Pre-departure Information for admitted students
This document issued by the WASTE Office in close collaboration with International Affairs shall ease your pre-departure organizational steps. Therefore, please make sure that you read the brochure thoroughly.
Please download the Pre-departure Brochure for the winter term 2022/23.
In order for you to accept the study place you have been offered, please return the filled Acceptance Agreement Form as soon as possible – Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, at the very latest.
Please download the Acceptance Agreement Form.
If you can show a German proficiency certificate (Basic User A2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) you can apply for exemption from the German Courses.
Please return the filled form as soon as possible – Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, at the very latest.
Please download the Exemption Form.
With our M.Sc. WASTE Welcoming Service, you are provided with holistic support to successfully managing the first steps in Germany. Our buddies (senior students of the M.Sc. Program WASTE) will be on hand with help and advice supporting you in completing the necessary formalities and finding your way around campus and the city.
If you are interested in participating in our Welcome Services, please return the filled form as soon as possible – Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, at the very latest.
Please download the Welcoming Service Form.
The WASTE Welcome Services comprises of a threefold approach:
- Advise before arrival and Pick-up Service:
Students will be contacted by their own Buddy before arriving in Germany and – if they arrive between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. – met at Stuttgart airport or railway station and taken to their accommodation.
The buddies also support the freshmen students in managing all the necessary formalities that come along with the enrollment process.
- Welcoming Event:
This event is organized by the M.Sc. WASTE Office in close collaboration with the senior students of the M.Sc. WASTE to warmly welcome the freshmen students and to facilitate networking among students, lecturers, and the M.Sc. WASTE Office.
For further information please contact the M.Sc. WASTE Office.
Upon registration at the university, all students must demonstrate their proof of health insurance as prescribed by German law. As a student, you are eligible for statutory insurance at the lowest current monthly rate of about EUR 80 (for Non-EU citizens, older than 23 and with no child). This regulation does not apply to students who have spent more than 14 semesters studying at a German university or who are aged over 30. These students should contact Ms. Svenja Wübker from the office of International Affairs for information on private health insurance.
As an EU citizen a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your insurance company in your home country is required. Take this card to a state health insurance company in Germany and have them issue an insurance certificate (Versicherungsbescheinigung), that is required for enrolling at the university. You will receive necessary medical treatment at the doctor's, dentist, or in a hospital. For prescriptions you will have to pay a fee between EUR 5 and EUR 10.
Non-EU students under 30 have to purchase a student health insurance at a state health insurance company. This insurance costs about EUR 80 per month and covers most medical and dental costs. An advantage of this insurance is that the cost of treatment is carried out directly between the doctor and the insurance company. For prescriptions you will have to pay a fee between EUR 5 and EUR 10.
Students over 30
If you are aged 30 or over you cannot be covered by statutory health insurance, we strongly advise you to take a private insurance as costs for medical care are very expensive in Germany. For more information please contact Ms. Svenja Wübker from the office of International Affairs.
Visa / residence permit
EU citizens (e.g. Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland)
Citizens of these countries are allowed to enter Germany with a valid passport or ID. No visa or residence permit is required.
Because of special visa regulation agreements, students from one of those countries do not require an entrance visa. Upon arrival in Stuttgart, students must register and apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) at the foreign registration office (Ausländerbehörde). In Stuttgart the relevant authority is:
The following documents must be provided:
Citizens of non-EU countries (apart from those mentioned above)
These students must apply for a student applicant visa or a student visa that has been issued by the German Embassy in their home country prior to departure. This should be done as early as possible because the processing time can be very long (up to six months). More information about entry visa for educational purposes can be found on the following websites:
The following documents must be provided: