This section contains the most important things you need to organize before leaving home. We look forward to welcoming you to Freie Universität Berlin.
To find out if you need a visa for entry to Germany, please review the information in this section. If you are coming with family members who have a different nationality, they may need a visa. The procedure is time-consuming and should be started well in advance of your planned arrival date. Read more
Be sure to have these important documents with you when traveling to Germany. Before leaving get certified German or English translations and legalized copies of your certificates (birth, marriage, vaccination, and university degree). List of important documents
Make sure to have health insurance for yourself and all accompanying family members. Get a medical and dental check-up and know your medications and prescriptions. Take out travel insurance and upon arrival in Berlin take out German health insurance. EU-researchers are covered by EU regulations and are issued a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by their home insurance company. Read more
Although English is perceived as the language of science even in Germany, the importance of German cannot be underestimated when living in Germany. If you take a German course before leaving for Germany, you will find it easier to transition to the new cultural and social environment. Read more
Plan your accommodations for the first overnights and look for a permanent place to stay. In case you arrive in Berlin without having been able to find an apartment in advance, you should at least have made arrangements in short-term accommodations in a hostel or hotel. Read more
Make sure you have enough money available (ca. € 1000 ) during your first weeks in Berlin to cover all out of pocket expenses including start-up costs (for transportation, rent, deposit on apartment, health insurance, utilities, etc.) and the semester fee. These expenses are normally due prior to the first disbursement of funding support by a scholarship or fellowship.
If you intend to enter Germany for a longer stay, be prepared to provide evidence that you have at least € 700 per month per person. This may be a stipend, a government grant, an official guarantee, or a bank account. Proof of financial means is required when extending your visa or opening a local bank account.