Preparations and First Steps

Preparations and First Steps

Resident Registration Office (Amt für Bürgerservice - Einwohnermeldeservice)

You have to register at the Resident Registration Office at the Amt für Bürgerservice und Brandschutz within a week after arrival in Greifswald (address: Markt 15, Greifswald). You will need:

  • valid passport/identity card 
  • rental agreement 
  • confirmation from the landlord that the rental agreement is valid
  • proof of valid health insurance
  • if applicable an (provisional) Enrolment Certificate,
  • if applicable Registration Certificate from your former place of residence in Germany.

Non EU or EEA citizens have to go to the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde - address: Spiegelsdorfer Wende, Haus 2, 17491 Greifswald), after registering at the Resident Registration Office, to apply for an Aufenthaltstitel (residence permit). Please take the following documents with you:

  • the Registration certificate from the Resident Registration Office, 
  • the documents named above, 
  • a biometric passport photo. 

To obtain and renew the residence permit you will need to provide a valid passport, proof of financial means, proof of health insurance and a certificate of enrolment. A residence permit always has a time limit. Renewals have to be applied for prior to the end of their validity.

Please do not come to Germany with a tourist visa before receiving a visa for study purposes. This cannot be extended in Greifswald. You would then have to travel back to your home country to receive a valid visa.

Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde)

Non EU or EEA citizens, who are staying in Germany for a period of longer than three months, have to go to the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde - address: Spiegelsdorfer Wende, Haus 2, 17491 Greifswald) to apply for an Aufenthaltstitel (residence permit). You will need: Passport, proof of registration at the Amt für Bürgerservice und Brandschutz (Resident Registration Office), rental agreement, biometric passport photo, proof of financial funds (scholarship confirmation), Enrolment Certificate, proof of health insurance, costs: 100.00/110.00 EUR.

Health Insurance

In Germany, health insurance is obligatory for foreign students and also for family members travelling with them. The Immigration Office requires proof of such health insurance for the residence permit. If you are not in possession of health insurance, you will not receive a residence permit! We therefore advise you to contact your health insurance company in your home country, before you leave, to find out whether your health insurance will cover your stay in Germany, so that you have insurance from the first day on.  If this is not the case, we suggest you take out travel health insurance, which will cover you for the first days in Greifswald. After arriving in Greifswald, we will be happy to help you find health insurance to fit your needs. There are two different types of health insurance, depending on your status in your institute/department.

If you want to study or work in Germany, you will need health insurance - you will not be able to enrol at a German university without it. You can find further information on health insurance on the German Academic Exchange Service’s website.

Bank Account

EU citizens do not need to open a German bank account, your home bank account will be sufficient for your stay in Germany. Non EU citizens will need to open a German bank account.
Required documents:

  • registration certificate from the Resident Registration Office
  • residence permit
  • passport
  • if applicable rental agreement

Before opening an account, it is wise to contact the bank in which you would like to open an account by phone to arrange for an appointment. 

Enrolment und Semester Fee

Every student hast to enrol before taking up studies at the University of Greifswald. You can enrol at the Students' Registration Office (Rubenowstraße 2, Greifswald). The University of Greifswald has no study fees. However, at the start of every semester, payment of the Semester Fee of currently 80.00 EUR must be made.

email Address and Connection to the University Network

After enrolling, students receive their study documents per post. These contain the Student ID Card and certificate of enrolment, but also the access details to the University network (username and password). This gives you access to your personal student email account, the University Information System (“HIS”) and to further online services at the University.
PhD candidates are able to apply for a University email address before arriving in Greifswald. Ms Held from the University Computer Centre is responsible for the applications (held(at)uni-greifswald(dot)de).