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Statutory or private health insurance?
You require valid health insurance for your enrolment and for the duration of your studies at HTW Berlin. The mandatory insurance requirement for students ends upon completion of your study programme or at the end of your fourteenth subject semester or at the latest in the semester in which you reach the age of 30.
The following options exist:
- Family health insurance: Up to the age of 25 or if you are married, you can be covered by your family health insurance providing you do not exceed a certain income threshold.
- Statutory health insurance up to the age of 30: If you do not qualify for family health insurance and do not work for more than 20 hours per week on either an employed or self-employed basis, you must take out mandatory student health insurance. You can choose the health insurance provider yourself – the student rate is the same with every provider.
- Statutory health insurance from the age of 30: Students from the age of 30 no longer receive a student rate. You can voluntarily continue to insure yourself at the standard rate.
- Private health insurance: You can take out private health insurance or be covered through your parents if they receive government aid or have private family health insurance.
- Free medical care: If you were a professional soldier, you will generally continue to be insured with free medical care for a period of two years after the end of your service.
Scope of health insurance protection
Make sure that your health insurance coverage includes the following:
- Medical and dental treatment
- Provision of medicines, bandages, therapeutic products and other aids
- Hospital treatment
- Medical services for rehabilitation
- Services related to pregnancy and birth
What proof is required?
If you are covered by family health insurance or mandatory student health insurance, from your statutory health insurance provider we require
- an insurance certificate for submission to the university and
- two notification forms for your registration upon enrolment and for your de-registration (these will be filled out by HTW Berlin).
If you change your health insurance provider during your studies, you must also submit this proof without any additional request from HTW Berlin. A copy of your health insurance card is not sufficient.
If you are privately insured or are insured through your parents because they receive government aid or have private family health insurance, we require:
- A copy of the certificate of exemption from the statutory health insurance requirement. You can obtain this from any statutory health insurance provider if you submit your private health insurance contract. The exemption certificate is usually only issued once. Therefore, please only submit a copy to us.
Exemption from the statutory health insurance requirement is generally valid for the entire duration of your studies and can only be applied for at the beginning of your study programme.
Only exception: If you have not enrolled at a university for at least four weeks after your Bachelor’s degree by the beginning of your Master’s study programme, you can decide again whether you want to change to a statutory health insurance provider.
If you are insured through free medical cover, we require
- a certificate from the responsible authority stating your entitlement to free medical care or
- a certificate stating that you are not subject to mandatory health insurance; this can be issued to you by any statutory health insurance provider if you provide proof of your free medical care.
However, you should not explicitly ask for exemption from the statutory health insurance requirement because this may result in disadvantages for you.
Additional information for international students
The general rule is that you must have health insurance in order to be able to study in Germany.
- Germany has concluded social insurance agreements with a number of countries, including Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area. If you come from one of these countries and are covered by statutory health insurance there, you can apply for this insurance cover to be recognised by a German statutory health insurance provider. A European health insurance card (EHIC) is normally required. You can apply for an EHIC free of charge from your health insurance provider. When you enrol at HTW Berlin, please submit a copy of the front and back of your EHIC to the Student Service Centre. NOTE: If the EU emblem on the back of the card contains the "DE" country code, a copy of the card is not sufficient as proof of health insurance.
- If you are unable to obtain health insurance coverage from a provider in your home country, you must take out health insurance in Germany. Please take out a German health insurance policy directly before you travel to Germany or immediately after your arrival. In Germany there are two types of health insurance: statutory and private. However, up to the age of 30 or the fourteenth subject semester you must be insured with a statutory health insurance provider. Only in exceptional cases should you be privately insured. It is important to be aware that if you have private health insurance, you cannot change to statutory health insurance for the duration of your studies. If HTW Berlin recognises your private health insurance, in order to enrol you require confirmation that you are exempt from the statutory health insurance requirement.
- If you exceed the age of 30 or the fourteenth subject semester during your study time in Germany, you can continue to be insured with statutory health insurance with a higher monthly premium. If you have already reached the age of 29 when you start your studies, you can only take out private health insurance.
- Travel insurance does not provide sufficient health insurance cover for the duration of your studies in Germany and will not be accepted as proof of health insurance. Travel health insurance only applies for your visa and entry into Germany as long as the semester has not yet started.
According to the Health Insurance Law participants on a preparatory course („Studienkolleg“) are no regular students, even if they are enrolled at a German university. Therefore statutory insurance is not compulsory. Generally, they do not fulfil the requirements for a voluntary insurance with a statutory health insurance provider. Participants on the university preparatory course can only take out a private health insurance policy with a private health insurance provider.