Arriving in Germany
Upon your arrival in Germany, you have to clarify some formalities first.
Registration at the Residents' Registration Office
Everyone who intends to study and stay in Germany for more than three months has to register their place of residence at the Residents' Registration Office. The Residents’ Registration Office is called “Einwohnermeldeamt” or, in some cities, “Bürgerbüro” or “Bezirksamt”.
As soon as you have an accommodation in Germany, you have to conduct the registration – typically within one or two weeks. Usually, the registration is free of charge. However, if you are registering too late, you might have to pay an administrative fine. You can find your responsible office here.
Get your residence permit from the Immigration Office
Only if you do not hold an citizenship from a member state of the EU, and if you are not from the European Economic Area or Switzerland, and want to study in Germany for more than three months, you need a residence permit.
The residence permit is usually valid for one year and therefore has to be renewed yearly which can cost up to EUR 110. Note that you have to prove your finances, which means that you will probably have to refill your blocked account.