During Welcome Week you will get to know our university and students from all over the world. As an exchange student, you will need to deal with a number of organisational matters. We will be happy to accompany and support you every step of the way to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Gruppe studierender läuft durch den Gang im Geisteswissenschaftlichen Zentrum
Get to know the University and other students! Photo: Christian Hüller

Academic induction

Your enrolment takes place during Welcome Week. Make the most of your first days at Leipzig University to get to know your faculty and meet other students!

Please bring the following documents with you when enrolling:

  • identity card (EU nationals) or
  • passport (if visa required: with a student visa)
  • proof of valid health insurance in Germany; you can also take out health insurance here in Leipzig.

Please attend your enrolment in person at our campus in the city centre:

Universität Leipzig
Neues Seminargebäude
Rooms: 314 and 315
Universitätsstraße 1
04109 Leipzig

Enrolment dates for exchange students:

  • Tuesday, 01 October 2019
    09:00 – 12:00 am
    01:00 – 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019
    09:00 – 12:00 am
    01:00 – 05:00 pm
  • Monday, 07 October 2019
    09:00 – 12:00 am
    01:00 – 04:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 08 October 2019
    09:00 – 12:00 am

For the winter semester 2019/20, the semester fee for newly enrolled students is 230 euros.

This fee consists of four parts:

  • student body: €8.50
  • Studentenwerk Leipzig: €75
  • mobility fund: €1.50
  • MDV public transport pass: €135

New students are also required to pay a one-off fee of 10 euros for the UniCard.

Why is there a semester fee?

The semester fee is the social contribution paid by all students for the Student Council as well as for the services of the Studentenwerk Leipzig. Please contact these two institutions directly if you would like to know what these funds are used for.

Re-enrol by paying the semester fee

If you are about to commence your studies at our university, we will ask you to pay your semester fee and UniCard fee when we send you the declaration of acceptance. 

If you are spending two semesters here, you pay the semester fee for the second semester via AlmaWeb.

Re-enrolment period for the winter semester: 1 June–15 August
Re-enrolment period for the summer semester: 1 December–15 February

It is not possible to issue a direct debit order via someone else’s account, such as that of your parents.

Re-enrolment via SEPA direct debit

  • On the AlmaWeb Portal, click on “Studies” and then “Re-enrolment”. You will first be shown your current balance.
  • To issue a direct debit order, please enter your IBAN (International Bank Account Number) and BIC (Business Identifier Code). After entering your data, a one-off direct debit authorisation will be generated. The mandate reference is then displayed. Then confirm your data using an iTAN.

Please note that not all banks in the SEPA area participate in the direct debit scheme and that problems may occur under certain circumstances. It is not possible to issue a direct debit order via someone else’s account, such as that of your parents.

Re-enrolment via bank transfer

  • If you are unable to pay by direct debit on the AlmaWeb portal, please pay the semester fee by bank transfer. Please use the following bank details:

    Recipient: Universität Leipzig
    IBAN: DE91860555921100156760
    BIC: WELADE8LXXX

    Enter your enrolment number, your full name and the semester for which you are re-enrolling (for example WS2019/20) as the payment reference.

Services

During the introductory days, we will advise you on the most important administrative steps at the beginning of your studies:

  • visa and residence permit
  • registration at the Resident Services Office
  • health insurance
  • academic induction.

We also offer guided tours of the University Library.
 

Buddies

There are students at your faculty – known as buddies – who are on hand to support you in your everyday studies. The information about each of our courses tells you which faculty is responsible for you.

Buddies will

  • answer your questions or help you find someone who can
  • assist you with understanding and answering letters and documents involving your studies or from the authorities
  • be happy to accompany you to important appointments
  • offer you help with questions about working academically, such as preparing a presentation, or questions about the structure of coursework and much more.

Buddies speak German and English – and some of them Spanish, French and other languages. You can find the buddy responsible for you and your degree programme on your faculty’s website.

