Arrival and Orientation

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Austauschstudierende und Mitarbeiter des International Office
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Orientation weeks program

The International Office offers a bright variety of events during the orientation weeks to welcome new international exchange students.
The program for the orientation weeks will be send by email a few weeks before the orientation weeks start. The program varies each semester, but some events are offered every year:

Welcome Breakfast

The orientation weeks begin with the Newcomer Service Welcome Breakfast, in the Mensa of the University of Bremen. There, the employees of the International Office, the Goethe-Institut, the Foreign Language Center, the student tutors, and the volunteer employees of the Erasmus Initiative will be introduced. Students can make their first connections over coffee, tea, and pastries, and have their questions answered. A guided tour of the university campus will be offered afterwards.

Attendance at the Welcome Breakfast is obligatory for all exchange students participating in the German Intensive Course. Please arrive in time for this event if you will attend the German Intensive Course.

German intensive language course (optional)

During the orientation weeks, the Goethe Institute offers a three-week German Intensive Course encompassing levels A1 to B2 for interested international exchange students. This course may include fees. Students can obtain 6 ECTS from the course if they successfully pass the exam. More information about the German Intensive Course can be found here.

Events of the International Office

During the last orientation week, another obligatory event called "Study at the University of Bremen" takes place for all international exchange students. The date and time will be published in the orientation weeks program. At this event, you will learn important information about studying at the University of Bremen: course selections, modules, ECTS, examinations, how to use Stud.IP., and more. Tours will also be offered, e.g. in the university library or in Bremen Bürgerschaft.

Office hours of the departmental coordinators

During the orientation weeks, some departments offer special consultation hours for Erasmus students. The dates and times of the special opening hours will be published in the Newcomer Service Brochure, which will be handed out at the Welcome Breakfast and the Welcome Desk.

Events of the Erasmus Initiative of the University of Bremen

The Erasmus Initiative of the University of Bremen e.V. is a group of former Erasmus students who organize many events (parties, excursions, sporting events, etc.) for current international exchange students both during the orientation weeks and throughout the semester.

More information about the Erasmus Initiative Bremen

Welcome Desk

The Welcome Desk is open daily during the orientation weeks. New international exchange students can go there to complete all the necessary formalities at the start of the semester. The tutors of the Newcomer Service Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the start of your studies at the University of Bremen, and provide advice and information on health insurance, semester fees, semester ticket, the ERASMUS certificate of arrival, registration forms, visa applications, etc. Please have the following documents ready:

- Proof of health insurance, if already present;
- Address in Bremen;
Passport photo (for the semester ticket).

Semester documents

After paying the semester contribution and submitting the health insurance certificate, the semester documents (confirmation of enrollment, semester ticket, student ID, access data for e-services) can be picked up at the Welcome Desk.

How to: Semesterticket

Certificate of Arrival (ERASMUS only)

Certificates of arrival for Erasmus students are available at the Welcome Desk. For this purpose, either the form provided by the student’s home university or the form provided by the University of Bremen can be used.

City registration

All students must register, within two weeks of their arrival, at the municipal office in Bremen. There is a municipal office on campus (Bremen Service University - BSU). The following documents are required for the registration:

- Passport or ID card;
"Anmeldung" (Application form [PDF] (153 KB))
"Housing certificate [PDF] (43 KB)"

After submitting these documents to the municipal office, you will receive a confirmation of your registration. You will need the city registration (“Meldebestätigung”) to apply for a library card or to open a bank account, among other things.

Non EU-citizens: Residence permit

Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a residence permit no later than four weeks before the entry/study visa expires. The Newcomer Service Team at the Welcome Desk provides assistance in completing the necessary forms. Required documents:

- Registration confirmation from the municipal office
Copy of passport or ID card
Proof of health insurance
Immatriculation confirmation from the University of Bremen
Passport photo
Signed application form (application form [PDF] (585 KB))
- Proof of financing.

Information about

City registration
Foreign affairs
Other municipal offices

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