Cottbus is a city in Brandenburg, Germany, with a large student population, as it is home to the Brandenburg University of Technology. 'The Green City on the Spree River', has some amazing cultural offerings and beautiful architecture. The Furst Puckler park, for example, is a great place to stop on your first few days as an expatriate in Germany - you can take a moment to relax on the grass, and try to put some order in to the madness of moving abroad. And Branitz Castle is a stunning Baroque-style fortress that was rebuilt by Gottfried Semper from 1846 to 1852. If you're thinking of living in Cottbus, whether it's to study or find work, then you might need pointing in the direction, or you might need some help navigating the foreign way of life. The InterNations community has developed over the last few years to incorporate hundreds of nationalities, enabling expatriates just like yourself to share their experiences to make life abroad easier.
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Once you've made the decision to move abroad, you've already made the most important first step. Unfortunately, the first step is not necessarily the hardest, and expatriates moving to Cottbus might find it more difficult than they had first expected. InterNations aims to make relocating to another country easier and enable networking and socializing between expats and global minds. There are many expatriates on the InterNations platform who have been in your exact situation, and these expats also use the InterNations forums to share their experiences and give advice. As an InterNations member, you can read through the many forum posts and find people asking the same questions that you want answered. You might also be able to find expats living in the area that you can socialize with, for example by going to the East European Film Festival that Cottbus hosts every year, where many people from all over the world flock to in order to experience East European Cinema.
Whilst moving to Cottbus can be tricky, working in Cottbus could be even harder without help. Even if you've been guaranteed a job by a previous employer, or you're being moved as part of a work allocation, that doesn't mean you'll find working life as an expatriate any easier than somebody who is trying to make it on their own. Relying quite heavily on industrial production to make money, there are a number of coal-fired power stations in the area. Two of which, Schwarze Pumpe, and Boxberg, provide a great deal of jobs in the local area. The forum posts from the global minds and expatriates on InterNations can explain some of the strange quirks of working and living abroad, and they might be able to spell out a few things about expat life in Cottbus for you.