This is what you need to do when you arrive in Braunschweig
When you plan your arrival, allow a few days until the start of your studies to take care of all the important formalities.
Take out health insurance and liability insurance.
Enrol at the university!
Register with the registration office of the city of Braunschweig and, if necessary, make an appointment to apply for a residence permit.
Open a German bank account.
Register for a placement test at the Language Centre and in the library.
At the beginning of the semester, we organise an orientation programme for international students new to Braunschweig. The programme is an excellent opportunity to get to know the university and make new friends! It is offered by various international student societies and university groups and includes information sessions, tutorials, excursions, guided tours, a city rallye and an international welcome party.
Plan your arrival in accordance with the Student Services (Studentenwerk) so that you can move into your room on the same day. Otherwise, you will need to spend your first night in a hotel.
Please inform your Buddy student at least one week prior to your departure when and how you will arrive in Braunschweig.
How to get to Braunschweig
There are four international airports within easy travelling distance of Braunschweig and direct train connections from many European cities. Click here for route descriptions and information on airports, train and bus connections:
If you cannot move directly into your room or have not yet found accommodation in Braunschweig, you can book a hotel room for the first nights through the Braunschweig tourist information, an overnight stay costs 30 € - 50 €. Another option is to stay at the Braunschweig youth hostel. The costs per night are also 30 € - 50 €.
Before you can enrol, you will need to provide proof of adequate health insurance cover and you must have paid the semester fee. We recommend that you do this directly upon your arrival in Braunschweig. Your buddy will accompany you.
Take out health insurance
Go to a public health insurance company. There you can take out a statutory health insurance for students for about 100 € per month. If you have an EHIC-Card, the health insurance company will issue you with a certificate of exemption from compulsory insurance.
The following health insurance companies have offices within a radius of 1 km from the campus:
You can either transfer your semester fee from your bank account or pay it in cash at a local bank. The processing charge for cash payments is € 15. Payment information can be found on your Letter of Acceptance. The bank receipt must be presented upon enrolment.
Now you have compiled all the necessary documents and can come and see us at the Orientation Meeting. You will find the dates before the start of the semester in your notification of admission.
At the Orientation Meeting you will receive all important information for your stay in Braunschweig. If you bring all your enrolment documents with you, we can directly enrol you and you will receive your temporary student ID.
Please provide the following documents for enrolment:
admission letter with data sheet
passport or identity card
German health insurance card or certificate of a German statutory health insurance for students
signed information sheet of liability insurance
bank receipt proving the payment of your semester fees
Your temporary student ID is valid as a semester ticket and entitles you to use all busses and tramways in the Braunschweig region and the regional trains in Lower Saxony free of charge!
For your stay in Braunschweig you have to register with the city of Braunschweig. Students coming from outside the EU must also apply for a residence permit. We recommend that you attend the appointments at the Registration and Foreigners’ Registration Office together with your buddy.
Apply for a residents’ registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung)
Discuss your timetable with your programme coordinator and compare it with your previous learning agreement. Your programme coordinator will explain you how to register for your chosen lectures and seminars. You may need to change some courses because these are already full. In this case, compile a modified learning agreement with your programme coordinator and send it to your home university.
Information on all courses can be found in the course catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis).
Many faculties and study courses offer introductory events in the week before the start of the semester, which you should definitely attend. They are a good opportunity for you to get an insight into your chosen subject and get to know your professors, tutors and fellow students.
About two weeks after enrolment you will receive your user ID (y-number). This allows you to use all services, software trainings and introductory events of the Gauß-IT Center. If you have any questions, simply contact the IT service desk.
If you would like to continue learning German during your stay at the TU Braunschweig, the Language Centre offers free German courses at all levels. They cover a broad variety of student requirements, e.g. conversational German, scientific language, presentation or academic writing. A language course usually takes up two semester hours per week (SWS).
To attend a German course, register in person at the Language Centre.
You can immediately take a test to assess your existing level of ability.
You will then receive a recommendation for a suitable course.
Please apply early, as assessment tests must usually be taken before the beginning of the semester or in the first week of the semester.
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student association in Europe. At an international level, its members are promoting a more mobile education system. At the Braunschweig campus, they bring together German and international students, offer contact opportunities, excursions, leisure activities and support for exchange students.
The international team of the Gauss Friends is committed to bringing German and foreign students at the TU Braunschweig into contact. With international festivals, country evenings, excursions and regular language tables they build bridges between science and culture and offer a wide range of practical support for living and studying in Braunschweig.