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Preparing for your stay at HSWT

You should already take care of some important things beforehand so that your stay in Germany and at our university will be a complete success.

Here you will find information about:

Studierende an der HSWT
Studierende am Campus

Entry requirements / visa

In many cases, international students who come from a third country (exception: EU, EEA, Switzerland) require a visa to enter Germany. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) you can check whether there is a visa requirement for your country.

You must apply for the visa at the appropriate German diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) in your home country before entering Germany. You will find the right point of contact for this purpose in the database of the German Federal Foreign Office. Please remember to file the application in good time, preferably several months in advance!

Which visa is the appropriate one?

  • Have you already been admitted to study at a German university or to attend a pre-study preparatory course (Studienkolleg)?
    Then you can apply for a “national visa for the purpose of a study trip” (nationales Visum zum Zwecke des Studienaufenthalts) bewerben.

  • Are you still not admitted to study, but soon plan to study in Germany?
    In this case you can apply for a “national visa for the purpose of university application” ("nationales Visum zum Zweck der Studienbewerbung"). This enables you to complete preparatory language courses and/or to inform yourself about available courses of study. As soon as you are admitted to study, you can apply for a conversion of the university applicant visa into a residence permit for study purposes.

A study visa or university applicant visa must be applied for before entering Germany! For this purpose you must prove, among other things, that you have sufficient health insurance coverage as well as sufficient financial resources.

Please note: there is also a possibility to apply for a so-called “Schengen visa” at German diplomatic missions. This only entitles you to a maximum 3-month stay in Germany. You must leave the country after expiration of the visa’s validity – a conversion into a national visa or an extension is not possible!

You will find detailed information about the different types of visas and applying for necessary documents in the information brochure of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
Information on the legal framework conditions for Immigration and Residence of foreign students and scholars

In the event of questions, please contact the appropriate German diplomatic mission.

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Accommodation

Foreign degree students…

  • ...at the Weihenstephan campus

    The Munich Student Union has four student residences in Freising. Applications must be made online and can be made before you have been accepted for a course of study.

    For rooms for the winter semester (classes commence on 1 October), you can apply from 15 May. For rooms for the summer semester (classes commence on 15 March), you can apply from 15 November.
    You must be aged 29 or younger at the time of application.

    Unfortunately, due to limited capacity, the Munich Student Union cannot offer a room to all students who apply.

    If you don't receive a room in the halls of residence, please see the tips for finding accommodation in Freising and the surrounding area in our Welcome brochure for international students.

  • ...at the Triesdorf campus

    There are several publicly financed private student halls of residence in Triesdorf. Places in the halls of residence are allocated directly by the owners. For the addresses and telephone numbers of the owners of the halls of residence and of other landlords, please see the following list:
    List of landlords for the Triesdorf site (pdf, in German)

Exchange students...

  • ...at the Weihenstephan campus...

    ...have the opportunity to apply via the International Office for a room in one of the halls of residence (dormitories) of the Munich Student Union in Freising. If the demand exceeds the number of rooms available, the rooms will be allocated by draw.

    The rooms in a hall of residence are generally organized in so-called "Wohngemeinschaften" or short "WGs", meaning suites of several one-bed rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. The rooms come furnished and you receive a sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and a sheet. Rental prices for a room in a WG lie between € 230 and € 380 per month (including utilities). A deposit of currently € 100 to € 400 is to be paid when moving in. You will get this back after expiration of the rental agreement, provided that the rooms and furnishings have not been damaged.

    If you don't receive a room in the halls of residence, here are some tips for finding accommodation in Freising and the surrounding area

  • ...at the Triesdorf campus…

    …receive assistance from the International Office at the Triesdorf campus with the search for a room.

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Insurances

Health insurance

Students in Germany are required to prove they have health insurance. This covers the costs of medical treatments and medications in the event of an accident or illness so that it doesn’t have to be paid for privately.

Please present one of the following documents when you enrol at the university:

  • Insurance certificate of a German statutory health insurance provider or
  • Confirmation that you are exempt from taking out statutory health insurance in Germany.

Either document must be issued by a German statutory health insurance provider. Submission of the insurance contract or insurance card is not sufficient for enrolment.

  • Applicants from a country with which German has a social security agreement on health insurance (including EU/EEA and Switzerland)

    If you are from one of these countries, you can send your international health insurance certificate or a copy of your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to a statutory health insurance provider in Germany. They can issue the confirmation that you are exempt from taking out statutory health insurance in Germany which you need for your enrolment.
  • Applicants from countries with whom there is no social security agreement

    First you should find out whether the services provided by your health insurance provider in your home country are comparable to those of a German health insurance provider. To do so, you will need to send an English version or certified translation of your insurance contract to a statutory health insurance provider in Germany. They will tell you whether or not your insurance cover is adequate for studying in Germany. If so, they can give you the confirmation that you are exempt from taking out statutory health insurance in Germany which you need for your enrolment.

    If the services provided by your health insurance provider in your home country are not comparable to those of a German health insurance provider, you will need to take out a new health insurance policy.

    If you opt for a statutory health insurance provider, you may be eligible for the student rate of about € 90/month. This tariff is available up to the age of 30 or the end of your 14th semester. The insurance premium varies because every health insurance provider charges small individual supplementary contributions. The health insurance provider will issue you the insurance certificate required for enrolment.

    The fee for statutory health insurance for students who are already 30 years old at the start of their course starts at approx. € 160/month. For older students, insurance with a private health insurance provider may therefore be the cheaper option. If you decide to take out private health insurance, you should make sure that the tariff you have chosen offers sufficient protection before signing the contract. After signing the contract, a statutory health insurance provider will issue the confirmation that you are exempt from taking out statutory health insurance in Germany which you need for your enrolment.

Personal liability insurance

Personal liability insurance covers the costs of accidental damage, for example if you were to cycle into someone or drop a friend’s smartphone. Accidents in which people are injured can cost several million euros. Without private liability insurance, you will have to pay for the damage yourself. In the worst-case scenario, you be paying off your debts for the rest of your life – even if you return to your home country.

Private liability insurance is highly recommended and is not expensive. In some cases, it is also a prerequisite for conclusion of a tenancy agreement.

Accident insurance

 

Students are covered by accident insurance for study-related activities at the university and on their way there. For example, the insurance covers accidents that occur during lectures or at academic facilities (such as the university library), during excursions or at the university sports centre.

 

Moreover, the Munich Student Union provides insurance cover for accidents that occur during your free time, internships or activities related to exam preparation that take place outside the HSWT.

DAAD insurance offer

Students who are sponsored or supported by DAAD or EU programmes, a German University or DAAD partner organisations can make use of the DAAD’s insurance offer. You will find details on the combined health, accident and private liability insurance on the DAAD website.

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Contact (Weihenstephan)

Degree students

Exchange students

Contact (Triesdorf)

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Auslands- und Stipendienangelegenheiten
Markgrafenstraße 16
91746 Weidenbach

T +49 9826 654-104
F +49 9826 654-4104
auslandsamt.triesdorf [at]hswt.de