Apart from your enrolment, the first week of your studies is set aside for important introductory events as part of the Welcome Week for international students. In addition to organising your studies, you should also open a bank account and register at the Resident Services Office. We will be happy to support and advise you every step of the way.

For information about how the coronavirus pandemic may affect your studies at Leipzig University, please visit our Information About Coronavirus page.

Vorschaubild für Video: Informationen für internationale Studienanfänger

After Applying

If your application was successful, please go to the AlmaWeb portal to accept your study place. Once you have paid the semester fee and enrolled in person, you are officially a student of our university.

Have you been offered a place at Leipzig University? Please accept it by email:

  • Log in to the AlmaWeb application portal and open your letter of admission by going to “Account” and then clicking on “Documents”.
  • Confirm your place by sending the declaration of acceptance (last page of the letter of admission) to the email address provided.

Registration in the IDM system

After your declaration of acceptance has been processed, you will receive an email containing login details for our IDM system.

  • Register as explained in the email and change your password.
  • Register for our IT services.
  • Upload a passport photo for your UniCard.


For the summer semester 2021, the semester fee for returning students is 235 euros.

This fee consists of four parts:

  • Student body €8,50
  • Studentenwerk Leipzig: €80
  • mobility fund: €1.50
  • MDV public transport pass: €145

We also charge a one-off fee of 10 euros for issuing your UniCard. You pay this together with the semester fee.

Please do not transfer the semester fee before receiving your confirmation of receipt!

Although students have been asked to come to Leipzig for the winter semester, the current rules on social distancing mean that we will be unable to meet and welcome each and every student.

Please check with the Federal Ministry of the Interior as well as the Robert Koch Institute about the current regulations on entering Germany.

Your enrolment will be carried out online. If you wish to enrol, please follow the instructions on your confirmation of receipt and upload the following documents to our “Speicherwolke” file hosting service:

  • Identity card (EU nationals)
  • Passport (non-EU nationals: with a valid student visa)
  • Proof of health insurance valid for your stay in Germany.

You will find an overview of key information on getting started at Leipzig University in our presentation.

You must register for all modules and courses that you would like to take on your degree programme. Please note the information about registering for modules. Please refer to the course catalogue to find out whether your classes will take place online or as a mixture of the two. Whatever the type of degree you are pursuing at Leipzig – bachelor’s, master’s, State Examination or Diplom – our websites have general as well as specific information for 201.

We have also prepared a digital Welcome Week for you, with: information, online events, videos, games and much more. Information about the Welcome Week, about studying at Leipzig University and about life in Leipzig can be found in our booklet for new students.


We have prepared a presentation for new international students with important information about your first steps.

What happens after you have applied

What happens after you have applied

What do I have to do after enrolment?

What do I have to do after enrolment?

Once You’re in Leipzig

After arriving in Leipzig, you will need to take care of a few formalities.

If you are moving to Leipzig for your studies, please remember to officially register with certain authorities.

A special service hotline can answer general questions about official registrations. Simply dial 115, the direct line to Germany’s public administration.

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.

Have you applied for and been offered a place in one of the Studentenwerk Leipzig’s halls of residence?
Then it is important that you now register for this place. Please go to the Studentenwerk Leipzig in person:

Studentenwerk Leipzig
Goethestraße 6/3rd floor
04109 Leipzig

Please take the following documents with you:

  • enrolment certificate
  • deposit in cash (currently €250)
  • one month’s rent in cash
  • two passport photos
What do I do after arriving in Leipzig?

What do I do after arriving in Leipzig?

The International Centre works with the Studienkolleg Sachsen, which offers our university’s international students German language courses alongside their studies.

Our Service for New Students

In addition to the information listed here, we offer various forms of individual consultation. Take advantage of our services during Welcome Week and in your faculty or make use of our online service.

Although students have been asked to come to Leipzig for the winter semester, the current rules on social distancing mean that we will be unable to meet and welcome each and every student.

This is why we have prepared a digital Welcome Week for you, with: information, online events, videos, games and much more. A link to this programme will be published here from October.

The information about each of our courses tells you which faculty is responsible for you. Your faculty will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about organising your studies – and will also offer you a very warm welcome!


There are students at your faculty – known as buddies – who are on hand to support you in your everyday studies.

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.

Course catalogue

The course catalogue lists all modules and courses offered in the current semester.

Modules and courses

You must register for all modules and courses that you would like to take on your degree programme. Please note the information about registering for modules.

Digital advisory service

Do you have questions about studying at our university, the application process, enrolment or starting your studies? Our International Centre offers an online chat service for international applicants who would like a detailed consultation but cannot come to our offices in person.

What happens in the chat?

An adviser from the International Centre will chat live with you via headset. If you wish, you can also communicate with our adviser via text chat. You will be given an individual consultation, with only you and our adviser taking part. Each chat is scheduled to last 15 minutes. You can of course end the chat earlier if you wish.

How do I register?

1. Simply send us an email and let us know what you would like to talk about and when.

2. We will email you with an exact time for your chat appointment. You will also receive login data for the online session as well as other information.

What do I need to take part?

You will need a computer or laptop with a stable internet connection. You will also need a headset or a microphone and speakers.

Do I need to install any software?

No, you do not need any additional software; the online chat takes place on a standard browser.

Studierende der Universität Leipzig stehen in der Albertina und schauen gemeinsam auf ein Tablet. Sie testen den Online-Service der Universität Leipzig.
From guided tours to buddies and online consultations – take advantage of our services! Photo: Christian Hüller

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