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.

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.

Banking transactions

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.


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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.

Semesterticket – after payment of the semester contribution and their arrival in Bremen, students receive the semester ticket, with which they can use public transport in and around Bremen free of charge.
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The semester ticket is only valid from the official beginning of the semester, i.e. October 1st in the winter semester or April 1st in the summer semester. During the orientation weeks before the start of the semester, the semester ticket is not yet valid, which is why public transport (bus, tram) must be purchased for single, weekly or monthly tickets.

Stud.IP - all students of the University of Bremen are assigned a personal email account (... @ by the Center for Networks (ZfN). The address can be accessed via this Link.
The access data enables you to use both the email account of the University of Bremen and the learning platform Stud.IP.
Stud.IP is the ongoing course management accompaniment system. Most teaching faculty use Stud.IP for their courses.

Student finances

Students who are not EU citizens usually need a visa to enter Germany. In order to receive a student visa, you have to provide evidence of having sufficient financing for a one-year stay in Germany. Currently this is 11.208 euros (as of 1st. August 2022). You also have to proof your finance to extend your stay.
For a shorter stay you have to show availability of correspondingly less funds.

Further information:


Scholarships for international students

In Germany, long-term stipends/scholarships are the exception. Before your studies you can search for suitable support in the scholarship database of the DAAD .
This database also displays programs from other organizations.

All students of the University of Bremen can apply for a Deutschlandstipendium - Get a Deutschlandstipendium

There are a variety of other sources on the topic of student finance. You can find a list of links on the page Student Finance and Jobs. Some links are also interesting for international students.