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Arrival and Orientation

Orientation weeks program

The International Office offers three orientation weeks to welcome new international exchange students.
In the winter semester 2020/21 there will be "virtual" or "hybrid" orientation weeks.


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.
In the winter semester 2020/21 the course will be offered online/hybrid.
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/hybrid in the orientation weeks before the winter semester 2020/21.


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

Welcome Desk

For the winter semester 2020/21 it is planned to offer a "virtual" or "hybrid" 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, and provide advice and information on health insurance, semester fees, semester ticket, the ERASMUS certificate of arrival, registration forms, visa applications, etc.
Please bring along a passport photo for the Semesterticket.

Semester documents

After paying the semester contribution , uploading the health insurance certificate in MOIN and submitting the "acceptance of a study place" the semester documents (confirmation of enrollment, semester ticket, student ID) will be issued.

How to: Semesterticket

City registration

All students must register at the municipal office in Bremen within two weeks after moving into a flat or room 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)
- "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" (Housing certificate)

Please fill pages 3 and 4 of the "Anmeldung". An English translation of the form is here. Page 5 will be stamped and signed by the "Meldeamt". The "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" has to be signed by your landlord/landlady. After submitting these documents to the municipal office, you will receive a confirmation of your registration.

Due to Corona precautions the offices are still closed. Therefore, you have to submit scans of the documents by email to "" .

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

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 an entry visa for 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 etc).

The Newcomer Service Team 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)
- Proof of financing.

Information about:

City registration currently in German only

Foreign affairs currently in German only


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).
More information:

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