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We guide you through your studies

Especially at the beginning of your studies, you may have many questions. Our student service is always there for you. If you have questions about your semester ticket or your enrolment certificate, just get in touch with us and feel welcome!

How to reach us

You can reach our Student Services in person or by phone from: Monday to Friday from 8.00 am - 6.30 pm. We are also happy to offer you other times by prior arrangement, should you not be able to make it.

We are happy to answer your questions via phone: +49 (0)1520 7174 067

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Important What you should know before you start your studies

To help you get started and to support you even before you begin your studies, our team of student advisors is always at your disposal - throughout your entire studies. In order to answer a few questions in advance, we have put together a small FAQ that will give you some initial orientation and help.

What do I have to submit before I start my studies?

  1. Proof of health insurance
    It is a legal requirement that students at a state or state-recognised higher education institution must provide proof of sufficient health insurance cover for the entire period of study. Unfortunately, we cannot enrol you without this proof.
    Do you have statutory health insurance?
    Then submit an insurance certificate from your insurance company.
    Do you have private health insurance?
    In this case, you are either "exempt from insurance" or "exempt from compulsory insurance".
    In this case, contact a statutory insurance company and submit the insurance certificate of your private insurance company. You will receive either a "proof of exemption from insurance" or a "notice of exemption".
    Please submit this proof and the insurance certificate of your private insurance to us. You are also welcome to send us your proof of health insurance by e-mail.
  2. Student ID and semester ticket
    In order to receive your student ID and semester ticket, you must submit the following documents for enrolment:
    Original or certified copy of your school-leaving certificate (for Bachelor's students) or your Bachelor's certificate (for Master's students)
    Proof of health insurance (see above)
    Missing application documents (if applicable according to the study contract)
  3. Certificate of enrolment
    We will send you your first matriculation certificate by post. For all subsequent semesters, you will find it in Campus-Net, our student lifecycle tool, about one month before the new semester starts.
  4. The student ID card
    A passport photo is required for the production of your student ID card (Frontal view, shoulders and head visible, neutral facial expression if possible).
    If you have not yet submitted your passport photo, please send it to us in jpg format by email:
  5. Semesterticket
    Your NRW semester ticket is a voluntary add-on from the university for the duration of the standard period of study. The costs for attendance and dual students are borne by our university and are not included in the tuition fees. If you are a distance student, you will receive the ticket on request and within the scope of the Deutsche Bahn student tariff. If you do not use the ticket, you are not entitled to a refund or other compensation. The semester ticket entitles you to use all buses and trains within the area of validity of the tariffs of the transport associations and communities as well as all trains of the local transport system in NRW. These are basically all buses, trams, city trains and underground trains that are free of surcharges, as well as trains of the regional passenger rail system (SPNV). The use of the 1st carriage class in the SPNV is also excluded against payment of a surcharge.
  6. Transfer of fees
    You will find an overview of the tuition fees to be paid and the corresponding payment modalities in your study contract (Annex Fee Schedule). If you have any further questions regarding the payment of fees, please contact:

How do I get to Leverkusen?

If you want to travel to Germany by plane, we recommend that you choose Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN) or Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) as your destination. In Germany the most important service provider in the railroad sector is Deutsche Bahn (DB).

From Cologne/Bonn Airport to Leverkusen Central Station the journey takes about 35 minutes (you have to change trains in between).

From Düsseldorf Airport to Leverkusen central station: The journey takes about 35 minutes (you have to change trains in between): The journey time with a direct train is about 25 minutes.

From Frankfurt Airport to Leverkusen: You have several options to choose from, but please note that there is no direct connection. You will need to change trains at least once (duration approx.: 90-165 minutes).

Before you take a train to Leverkusen, please make sure to have a valid ticket. You can purchase a train ticket using one of the following two ways: either by buying a ticket from an automatic ticket machine at the train station, or by buying an online ticket before your arrival. You can save the train ticket as an online ticket (PDF) on your mobile device, load it into the DB Navigator app or take it with you on your journey as a printout.

You can choose between a regional train called 'RE' or a long-distance, inter city express train called 'IC' or 'ICE'. Please find more information on all booking option of the Deutsche Bahn, payment methods, ticket exchange and refund as well as your passenger rights here.
Please note: You will receive your semester ticket after your arrival at our University of Applied Sciences.

How do I get a visa

Once you receive the admission letter, it is time to apply for your German student visa. Typically, it takes 6 to 12 weeks to complete the process. This means, the sooner you start the visa process, the easier it will be.

A German student visa is necessary for all international students who want to participate in full-time academic studies. Students of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), and Swiss nationals can study without a visa.

Suppose you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, or the United States. In that case, you can enter Germany without a visa and stay for three months. Notice, you will need to apply for a residence permit if you wish to remain in Germany for more than three months (this is a temporary visa that will let you finish your academic studies).

