Documents you'll need to bring

Many matters can now be dealt with online, for example, you can usually complete your enrolment completely online.
In some cases, however, it will still be helpful if you bring a few original documents with you to Germany. In particular, you should bring your civil status documents (passport, marriage certificate, etc.) with you, as you will need to present them when registering at the Citizens' Registration Office (Bürgeramt) or the Foreigners Office ("Ausländerbehörde").

Below we list some documents that might be useful for your stay in Germany:


Documents that you should bring with you

  • Passport or personal ID document
  • Several passport photographs (note: these must conform to the rules for biometric passports)
  • If applicable, officially certified copies of your doctoral degree certificate, if possible with a German or English translation
  • Insurance documentation, if possible with a German or English translation
  • if applicable, your international vaccination card
  • If applicable, your international driving licence
  • If applicable, your marriage certificate
  • If applicable, birth certificate(s) of your child(ren)
  • If applicable, the most recent school report for your child/children
  • Copies of all documents that you have either already submitted or will be bringing with you
  • If applicable, documentation on pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities
    If needed, please also contact our Contact Point for studying with disabilities (also offers support for employees and teaching staff)