Welcome to SSAG.de!


Servus, Moin, Grüezi, Grüß dich, Hallo – Welcome to SSAG.de!

It doesn’t matter if you’re into experiencing the bustle of up-and-coming Berlin, revelling with friends in Biergartens across traditional-yet-modern Munich, living it up Swiss-style in Zürich, singing to the sound of music in Salzburg or simply curious to find out more about higher education in Germany whilst in sunny Singapore; we at SSAG hope that this website will be your one-stop portal to staying local while going global – well, in Germany and surrounding German-speaking countries at least!

All of us at SSAG understand the anxieties and sense of apprehension one faces when stepping out of our Singaporean and usual Anglophone comfort zone, especially when it involves embarking on a new chapter of our education. It is with this in mind that we at SSAG decided to put together all the important information that you’ll need with respect to studying in Germany. Popular topics and commonly sought tips can be found on your right, while more in-depth information and step-by-step guides on coming to as well as settling down in Germany can be accessed from the navigation bar above (viz. ‘Studying in Germany’ and ‘Living in Germany’). You can also find out more about who we are, what we do, where our members are located and how to get into contact with us from the navigation bar above. While most of our members are located in Germany, apart from providing information on studying in Germany, we nonetheless try to provide as much pointers as we can for those looking to study in Switzerland or in Austria in the respective sections as well. For our German as well as German-speaking friends from Switzerland, Austria and beyond who are keen to learn about the sunny island called Singapore which we hail from, feel free to explore our ‘SG:DE’ section; through our short but informative articles in both German and English, we hope to do our part in encouraging and facilitating intercultural exchanges as well as understanding between Germans and Singaporeans!

Although we try to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, given our constraints we understand that our guides and lists are not exhaustive. For this reason, we hope that you would ‘Like’ our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter to show your support and receive the latest updates; most importantly, join our Facebook Group so that we can get back to you without delay – after all, the SSAG works together as a family and we are sure our currently over 250 members as well as alumni on our Facebook Group would be more than glad to speedily answer your queries. For those of you who know you’ll be joining us in Germany soon or are already in Germany, we urge you to register with us so that we can assist you to the best of our abilities, be it ensuring you’re personally kept in the loop regarding our or our partners’ activities near you, as well as helping you link up with friends around your area. Should you need to update your particulars, please use this Update form!

Last but not least, we cannot emphasise enough how all of us here at SSAG are friends first and foremost and would be glad to help you should you have any questions or require any assistance in anyway – just like how family should. Any recent updates and announcements can be found right under this post. Once again, don’t hesitate to approach any of us (be it personally or on social platforms such as our Facebook group) and with that, we wish you all the best!


Pre-departure Dinner 2016

SSAG will be organising a pre-departure dinner in Singapore. This event is open to everyone interested in opportunities for further studies and work in Germany; you can come down even if you’re not sure of going all the way to Germany, as we welcome all guests!.

The PR manager will be present to answer any questions you may have regarding any issues, cultural, administrative or anything you might think of! The event details are as follows:

Date: 8th of July 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Paulaner Bräuhaus Singapore @ Millenia Walk
Contact us at exco@ssag.de for further enquires or visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SSAG.de/

We have also attached a registration form, so do fill it if you wish to attend and send us a response!


We very much look forward to seeing you! Bis dann!

AuSSAGe Herbst-Winter Edition 2015

Dear members,

The 2015 Herbst-Winter Edition of auSSAGe is now available online! Read about our previous AGM in the port city of Hamburg, as well as an introduction to the “Hidden Champions” of Germany by our guest, Mr. Loke Ping Bu from the German office of the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore. In addition, we also have a special interview with a member of the Alumni about his experience studying in Germany.

For all that and a little bit more, click the link below (PDF format):


auSSAGe Herbst-Winter 2015

AuSSAGe Spring-Summer Edition 2015

The 2015 Spring-Summer Edition of auSSAGe is now available online! Read about the mother of all Christmas markets and the experiences of one of our members at the Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW) event which was held in Würzburg in 2014. In addition, we also have a special interview with a member of the Alumni about his move to study in Germany.

