EU nationals and nationals of certain countries (e.g., Australia, Great Britain, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Canada, Liechtenstein, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States) do not need a visa to enter Germany.
Students from other coutries will need a valid visa to enter Germany!
If you enter Germany from a non-EU country, you must prove you have sufficient financial resources when you apply for the visa. If you can enter Germany without a visa, you can prove you have sufficient financial resources when you apply for a residence permit.
Please check further information:
on the prove of the financial resources (Finanzierungsnachweis) and the German blocked bank account
on visa and entry formalities at: The Hamburg Welcome Portal and Federal Foreign Office
Students from non-EU countries who hold a valid residence title issued by another EU Member State for study purposes, may enter Germany and study in Germany up to 360 days!
However, the German university, in this case the TUHH, must notify the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of your stay beforehand. In any case, the notification should be received in full 30 days before your entry.
If your exchange stay falls under this mobility regulation, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can take the necessary steps.
Contact person: Eva Turos/eva.turos(at)tuhh(dot)de or internationaloffice(at)tuhh(dot)de
Further information: https://www.bamf.de/EN/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/MobilitaetEU/MobilitaetStudent/mobilitaet-student-node.html
You must apply for a residence permit at the local Immigration Office within the period for which your national visa is valid :
at the Aliens Registration Office , the Welcome Center Hamburg or one of the District Immigration Authorities directly!
Please refer to the page:
Legal Advice at AStA (TUHH)
Students at TUHH are automatically insured for legal protection. The legal advice is regularly offered by a lawyer at ASTA's office. Following fields of law are covered:
- General administrative rights protection
- Real estate
- Damages and compensation for damages
- Employment Law
Public Legal Advice (ÖRA)
Hamburg residents with low income can turn to ÖRA for low-cost legal consultation, dispute settlement and mediation assistance in all legal fields.
Bucerius Law Clinic
The Law Clinic is a cooperation of Bucerius Law School and Diakonie Hamburg. Law students who wish to use their skills and knowledge offer free legal advice for people in need of legal counselling. The focus of the advisory activity is on social justice, immigration law, family law and labor law.
Further information (English)
Website Law Clinic (German)
Refugee Law Clinic
The Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg (RLC) is a student initiative at the University of Hamburg (UHH). Law students are trained to give free legal advice for refugees.
There are many student organisations and special mentoring programmes on- and off campus, which can pair you up with tutor or personal mentor. These are experienced students who can accompany you to the registration offices, help solve everyday problems and answer study-related questions etc. Just check following organisations:
The Hamburg- City- Hall organises- every year in January- a traditional reception for newcomers and invites all international students new to Hamburg! Joining the event is a great opportunity to get to know the senator Katharina Fegebank personally, to catch up with fellow international students from Hamburgs universities and to exchange views and experiences.
The TUHH supports the National Code of Conduct for German Universities Regarding International Students.
This Code of Conduct aims to ensure that students from abroad receive the quality of support and advice needed when studying in Germany. The guiding principle is, wherever possible, to grant international students the same rights as are available to German or EU students. Any non-compliance with the National Code of Conduct could be reported to Nicole Frei, Manager of Internationalisation at TUHH.
honouring international students demonstrating exceptional social and intercultural commitment as well as exceptional academic prowess, has been around at TUHH for more than ten years!
More information on nomination criteria here
2011- Aisharya Brahma 2012 - Alain Roland Tazo
2013 - Sam Gachkar 2014 - Vanessa Romero Bonilla
2015 - Moses Ogun Kolade 2016 - Deepak Prakash
2017- Raquel Gonzalez Gomez 2018 - Paramesh Ponnappadas Santhini
2019 - Bruna Ribeiro Mello Alves 2020 - Sribaleji Setlur
2021 - Matthew Shidner
2021 - Oleksandra Raibova
Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI (Studierendenwerk Hamburg
The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI at the Studierendenwerk Hamburg assists you in resolving social, personal and economic issues that arise in connection with your studies.
Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg (consumer protection agency)
The consumer protection agency Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg can advise you on many topics, such as broadcasting fees, insurance policies, and mobile phone contracts. See the Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg’s multilingual brochures for an overview of topics.
ÖRA (public legal advice)
Legal consultation is available in all areas of the law. Anyone with a low income and who lives or works in Hamburg can get legal advice.
Mieter helfen Mietern (advocacy organization for renters)
This organization helps tenants who have problems with the rental contracts or landlords. Based on the supporting documents you provide, lawyers will answer your questions, clarify your rights, and help you formulate letters.
Women’s advising services
The women’s advising service supports women in matters related to marriage/partnership, family, separation, divorce, single motherhood, violence, and workplace conflicts.