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Keep track on your pre­par­a­tions: Our Check­lists

Before arriving

  • You have applied to study abroad as an exchange student.
  • You have selected courses that you would like to take in Kassel.
  • You have completed the Learning Agreement form (Erasmus+ students only).
  • You have received your visa (if applicable).
  • You have registered for a room at one of the student halls of residence or found private accommodation elsewhere.
  • You have applied for a certificate that proves your health insurance cover in Germany (if applicable).
  • You have registered for the German language course (only if you want to).
  • You have ensured sufficient funding for your stay in Germany.
  • You have planned your journey to Kassel.
  • You have arranged an appointment for moving into your accommodation.

After arriving

  • You have registered with the Citizens' Office in Kassel/Witzenhausen.
  • You have opened your bank account.
  • You have taken out a health insurance policy (for non-EU citizens only).
  • You have applied for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office (for non-EU citizens only).
  • You have paid your semester fees.
  • You have collected your study certificate from the Admissions Office.
  • Your Learning Agreement has been signed (for Erasmus students only).
  • You have activated your UniAccount.
  • You have applied for a library card.
  • You have entered your courses on your online course list.

During the semester

  • You have taken part in the Orientation Week for international students.
  • You have taken part in the introductory session for your faculty or programme.
  • You have prepared your own timetable.
  • You have checked the International Office website for information on academic and organisational support services and campus activities.
  • You are familiar with the tutors at the International Office.
  • You know the Departmental Coordinator.
  • You know your contact person at the International Office (Marlis Fellmann).
  • You have attended the Campus Club.
  • If you want to extend your stay for another semester, you must re-register by paying the semester fees once again.

Before leaving

  • You have arranged your move out.
  • You have de-registered with the Citizens' Service Office, your health insurance company and your bank.
  • You have cancelled all other contracts, for example, with your Internet and phone provider.

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Before arriving

  • You have applied for the degree programme of your choice.
  • You have been admitted to this degree programme.
  • You have received your visa (if applicable).
  • You have registered for a room at one of the student halls of residence or found private accommodation elsewhere.
  • You have applied for a certificate that proves your health insurance cover in Germany (if applicable).
  • You have registered for the German language course (only if you want to).
  • You have ensured sufficient funding for your stay in Germany.
  • You have planned your journey to Kassel.
  • You have arranged an appointment for moving into your accommodation.

After arriving

  • You have registered with the Citizens' Office in Kassel/Witzenhausen.
  • You have opened your bank account.
  • You have taken out a health insurance policy (for non-EU citizens only).
  • You have paid your semester fees.
  • You have collected your study certificate from the Admissions Office.
  • You have activated your UniAccount.
  • You have applied for a library card.
  • You have applied for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office (for non-EU citizens only).

During the semester

  • You have taken part in the Orientation Week for international students.
  • You have taken part in the introductory session for your faculty or programme.
  • You have prepared your own timetable.
  • You have checked the International Office website for information on academic and organisational support services and campus activities.
  • You are familiar with the tutors at the International Office.
  • You know the Departmental Coordinator.
  • You have attended the Campus Club.
  • If you want to extend your stay for another semester, you must re-register by paying the semester fee once again.

Before leaving

  • You have de-registered from the university.
  • You have arranged your move out.
  • You have de-registered with the Citizens' Service Office, your health insurance company and your bank.
  • You have cancelled all other contracts, for example, with your internet and phone provider.

