official after 55 minutes of play. Basketball: NBA games are considered official after 43 minutes of play while college basketball games require 35 minutes of play. Baseball: All regular season games are considered official after 5 innings of play (4½ if the home team is winning). Postseason games are not official until a winner is declared. If a playoff game begins then is delayed or suspended to a later day, all wagers will have action with the final score result on that date. Hockey: A game is considered official after 55 minutes of play.