Checklist for International Guest Students


Welcome to Rostock!

We are very pleased being able to welcome you to our university, and would like to actively give you a helping hand in the first few days after your arrival.

We have composed this checklist with initial important information for you, to ensure you’re having a smooth start.

1. Registration at the local authority/town hall

1. Registration at the local authority/town hall

You must register at your local ‘Ortsamt’, after you arrive. Rostock International House will provide help in this regard during the Orientation Week. There is always a common date for all international students offered.

The following documents are required for registration:

  • Passport/ ID
  • Landlord's certificate (‘Wohnungsgeberbestätigung’)
  • Student ID/ enrolment receipt

You should also enquire about the students’ welcome payment.

2. Registration at the Migration Office

2. Registration at the Migration Office

For Non-EU students:
Students from non-European countries must register with the Migration Office.
Rostock International House also provides help with this visit to the authorities as part of the Orientation Week.

Please arrange an appointment with the Migration Office yourself by e-mail:

The following documents are required for registration in original and as a copy:

  • Application form for granting a residence permit
  • Copy of passport/ ID
  • Rental agreement
  • Registration certificate (‘Ortstamt’)
  • evidence of Health Insurance
  • Certificate of expected study duration/standard study period
  • Proof of financing
  • Biometric passport photograph
3. Opening a Bank Account

3. Opening a Bank Account

We recommend opening an account with a German bank for paying rent in the dormitory and, if applicable, for paying your health insurance.
Some banks offer opening a student account at no additional cost.

The following documents are required to open an account:

  • Passport/ ID
  • Current enrolment receipt
  • Registration certificate
  • Tax identification number ("Steueridentifikationsnummer"- you will receive this by post. Ask your bank whether the tax identification number of your country is sufficient or whether you need a German tax identification number).

Important: If necessary, give your new account number to your health insurance company and also to the Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar.

4. Organisation of Studies

4. Organisation of Studies

Remember to have the Certificate of Arrival (form from your home university) signed in good time, i.e. no more than 7 days after your arrival!

If you arrive early, and have time before lectures start, you can find out about the Introductory Events, preparatory courses and propaedeutics in Rostock International House or in the study offices of the respective faculties.

Take the opportunity to review the annotated list of lectures online and to create your own individual timetable.
Here are the relevant links: ( → Module List)

Every course of study is different. It is therefore important to attend the introductory events for the individual courses, so that you will be well prepared for the start of your studies. The contacts in the faculties and student associations of the faculties will help you during your studies and in preparation for them (in creating your timetable, for example).

Some of the units require entering a user name and a password. You can then access all units and expand your language skills flexibly and voluntarily.

5. SPEEXX Core

5. SPEEXX Core

Speexx Core is a free online self-study programme of the University of Rostock, which can be accessed via the learning platform "Ilias". A user ID and password (ITMZ account) are therefore required for registration. With Speexx you can flexibly choose between learning areas, such as vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension, etc. It is available for the following languages at different levels:

German, English, French, Italian, Spanish


6. Leisure Activities

6. Leisure Activities

As part of the Orientation Week organised by Rostock International House, you can find out about the semester offers in the Language Centre and University Sport Department.

A group of students has set themselves the goal of supporting international students in their organisation and of accompanying them with a diverse programme during their stay in Rostock.Do not hesitate in making early contact with the Local Erasmus Initiative (ESN LEI Rostock), which is part of ESN Germany, to be regularly informed, about get-togethers, parties, excursions and lots more.

Instagram: @esn_lei_rostock



WhatsApp: Contact ESN LEI Rostock directly in order to get access to the whatsapp group chat.

At Rostock International House, we would be pleased to provide you with valuable tips in person to make -the first couple of days of your stay as smooth as possible.

There will also be a monthly newsletter for you, which will keep you informed about interesting events in and around Rostock. Please also have a look at the menu item Student life in Rostock.

Feel free to write us an email, drop in or call us up during our opening times – we are looking forward to hearing from you.

7. Important contacts in Rostock

7. Important contacts in Rostock

Rostock International House - Incoming Section
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 1209
Parkstrasse 6
18057 Rostock, Germany

Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar
St.-Georg-Str. 104-107
D-18055 Rostock, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 4592 600

Local Erasmus Initiative (ESN LEI Rostock)
Instagram: @esn_lei_rostock

Commerzbank Rostock
Lange Str. 1
18055 Rostock, Germany

Ortsämter’ (City Hall) in Rostock
The following is a list of the local authorities and their contact details:

Migrationsamt’ (Migration Office)
Neuer Markt 3
18055 Rostock, Germany