For all that and a little bit more, click the link below (PDF format):


Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW) 2015 – Titisee (Schwarzwald)

The results are out ~ KLW 2015 will be held at Titisee (Schwarzwald), please find the details below:
Dates: 9 October 2015 (Fri) – 11 October 2015 (Sun)
Itinerary: see below
Registration Form: http://bit.ly/klw2015registration

For the uninitiated:
the KLW is one of the SSAG’s semi-annual get-togethers for Singapore students (and friends!) who are studying in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is a great way to meet new friends and catch up for old ones and to explore a new (hopefully!) destination together! It is also a time for us to get in touch with our roots and speak some Singlish, and most importantly, to indulge in what has now become our national past-time, FOOD!

Accommodation and Activities Cost:
Subsidised Price: 25€ per evening
This will be the price for Full Members* of the SSAG, courtesy of our partners and their members: Contact Singapore and German Alumni.

For this SSAG-subsidised rate, only registered Full Members* of the SSAG who are on the mailing list are eligible. For eligible members, registration would be have to be done by 20th September 2015 (23:59 CET).

Standard price: 30€ per evening
This will be the price charged to all participants of the KLW who are not Full Members* of the SSAG, or members who register after 20th September 2015.

We will send you payment information after you have registered.

Further Grants and Subsidies:
The Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) which is set up under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has a funding programme for activities held by Singaporean groups around the world. This scheme promoting ground-up initiatives is known as the Overseas Singaporean Funding Programme.

In order to qualify for the funding, we have to fulfil the following criteria:
Celebrate Singapore’s culture and heritage; (OneSongOneSg project?)
Keep Singaporeans abroad abreast with developments in Singapore; (talk by CS or OSU?)
Strengthen a sense of community amongst the Singaporeans abroad through meaningful projects and activities.

Furthermore, there should be a minimum group size of 50 participants. ‪#‎everythingalsoSG50‬ wink emoticon
We the Executive Committee have decided to gun for this funding, and we would really like to see a strong response from the SSAG community! Please help us (and yourself!) by spreading the word and inviting your friends to join the KLW. Let’s make this the largest KLW in the history of SSAG!!! ‪#‎oneunitedpeople‬

Funding Amount:
Ground-up initiatives that meet more than one qualifying criteria may be funded up to 80% of the proposed event cost, while those that meet only one qualifying criterion may be funded up to 40% of the proposed event cost. Of course, we must exercise fiscal prudence, avoid extravagant options and ensure that the proposed event costs are critical to the success of the ground-up initiatives.
Total government funding (including funding via OSFP) cannot exceed 80% of the final expenditure.

What does this mean for us:
– Accommodation and transportation costs cannot be funded (not a free holiday paid by taxpayers).
– Food and activity costs might be eligible for funding.

*Full Members are students of Singaporean/Singapore-PR identity, who are currently (or in the very near future) residing in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, undertaking either: an academic programme, industrial attachment or a researcher at a German-speaking university or university-linked institution.
Non-students, Non-Singaporeans/PR holders , i.e. those not enrolled in an academic programme as of the time of registration, are strictly not allowed to receive subsidies of any kind from the SSAG.

Please note that the itinerary below is subject to changes; we will inform our participants of the changes accordingly.

Overview of Freiburg;
for those who are able to arrive in the morning, we can arrange to meet earlier. Please let us know in the comments section of the registration form, or write us an email!
1400-1430 Arrivals in Freiburg Hauptbahnhof (Bus/Train)
1430-1700 City tour of Freiburg
1700-1830 Dinner in Freiburg
1830-2000 Train/bus to Titisee from Freiburg (covered as part of event cost)
2030 Check in

Saturday 10th October
Overview: Lake tour in the morning, mountain sightseeing in the afternoon
0800 Breakfast together
0930-1100 Boat tour + Free and easy around Titisee
(Boat tour takes about 30min)
1100-1230 Lunch
1240-1320 Bus to Feldberg
1330 -1615 Feldbergbahn Cable Car (covered as part of event cost)
1620-1710 Bus back to Titisee
1730 Dinner in Titisee

