This is what you have 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!
Apply for your residence permit.
Open a German bank account.
Register with the Library, the IT Centre and the Language Centre.
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.
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 one of our buddy programmes, 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 him if your journey should be delayed.
If you don't have a buddy yet, you can register here:
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 also 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 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:
To apply for your residence permit, make an appointment with your immigration officer at the Foreigners’ Registration Office, either via e-mail or online. If you don't live in Braunschweig, please contact the Foreigners’ Registration Office in your place of residence.
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.
Signing up for a German language course
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.
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.
Clearing and initial consultation
Study Service Center, Pockelsstr. 11, 38106 Braunschweig