Before Arrival

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TO-DO-LIST Before Arrival

1. Plan your health insurance

2. Apply for housing

3. Apply for the intensive German language course (optional)

4. Pay the semester contribution

5. Register at the Newcomer Portal

6. Fill out your Learning Agreement / Study Plan

Health insurance

Exchange students are required to have a valid health insurance that is equivalent to the German statutory health insurance, i.e. unlimited coverage of all treatments (incl. dental, psychological and pregnancy care) for the whole duration of their stay.

  • EU-Nationals: The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is accepted and should be applied for as early as possible.
  • Turkish Nationals: TA11 or TA9 forms issued by SSK (Sosyal Sigortalar Kurumu) are also accepted.
  • Non-EU Nationals: We recommend obtaining a German statutory health insurance immediately upon arrival. This will cost around 95 Euro per month (November 2016) and can be done at one of the health insurance companies on campus (e.g. AOK, TK, hkk).

Foreign private health insurances for the purpose of visa applications are not accepted if they limit the cost coverage or the duration of validity. Students will have to buy the German statutory health insurance in addition to the foreign private health insurance.

The statutory health insurance for students will start at the first day of the semester (i.e. 1st April or 1st October). Therefore, in case of early arrival (e.g. for the orientration weeks) we recommend an additional private travel insurance for the time between departure from the home country and the first day of the semester (Winter 1.10./Summer 1.4.).

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Housing

The International Office provides an Accommodation Service that will help international exchange students find suitable accommodation for their stay.

If students wish to register for housing offers from the Accommodation Service, they must indicate it on the online application form (Mobility Online: "Do you want to receive an offer for housing?"). The Accomodation Service will send further information via email (February for summer semester or July/August for winter semester). Offers should be accepted or rejected within a few days.

The Accommodation Service only offers private accommodation off campus. Since Bremen has an excellent public transport system, the university can be reached in less than 30 minutes in most cases.

The rooms and small apartments vary in location, size, etc. Therefore, the monthly rent varies from 300 to 550 Euro. Electricity, water and heating are usually included. Landlords usually ask for an additional deposit.

More information on dormitories or other accommodation on campus are listed on this website.

Visa (Non-EU citizens)

Non-EU citizens might have to apply for an entry or study visa to enter and study in Germany.
Overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany
Contact the nearest German Consulate or German Embassy in your home country or the country where you study as early as possible. 
Acceptance letters and invitation letters for visa applications are issued by the International Office for nominated exchange students after successful online registration.

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Learning German

International exchange students have the opportunity to attend an optional intensive German language course (levels A1-B2) during the orientation weeks. Interested students should indicate this on their online application in Mobility Online ("Are you interested in the Intensive German language course during the Orientation Weeks?").

The intensive course is organized by the Goethe Institut Bremen and the "Fremdsprachenzentrum" at the subsidized cost of 152 euro for three weeks. Students will receive 6 ECTS for successful participation. This course is available for international exchange students from partner universities only. Further information about registration and the online placement test will be sent out by email in January/February for the summer semester or July/August for the winter semester.

Students can take a German language course free of charge during the semester and receive 6 ECTS. Please find more information about German language courses during the semester here.

Tutorial Program

Students whose level of German is B2 or higher can attend the “Tutorial Program” offered by the “Fremdsprachenzentrum der Hochschulen Bremens (FZHB)” during the orientation weeks.
This program combines autonomous language learning and tutorial advisory service. Depending on your individual workload, you can earn ECTS credits for this course as well.

Semester contribution

All students, including international exchange students, are required to pay the semester contribution. This is not a tuition fee! The amount covers the cost of the "Semesterticket" as well as the contributions to the "Studentenwerk" (Student Welfare Services), the "AStA" (Student Union) and an administrative fee. Exchange students are exempted from paying the administrative fee.

Further information regarding payment details will be sent out via email. We highly recommend to only transfer the money after receiving this email. The payment details are also available at the Welcome Desk.

After paying the semester contribution, the semester documents will be printed and can be picked up during the orientation weeks at the Welcome Desk. The documents include:

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Semesterticket

After paying the semester contribution and arriving in Bremen students will receive the "Semesterticket" which enables them to use all public transport in and around Bremen free of charge (valid area).

The semester ticket is only valid from October 1 for the winter semester or April 1 for the summer semester. During the orientation weeks (before the start of the semester), students will have to buy single, weekly or monthly tickets to use the public transport.

More information:
AStA information in German: Semesterticket

Newcomer Portal

The Newcomer Portal is an online platform which offers useful information about the university and the city of Bremen.
The Newcomer Portal offers a variety of features and seeks to assist incoming students with all formalities prior to and during their stay in Bremen.

Further information about how to access and use the Newcomer Portal will be sent out via email to all international exchange students after the online application period.

Learning Agreement / Study Plan

Assistance in selecting the courses and all questions concerning ECTS points and the Learning Agreement should be directed to the Erasmus coordinators in the appropriate department.
Erasmus students should contact their Departmental Erasmus Coordinator [PDF] (120 KB).
Students coming from our partner universities outside the European Union should contact their International Cooperation Coordinator.
The final course catalogue will be available online in August/September for the winter semester and in February/March for the summer semester.