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Matriculation


In order to take up a course of study at the University of Freiburg, you must be officially matriculated as a student.

In the following we would like to familiarize you with the registration procedure at the University of Freiburg.

If you have a letter of acceptance from the University of Freiburg, please include a copy of it with your application for matriculation. Please note that your matriculation must be completed before the deadline listed on your letter of acceptance.

If you have been accepted to a Pharmacie, Medicine or Dentistry degree program by the Foundation for University Admissions (hochschulstart.de), you must apply for matriculation at the Registration Office before the deadline set by hochschulstart.de. It is not enough to simply submit the acceptance stub from hochschulstart.de. International applicants with foreign higher education entrance qualification must provide evidence of sufficient German language skills in order to matriculate, e.g., DHS 2 or 3, TestDaF level 4 or 5, or a passing grade on an equivalent language examination (www.uni-freiburg.de/go/individuell).


Only valid for German students:
If you have been accepted to a field of study/degree program without admissions restrictions, you may matriculate directly at the university Registration Office until 5th October 2018 without applying beforehand. See the list of fields/degree programs without admissions restrictions.

You may apply for matriculation either in writing or in person. If you are unable to matriculate in person, e.g., if you are not in Freiburg during the matriculation period, you may give a person you trust (e.g., a parent or sibling) a written power of attorney to matriculate in your name. In this case, the power of attorney must be included with your matriculation documents.

Matriculation for International Students


After you have received your letter of acceptance to the University of Freiburg, the next step before beginning your studies is matriculation. International students matriculate at the International Admissions and Services Department (IAS) of the Student Service Center. Please visit us during the matriculation period indicated on your letter of acceptance.

In the following, detailed information on the matriculation procedure and other important information is provided. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Service Center Studium – International Admissions and Services
Sedanstr. 6
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)761 203-4246
international@service.uni-freiburg.de
www.ias.uni-freiburg.de
Office hours: Mo - Thu 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and Thu 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Further information for international students can be found in the Guide for International Students

Matriculation at a glance

What documents do you need to bring with you to matriculation?

  • your letter of acceptance
  • a certificate providing evidence of German statutory health insurance coverage or an exemption from the health insurance requirement
  • a receipt confirming payment of your student fees and administrative fees; you can pay the fees directly with an EC card (with PIN) when you matriculate
  • 1 passport photo
  • if you have already studied in Germany: course transcript booklet from your former German university (exmatriculation certificate) and any certificates you earned from examinations at that university
  • matriculation form (full time or short time); you will receive this form from us when you come to matriculate
  • If any other documents are mentioned in your letter of acceptance, such as a certificate from a student orientation test or a language certificate, please don’t forget to bring them with you!
  • if you are a non-EU citizen: your passport with a valid visa


When and where does matriculation take place?

  • You may matriculate from 17 September to 11 October 2018 at the Student Service Center – International Admissions and Services, Sedanstr. 6, 79098 Freiburg, on the first floor. Matriculation for the state examination programs in Human Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy ends on 4 October 2018. The office hours for matriculation are Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Thurs. from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Please come to the Student Service Center in person during the matriculation period and bring along all of the documents listed above. There is an information desk for international students at the Student Service Center, where you can receive help on all matters concerning matriculation.


German Language Test (DSH)

  • Your letter of acceptance informs you whether you will have to take the DSH before matriculating. If this is the case, you cannot matriculate until you have received your score for the DSH (at least DSH 2). The University of Freiburg’s Language Teaching Centre (SLI) offers the DSH for a fee of 100 euros. The written part of the test will be held at lecture hall 2001 in Collegiate Building II (KG II) at 9 a.m. on 24 September 2018. The oral part of the test will be held on 1 and 2 October 2018.
  • The SLI is also offering a preparatory course for the DSH from 13 to 21 September 2018. The course fee is 80 euros for students who have received a letter of acceptance from the University of Freiburg.
  • More information


