As an international student, you must complete the following 5 steps upon your arrival in Flensburg (if you haven’t already):
- Register your local address at the city hall
- Open a bank account
- Get health insurance
- Enroll as a student
- Apply for a change of residence permit (if necessary)
Register at the Flensburg City Hall
As soon as you arrive in Flensburg, you will need to register your local residence at the city hall (Bürgerbüro).
- Certificate of enrollment or letter of admission to EUF (Zulassungsbescheid)
- Identity card (if you are an EU citizen) or passport
- Certificate from your landlord or person providing accommodation confirming your local address (Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung)
If you don't have a bank account that allows you to withdraw cash and make transfers for free in Germany, you will need to make an appointment at a bank to open a German account. If you already have a blocked account (Sperrkonto), you will need to activate it.
Opening a bank account in Germany can sometimes take a few days or weeks. Be sure to bring enough cash for the first few weeks.
Open a checking account
To apply for a checking account (Girokonto) at a bank in Germany, you will need to bring the following documents:
- Passport (containing a visa that is valid for at least 3 months)
- Letter of admission from EUF or proof of enrollment here
- Your rental contract
- Received 2-4 weeks after the address registration in city hall
Open and activate a Sperrkonto (blocked account)
To apply for a visa, you must submit proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself. One option is to open a blocked account containing the required amount of funding. You can open a blocked account with the following providers, among others:
- Coracle (the combination package includes blocked account + health insurance + travel insurance)
- Sperrkonto Fintiba
- Sperrkonto Deutsche Bank
- Sperrkonto Sparkasse
You will need to active your blocked account once you arrive in Germany.
In Germany, all students aged 30 and younger must have public health insurance. This costs about 109 euros per month.
Foreign students who are over the age of 30 should take out private health insurance.
If you are a student from a country that has a bilateral social security agreement with Germany and you already have sufficient health insurance coverage in your home country, you are exempt from the health insurance requirement and you will be automatically covered under the German public health insurance for the duration of your stay in here. In order to get the exemption, within three months of your arrival, you must present the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued in your home country, a certificate of exemption from public health insurance or other proof of health insurance (in English or German) If you fail to do so, you will lose the right to enroll at the university.
Applying for health insurance
These documents are required to apply for health insurance in Germany:
- Letter of admission from EUF or certificate of enrollment
- Bank account
- Address in Flensburg
- Passport photo
Exemption from mandatory public health insurance
If you have foreign health insurance coverage that is valid in Germany (such as the European Health Insurance Card or a private health insurance policy from your home country), you may be exempt from the public health insurance requirement. You can check this by submitting your original insurance documents (in English or German) to a public health insurance company in Germany to request a certificate of exemption from mandatory insurance. Such a certificate can only be issued by a public health insurance company in Germany.
Finding a Doctor
In Germany, people with health insurance are generally free to choose their own doctors. Below is a list of doctors who speak English (as of June 2021).
DR. KIM HARDER
Am Fördeufer 1B - 2. OG
Telefon 0461 32911
DR. RALPH ASMUSSEN
Telefon 0461 24499
DR. MED. LUDWIG BÄSSE & DR. MED. FRANK-EBERHARD AUST
24937 Flensburg - Altstadt
Telefon 0461 1824333
DR. LARS UTECHT
Am Pferdewasser 6
Telefon 0461 29772
DR. HAROLD RITSCHL
Telefon 0461 37177
DR. MED. HEIKE LUKOWSKY & DR. MED. JOACHIM RÜMMELEIN
Friesische Straße 3
Telefon 0461 22 419
DR. CHRISTINE STEGMANN
Apenrader Straße 10
Telefon 0461 4041
DR. GOTTFRIED KÖPPL
Große Straße 77
Telefon 0461 25695
DR. MARCO SCHAFF
Große Str. 36
Telefon 0461 22488
Telefon: 0461 182 827 86
DR. KEREN M. FÖRST-HÄDICKE
Telefon: 0461 229 26
Telefon: 0461 940 28 272
DR. ALMUTH SCHLOTHEUBER
24943 Flensurg - Jürgensby
Telefon: 0461 21667
Schulze und Preus
ENT in the Cittipark
Langberger Weg 4
All health insurance providers: Tel. 0049 (0) 461 - 807 908 0
Private insurance and self-paying patients: Tel. 0049 (0) 461 - 500 337-31
Enrolling as a Student
As soon as you are enrolled as a student at EUF, you can order the public transport pass for students (semester ticket) and use all services of the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein. You can also use the EUF CampusApp to access your student ID, view your email, and library accounts, and check the daily menu at the campus cafeteria, among other things.
View services of the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein
Electronic Residence Permit (eAT)
Students from non-EU member states who have a 3-month visa must report to the Immigration Office within 7 days of their arrival and must apply for an Electronic Residence Permit (eAT). International students who are exempt from the visa requirement will also need a residence permit. Only EU citizens do not need to apply for this residence permit.
The following documents are required to apply for a residence permit:
- Application form
- Health insurance certificate
- Identity card / passport
- Certificate of student status (Studienbescheinigung)
- Regular (degree-seeking) students only: University degree certificates/diplomas, plus (if the documents were not issued in German) translations into German
- Certificate of residency from your landlord (Vermieterbescheinigung)
Proof of sufficient funds: In order to apply for a residence permit, you must provide proof that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself (at least €934 per month or €11208 for 12 months). The following proofs are possible:
- a letter stating that you are a scholarship recipient
- a letter of commitment from the person financing your studies (from Deutchland).
- a blocked account
The application process can take up to two months. You must pay the following fees when you pick up your residence permit (last update: 2021):
- New resident permits (processing fee): 100 euros (if you hold a student scholarship, you do not have to pay this fee)
- Residence permit extensions
- Extensions up to 3 months: 96 euros
- Extensions longer than 3 months: 93 euros
Einwanderungsbüro – Immigration Office
Schleswiger Straße 66
To see current opening hours, telephone consultation times and the online appointment portal, visit the website of the Immigration Office (Einwanderungsbüro).
Orientation Week of the International Center
Information, integration, and intercultural awareness: Every semester before classes start, the International Center organizes an orientation week for international students (exchange students and regular students). Orientation Week usually takes place on first week of March and September (Monday to Friday).
Topics and Contents
- Academic culture in Germany
- Everyday life in Flensburg
- Administrative processes (registering your local address at the city citizens' office, taking out health insurance, setting up a bank account, applying for a residence permit)
- Campus tour, city tour and other leisure activities
- Getting to know the buddies
- Course selection (for exchange students)
- Matriculation (for exchange students)
- Language courses
- Welcome Breakfast (free of charge, registration required)
Europa Universität Flensburg also holds a general student orientation week (https://www.uni-flensburg.de/studium-lehre/das-1-semester/programm-der-einfuehrungswoche) for all new students every fall semester.