Pre-departure Checklist

At home

While still at home you should prepare and obtain:

  • Non-EU citizens: passport (valid for the entire period that you will be spending in Germany), EU citizens: passport or national identity card
  • Non-EU citizens: visa for educational purposes or a visa for university applicants, not a tourist visa and not an au-pair visa!
  • The letter of admission  (or confirmation of application) including a bank form for the student services fee - for further information please click here
  • Non-EU citizens: Proof of financial resources
  • EU citizens: European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • List of vaccination certificates, if you have one. Check at the German diplomatic missions whether you need any vaccinations.
  • An international driving license
    If you plan to drive a car in Germany you'll need a international driving license. In case you arrive by car, please note that an emissions sticker (Feinstaubplakette) is required for your car. Further information about the conditions and how to obtain an emissions sticker is available on the websites of Stadt Stuttgart (in German only) and TÜV Süd.
  • Recent passport photographs (at least 6)

Things to keep in mind before you leave

  • Medicines you might regularly need, travellers‘ cheques, some cash for your arrival, a sleeping bag (bed linen and coverlets are not provided in the student dorms!), for all electrical appliances you will need a 220 Volt adaptor.

The day of arrival

  • When planning your journey you should try to ensure that you do not arrive at the week-end because banks and public administrative offices are closed from Friday afternoon until Monday morning and you will not be able to move into your student residence. Shops usually shut about 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and they are closed all day Sundays.

Useful information for visiting program students in exchange programs