Calculate your budget for your stay in Braunschweig. If you have to apply for a visa, you need a proof of financial resources.
Use the time before you start your studies to further improve your German language skills.
Apply for your visa.
Find out about the necessary insurance policies you need to take out in Germany.
Look for an apartment in Braunschweig or apply for a room in a hall of residence.
To get you off to a good start in Braunschweig, we can find a Buddy for you. Buddies are senior students who have been studying at the TU Braunschweig for some time and know the university and the city well.
Your Buddy picks you up from the main train station and takes you to your accommodation,
assists you with formalities such as enrolment, opening a bank account or visiting the Foreigners' Registration Office,
Please assess your financial means realistically! By German standards, Braunschweig is not an expensive place to study. Nevertheless, you need a minimum of about 750 € per month to be able to study here successfully.
Additionally, you will need to pay the semester fee of about 350 € at the beginning of each semester.
Study materials, computer, textbooks
Telephone and Internet
Leisure, travel, sports
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Proof of financial resources
In order to receive your visa or residence permit in Germany, you have to prove that you can finance your stay in Germany. As an exchange student, you usually hold a partial or full scholarship from your home university or from a scholarship organisation such as the DAAD. Your scholarship certificate, for example an Erasmus or DAAD certificate, will be accepted as sufficient financial proof.
The language of instruction at the TU Braunschweig is German. Some study courses offer classes in English. Study and research projects can also be written in English.
German language knowledge
As an exchange student you must prove that you have adequate language knowledge to follow the lectures. In order to do so, you need a language certificate according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Which language certificate is required depends on your choice of courses: If you have mainly chosen English courses, you will need an English language certificate, for German courses you will need a German language certificate.
The language certificate can be issued by your home institution. Native speakers are exempted. For a successful study we strongly recommend language skills at level B1/B2.
Should you wish to improve your German skills, the Language Centre at the TU Braunschweig offers summer courses and German classes during the semester on all levels.
If you come from a country which requires a visa, apply for a visa for educational purposes at the German embassy or consulate in your home country at least three months before you leave for Germany. You will need your letter of acceptance from the TU Braunschweig and your proof of financial resources. Detailed information on visa and travel regulations is provided by the DAAD and the Federal Foreign Office.
Do not enter the country on a tourist visa, as this will not allow you to enrol!
If you come from one of the following countries, you do not need a visa to enter Germany (as of January 2012):
For your enrolment at the TU Braunschweig you need a valid health insurance!
German statutory health insurance for students
The simplest option is to take out German statutory health insurance for students upon your arrival in Braunschweig. It is available from all public health insurance providers and costs around € 90 per month. This insurance covers all costs for medical treatment, consultations and hospital stays, plus most of the cost of any prescription medicines.
If you come from another EU Member State
With a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC Card) you do not need to take out German health insurance. Your health insurance complies with the German standard and covers all medical expenses in Germany. Please remember to apply for your EHIC card well before your departure and make sure it is valid for your entire stayin Braunschweig.
Recognition of other foreign health insurance schemes
Only a German statutory health insurance provider can verify and confirm whether your national health insurance does comply with the German standard. To receive this confirmation, you need to present your documents at the local office of an insurance provider as soon as you are in Braunschweig. Enquiries by post, phone or e-mail will usually not be answered.
Please do not take out travel insurance for the time of your stay in Braunschweig! Travel insurance policies do not provide adequate cover and you will not be able to enrol at the TU Braunschweig with travel insurance!
We strongly recommend that you also take out liability insurance in Germany!
A liability insurance policy covers any accidental damage you might cause to other persons and their property. Accidents can easily result in costs amounting to millions of euros, for example if you cause a car or bicycle accident. Without personal liability cover, you alone will be responsible for any damages and the resulting costs.
The best way is to take out personal liability insurance once you are in Braunschweig, the cost is only€ 7 per month.
Remember to plan your housing well in advance! We recommend that you start looking for a place to stay as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance.
Living in a hall of residence
The Studentenwerk at the TU Braunschweig has 7 halls of residence with more than 1,800 rooms for university students. Room types range from single rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom to individual apartments. Rents range from € 250 to € 500 including electricity, water and heating. Additionally, you will need to pay a deposit of one month’s rent. Most of the rooms are fully furnished and come with Internet access and a telephone connection. This does not include mattresses, blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, dishes or cutlery. However, the Studentenwerk offers various starter packages at reasonable prices with basic equipment.
Accommodation service for exchange students
If you want to rent a room in a student residence, the International Office can register you with the Studentenwerk. To do this, you must fill out an accommodation application form and send it to us. You will receive this form with your letter of acceptance.
Please note that accommodation cannot be guarenteed by the University!
Offers from the Studentenwerk are usually sent out four to six weeks before the requested move-in date.
Braunschweig has a large number of private apartments and shared accommodation (WG) for rent. Prices range from € 250 to € 350 for a room in a shared apartment and from € 350 to € 500 for a single apartment, plus utility costs (electricity, water, heating).
Rooms and apartments to rent can be found on the university's bulletin boards, in newspapers and and on the Internet, for example on the following pages: