Studying in Germany
Following are important facts on the subject of studying in Germany:
- You cannot begin studying in Germany as long as you do not possess any health insurance coverage - you are obliged to show the university/college evidence of an existing helath insurance policy.
- If you would like to study at a German university/college of higher education, your German language skills will be tested beforehand, resp. you are obliged to show proof of your German skill.
- Students normally have to take the so-called "German language examination for the entrance of foreign university applicants" before matriculation at the university/college is possible.
- As long as you are taking part in a language course at a German university/college, it is basically not possible to obtain health insurance from a national health insurance company, e.g. AOK!
- During this period you should insure yourself against illness elsewhere. You can obtain offers from private insurance companies. In Germany there are a large number of private insurance companies.
- After finishing the preparation course resp. the test, you can study at a German university/college According to German law, matriculated students at a university/college must have statutory health insurance!
Please note: If you come from an EU/EWR country or Switzerland resp. a social security agreement exists with your native country (e.G. Turkey, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tunisia) and you have health insurance coverage in your native country, please submit the assignment for coverage from your national health insurance company.
Information for refugees
Refugees are entitled to study in Germany. Applications for university places submitted by refugees are treated the same as international applicants. The requirements are exactly the same. You will need:
- a university/technical college entrance qualification,
- German language skills, and
- health insurance cover.
A health insurance certificate is one of the things you need in order to register at a university/technical college.
(For the first 15 months after arrival in the country, refugees should get in touch with the relevant local authority to receive medical treatment.) If you have been granted refugee status, you are entitled to take out statutory health insurance for students just like any other student.
We are here to help if you have any specific questions. Just get in touch with your local AOK site – give us a call, send us an email or pop in and see us.
You can also find further information on the German healthcare system and health insurance with AOK on the AOK portal for refugees.
Hotline: 0049 9131 9242 10 128*
- Mon - Wed: 08:00 - 16:30
- Thu: 08:00 - 17:30
- Fr: 08:00 - 15:00
* The cost of a call from abroad via land line or mobile phone depends on the rates set by the respective foreign network operator.