Once you’re in Leipzig

Leipzig will be your new home during your exchange programme. At the beginning of your stay, you will have to take care of a few administrative things. We will be happy to support and advise you in the most important matters.

Watch the video to find out what you need to do after enrolment!

Watch the video to find out what you need to do after enrolment!

Registration at the Resident Services Office

International students are obliged to register their stay in Leipzig with the city administration no later than one week after enrolment. You can register at any one of Leipzig’s Resident Services Offices.
You will need the following documents when registering:

  • registration form
  • enrolment certificate
  • rental agreement and landlord’s certificate (Vermieterbescheinigung).

Registration at the Foreigners’ Authority

If you do not come from an EU or EEA country, you will need a residence permit immediately after enrolment. You can get this from the Foreigners’ Authority:

Foreigners’ Authority
Prager Straße 128, entrance B1
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 123-3310
Fax: +49 341 123-3315

Fill in the residence permit application beforehand and hand it in at the Foreigners’ Authority together with the following documents:

  • enrolment certificate
  • passport
  • two biometric passport photos
  • rental agreement and landlord’s certificate (Vermieterbescheinigung)
  • proof of health insurance
  • fees (currently €110 for non-EU citizens when first issued)
  • financial declaration (scholarship confirmation, proof of a blocked account, or similar)

We recommend that you open a bank account with a bank in Germany. You will need the following documents to open an account:

  • registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung) from the Resident Services Office
  • identity card or passport with residence permit
  • enrolment certificate from our university

Students do not usually have to pay for a bank account.

Organising your studies is important, but so is your leisure time. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet other students at our university. There’s something for everyone, including sports, music and other activities:

Take us with you on your voyage of discovery!

You can expect to make a lot of valuable memories during your time abroad. You will discover a new country, meet people from all sorts of cultures, and advance your academic career. And we would love to hear about your experiences. Blogs and reports are a great way for you to get other students excited about studying abroad. For example, use our German Instagram hashtag #entdeckerbleiben so that we can see your photos. Alternatively, drop us an email at interkomm(at)uni-leipzig.de if you’re interested in being featured as an Entdecker on our university’s Instagram feed.

Erasmus+ KA 107 (Worldwide): organising your studies

To be able to successfully complete your studies on the Erasmus+ KA 107 (Worldwide) programme, please take care of a few organisational matters during your stay:

  • Adjust your Learning Agreement
  • Write your Erasmus+ participant report
  • Have a copy of your Transcript of Records issued for recognition

Would you like to participate in different courses than previously planned? At the beginning of your studies, it is possible to change your course choice.

  • Enter the corresponding changes in the second section of the Learning Agreement.
  • Then have the document signed by the person responsible at your home university and by your academic supervisor.
  • Submit the signed Learning Agreement to your contact person at the International Centre no later than four weeks after the start of the semester.

You will have gained a lot of experience by the end of your time as an exchange student. Record your views in an Erasmus+ report and help us to improve what we offer, for example in terms of the quality of our support services.

We will only pay the final instalment of your grant if you have completed the Erasmus+ participant report.

After your stay, you will receive an automatically generated email sent by EUSurvey (please check your spam folder). This email contains a link to the participant report.
Please complete your report online within 30 days.

At the end of your exchange programme, have a Transcript of Records issued and signed by your Erasmus+ subject coordinator.

The Transcript of Records lists all modules you passed along with the respective grades. Please submit a copy of the signed document to our International Centre as soon as possible. The Transcript of Records is intended to simplify recognition of your academic achievements in Leipzig by your home university.

At the end of your stay

Exchange students are obliged to deregister with the city authorities in Leipzig at the earliest one week before the end of their stay. You can deregister at any one of Leipzig’s Resident Services Offices.

Please deregister at the end of your time as an exchange student. To do this, submit the Application for removal from register to the International Centre. You will receive your certificate of “Exmatrikulation” via your AlmaWeb account.

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