Arrival and Orientation
Orientation weeks program
The International Office offers three orientation weeks to welcome new international exchange students.
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. Students can obtain 6 ECTS for the course if they pass the exam successfully.
More information about the German Intensive Course can be found here.
Events of the International Office
Info sessions about the studies at the University of Bremen, e.g. course selections, modules, ECTS, examinations, how to use Stud.IP. etc. will be offered online before the orientation weeks (via Zoom).
During the Orientation weeks the info-sessions will be offered face-to-face.
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 events for international exchange students both during the orientation weeks and throughout the semester.
More information about the Erasmus Initiative Bremen
At the Welcome Desk during the orientation weeks 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. They will provide advice and information on the semester ticket, the ERASMUS certificate of arrival, registration forms, etc. Please have a passport photo at hand for the Semesterticket.
After uploading all required documents in MOIN, paying the semester contribution , sending the "acceptance of a study place" to the Student Office and initiating validation of your health insurance (ESMV), the semester documents (confirmation of enrollment, semester ticket, student ID) will be issued and sent to the address that you entered in MOIN in the section "postal address"
How to: Semesterticket
All students must register at the municipal office in Bremen („Bürgeramt“) within two weeks after moving into a flat or room in Bremen.
Required documents for the registration:
- Scan of passport or ID card;
- Form "Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde" (Application form for single persons, Application form for families)
- Form "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" (Housing certificate)
Fill the form „Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde“ and sign it.
The "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" has to be signed by your lessor (landlord/landlady).
Send the scans of the documents by email to "email@example.com" and arrange for an appointment at the Bürgeramt for collecting your „Meldebestätigung“ (confirmation of your registration). Arrange your appointment by phone: 0421-115.
More info are here.
The city registration (“Meldebestätigung”) is required to apply for a library card or to open a bank account, among other things.
Here you can find some notes on how to fill the forms (single, families).
Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a study visa for Germany at a German Embassy in the country of residence or in the home country before coming to Bremen. A list of countries which require an entry visa is here.
Please note: Even if you may enter Germany without a visa you may not be allowed to stay longer than 90 days (see footnote 1 in the list). In that case you have to apply for a study visa as well before coming to Bremen.
If you stay longer than the end date of your study visa you have to apply for an extension a few weeks before the expiry date.
If you do not need a visa to enter Germany and should footnote 3 in the list above apply, citizens of some countries may be able to apply for a residence permit within 90 days of arrival in Germany (e.g. US, Japan, South Korea, UK etc). The Newcomer Service Team provides assistance in completing the necessary forms. Required documents:
- Registration confirmation from the municipal office ("Meldebestätigung")
- Copy of passport or ID card with valid stamp of entry into Germany
- Proof of health insurance
- Immatriculation confirmation from the University of Bremen
- Passport photo
- Signed application form (application form)
- Proof of financing (minimum 934,- Euro per month)
More information: Residence Permit
The University of Bremen is a campus university. It is located on the edge of the city, near a park (the Stadtwald) and a lake (the Uni-See).