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Did you receive your letter of admission? Oh, great. Now it is time to plan your studies at SRH in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Prepare your studies FAQ for you

Here are some important points to figure out. Everything about travelling, arriving, accommodation, health insurance, corona situation, visa and more. We have put together the most important questions for you!

How do I get to Hamm?

If you are planning to travel to Germany by plane, we recommend to choose Frankfurt Airport (FRA) or Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) as destination. In Germany the 'Deutsche Bahn' (DB) is the biggest rail provider.

There is a very good train connection to Hamm Westfalen Hbf. Travelling with the DB from Düsseldorf Airport there is a direct train connection to Hamm Westfalen (duration approx.: 80 minutes).

Starting your journey from Frankfurt Airport you have several options to choose from. But please note that you will have to change the train at least once (duration approx.: 160 - 270 minutes).

Before you take a train to Hamm, 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.

Another option to travel to Hamm City is via a private shuttle service.

Please note: You will receive your semester ticket after your arrival at our University of Applied Sciences.

Local route network Hamm (Westfalen)

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.

Local route network Leverkusen

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: Overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany - Federal Foreign Office (auswaertiges-amt.de)

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: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/02-lernen-und-arbeiten/sperrkonto-seite
  2. Another option is 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.

With our all-round solutions, you can rent an apartment while you are still in your home country and directly start living and feeling good when you arrive in Germany. In cooperation with our partner we offer single rooms for a fair price. Bus lines 30 and 31 depart from accommodation every quarter hour. The fastest bus line only needs 15 minutes to get to the university.

Accomodation in Leverkusen

As soon as you plan your journey to Leverkusen, we will provide websites to look at for private accommodation in shared flats and help you in finding the right 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

All information regarding our accommodation service in Hamm

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

  • Accommodation:  ~ € 300 – 450 (for example at our partner!)​
  • Health insurance: ~ € 105​
  • Food and other expenses: ~ € 250 – 300​
    = € 700 - 900

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 much does life cost in Hamm?

You should expect the following costs of living in Hamm:

  • Accommodation: approx. EUR 350/month
  • Health insurance: approx. EUR 110/month
  • Food and other expenses: approx. EUR 250-300/month

Information as of 2021.

Please note that the costs depend on your personal lifestyle. Since you will be receiving the semester travel ticket, study related conveyance will be free.

How much does life cost in Leverkusen?

You should expect the following costs of living in Leverkusen:

  • Accommodation: approx. EUR 450/month
  • Health insurance: approx. EUR 110/month
  • Food and other expenses: approx. EUR 250-300/month

Information as of 2021.

Please note that the costs depend on your personal lifestyle. Since you will be receiving the semester travel ticket, study related conveyance will be free.

During your stay in Europe you will need a bank account, e.g., to receive your scholarship, handle rental payments and telephone bills. You can open a bank account in the branch offices of any banking organizations in Germany, e.g., Sparkasse, Deutsche Bank or Hypovereinsbank.

The documents you need to bring with you when you go to a bank are:

  • Your passport/ID
  • The registration of your residential address, also called ‘city registration’. (Anmeldung)
  • Your enrolment certificate (not your admission letter)

To open an account: Bring your documents to a bank branch and ask the staff member at the bank counter to open a bank account for you. You need to fill an application form and usually sign some additional documents, e.g., the online banking application. Depending on your account, in the following weeks, you will receive via post, e.g., a bank card, PIN, online banking password and online banking TAN.

If you have already opened a German bank account in your own country, you still need to activate it in a bank branch office upon your arrival.

German blocked bank account

For your student visa you need to provide proof that you have enough money for the regular study fees at your disposal. Please have a look at “What kind of financial proof do I need to submit?” under “Visa”.

Due to the current situation, the summer semester 2021 will be taught in a hybrid model. For you, this means that you will have on-campus seminars as well as online seminars. By implementing this study mode we can ensure that hygiene measures, such as distancing between individual persons, are implemented correctly and that you, your fellow students, teachers and staff are protected.

Your chance
Your chance

ALLSTAY-Scholarship

For our scholarship program, we are looking for people who are passionate about pursuing their goals, as we believe that the success of a scholarship program depends very much on the motivation and dedication of its holders. Do you fulfil our requirements and would like to take part in our program? Check the application criteria below to find out whether you qualify to apply to our ALLSTAY-scholarship.

Requirements
To be able to apply for the ALLSTAY-scholarship you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You are a student at the SRH and will be in the 1st or 2nd semester of a study course with an international focus at the beginning of the scholarship period (1 October).
  • You can show us some outstanding achievements (these can be related to your work, academic record, sport activities, or other areas).
  • You are dedicated, motivated and would like to take on social responsibilities.

How to apply
Applications will be accepted up until the 31st of October each year and can be submitted online only.

After the application deadline has ended, the university will inform you whether or not you are invited to a selection interview. A special committee will then select students for the scholarship based on the selection interviews and applications. The final decision is made after an internal review process which may take some time. The new scholarship holders will be accepted into the program on the 1st of October of each year.

  1. Online application (CV with maximum length of one page, motivational letter with a maximum length of half a page, a current overview of your grades if available or otherwise your most recent school leaving certificate).
  2. Pre-selection by selection committee.
  3. Invitations for selection interviews.
  4. Final selection by steering committee.

Funding conditions
The university awards the ALLSTAY-scholarships for the standard period of study until students have completed their studies, but for a maximum of two years for a master’s course and three years for a bachelor’s course. The university expects scholarship holders to fulfil their academic potential (gaining all ECTS required per semester). This will be evaluated by the university each semester. Should a student’s academic achievements fall below expectations, the university reserves the right to end the scholarship prematurely.

Your contact for questions regarding scholarship