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FAQs for exchange students and Freemover

Contact person: For further information, please contact the coordinator of your program directly.

Accommodation

Health and Insurance

Application form upload (Mobility-Online)

Orientation program

Classes/courses

Costs + Information on the Semesterbeitrag (semester contribution)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What costs can I expect in Marburg?What costs can I expect in Marburg?

    You will find more information about costs you can expect during your stay in Marburg in this brochure (p.8, English version).
    Please be aware that this list also includes costs that do NOT recur on a MONTHLY basis, e.g. the deposit for your accomodation (has to be paid once and will be reimbursed when you move out) and the semester fee (has to be paid every semester).

    If you take part in the pre-session class "Studying in Marburg" for International Students from the Sprachenzentrum, please keep in mind that you will have to pay the participation fee (see section orientation program).

    Please also keep in mind that, as a non-EU member, you might have to open up a so-called "blocked account" (Sperrkonto) to apply for your visa/ residence permit. This will also involve some costs (see the above-mentioned brochure, p.12-13, English version). In order to make sure what kind of proof of financial resources you need to present in order to apply for your visa/ residence permit, please get in touch with the German embassy of your country.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen I am an ERASMUS student / an exchange student / a scholarship student / a Hessen-Wisconsin student / an ISEP-student etc., do I have to pay the semester contribution?I am an ERASMUS student / an exchange student / a scholarship student / a Hessen-Wisconsin student / an ISEP-student etc., do I have to pay the semester contribution?

    Yes. All students enrolled at the Philipps-Universität Marburg have to pay the semester contribution. It covers, amongst others, the price for your semester ticket, which allows you to travel for free on all buses and trains in Hessen (and a few cities close to Hessen).

    However, exchange students (i.e. all students not studying to get a degree from Marburg) have to pay 50€ (administrative costs) less than regular students at the university.

    You will find the current semester contribution here: http://www.uni-marburg.de/studium/formalia/im_studium/beitraegegebuehren

    The only exchange students who do not have to pay separately for the semester contribution are students who purchased a so-called Servicepaket (mostly Freemover students who do not have a room reservation) but only because they already paid for it by purchasing this Servicepaket.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Do I have to pay for the semester contribution (and language class fee) before my arrival in Marburg?Do I have to pay for the semester contribution (and language class fee) before my arrival in Marburg?

    To pay for the semester contribution and language class fee (if you are participating), you have two options:

    1) You can pay during the orientation week: we will open a free German student checking account with you during the orientation week (on day 2). It will be active on day 4. It will then work like this: you will go to the bank with your tutors and put money in cash on your German account; then you will give an order of transfer to the university to pay for the semester contribution (and language class fee).

    Note: If you don’t want to take this much money with you on your trip to Marburg (which is perfectly understandable), you could ask your bank at home if it would be possible to withdraw the total amount in Germany at an ATM. In this case, it would be a good idea to compare what the costs for a withdrawal in Germany would be in comparison to changing your money to Euros (Caution: not possible in Marburg, closest possibility: Frankfurt am Main). For the rest of your stay, you can transfer any amount you would like on your German account so you don’t have to pay extra for every transaction you make. Since this may take a couple of days for this transaction to arrive on your German account, we advise that you take enough money with you (or withdraw it in Germany) to cover expenses for the first couple of days (e.g. for buying food etc.).

    2) Or you can pay from your current account (in that case, please bring the proofs of payment with you during the orientation week) but keep in mind that you will probably have to pay associated costs (especially with non-EU accounts), which might in the end be relatively high, for each transfer you make.

    The account information for the transfer of the semester contribution can be found here. The account information for the language class changes every semester; if you want to know this information, please contact Ms. Homann or Ms. Waterplas.

    Not advised: Checks are rarely used as a payment method in Germany. Our current experience is that students who try to pay for the semester fee with checks have to wait several weeks for the payment to be effective. Therefore, we do not advise payments by check.

Visa and residence permit

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How should I apply for a visa?How should I apply for a visa?

    Depending on your citizenship, you might be required to apply for a visa before being allowed to travel to Germany. Please refer to our orientation brochure (p.9) to find out whether or not you need to apply for a visa. If you do, please make an appointment with the German embassy as soon as possible so that you have an appointment soon enough. For the documentation required, please refer to the embassy.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How should I apply for a student residence permit?How should I apply for a student residence permit?

    If you come from a country whose citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter Germany and intend to stay here for longer than 3 months or if you have a visa but are intending to stay longer than the duration of this visa, you have to apply for a student residence permit. In our orientation brochure (p.17-18) you will find information about the documents you will need to apply for a residence permit. During the orientation program or in the International Office, we can help you to fill in the form for this application.

    If you come from a country whose citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter Germany: please get information before your departure from the local German embassy about what kind of proof of sufficient financial resources you can provide and how to do so. 

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