Hey! I currently live in the U.S. and want to move to Germany. I am currently living fully off of government benefits with disability and have no family or friends, just my boyfriend and emotional support dogs. I’m also looking into studying abroad with University of Texas or directly enrolling with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
I first thought I would study abroad as an exchange student, but realized it might be easier to permanently live there if I directly enroll. Also, for further understanding, I’m going to major in special needs education.
This is all new to me, so please correct me if I’m wrong. My understanding is that through an exchange program, I can get financial aid, loans, and scholarships to pay for my housing and transportation. None of my benefits will be affected as well if I do get financial aid and loans.
The issue I ran into with being an exchange student is that my program said it’s only for Fall and Spring. I assumed this meant I couldn’t stay in Germany year round. Is that correct? If so, I don’t have anywhere to stay easily in America in the summer unless I got a dorm.
My questions are:
If I directly enroll, do I have to pay for housing myself without financial assistance? If so, how do I get a job in Germany? Can the job pay for everything I need realistically?
Can my boyfriend and three dogs (ESAs) move into a place in Germany with me? (One dog is a husky, the other two are small dogs) Would it be easier if we got legally married first?
Do I still keep my benefits after going outside the country? If not, how easy is it to get disability in Germany?
I’m only mentally disabled, so if I have to, I’ll sacrifice all my benefits to get a job in order to move to Germany. I’ll do whatever it takes to be somewhere happier.
Also, my boyfriend is going to go to a music school in Berlin. So we could live separately and split up the dogs if we had to.