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International Incoming Students Arrival & Residence

Be prepared
Your travel plans to Germany

Nothing will stand in your way with a Student visa

If you need a student-visa, you should begin planning at least three months prior to the beginning of your study programme.

In case you are not sure whether or not you are in need of a visa in order to travel to Germany, contact the local German embassy in your country of residence. Here you will find a list of all German embassies and consulates with foreign offices.

Please be sure to apply for a student-visa (D) and therefore an entry-visa with a validity of 90 days.

To apply for a student-visa, you must provide proof of an escrow account with 8000 € (12 x 659 €), a declaration of commitment or a scholarship.

A sure thing – Your residency permit Start your international study programme carefree

After your arrival in Dresden, you will have 90 days to apply for your residency permit at the city clerk’s office. You may sign up for an appointment to register in the city of Dresden online. Please make sure to provide your passport or personal I.D. in order to register at the city clerk’s office.

After a successful registration at the city clerk’s office, you may then apply for a residency permit at the Foreigner Affairs Office. Appointments can be made by E-Mail. Certain Dokumente are required by the Foreign Affairs Office.

Are you still looking for accommodation in Dresden? Have a look at our cosy Residence Hall.

For your finances – How to open a German bank account

All information as to how to open a German bank account can be found on the website of the Deutschen Bank. The forms must be filled in and reviewed by the German Embassy. The original forms can then be sent to the following address:

Deutsche Bank
Ausländische Studenten
Alter Wall 53
20457 Hamburg

Unfortunately there is not an individual contact person at the Deutsche Bank, therefore you are best advised to contact them by E-Mail.

A good idea Working in Dresden

Your residency permit as an international student allows you to work 120 full days or 240 half-days in Germany each year. Up to four hours of work count as a half-day.

Should you not require a residency permit, there is no limit to the number of hours you may work. 

The minimum wage in Germany is set at 8.50 € / hour. In the restaurant industry there are many possibilities to earn additional tips.

Please be advised when applying for jobs, that many part-time jobs in Dresden will require a basic knowledge of the German language.

Our Career Services can assist you in the search for a part-time job. Additionally, we organise a Part-Time Job Fair at the beginning of each winter semester.

Quality Insurance – so you are on the safe side

After your arrival in Germany, you are required to subscribe to a German health insurance plan. Our International Office is happy to help you by providing information about the possible health insurance companies. Once you have received your visa, you can even sign up by e-mail from your home country.

During orientation week you will have the opportunity to meet with a representative from an insurance company. They will be able to give you an insight into the German health insurance system.

Our International Office is happy to help at any time, should you have further questions.

Do you have any questions? Then contact us.

Julia Brendler


Service Desk, Deputy Administration Management, Student Service, International Office
Telephone +49 351 407617-22 Send an email