Arrival at Eberswalde and having a good start into your studies
We are glad that you have decided for a full-time study or for an exchange term at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (EUSD)!
In addition to the information on our website, we have put together in our "Guide for new students" important information and advice on travel preparation, travel, housing, financing and a small checklist.
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You can find all the information you need for your arrival in Eberswalde here.
For studies in Germany, and thus also at EUSD, you will need a visa for the purpose of studying which must be later converted into a longer-term residence permit. Citizens of the European Union, as well as citizens of a few other countries, may arrive without a visa. Students who are not citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland but are allowed to enter without a visa must apply for a residence permit within three months for a stay longer than three months, for which proof of financing is required.
Be prepared to pay a visa fee. Please inquire beforehand about entry requirements for country. University registration with a tourist visa is not possible.
How to apply for a Visa?
After receiving the acknowledgement of receipt, start applying for a student applicant visa. We urge you to get in contact with the German Embassy as soon as possible, as processing times vary depending on the embassy or consulate. Therefore, please don't wait until you receive the final admission letter. If you are accepted, your applicant’s visa can be converted into a student residence permit in Germany.
For further information on current entry regulations and application forms consult the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office website at: www.auswaertiges-amt.de
All German and foreign students who would like to study in Germany need health insurance. Without a proof of this you won’t be able to enrol in a German university and apply for the visa from the immigration office (“Ausländerbehörde”).
Please inform yourself if you will be able to use your health insurance from your home country.
Travel insurance won’t be recognized as valid health insurance!
Do you already have health insurance from your home country (usually for EU-citizens)?
In this case you need an exemptionfrom the German mandatory health insurance. Please contact any German public health insurance office and ask for an exemption from the German insurance obligation ("Bescheinigung über die Befreiung von einer gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung in Deutschland").
Please note that you will only be exempted from the required German health insurance if you prove adequate coverage that is equivalent to German insurance.
The exemption lasts for the duration of your studies and is a final decision that cannot be reversed. Even after completing your studies, you will not be able to obtain German statutory health insurance unless employment with mandatory health insurance is taken.
EU-citizens: If there is a social insurance agreement (“Sozialversicherungsabkommen”) between Germany and your home country (including the member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area) the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is accepted.
Do you not have any health insurance yet?
You can choose between several public and private health insurance companies:
German public health insurance companies are obliged to provide discounted student rates for their insurance cover for students until they reach 30 years of age or until the end of their 14th subject-related semester. The membership fee is currently 80 euros a month.Please be aware that the contract duration is set at a minimum of 18 months.When registering with your health insurance provider, please bring your passport and your admission letter from the university. The health insurer will issue you a certificate on the existing insurance cover, which you need to submit for enrolment andregistration at the immigration office.
Private health insurance could be a good option if you are over 30 years old. Then you can no longer get public health insurance at the favourable student rate. You can maintain the public insurance, but at a higher rate.
If you choose the private insurance you also need an exemption from the German mandatory health insurance. Please contact any German public health insurance office and ask for the exemption. Please note that you will only be exempted from the required German health insurance if you prove adequate coverage that is equivalent to German insurance.
If you choose the private insurance please be aware of the following:
Once you have chosen private health insurance you cannot switch back into public health insurance.
Private insurance can be very affordable in the first year, but fees rise with every passing year.
You will need to pay all medical bills in advance. The costs will be reimbursed once you submit the receipts to the insurance company (public health insurance is paid through your insurance card directly).
Private health insurance for students does not necessarily give you full coverage, so read the contract terms and conditions very thoroughly.
The exemption lasts for the duration of your studies and is a final decision that cannot be reversed. Even after completing your studies, you will not be able to obtain German statutory health insurance unless employment with mandatory health insurance is taken. Before you make efforts to be exempted please consider this and consult one of the public health insurance companies!
If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Student Support Service Department.
For more information around terms such as “Hausarzt” (general practitioner), “Überweisung” (doctor’s referral) and “verschreibungspflichtige Medikamente” (prescription medication):
When applying for your visa, you must prove you are able to finance your studies in Germany. At least the living expenses for your first year in Germany must be fully covered. In general, around 8,040€ of income or assets are required for the first year, or 670€ per month. But evidence of higher amounts may also be requested. The German embassy in your home country will provide more information on the proof that need to be provided. Depending on your situation, following options of finance are possible:
proof of parents' income and assets
Personal savings secured on a blocked account (Sperrkonto) from which you will have a limited monthly withdrawal of 670€
the Foreigners' Registration Offices receives confirmation that someone whose place of residence is in Germany commits to assume the costs for you
Scholarship from a recognised scholarship foundation
Sponsorship: a declaration from a company, an organization or private individual (resident in Germany), agreeing to cover all costs during your studies
How much money do I need?