Sunday 11th October
0800 Breakfast, then check out

We look forward to your registration! Sign up now!
Registration Form: http://bit.ly/klw2015registration

Candidates for Exco Elections at AGM 2015 Hamburg

Here are the candidates running for the Executive Committee of 2015/16! You may click on their pictures to access their write-ups, which state their goals, aspirations and hopes for the next Exco. If you have any questions for the candidates, you can write a comment here and we will pass it on to them, or you can send an e-mail to exco[at]ssag.de, whereupon we will also pass the question on to them. We look forward to seeing you at AGM 2015 Hamburg!

Candidate 1: Lucas TanClick here to view Lucas' write-up!
Running for positions of: Vice-President, Secretary
Institute of Study: Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie
Course of Study: Mechanical Engineering







Candidate 2: Ryanne LeongClick here to view Ryanne's write-up!
Running for position of: Secretary
Institute of Study: Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Course of Study: Mechanical Engineering







Candidate 3: Tan Poh Chuen (Stephen)Click here to view Stephen's write-up!

Running for position of: President
Institute of Study: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Course of Study: International Economics and Public Policy







CandiClick here to view Xinyuan's write-up!date 4: Wong Xinyuan
Running for positions of: Vice-President, Treasurer
Institute of Study: University College Freiburg
Course of Study: Liberal Arts and Science

AuSSAGE Autumn Edition 2014

The 2014 Autumn Edition of auSSAGe is now available online! Click here to read about what our partners and sponsors have say about study and research opportunities in Germany and also about the experiences of one of our members about living in Münster! A write-up on AGM 2014 has also been included, so if you happened to miss the event this time around, you can catch up with this update, as well as inform yourself on the Exco for 2014/15!

AuSSAGe Autumn Edition 2014

Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW) 2014 – Würzburg

Grüß Gott! Kennenlernenwochenende 2014 (KLW) will be held in Würzburg from the 3rd of October (Fri) to the 5th of October (Sun) 2014. Please read further for more details!

Key Information & Details regarding KLW 2014:

Dates: 3rd of October 2014 (Fri) – 5th of October 2014 (Sun)
Itinerary: Click Here!
Registration Form: Click Here to register!

1. Full Standard Price: 30€ per evening
This will be the price charged to non-Singaporeans and non-Singapore PRs who are not Full Members of the SSAG, as well as for all interested participants who register after 10th of September 2014.

2. Subsidised Price for Eligible Registrants who register by 10th of September 2014: 24€ per evening
For this SSAG-subsidised rate, only registered Full Members of the SSAG (incl. non-Singaporeans/SPRs) AND who are on the mailing list are eligible. Non-students, i.e. those not enrolled in an academic programme as of the time of registration, are strictly not allowed to receive subsidies of any kind from the SSAG. For eligible members, registration would be have to be done by 10th of September 2014 (2359 German Time).

Please transfer payment for accommodation to the SSAG Bank Account administered by our Treasurer for 2014/15, and also ensure that you make all necessary accommodation payment by 22nd September 2014 – any registrations not paid for by this date will be automatically cancelled. All bank details are provided after the registration form has been filled up. If you have problems paying by the given deadline and would thus need to pay up in person during the KLW itself, please drop us an E-Mail at exco@ssag.de to inform us!

Transport Grant and Subsidies:
We are currently discussing with our partners to arrange for transport subsidies and grants and we will get back to members of SSAG as soon as possible.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change; we will inform our participants accordingly of the changes.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Würzburg!

Singapore EDB Career@Home newsletter


Are you heading back to Singapore this vacation? If so, feel free to browse through Singapore EDB’s latest edition of Career@Home newsletter. It will take you into some of Singapore’s top global organizations such as Accenture, DBS, Schlumberger, HSBC and many more!

Included in the newsletter are the dates of several career fairs that would be taking place in the month of July and August.

Interested? The link for the newsletter can be found just below: