My girlfriend and I are both US citizens, and she was recently awarded a Fulbright that will pay for her to do research in Konstanze Germany for 10 months.
Going with her sounds like an amazing opportunity to learn more about Germany and to practice my German, but I have a few questions.
Would it be a bad idea for me to just go with a tourist visa and then apply for a work or study visa? The german consulate says Americans can do this.
Would taking classes in German in Konstanze constitute studying in Germany? How hard is it to get a study visa?
If my girlfriend is able to pay most of our living expenses, what would I need to qualify for a work visa? What sort of employment could I look for before or after I arrive in Konstanze? How hard is it to get a work visa?
Will I need to buy health insurance while I am living in Germany?