The exact living expenses depend on your lifestyle and on where you decide to live, in Eberswalde or Berlin. Here you find a short list to orientate yourself:
rent, food, health insurance, medical fees, clothing, books and entertainment
|approx.500 – 600 €|
|Semester fee||including administration fees, semester ticket for public transport||approx. 250 € per semester|
Important notice: depending on your bank institute, you may not be able to access your money immediately after arriving in Germany. Please make sure to have about 600€ cash to be able to pay initial costs, such as rent, food and enrolment.
If you want to supplement your studies you can take a side job. There are legal regulations which stipulate how long international students are allowed to work. The rules vary depending on your country of origin. A side job can increase your budget, but it's very hard to fund your entire living costs this way. It is therefore a good idea to apply for a scholarship .
The extensive DAAD scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and academics offers a range of scholarships and additional information to help them with their application.
Before you start studying, it is advised to look for a place to stay. If you decide to live in Eberswalde, you can choose to either stay in student dormitories or shared accommodation in apartments. You can also live in Berlin, but finding a place in the capital might be rather difficult, therefore we advise you to arrive at least 2 weeks before study start.
General internet platforms such as the following:
Student dormitories are mainly run by Student Services (Studentenwerk Frankfurt/Oder). They offer affordable accommodation for over 400 students infour halls of residence throughout Eberswalde. Here you have some general information:
Rent:175 - 310 €/month (including electricity, water, heating, internet, furniture)
Deposit:300 € (must be transferred before signing the contract)
Kitchen equipment:electric stove, refrigerator und cupboards.
Purchaseof bed sheets, blankets and pillow: 40 €
Once you received your notification of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from HNE Eberswalde, you can apply for a room in one of the residences.
Please apply online under:http://www.studentenwerk-frankfurt.de
There are no application deadlines, but the earlier you apply, the more likely you will receive a room.
Shared accomodation in apartments
Eberswalde offers plenty of apartments for students to rent. Most of them are located right in the centre, close to the university and main shopping facilities. Each shared flat (WG) in Eberswalde has its own personality, you will definitely find a place where you will feel at home!
There is the possibility to rent an empty room or sub rent someone’s room who is gone away for a limited period of time. In this case you may use their furniture while living there.
Rent:150 - 250 €/month
Deposit:depending on flat and type of contract (about 250-400€)
To find a list of accommodation offers, consult following addresses:
EUSD Facebook forum:https://www.facebook.com/groups/hneeforum
Following residential comapanies rent out apartments in Eberswalde and its surroundings:
The Buddy-Programme from the Welcome Center of the Student Support Service Dep. & International Office is free of charge for all participants and brings incoming international students and students of the EUSD together. Our aim is to help international students get integrated into social student life and to promote an intercultural exchange.
Some examples of the Buddy´s tasks:
Support with finding accommodation and closing renting contract
- Pick-up service from the train station in Eberswalde & support when moving in / out
- Assistance in dealing with local authorities, German bank account, health insurance etc.
- First orientation at the EUSD (campus tour, enrolment, introduction to the campus management system and portal (EMMA), explanation of university terms, introduction of student initiatives etc.)
- First orientation with daily routine (shopping, public transportation, consultation etc.)
In addition, the Welcome Center also organises an entertaining programme for all international students during the semester. For examples: Welcome Evening, Intercultural Buffet, Christmas Party, Walking Tours and Excursions etc.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To start optimally in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the EUSD, the faculties and the University Library offer preparation courses in various fields and for computer programmes. Participation is voluntary but helpful and recommended to be prepared for the lectures.
For more information see www.hnee.de/preparation.
Preparation course "Successful entry of study for international students"
All students of the universities in Brandenburg (including the EUSD) have the option to join a free study preparation course at Potsdam University.
This programme will help you, getting helpful basic skills for studying in Germany. It aims to prepare you optimally for a successful study start in Germany.The content of the courses depends on your current skills and includes:
- Tips and tricks for learning vocabulary, for efficient reading, listening and making notes
- Planning and holding a conversation - training of questioning
Basics of academic work
Basics of technical language
Oral and written presentation of results
Planning and reflecting learning processes
- Repetition and communication of concrete mathematical problems (logic, algebra, analysis etc.)
- Solving mathematical problems with the help of relevant literature, explanation
Notion: the courses will be hold in German, we recommend a B2 language level in German.
If you are interested to join in the course please contact Yvonne Blotny from International Office(email@example.com).