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 rally and an international welcome party.
There are four international airports within easy travelling distance of Braunschweig, plus direct train connections from many European cities. Click here for route descriptions and information on airports, trains and busses:
If you have applied for our buddy programme, your buddy will pick you up from the main train station and accompany you to your accommodation. Please inform your buddy at least one week prior to your departure when and how you will be arriving in Braunschweig. Do not forget to contact them if your journey should be delayed.
If you don't have a buddy yet, you can register here:
The programme is offered by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) in cooperation with the International House.
Overnight stay at a hotel
If you don't have an accommodation yet, it is best to try and stay with friends or acquaintances. You can also book a hotel room 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 around 30 € - 50 €.
For your enrolment and your residence permit, you will need to provide proof of adequate insurance cover that is valid in Germany. We recommend that you take out insurances directly upon your arrival in Braunschweig.
Take out health insurance
Go to a public health insurance company. There you can take out a statutory health insurance for students for about 110 € per month. Ask for the "Meldung 10", i.e. the "M10", for TU Braunschweig, stating: "Sender number H0002117". This is the code for TU Braunschweig. The health insurance company then forwards this registration digitally to TU Braunschweig, confirming that you are indeed insured.
If you have an EHIC-Card, ask the health insurance company to transfer the exemption from the statutory health insurance with the "Sender number H0002117" to TU Braunschweig.
The following health insurance companies have offices within a radius of 1 km from the campus:
For your stay in Braunschweig you have to register at the city of Braunschweig and possibly apply for a residence permit. We recommend that you go to the appointments at the registration and immigration office together with your buddy.
At the Department of Citizens' Affairs of the City of Braunschweig, you can come without an appointment and draw a waiting number or make an appointment online for your registration.
Apply for a residence permit
To apply for your residence permit, make an appointment with your case worker at the Immigration Office (in German the responsible local authority is called the Ausländerbehörde) by e-mail or online. If you do not live in Braunschweig, but you are already living in Germany, please contact the Immigration Office in your place of residence.
Bring all of these documents with you to your appointment. If you wish, an employee of the Incoming Office will accompany you to the Immigration Office.
A few weeks later, you will receive a notification letter with which you can pick up your residence permit at the Immigration Office.
Please note that you will need biometric passport photos. You will also pay a fee of between 80 euros to 110 euros, which you will need to bring with you! The exact amount to be paid depends on the duration for which the residence permit has been applied for and whether it is the first application for the residence title or a renewal. The issuance of the residence permit takes about eight weeks in total.
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.
Even if you already have a good command of German, you will notice at the beginning of your studies that it is not always easy to understand all lectures or to write German term papers. We therefore recommend that you attend a German course parallel to your studies and further improve your German language skills.
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.
Do you have any questions?
Our admissions and advisory team will be happy to help you.