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The Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD provide the following information on entry and residency requirements.


After your arrival you have to apply for a student residence permit at the immigration office.EU citizens and citizens from countries that do not require visa have to register too, in case they plan to stay in Germany for more than 3 months. Information and required documents for Non-EU citizens are available at the residents registration office Rostock:

  • Einwohneramt der Hansestadt Rostock
    Sachgebiet Ausländerangelegenheiten
    (Immigration Office)
    Neuer Markt 1a
    D-18055 Rostock

    Telephone: +49 381 / 381-2251
    Telefax: +49 381 / 381-2261

Information and the required documents for EU-citizens are available here:


Please, bring, among others, the following documents for your registration:

  1. a valid passport with student visa (not applicable for EU citizens)
  2. one biometric passphoto
  3. one enrolment receipt of the University of Rostock or an application confirmation plus information on the expected duration of studies
  4. one proof of study financing (scholarship proof, bank statement of the parents or similar). Currently about 670 EUR per months should be proven.
  5. one proof of health insurance accepted by the Federal Republic of Germany (for EU citizens European chip card)
  6. a valid rental agreement


Arrival time

Please, plan your arrival in a way that you arrive before 2 p.m., from Monday to Thursday. If you wish to be picked up at the station, we kindly ask you to inform the LEI students in due time about your arrival time. (Email: lei-rostock(at)


By plane

The nearest big international airports are Berlin and Hambourg. From Berlin and Hambourg you may go to Rostock by train. Trains are running in regular intervals.


By train

The price and discount system of the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) provides various discounts for early bookers, explained in detail on the German Railway’s website. The general rule “the earlier you book, the cheaper your ticket will be” applies here.
Information on cheap group tickets are provided here:


By bus

Another option is travelling to Rostock from Hamburg or Berlin by long-distance bus. There are several websites for comparing prices and booking your trip.


By ferry

Coming from Scandinavia, Rostock can be easily and quickly reached by ferry.
There are direct connections from Gedser (Denmark), Trelleborg (Sweden), Helsinki, Hanko (Finland) and Klaipeda (Lithuania) offered by Scandlines, TT-Line and Superfast Ferries.

By car

The best way from Hamburg to Rostock is to drive along the motorway A1 to Lübeck and follow the signs to Rostock from there. After the bypass Lübeck you reach the A20 that takes you directly to Rostock Süd. There, you drive towards Rostock-Zentrum via the district Südstadt and along the road Südring. At the end of the street Südring/Am Vögenteich, follow the signs “Universität”.
Coming from Berlin, you have to leave the city northbound first (general
direction: Hamburg, Rostock). Then, you go along the A24 towards Hamburg and follow this direction until you reach motorway junction Wittstock. Turn into motorway A19 there and do not leave it until you reach exit Rostock Ost.
From exit Rostock Ost on, drive towards the city centre (landmark: church spire of St. Petri) and follow the signs “Universität”.

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