Here you can find a list of the countries for which a visa is required to enter Germany:

When can I apply for a German student visa?
You can apply for a student visa as soon as you have received the admission letter from the university. You should apply at least three months before the semester start.

Which visa type do I need to apply for as a full-time student?
You need to apply for a national visa (category D Visa). Category (D) visa is necessary for anyone who wants to stay in Germany for more than 90 days. The application cost is EUR 75 (as of 2021).

What is the student visa process?

  1. Fill out the Germany student visa application form
  2. Have all the required documents ready
  3. Schedule an appointment
  4. Go for the interview at the visa application center
  5. Pay the student visa fees
  6. Submit biometrics
  7. Wait for the approval

What are the required documents for the student visa?

  • Certificates of past academic achievements
  • The acceptance letter from the German university
  • Your passport
  • two recent biometric photographs (3.5 cm by 4.5 cm)
  • A proof of health insurance for the first three months in Germany (travel insurance will be sufficed here)
  • A proof of financial resources

What kind of financial proof do I need to submit?*
One of the main criteria to applying for a student visa in Germany is proof of finances. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Germany international students must have access to finance themselves at EUR 861/ month, EUR 10,332/ year as of 2021. The embassy will ask you to provide proof of EUR 10,332 to suffice yourself during your travel first year. There are many ways to deliver this proof:

  1. Most international students open a blocked bank account. You can transfer the sum of EUR 10,332 to a local bank in Germany and only withdraw EUR 861/month. There are many officially recognized banks and service providers for expats in Germany who offer this service. More information about recognized banks and third-party providers you can find here:
  2. Another option is a Verpflichtungserklärung: someone from your family/friends in Germany can sponsor all your expenses
  3. You can present a scholarship award
  4. You can show proof of bank guarantee

* all amounts: as of 2021.

For how long will my visa be granted?
Initially, the Student Visa is only granted for 90/180 days for all students. Once you are in Germany you can apply for a residence permit at the local Immigration office in your city.

How do I apply for a residence permit?
To apply for a residence permit you will need to show proof of:

  • Your enrolment
  • A registered address
  • A health Insurance
  • A blocked bank account- to show that you have means to financially support yourself while in Germany

This process will be done at your city’s local immigration office (Ausländerbehörde).

Can I work as an international student?
EU/EEA and Switzerland national students can work for maximum of 20 hours/week during a semester. The other International students can work up to 120 full days or 240 half days.

What happens to my student visa after completing my studies?
After completing your degree you can apply for a new permit- either for a job (if you have already found one) or for job search. With a job search visa you must provide proof of your awarded degree. This visa will be valid for 18 months. Also, you must ensure about your living expense and health insurance during this time. You can also work freely during this time without any restrictions.

How do I find accommodation?

As soon as you plan your journey to Leverkusen, feel free to look around on these websites. Here you can search for private accommodation in shared flats. This will help you a bit further in your search for suitable accommodation.
In Cologne, we cooperate with the accommodation provider.* If you’re interested the student service can give you more information after your enrolment.

* as of 2021

What do I need in terms of living costs in Leverkusen?

Estimated monthly expensis (the monthly expenses are estimates and depend on you personal living-style)​

  • Accommodation:  ~ € 330 – 500
  • Health insurance: ~ € 105​
  • Food and other expenses: ~ € 250 – 300​
    = € 700 - 900

What kind of health insurance do I need?

As per German law international students in Germany are required to have health insurance during their studies. Without German health insurance you will be unable to start your studies.

There are two types of health insurance in Germany

  1. Compulsory health insurance
  2. Private insurance

If you are a student under the age of 30, you can enjoy public health insurance benefits.

You are not required to get health insurance if you come from the EU, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Tunisia, and Turkey. Public health insurance from these countries is valid in Germany. However, it is always best to contact your home country’s health insurance provider to ensure your health insurance is covered in Germany. It is mandatory to have German public health insurance if you find a student job or paid internship.

You are not eligible for the public health insurance if

  • you are 30+ years old
  • your home country’s health insurance is recognised in Germany
  • you are not enrolled in a degree programme
  • have a scholarship

More information will be sent to you by student service after your enrolment.

How do I find a company/practice partner for the thesis/practice phases/internships?

As an SRH student, you will make many contacts with companies or practical partners during your studies due to your many practical phases. For this reason, it should not be difficult to find a partner for internships or for the last practical semester. Most companies and organisations are desperately looking for Bachelor's and Master's students. They regularly send the university job advertisements, which you can find on the university notice board.

If you do not find a company, please contact your supervising professors in good time. They will use their networks to help you find a suitable company or practical partner.

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