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I wanted to know if there are any institutes that provide cooking courses in Germany?

I am assuming the private institutes will have handsome fee but what about the none private if someone can help?

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You may want to take a look at your local Volkshochschule. There is a website for the Volkshochschule program here: https://www.volkshochschule.de/

Use the site to search for cooking classes in your area. Class fees are very reasonable and there are a wide variety of classes on offer.

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Thank you for sharing the site ... I will explore

I am currently not in Germany. The plan is to get the admission for my wife in cooking classes so I can get the work permit in Germany.

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If you're looking to get her a student visa, I'm not at all sure that Volkshochschule classes will qualify her for that. The idea seems to be that they classes are available to local residents.

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If you're looking to get her a student visa, I'm not at all sure that Volkshochschule classes will qualify her for that. The idea seems to be that they classes are available to local residents.
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First, a "cooking course" would probably not qualify for a student visa unless it was serious professional chef training.

Second, it's unlikely that the spouse of a student would be granted a work permit.

However, do your research:

https://www.deutschland.de/en/studying-in-germany
https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/e...study/reasons/
https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/internat...ily/index.html
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First, a "cooking course" would probably not qualify for a student visa unless it was serious professional chef training.

Second, it's unlikely that the spouse of a student would be granted a work permit.

However, do your research:

https://www.deutschland.de/en/studying-in-germany
https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/e...study/reasons/
https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/internat...ily/index.html
Thanks for your feedback. One of my friends recently landed in Germany on a Student visa and his wife for a dependant visa and she can work full time.

You are right, I have to check further if Cooking courses would get the same privilege of it has to be a proper degree in Hospitality. I need to do further research but thanks for your input. Very helpful.

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From what I could find permission for the spouse to work was possible but not guaranteed. Did your friend's wife, for example, receive an unrestricted work permit (i.e. she can take any job no matter how menial) or did she have a professional qualification?

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Thanks for your feedback. One of my friends recently landed in Germany on a Student visa and his wife for a dependant visa and she can work full time.

You are right, I have to check further if Cooking courses would get the same privilege of it has to be a proper degree in Hospitality. I need to do further research but thanks for your input. Very helpful.
Another complication is that chefs are not university-trained in Germany. They do a three-year formal apprenticeship and after a certain number of years in the job can get their mastery (Küchenmeister, not to be confused with a Masters Degree in culinary arts) after attending classes while also working and passing pretty grueling exams in the end.

A cooking class at a Volkshochschule would probably be a once a week in the evening affair for 10 - 12 weeks in total or maybe a weekend workshop or week-long intensive course but not something that would get your wife a student visa.

How good is your wife's German?

I hear that Hotels and Restaurants in certain areas of Germany are getting their chef apprentices from Malaysia and Kenia now. Under certain circumstances, non-EEA nationals can get residence/work permits for that. I am not sure about bringing dependents, though. Also, lots of non-EEA apprentices give up after a relatively short time, since those hotels and restaurants tend to be out in the countryside and they feel culturally isolated.

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From what I could find permission for the spouse to work was possible but not guaranteed. Did your friend's wife, for example, receive an unrestricted work permit (i.e. she can take any job no matter how menial) or did she have a professional qualification?
Yes, she got a full-time work permit and she even found a job there while my friend only did his 1st semester and he also got a very good offer already.

So he is now changing his full-time masters to part-time and will start working full time now.

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