FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What language ability is required for guest study at the University of Rostock?
Attending regular courses taught in German: Demonstrated B1 German ability or above, according to the CEFR standard (For applying, confirmation of current participation in B1-level language course, together with an A2 certificate (if available), is enough — the B1 certificate can be delivered to us before the beginning of the semester.)
- For attending courses exclusively taught in English: B1 ability according to the CEFR standard
- Special Case: for lab work or applied modules in medicine and dentistry, B2 is required.
- The document must be composed in German or English and expressly detail the language level according to the CEFR standard.
- Results from online tests of language ability, such as the Erasmus+ OLS, will not be accepted.
What is “proof of acceptance to an institution of higher learning”?
Proof of acceptance to an institution of higher learning is the proof that you are allowed to study at a German university. A proof of enrolment at your home university is sufficient to prove your status as a student. Students studying in Rostock through the Erasmus+ program or a university partnership usually have proof of acceptance to an institution of higher learning.
Where do I find information about current courses?
You can find a list of current courses in the central Directory of Courses for the university. The courses for the coming year have usually not yet been listed at the time you draft your Learning Agreement, but you can use the list of courses from the previous year to fill it out (for example, take the courses from Winter 2016/17 as your guide when planning for Winter 2015/16). It is of course possible to adjust the Learning Agreement/Study Programme after your arrival in Rostock.
Are all courses in German? Which courses are in English?
The main language of instruction at the University of Rostock is German. There are some master’s programs taught exclusively in English.
How early can I receive a notification of acceptance?
We begin reviewing your application as soon as all your documents have reached us. It usually takes then four to six weeks for us to complete the reviewing process and notify you of acceptance. Please send your Learning Agreement as early as possible, especially when it needs to be signed on our end.
What are the first things I need to take care of upon arrival in Rostock?
- With respect to living arrangements: If you rent you room through the “Studentenwerk”, then to receive your key, you need to arrange an appointment with the caretaker of the dorm or with one of the other tutors connected to the dorm before you arrive. You will receive the email addresses of the caretaker and tutors from the “Studentenwerk”.
- Stop by the Rostock International House: You can collect a packet with all the most important information here, including proof of your guest studentship, which you will need in a few of the steps that follow below.
- Sign a room rental contract: If you rent a room through the “Studentenwerk”, you need to sign and turn in the contract for the room within the first three days after your arrival in Germany. At the signing, you will also need to show the proof of your guest studentship that you received at the Rostock International House. You can ask in offices of the “Studentenwerk” whether you will need to open a German bank account in order to pay the rent or whether payments can be arranged from an account you already have in your home country.
- • Registering with the Student’s Office: You will need to definitively register in the central Student’s Office, where you will also need to show the proof of your guest studentship obtained in the Rostock International House. After registering, you will receive a (temporary) student ID and permission to register online for courses, a certification of enrolment, and the information for setting up your internet account with the university.
- Register with the city / Apply for residence permit: Further information can be found here: Visa and Residence Permit
Can I change the Learning Agreement once the semester has already begun?
If after arriving you would like to take courses different from those in the Learning Agreement/Study Programme, the older document can be amended or a new one can be drafted.
The Erasmus+ coordinator of your area of study here in Rostock must approve and sign the changes. If you make changes to your Learning Agreement/Study Programme, please make sure to update the copy on file with the Rostock International House as well.
How can I extend my guest study for another semester?
Official registration as a guest student is only ever possible on a semester-to-semester basis, even when you plan from the very beginning to study for two semesters.
If you want to stay for another semester at the University of Rostock, then you may draft a new Learning Agreement/Study Programme and finally register for the new semester by paying the student fees per bank wire within the deadlines.
How do I get a transcript of records?
You create your own transcript of records. Please ask your professors and instructors at the beginning of the semester which tests you need to take and how you receive documentation of the results.
You may then transfer the contents of that documentation into your transcript of records form and finally show this form, along with the supporting documentation, to the Erasmus+ coordinator of your area of study, who must then sign it.You can send the signed transcript of records then to your home university.
- Transcript of Records
- List of Erasmus+ Coordinators at the University of Rostock
What do I need to take care of at the end of my guest study in Rostock?
- Termination of room rental contract: The form for ending your rental contract can be found in the offices of “Studentenwerk”. Once completely filled out, it needs to be stamped in the Rostock International House and then turned back into “Studentenwerk”.
- End your registration with the city
- Cancel your bank account
- Exmatriculate from the university: To end your enrolment with the University of Rostock, you will need to pick up a form from the Student’s Office which needs to be signed by the university library, the Center for IT and Media, and your department. You will need to show this form in order to receive a document certifying your exmatriculation, without which you would be unable to apply to another university in Germany, for example, for beginning a master’s programme.
- Certification of end of guest study: Stop by the Rostock International House before you leave, in order to receive a certificate demonstrating the end of your guest study.