After your Arrival

Formalities and first Steps

  • Welcome Guide

    'Welcome Guides' demonstrate intercultural openess

    More than half of the students on the Dessau campus have an international background. It is therefore not surprising that this is also where international students are engaged in supporting other people from abroad who are coming to stay and study in Dessau. 

    In cooperation with the Integration Bureau of the city of Dessau-Roßlau as well as the St. Johannis GmbH, the students of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences subsequently researched and designed the so-called 'Willkommenskompass' (Welcome Guide), which is essentially a multi-lingual guide for people who are new to Dessau-Roßlau. 

    The guide features guidance and advice for everyday life in the city as well as establishes an overview of the various support services and institutions the city has to offer.

    The Willkommenskompass is already available in four languages and is scheduled to get translated into even more languages.

    To download the guide please click here.

  • Registration with the City

    Within 7 days after their arrival in Germany and before enrollment, all students must register with the registration office of the city they will live in in the future.


    Usually the following papers will be required:

    •          Registration form - available at the registration office
    •          Landlord certificate from the landlord / dormitory - also from the registration office
    •          Passport


    You only can register with a fixed address, a youth hostel or pension does not count.
    You will find contact details and opening hours of the registration authorities here.

     

    Registration Office Bernburg

    Schlossgartenstraße 16, D-06406 Bernburg

    Tel: +49 3471 6590

    Opening Hours:

    Monday, Wednsday and Friday: 09:00-12:00

    Tuesday: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00

    Thursday: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

     

    Registration Office Dessau

    Zerbster Straße 4, D-06844 Dessau-Roßlau

    Tel: +49 340 2041933

    Opening Hours:

    Monday: 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-16:00

    Tuesday and Thursday: 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-18:00

    Wednsday and Friday: 08:00-12:00



    Registration Office Köthen

    Wallstraße 1-5, D-06366 Köthen

    Tel: +49 3496 425205

    Opening Hours:

    Monday and Friday: 09:00-12:00

    Tuesday: 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-18:00

    Thursday: 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:00

  • German bank account

    It is recommendable to open a German bank account. It will be needed quite often: to transfer the tuition, the rent, the health insurance contribution, etc. You can open a bank account at any German commercial bank. Please ask if the bank charges fees for opening or maintaining the account or issuing a debit card.

     

    Usually the following papers will be required:

    •          Passport
    •          Charge for account opening
  • Residence permit (students from non-EU countries)

    If you have received your visa for Germany from your home country, you are entitled to stay in Germany for 90 days (3 months). You must then submit an application for a residence permit to the immigration office within this 90 days.
    The application for the residence permit can take up to 4 weeks, sometimes 6 weeks. Therefore you must submit all necessary documents 4-6 weeks before your visa expires.
    If you can not submit everything in time, contact the immigration office immediately and inform them.
    Submit the application for residence permit to the respective immigration office:


    Bernburg, Dessau, Köthen


    When you have registered with the Foreigners Registration Office, you will receive a certificate of residence (certificate of freedom of movement / residence card).
    Within 3 months of entry you must prove that your entry and residence are legal and that you can take advantage of the right of free movement.
    For the application you must submit:

    •         The completed application for a residence permit
    •         Your current and valid passport
    •         1 current biometric photo (this must not be older than 6 months)
    •         The certificate of enrollment from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
    •         Bank statement proving that you have enough money to live in Germany
    •         Proof of existing health insurance coverage (for example European Health Insurance Card)


    Your entry visa is valid for a maximum of three months.
    For the duration of your study stay in Germany, you must apply for a residence permit at the
    Foreigners Immigration Office.
    If all the information and documents are available, the processing and issuing of the electronic residence permit take at least 3-4 weeks.
    Please keep that in mind when you receive your entry visa.
    If your visa expires and your residence permit has not yet been issued, you are staying in Germany illegally.
    Therefore please apply for a residence permit not later than 14 days after your arrival in Germany.

     


    foreigners office Bernburg

    Friedensallee 25, 06406 Bernburg

    Tel: +49 3471 6841316

    Opening Hours:

    Tuesday: 09:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00

    Thursday: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

    Friday: 09:00-12:00

    Website



    foreigners office Dessau

    Zerbster Straße 4, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau

    Tel: +49 340 204 2033

    Opening Hours:

    Tuesday: 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:30

    Thursday: 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30

    Website



    foreigners office Köthen

    Am Flugplatz 1, 06366 Köthen

    Tel: +49 3596 601513, -1514, -1509

    Opening Hours:

    Tuesday: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00

    Thursday: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00

    Friday: 09:00-12:00

    Website


     
    Fees

    Costs of applying for a residence permit:

    Application for residence permit: 100 €

    Extension of the residence permit: 96 €

    Cash only.


    Exceptions

    If you are a recipient of a scholarship from public funds then these fees are eliminated. You must show the scholarship certificate. Please contact the immigration office to make sure that this exemption applies to you.

  • Freedom of movement (EU-citizens)

    As a student from the EU, you can enter Germany without a visa and you don't need a residence permit - an ID-card from your home country is sufficient.

    Nonetheless, within 3 months of entry you must prove that your entry and residence are legal and that you can take advantage of the right of free movement.
    For the application you must submit:

    •         The completed application for a residence permit
    •         Your current and valid passport
    •         1 current biometric photo (this must not be older than 6 months)
    •         The certificate of enrollment from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
    •         A bank statement proving that you have enough money to live in Germany
    •         Proof of existing health insurance coverage (for example European Health Insurance Card)

    Submit the application to the respective immigration office.

  • Enrollment at the University

    Step 1:

    Admission

    Admission at Anhalt University

    Your personal admission letter for Anhalt University (Zulassung) will be sent to you after your application has been successfully processed. You need to have an admission letter and applicant number (Bewerbungsnummer) for a successful enrollment.

    Step 2:

    Paying semester contribution

    Paying semester contribution (Semesterbeitrag)
    Payment of the semester contribution is compulsory for all students upon enrolment at Anhalt University

     

    This fee is made up of contributions towards student services (Studentenwerk) (€ 70.00) and

    a voluntary fee for the membership in the student union (Studierendenschaft) (€ 6.00).

    It may be necessary to pay further contributions for your degree program your university, please ask if this applies to you too.

     

    Step 2a:

    Bank transfer of semester contribution

    Please transfer your contribution to the following bank account:

     

    recipient: Hochschule Anhalt

    bank: Deutsche Bundesbank

    IBAN: DE35 8100 0000 0081 0015 39

    BIC: MARKDEF1810

     

    Fill reference field of your transfer as follows:

    Application number (Bewerbernummer), Surname (Nachname), First name (Vorname), Study Code (Studiumsabkürzung)

     

    example: 567891, Smith, Anton, BWL

     

    Note:

    Processing (transfer) may take up to 3 working days.

    Only when your money has been received at university, your registration will be continued.

     

    Step 3:

    Finish enrolment/ get your student ID

    Register for student ID and enrolment papers (Studierendenausweis / Immatrikulationsbescheinigung) in person after your arrival in Köthen.

     

    In addition to what you have been told to hand in with your admission package, you will need:

    1) Copy of your admission letter (Zulassungsschreiben)

    2) Copy of your passport / national ID (for EU citizens)

    3) Proof of sufficient health insurance check here

    4) Proof of having transferred the semester contribution of € 76.00

    5) Non-EU students: Residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel)

    6) biometric, passport-sized photo (for student ID)

     

    The enrollment must have been paid by 15. September for the winter semester and 15. March for the summer semester!