Student orientation test

  • Applicants for undergraduate degree programs at the University of Freiburg (bachelor or state examination) must submit proof that they have taken a test to help them choose the right field of study. This is an online test that you can take from the comfort of your own home. It is not a test you can “fail.” You just need to confirm that you have taken it. To do so, just take the test online and print out the certificate of participation, which is generated automatically when you finish the test. If you didn’t include the certificate of participation with your application documents, please bring it with you when you matriculate.
  • List of available student orientation tests

Visa and residency permit

Now that you have received your letter of acceptance, you can organize the formalities of your trip to Germany. Please apply for a visa at an agency of the German government in your native country. Most applicants receive a “Certificate to Present to Embassies and Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany” (a “Sichtvermerk”) along with their letter of acceptance to simplify the application process. Applicants from China, Vietnam, and Mongolia must first contact the APS (“Akademische Prüfstelle”).

If you are not an EU citizen, you must apply for a residency permit at the Immigration Office of the City of Freiburg before your visa expires (or, if you live outside of Freiburg, at the immigration office of the “Landratsamt,” i.e., district administrative office). Please make sure to take your passport, your letter of acceptance, passport photos, and evidence of adequate financial means.

A piece of advice from us: Please do not enter Germany with a tourist visa or a Schengen visa for visiting or business purposes!

Upon arrival in Freiburg, you must register as a resident at the Resident Registration Office of the City of Freiburg (or, if you live outside of Freiburg, with the local authorities of your municipality).

Office hours:

Resident Registration Office of the City of Freiburg (Bürgeramt):
Fehrenbachallee 12, 79106 Freiburg, service desk
Monday, Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.
Saturday by appointment only
Phone: +49 (0)761 201-0
buergeramt@stadt.freiburg.de
http://www.freiburg.de/pb/,Lde/205252.html

Immigration Office of the City of Freiburg (Ausländerbehörde):
Berliner Allee 1, 79114 Freiburg
Service desk office hours:
Mon., Tues. & Fri.: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Wed.: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Fri.: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m
auslaenderbehoerde@stadt-freiburg.de
http://www.freiburg.de/pb/,Lde/205368.html
Municipal authorities (if you live outside of Freiburg):
Please inquire with the municipal authorities or the town hall of the city in which you live to find out their office hours.
Immigration Office of the District Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald (if you live outside of Freiburg):
Stadtstraße 2, 79104 Freiburg
Monday and Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Health insurance

During the matriculation procedure, we make sure that you have health insurance coverage.

If you are from an EU country or one of several other European countries and have a “European Health Insurance Card” (EHIC), you do not need to apply for additional insurance in Germany. However, you must take your EHIC to a statutory health insurance agency upon arrival in Freiburg and request a certificate confirming that you are exempt from the health insurance requirement. You have to provide this certificate at matriculation.

If you have a private insurance policy in your native country, you must also obtain a certificate from a statutory health insurance agency in Freiburg confirming that you are exempt from the health insurance requirement. You are required to submit this document at matriculation. This also applies to recipients of DAAD scholarships who are insured over the DAAD.

The exemption from the statutory health insurance requirement is binding for your entire course of study in Germany. This means that you may not decide to switch from a private to a statutory health insurance agency during your studies.

Please note: Under German law, holders of the EHIC generally only receive care that is necessary from a medical standpoint in the case of illness.

If you do not have insurance that is valid in Germany, you must take out insurance with a German health insurance company. You will then receive a certificate of insurance, which you have to present when enrolling at the University of Freiburg. The fee for students up to the age of 30 or up to the 14th semester costs approx. 80 Euro per month, after that the fee increases to at least 160 Euro per month.

Overview of the public health insurance companies in Freiburg

Student Fees

You have to pay administrative and student activity fees as well as a student government fee to the amount of 155 euros when you matriculate (short-term students: 148 euros). Erasmus students and students who are participating in an exchange program coordinated by the International Office pay 78 euros per semester.

