Studying in a foreign country is very exciting and filled with challenges. We would like to make your arrival in Potsdam, Brandenburg an der Havel and Wildau easier, so that you can fully concentrate on your studies.
Studying abroad during the Corona Pandemic: How do I finance my studies? Can I stay in the dormitory? And who is there for me when I need help? Our Corona FAQ pages are available in German and English. You cannot find your question? Get in touch with us: presse[at]studentenwerk-potsdam.de
FAQ about our general offers during the Corona crisis
FAQ Student Housing & Corona
FAQ life assurance & jobs in Corona times
FAQ BAföG & Corona
What is it like to study in Germany during the pandemic as an international student? We asked our two resident tutors Olamide and Rao.
You are an exchange student and want to find out about student housing in Potsdam?
We have compiled a list for Erasmus students:
It's your first time in Germany and you do not speak German yet?
Our illustrated Dorm Dictionary may help you out:
You are moving to Wildau for your studies?
Your resident tutor Rao will take you on a virtual tour:
As a Studentenwerk we provide the social infrastructure for student life - canteens and cafeterias on campus, student housing and financing, counselling as well as project funding. However, if you have study-related questions, the International Office of your university will be there to help you. Moving to Germany for your studies? This short movie made by the International Office of the University of Potsdam will make your arrival easier.
You can find an overview of important websites for international students here.
To find out how to get a residence permit, please visit the website of Deutsches Studentenwerk (DE). If you terminate your studies prematurely, you must notify the Aliens Department within two weeks of awareness.
On Visaguide.world (EN) all information on residence permits in Germany is compiled in English."
Yes, for both your enrollment and your residence permit, you will need a valid health insurance certificate.
With VELA, you can quickly and easily purchase the appropriate insurance cover for the duration of your studies in Germany online.
VELA travel health insurance (DE | EN)
Are you from an EU / EEA country? If you have statutory health insurance in your home country, your insurance may also be valid and recognized in Germany.
To learn more about health insurance in Germany, please visit the website of Deutsches Studentenwerk (DE) or germany-visa.org (DE | EN). The website studying-in-germany.org (DE | EN | FR | ES | PT| PL | ALB ) provides a guide for internationale students.
Please, also read our illustrated health dictionary, which contains the information most sought after by international students:
Illustrated Health Dictionary (DE | EN)
For students, most banks offer a free checking account. When opening an account, please remember to bring your passport (with a visa) and the registration certificate from the city.