Download
The checklist is also available as a PDF file that you can download:

Before arrival

  • As a PhD candidate, you have arranged (i.e. successfully applied for) supervision of your PhD project by a professor or a doctoral studies group ("Graduiertenzentrum"). As a PhD applicant, you have successfully applied tob e enrollen as an exchange student.
  • You have been admitted as a PhD applicant or candidate.
  • You have registered with the database for visiting academics and scholars.
  • You have arranged accommodation in the INTERNATIONAL HOUSE or a students dormitory of you found an appartment on the private market.
  • You have ensured sufficient funding for your stay in Germany and you can provide evidence of this (e.g. Scholarship, work contract).
  • As a non-EU citizen, you have received your own visa and, if applicable, visas for family members.
  • As a non-EU citizen, PhD candidate at a European University, you do not have to apply for a German visa in your current country of residence. We will do this for you. For this please contact now the International Office of the University of Kassel (Mrs Kristin Gagelmann).
  • If applicable, you have arranged childcare or schooling for your child(ren).
  • You have applied for a certificate that proves your health insurance cover in Germany (if applicable).
  • You have registered for the German language course (only if you want to).
  • You have planned your journey to Germany.
  • You have made an appointment to move in to your pleace in Germany.

On arrival

  • You have registered with the Citizens' Office.
  • If applicable, you have opened a bank account.
  • As a non EU citizen, you have taken out a health insurance policy.
  • You have enrolled as a student.
  • You have activated your UniAccount.
  • You have applied for a CampusCard (see first email in your university email account).
  • As a non-EU citizen, you have applied for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office.
  • You have obtained information about whether you have to pay taxes in Germany or not.

On the spot

Before departure

  • You have deregistered with the Citizens' Service Office, your health insurance company and your bank.
  • You have cancelled your rental agreement in good time and you have arranged your move out with your landlord. Make sure that you get your deposit back.
  • You have cancelled all other contracts, for example, with your Internet and phone provider or your energy company.
  • You have deregistered your child(ren) from school and/or kindergarten (if applicable).
  • If you intend to return home with items liable to duty, please make sure you are familiar with the relevant customs regulations.
  • If you payed taxes in Germany, you have to submit your tax declaration (only in German) by 31 May in the following year.

Download
The checklist is also available as a PDF file that you can download:

Before Arrival

  • You received the invitation letter from a University of Kassel professor a teaching or research stay.
  • You have registered with the Welcome Centre: https://www.uni-kassel.de/go/welcome_anmeldung.
  • You have ensured sufficient funding for your stay in Germany and you can proof it, for example by means of a scholarship.
  • You have received your own visa and, if applicable, visas for family members.
  • You have arranged accommodation and an appointment to move in.
  • If applicable, you have taken care of childcare or schooling for your child(ren).
  • If applicable, you have applied for a certificate that proofs your health insurance coverage in Germany.
  • You have registered for the German language course (only if you want to).
  • You have planned your journey to Kassel.
  • You have compiled all documents you may need.  

On Arrival

  • You have registered with the Citizens' Office in Kassel / Witzenhausen.
  • You have opened your bank account.
  • You have taken out a health insurance policy (if applicable).
  • You have applied for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office (for non-EU citizens only).
  • You have informed yourself whether or not you have to pay taxes in Germany.
  • You have activated your UniAccount.
  • You have applied for the CampusCard (library card).

In Kassel / Witzenhausen

  • You have checked the Welcome Centre webpages for information on academic and organizational support services and campus activities (www.uni-kassel.de/go/welcome-centre).
  • You are familiar with your contact person at the Welcome Centre.
  • You know your contact person in the department.
  • You come by the club evenings at the International House or other events organized by the Welcome Centre.

Before Departure

  • You have deregistered with the Citizens' Service Office, your health insurance company and your bank.
  • You have canceled your lease in due time and you have arranged your move out with your landlord. Make sure that you get your deposit back.
  • You have cancelled all other contracts, for example, with your internet and phone provider or your energy utility.
  • You have deregistered your child(ren) from school and/or kindergarten (if applicable).
  • You have deregistered your car (if applicable).
  • If you want to, you can place a (fee-based) change-of-address order with your post office, so that Deutsche Post will forward your mail.
  • If you intend to return home with items liable to duty, please make sure you are in accordance with the relevant customs regulations.
  • Make sure you submit your tax declaration by 31st May of the following year (documents are available at the relevant revenue office).

Download
The checklist is also available as a PDF file for download: