Formalities for International Students
Formalities regarding residency in Germany
If you need a student visa to enter Germany it will be issued by the German representation in the country of your residence. Tourist visa cannot be used for a residence permit as student in Germany!
Citizens of the European Union do not need an entry visa.
Citizens of certain countries do not need an entry visa: Overview by the Federal Foreign Office
After you moved in into your new home in Germany you have to register as a new citizen. You have to apply for a residence permit within 90 days after arrival in Germany.
If you stay in Bremen you can do both on campus at bremen_service universität (BSU).
If you stay outside of Bremen please contact the local authority. ("Einwohnermeldeamt" for registration and "Ausländerbehörde" for residence permit)
Every student needs to have a health insurance. Regular and visiting students can join the German statutory health insurance. Some providers:
(* Office on university campus)
If you do not need to be insured with the German statutory insurance - for instance because you have a European statutory or private insurance, you still need to contact the German statutory insurance! They will check your insurance and inform the university. This is mandatory for enrolment.
Health insurance for preparation studies and the period before the beginning of your first semester as regular student.
- via Deutsches Studentenwerk
- via DAAD (inclusive accident and personal liability insurance)
- There are more providers to be found the usual ways.
More information is provided by the Deutsches Studentenwerk.
Set up a checking account
The normal account for the settlement of payments at the bank is called Girokonto.
Before deciding on a financial institution, check which bank suits you. Compare account maintenance fees and availability. Ask if the bank offers a student account (free of charge under certain conditions, e.g. age limit).
To open a current account (Girokonto), you will normally need your passport and student ID, and possibly your confirmation of registration.
In Germany, it is not common to send checks to the payee through the mail (for example to the landlord)! The rent is usually transferred from the current account.
Überweisung - Transfers
Transfer is the name of the process when you want to wire money to another account. You will need to complete a transfer form.
Dauerauftrag - Standing order
You instruct your financial institution to automatically transfer regular fixed-rate payments (such as rent) by an agreed date (for example, on the first day of a month).
Lastschrift - Direct debit
Direct debit is a convenient method of payment if you have to pay regular amounts in variable amounts (such as for your telephone). You then give the recipient a written “direct debit authorization”, so he may deduct certain amounts from your account. You do not have to be afraid of misuse because you can undo wrong bookings and stop the authorization at any time.
Formalities for studies
Semesterbeitrag – The semester contribution has to be paid by all students of the University of Bremen and is also obligatory for exchange students. It is not a tuition fee!
Students intending to continue their studies in the next semester must re-register within the confirmation deadline (until 15 February or 15 August) by paying the semester contribution.
The students are responsible for compliance with the deadline. You will not receive a separate request to pay the semester fee.
The semester contribution encompasses the cost of the semester ticket as well as contributions to the Studentenwerk - Student Welfare Services (for example refectory, housing) and the AStA (general student representive body) as well as the administrative fee. Exchange students do not have to pay the administrative fee.