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Our University Services & Facilities Student Welcome Centre

Student Welcome Centre
How to Get Started with Your Studies

These are the next steps...

ONLY for non-EU/EEA citizens

more information: SRH Visa Service Website

Should you need assistance in your visa & residence permit application process, please contact our SRH Visa Service directly: Ms. Kirsten Matthes, +49 30 374 374 150.

Important: If you haven't even done it before, please get in touch with the German Embassy/Consulate in your home country in order ask about the student visa requirements and to book an appointment.

Please let us know your current visa status by filling out this form: VISA STATUS FORM

More information on the residence permit application process, can be found here and will be given during the welcome week.

More information & contact details of insurance providers: Health Insurance Info Sheet

Further information on the German Health Insurance System.

CASE 1: No health insurance yet and under 30?

If yes,

STEP 1: sign up for a German student insurance plan either public or private.

STEP 2a: If you have a German public insurance (e.g. AOK, TK, Barmer, etc.)

  • submit an insurance confirmation to your admission officer.


STEP 2b: if you have a German private insurance (e.g. Allianz, Mawista, HanseMerkur, etc.)

  • contact a public German insurance provider & ask for a waiver
  • submit the waiver & your private insurance confirmation your admission officer.

CASE 2: No health insurance yet and over 30?

If yes,

STEP 1: sign up for a German student insurance plan, but only private. Public is not possible according to the Social Law.

STEP 2: if you have a German private insurance

  • contact a public German insurance provider & ask for a waiver
  • submit the waiver & your private insurance confirmation to your admission officer.

CASE 3: You (no matter which age) have your public/private insurance (no travel insurance) from another country (e.g. European Health Insurance Card EHIC, AT11 or similar proof of social security agreement between Germany and your home country)?

If yes,

STEP 1: no need to buy a German private or public insurance

STEP 2: if you have your own insurance (which is considered to have a "private" insurance)

  • contact a public German insurance provider & ask for a waiver
  • submit the waiver & your private insurance confirmation to your admission officer.

ATTENTION: If you bring your own insurance from your home country, please check in advance if the insurance fulfills the German requirements.

Please be informed that SRH does not proof if your private insurance from your home country is sufficent or not for studying in Germany. Please follow the above mentioned steps of case 3.

more information: Student Welcome Guide and our webpage “Living in Berlin


  • long process & you need patience
  • find yourself a provisional accommodation (hotel/hostel) for the first few weeks
  • finding an accommodation for 3 or 6 months is very common; finding an accommodation for the total length of your stay is rare; a lot of students move several times during their stay
  • use your SRH FB group in order to find room mates

Key Facts

  • SRH is NOT part of the public association "Studentenwerk" & applications for their dormitories will be rejected
  • SRH does NOT have own dormitories
  • SRH does NOT provide accomodation service; if you need assistance you may contact the SRH agent listed in the Student Welcome Guide

What about the city registration ("Anmeldung") at the Berlin "Bürgeramt"?

While looking for an appartment, we recommend that you already book an appointment online at the city registration office. You can book here: Webpage of the Berlin Bürgeramt

Please choose on the right side "Termin buchen / Termin berlinweit suchen". You will see a calendar with possible booking dates. You usually book an appointment at the district where you will live.

For further questions: Bürgeramt Info Sheet and/or during the welcome week.

In order to get in touch with future classmates we invite you to join the FB group for each intake.

Please feel free to share any info related to your upcoming studies in our university.

The following FB Groups are already online:

October intake 2020 - Bachelor's students

October intake 2020 - Master's & MBA students

You will need your application number & name of the programme for the login.

You must submit the following documents during the welcome week in order to receive your Student ID & Transportation Ticket:

  1. Original OR certified copy of your Bachelor degree and Certificate (Master/MBA students) or of your Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Bachelor students)
  2. Proof of Health Insurance (cf. STEP 3)
  3. if applicable: Missing Application Documents (cf. your study contract)
  4. if applicable: Student Visa/and or German Residence Permit (cf. STEP 2)

If you have already submitted everything to SRH, you do not need to submit it again.

Please submit it to your admission officer.

more information: Info Sheet Certified Copies / Original Documents

Transportation Ticket ("Semesterticket")

Your transportation ticket will be included in your Student ID Card.

More information on the info sheet.

more information: Your Signed Study Contract or contact 

Please be informed that the university will not issue any invoices.

Payments are due to the deadlines that are mentioned in the study contract. Please be informed that the security deposit that non-EU/EEA students had to pay for final admission will be deducted from the last three months of your tuition fee payment.

NEW: You can now use flywire to make international payments and to pay your fees. Have a look at our website to learn more about flywire.

more information: Student Welcome Guide

A pre-arrival info e-mail will be sent to you at least 1 month before your programme starts.

First campus impression on Youtube

We generally recommend that you arrive in Berlin about one week before orientation begins to have a few days to familiarise yourself with the City

Welcome week dates - Summer intake (March/April) 2020:

March intake (English Master's/MBA programmes): 2 to 6 March 2020

April intake (all Bachelor's programmes): 14 to 17 April 2020 (online) | programme

Detailed plans for welcome week will be sent to you at least 1 week before and published here.

Lecture period & semester dates (start of classes, holidays, etc.)

Depending on your programme different academic calendars apply to you.

Class Schedule & Academic Information

You will receive your class schedule and all other important academic information during orientation from the Programme Director.

Student Buddies

Our Students’ Union assigns Student Buddies who assist the Student Welcome Centre. A student buddy is usually a second or third year student of the same study programme who assists first year students of all nationalities in having a smooth start into both their studies at our university and their life in Berlin/Germany. Contact details of the buddies to be provided during the welcome week.

How to pay your fees as an international student?

Your contact

Fiona Perry

University Administration

Student Service
Room H.004
Telephone +49 30 374 374 145 Send an email

Impressions of our past welcome weeks