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Arrival and Orientation

Orientation weeks program

The International Office offers a variety of events during the orientation weeks to welcome new international exchange students.
The program for the orientation weeks will be sent 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 International Office, the Goethe-Institut, the Foreign Language Center, the student tutors, and the volunteers 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. Students can obtain 6 ECTS for 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, there will be an obligatory event for all international exchange students  "Study at the University of Bremen". The date and time will be published in the orientation weeks program. At this event, you will learn about course selections, modules, ECTS, examinations, how to use Stud.IP., and more.
Guided tours will also be offered, e.g. in the university library or in the Parliament of Bremen ("Bremer Bürgerschaft").

Special information sessions in the departments

During the orientation weeks, some departments offer special consultation hours for exchange 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 bring along a passport foto for the Semesterticket.

Semester documents

After paying the semester contribution and submitting the health insurance certificate in MOIN, the semester documents (confirmation of enrollment, semester ticket, student ID) 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 after 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)
- "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" (Housing certificate)

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 not 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)
- Proof of financing.

Information about:

City registration currently in German only

Foreign affairs currently in German only


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