Guten Tag! Living in Reutlingen, situated in southwest Germany, allows you to be part of an industrial town within the grasp of nature. This small university town is connected to the rest of Germany through daily bus and train services, allowing access to the remainder of the country and it is also only a short stop away from the notorious black forest. The city itself is sometimes even referred to as "The Gate to the Swabian Jura;" a low mountain range southeast of Reutlingen. Reutlingen is surrounded by beautiful scenery, with trees and fields scattered around the city and the Echaz river flowing through the center of this thriving, understated town. In addition to being the perfect blend between metropolitan and nature, the city holds host to a variety of cultural sites of interest including the 14th century Church of St. Nicholas and the Gothic 14th century Church of the Virgin Mary. Reutlingen is also home to the narrowest street reported in the world; the Spreuerhofstraße; an endearing feature for any expatriate in Reutlingen to explore. And for those expats living in Reutlingen who might be missing international connections, the online expat community of InterNations allows for easy socializing and networking with fellow expatriates in the context of private correspondence, discussion groups and forums.
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Moving to Reutlingen can be a culture shock especially if you are used to a bustling city life void of nature. However, expats relocating to Reutlingen need not fear. The InterNations Expat Magazine features articles on culture shock, living abroad and more, accompanied by pieces penned by InterNations members sharing their own experiences in order to help you prepare for life abroad. Learning a new language can sometimes also prove to be difficult. If the language becomes difficult to master, most Germans are perfectly fluent in English and happy to practice it with a native speaker. Making friends in this way can be relatively easy and can allow a means for you to practice your German. However, you might already want to do so while still preparing your move to Reutlingen, so why don’t you use our platform to get in touch with German expatriates and practice your German in this way?
Reutlingen University provides industrial placements, which can provide a stepping stone into the working world of Germany. The University also has a job portal, giving you the opportunity to search for any job vacancies, internships and opportunities that become available in order to begin to earn an income and become a true expat, with employment in your new country. According to the University website, they have a high demand in areas such as applied chemistry, informatics, engineering and design. Reutlingen is full of industry opportunities and many of these can be applied to both before moving to the country and once you have arrived there. Another good way of researching job opportunities is to discuss directly with other expatriates on InterNations. Through both private and public discussions you will be able to come across great advice and tips about working in Reutlingen and working life in Germany in general. Socializing and networking on InterNations may be the perfect way to begin to build a social network and connect with other expats living in Reutlingen, Germany, or across the world.