Arrival in Berlin

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HTW Student Card

Please see here for all important information regarding your HTW Student Card.

Registration at the Citizen´s Office

The registration with the Citizens‘ Office (Bürgeramt) is obligatory for everyone living in Berlin. You have to carry out the registration on your own. In order to book an appointment online, please click on "Termin berlinweit suchen" on their website. Please bring all required documents to your appointment, as stated on the website.

Please note that finding an appointment at the citizen's office can be very time-consuming. We recommend booking an appointment as early as possible. 

Residence Permit for Non-EU Students (VISA Service)

Students who do not have an EU/EEA/CH passport will receive a visa invitation after they have been accepted as incoming students at HTW Berlin via e-mail.

Students without an EU/EEA/CH passport entering Germany without a visa, must apply to the Landesamt für Einwanderung – LEA (Berlin Immigration office) for an official residence permit. The application needs to be made by personal appointment in time before your 90 day visa has expired. Please bring the required documents to your appointment, as stated on their website.

Please refer to the Federal Foreign Office to check whether you need a visa to enter and stay in Germany.

Opening a European Bank Account

We recommend opening a bank account to pay for rent, health insurance etc. If you already have a bank account, please check whether international payments are possible.