I started german class on Thursday - its an integration course that I was told is COMPULSORY for all foreigners. Its basically a 6-mths intensive german course, complete with a 30 hour orientation program at the end of it and a certificate Deutsch (one of the qualifications for the german language). Nothing wrong with that, except that I actually wanted to go for something more "studious", since I´ve gone to the university and I study better in a "studying" environment.
I didn´t want to go for something that people go for because its "compulsory" and end up being in a class where nobody wants to really learn and I don´t end up learning in an environment that is not condusive for me. Plus, this school is really slow in their administration stuff. We enrolled for the course in early sept and they told us that I was accepted, but Stephan had to call them like 8 times to tell them to send the enrollment form, which they only sent to us like 1 day before the class started (which was like more than a month later).
Anyways, I went ahead with my first class on Thurs. I actually started in the 3rd month (out of 6 months), even though my entrance exam said that I qualify to start in the 4th month - since I´ve had prior knowledge of german. I thought better be safe than sorry... cos if it turns out that 4th month was tougher than I expected, I would be in a situation where I would have to wait another few months before the next integration course starts. This school is a basic language school which offers language programs for different languages, not just german.
Well, so thurs - wat happened? I realized that the class had abt 17 ppl (compared to the 10 ppl that I had in goethe-institute in
So, I went to the receptionist and asked if I could start in the 4th month instead, instead of sitting through 1 whole month... 5 hrs each day, 20 hrs each week, 80 weeks the entire month for elementary stuff that I´ve learnt 1 year ago! But NO, she refused to let me start the next month saying that since the government was subsiding part of the course, I need to follow the regulation and stick with the 3rd month! I was like what??? That´s so utterly ridiculous!
Plus, the worse thing is that I think this integration course is a whole crap! My friend who´s from
So, I decided maybe I should enroll in another "proper" school... to do an intensive german course (which is better than the integration course), but for which I would have to pay the entire course fee instead of the subsidised fee. This is like a school similar to Goethe which I studied in in
My hubby then went to tell the integration course sch that I wanted to withdraw and guess wat? They wanted me to pay 100€ (for the first month) even though I was only there for 1 day??!???
So my hubby tried calling the government (the overseeing authority in
As it is now, it looks like I have to sit through the entire integration course cos there seems to be no way out and I wouldn´t want to pay 100€ just for 1 day of "sch" which I already knew what they were talking about. Besides, if I went ahead to Goethe institute in germany (which is the best language sch in germany but which DOES NOT offer integration course) and even if I get the same certification as the integration course, I might still face the situation where I might not be able to get my PR at the end of 1 or 3 years because the federal republic says that I didn´t do the integration course!
This is really the first time in my life I´m facing the crap of bureaucracy and honestly, I think foreigners are like treated like second-class citizens here. It´s just frustrating to be at the receiving end of bureaucracy. I know that every country has their faults, but I never had to deal with governmental issues in a way that I have no explanation for what is happening, nobody knows what is the actual rule, nothing is written in black and white and people are just saying different stuff.
Really need God to help me through this situation. There has got to be a reason why all this is happening.