After arrival (Degree students)

Formalities in Germany

Within one week of your arrival, you are required to register with the Einwohnermeldeamt (Residents’ Registration Office) in the city or district you live in. The address of the Einwohnermeldeamt in Brandenburg is Nicolaiplatz 30 (Tel.:03381/581351). Should you later move to different accommodation, you must register this change of address at the Einwohnermeldeamt. To register at the Einwohnermeldeamt, you will need your passport and a rental contract. In order to make this process easier for you, the international office arranges set times when students who live in Brandenburg can go together to the Einwohnermeldeamt in accompanied groups.

Residence permits

All non-EU-students in Germany – including those who do not require a visa - need a residence permit.  The residence permit must be applied for at the Ausländerbehörde (Aliens' Office) in the city of residence before the visa expires.
The Ausländerbehörde is located at:
Katharinenkirchplatz 5, 3rd floor
14476 Brandenburg
Telephone: 03381 - 58 33 0
Opening hours:
Tuesday 09.00 - 12.00 a.m. and 01.00 - 6.00 p.m.
Thursday 07:30 - 12:00 a.m. and 01.00 - 3.00 p.m.
Required documents:

  • completed form "Antrag auf Erteilung einer Aufenthaltsgenehmigung" (application for the issue of a residence permit)
  • valid passport
  • visa, if required
  • 2 biometric passport photos
  • document showing matriculation at the THB
  • proof of sufficient health insurance (confirmation from the German state health insurance provider)
  • Wohnungsanmeldebestätigung (confirmation of resident registration at the Einwohnermeldeamt - copy that you received from the Einwohnermeldeamt)
  • documentary proof of sufficient financial means for the intended duration of stay
Health insurance

In order to enrol at a German university, a student must have health insurance. This insurance policy must provide unlimited coverage in the case of illness.
Students from EU countries should bring along the European Health Insurance card, which can be obtained from the student's health insurance provider in his/her home country. If you have private insurance within the EU, you will need to present documentation of this insurance.
All non-EU students must take out health insurance in Germany. At the beginning of the semester, the international office organizes a group appointment for taking out a health insurance policy. It is highly recommended to also take out a third-party liability insurance.
You can find general information on German health insurance at http://en.1a-krankenversicherung.de/student

Settling in

In order to make the transition to your life in Brandenburg easier, the international office offers information sessions.
In these sessions, student mentors will help you get through the formalities, put together a course schedule, show you the closest grocery store, etc.

Studying at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences

Semester - ticket

This ticket is a season ticket valid for the duration of a semester (six months) and entitles its holder to any number of trips using public transportation within the designated zones (i.e. between Brandenburg and Potsdam and Berlin, everywhere in the Federal States of Berlin and Brandenburg). All students are obliged (some exceptions exist) to buy this ticket.

Mensa and Cafeteria

The university mensa (dining hall) and cafeteria on campus are open from Monday to Friday. The cafeteria, opened from 8 a.m., serves breakfast and snacks. Lunch is available in the mensa from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are four meal options every day, ranging in price from € 1,20 to € 2,50.

Culture and sports

The students’ association organizes various types of sporting activities, such as volleyball, basketball, football, chess, water sports and table tennis. You can register for these activities at the sports office of AStA.
The student bar is situated on campus in the cellar of the main building and is called “IQ”. Parties and events take place there on a regular basis and students are also permitted to organize their own parties and art exhibitions there. “IQ” is a meeting place for students and teaching staff alike.

Cost of living and scholarships

Living costs in Brandenburg amount to about € 500 - 600 Euro monthly. There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en/
Scholarships of Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences can be found here.
Daily job offers: www.studentenwerk-potsdam.de/fileadmin/jobangebote/jobangebote.html
Students living in Brandenburg permanently during their studies can obtain a yearly student's bonus of 100 EUR from the city authorities.

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