In addition, the government of the state of Baden-Württemberg has implemented student fees amounting to 1.500 Euro per semester from winter semester 2017/18. Affected are students who are not citizens of a membering state of the European Union, or from Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and who wish to undertake a Bachelor, Master or State Examination degree program. Enclosed is a separate payment request (notification of fees)
Detailed information regarding possibilities for being exempt from paying fees

How can you pay the fees?

  • By bank transfer: Please transfer the fees to the account of the Financial Transactions Office at Baden-Württembergische Bank Stuttgart, IBAN DE71 6005 0101 7438 508768, BIC SOLADEST600. As a payment reference for the bank transfer please enter the following data only: BEW, your application number AND your surname (for example: BEW628475Baker). Please note that your bank might charge you international transfer fees which have to be covered by you.
  • with an EC card from a German Bank account (girocard) directly when you matriculate. (You need a PIN for your card!)
  • at the university’s Financial Transactions Office (“Unikasse“) in the administrative building (Fahnenbergplatz, 79098 Freiburg, 1st floor, room 01008); office hours during the matriculation period: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. (www.zuv.uni-freiburg.de/service/barschalter). ERASMUS-Students should pay via EC card.


Until when do you have to pay the fees?

  • You have to pay the fees upon matriculation at the latest.

Living in Freiburg

In contrast to many other countries, you must find a place to live on your own if you want to study in Freiburg. This is not always easy at the start of the semester, so we recommend beginning your search as early as you can. Several ways to find a room or apartment are through classified ads, the apartment search service offered by the Studierendenwerk, or the private apartment database offered by the International Office: www.international.uni-freiburg.de/wohnen

In addition, you can apply to the Studierendenwerk for a room at a student dormitory. For more information, please visit the Studierendenwerk website

Courses and Departmental Academic Advising

In the 2018 summer term, courses (e.g., lectures, seminars, exercise courses) normally begin on 16 April 2018. You need to decide which courses you wish to take in your first semester no later than one week before the beginning of the teaching period. You can find out what courses are being offered in the university’s course catalog. To plan your schedule for the semester, we recommend contacting a departmental academic advisor for your field or fields of study. Information on departmental academic advising for all fields of study is available on the Student Portal. The departmental academic advisors can also tell you how to register for the courses you wish to take.

Almost all departments hold special introductory courses for new students. We strongly recommend that you take these courses!

If you are a short-term student or an exchange student (non-degree-seeking), please contact the international and Erasmus student representative at your department or your program coordinator for information on learning agreements and suitable courses.

The Welcome Days from the International office take place before the beginning of Lectures on 5 and on 8 October 2018. We recommend that all students new to the University take part in the welcome days.

Intercultural Mentoring

New country, new city, new university, and many questions: How do I borrow a book? Where do I find the lecture room? How do I sign up for my schedule?
If you are looking for answers to your personal and individual questions, then the Intercultural Mentoring is the right choice for you!
Our mentors (experienced students) welcome you and help you with questions about your studies. They accompany and support you at the beginning of your studies on a personal, professional, linguistic and social basis. Both mentors and mentees meet at regular intervals over the period of one semester to discuss about subject-specific topics and to develop their intercultural competences.
Intercultural Mentoring is initiated by the Student Mentoring Competence Network which intensively supports you with a get together at the beginning, workshops and trainings. At the end of the mentoring relationship you will receive a certificate for successful participation. Further information

Dates

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11.03. - 18.03.2019
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28.03. - 02.04.2019
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Higher semesters until 12. April 2019
hochschulstart Dentistry 1st clearing procedure 09.04. - 12.04.2019
hochschulstart Dentistry 2nd clearing procedure
23.04. - 26.04.2019
International Applicants Dentistry 1st semester 01.04. - 11.04.2019
International Applicants
01.04. - 18.04.2019

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