A number of questions arise for international students in Leipzig – from orientation at the place of study to questions on residence law and finances.
International students from all Leipzig universities and academies as well as prospective students from abroad receive individual counselling for social, personal and financial questions. Individual counselling is free of charge and takes place in a protected setting. Counselling is possible in English or German. Anonymous counselling is possible as well. Counselling with interpreting is possible on request.
Head of Department & Contact for International Students
Phone: +49 1761 9659 673
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A short consultation lasts 30 minutes and can be held by telephone, on site or video (Big Blue Button). Consultations can be held in English or German. You can book an appointment via the online booking calendar.
In addition to counselling by appointment, you can also call us during telephone consultation hours or use the open consultation hours on Thursdays for short, urgent enquiries. All information and contact details can be found on the general website of the social counselling.
Besides studying, there are other issues that occur in everyday life. There are various ways for students to finance their studies, one of the most common being taking a job. Also, when a child is born, this influences study planning or financing. Previous (financing-) plans have to be rethought. Likewise, studying can bring further challenges if a chronic illness or disability plays a role in daily life.
That is why we offer regular information events on these topics. You can find an overview of the contents and date details in the overview of our online events.
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In Germany, every apartment has to pay the broadcast license fee (Rundfunkbeitrag). This will finance the public broadcasting institutions.
A lot of information about the broadcast license fee (explanatory videos, information for students,…) and registration can be found on the website of the service.
If you are looking for a job, we recommend Studentenwerk Leipzig’s Student Job Office.
All important information can be found on the website of the City of Leipzig.
According to German law, all students, including international students, studying at a university or academy in Germany, need a statutory or private health insurance. To register at a university in Leipzig, you need your health insurance certificate and must present it for enrolment. Sufficient insurance cover is very important so that you do not have to bear the costs yourself in case of e.g. necessary surgery, required psychotherapy or the birth of a baby in the hospital. This can be very expensive. Therefore, you should inform yourself very well regarding what cost your health insurance company covers and do not enter into the cheapest contract right away.
Studentenwerk Leipzig’s Psychosocial Counselling provides support with study difficulties, personal conflict situations or psychological strains. The offer is confidential, free and tailored to your personal needs.
People coming from an EU member state or Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway do not need a residence permit as long as the right to freedom of movement under the Freedom of Movement Act/EU exists.
Everyone else has to make an appointment with the Foreigners’ Authority. However, the first step is to register your residence/new address with the City of Leipzig. You will be handed a registration letter. More information here on the City’s website.
After receiving your registration letter, go to the Foreigners’ Authority to register your stay for study purposes in Leipzig.
In general, Psychosocial Counselling deals with questions concerning the handling of stress and difficult situations in study related and everyday life. Social Counselling deals with financing options, studying with residence permits, studying with children, studying with chronic disease, etc.
Generally speaking, there are many concerns that are relevant for both Social Counselling and Psychosocial Counselling. For example, the question as to whether a semester off due to illness or heavy workload makes sense includes not only the aspect of how one can use the time to feel better and be able to study again (Psychosocial Counselling), but often also the question of financing during this time (Social Counselling). For this reason, Psychosocial Counselling and Social Counselling work closely together on many issues – given the students consent.
If you are unsure to which of the two counselling services you should go to (first), you are welcome to write an e-mail with your concern to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive feedback of our counsellors.