FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What language skills are required for a guest student?
- If you are attending courses taught in German: Language certificate German B1 in accordance with CEFR
Note: For application purposes, it is adequate to provide confirmation of current participation in a B1 language course, in combination with your A2 certificate (if available) - the B1 certificate submission can be done at a later date by the start of the semester.
- If you are attending courses taught in English only: Language certificate English B1 in accordance with CEFR
- Special case: For internships and guest studies in Human Medicine and Dentistry you need to provide a B2 level certificate in accordance with CEFR.
- The document must be compiled in German or English, and must explicitly state the language level in accordance with CEFR.
- The results of online tests for classification of the language level, such as Erasmus+ OLS are not accepted.
Where can I find information about the courses on offer?
The courses currently on offer are listed in the University's central course catalogue.
The courses for the coming semester are often not yet published when prepare your Learning Agreement or Study Timetable, so you should simply use the courses from the previous year as a guide (e.g. use the courses from the winter semester 2020/21 for the winter semester 2021/22).
You can, of course, alter the Learning Agreement or the Study Timetable after you arrive in Rostock.
Do all the lectures take place in German? What English-language courses are there?
The main teaching language at the University of Rostock is German. There are a few Master courses and certain modules and lectures that are given in English.
Here you can find a list of the English-language courses.
Here you will find modules and lectures that are taught in English.
When can I get the letter of admission?
We start processing your application as soon as we receive all your documents.
From this point it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks until you can get the Letter of Admission.
If, in particular, your Learning Agreement at the University of Rostock has to be signed, it must be sent as soon as possible.
What do I need to do first when I arrive in Rostock?
- Moving into your accommodation:
If you are renting a dormitory room from the Studierendenwerk, you must make an appointment, before your arrival, with the caretaker or the residences tutor for the handover of the keys. The email address of your caretaker or residences tutor will be provided by the Studierendenwerk
- Visiting Rostock International House:
Here you will be given all the important information and the Guest Study Certificate that you will need for upcoming formalities.
- Signing the rental agreement:
If you are renting a room in the residences from the Studierendenwerk, you need to submit your signed rental agreement within the first three days of your arrival.
You will also need to present the Guest Study Certificate that you received from Rostock International House.
Ask the Studierendenwerk whether you need to open a German bank account to pay the rent, or whether your account in your home country will suffice.
- Enrolment in the ‘Studierendensekretariat’:
You must finally get enrolled in the ‘Studierendensekretariat’ - once again, you need to present the Guest Study Certificate from Rostock International House.
After enrolment, you will receive your (preliminary) Student ID with the semester ticket for local public transport, an enrolment certificate and the access details for your internet user account.
- Registering with the city authority / application for a residence permit:
More information is available here: Visa and Residence Permit
Can the Learning Agreement / the Study Timetable be changed after the start of the semester?
After your arrival and there are lectures and courses other than those in your Learning Agreement or Study Timetable that you wish to attend, you can change the document or start again from the beginning.
The Erasmus+ coordinator for your course here in Rostock needs to sign off the document.
Furthermore in this case, please also send a copy of the new / altered Learning Agreement or Study Timetable to Rostock International House.
How can I extend my guest studies by an extra semester?
Enrolment as a visiting student is always for one semester only, even if you are planning to stay for two semesters from the outset.
If you want to continue at the University of Rostock for a second semester, you must prepare a new Learning Agreement or new study plan and re-register with the transfer of the semester fee for the coming semester within the re-registration deadline.
There is more information about the re-registration process available here.
How do I obtain the Transcript of Records?
You need to create the certificate (Transcript of Records) yourself.
At the start of the semester, ask your professors and lecturers which examinations you need to take and how you will get credits (Achievement Certificates) for them.
You transfer the details from the Achievement Certificates into the Transcript of Records form and then show the Transcript and all the Achievement Certificates to the Erasmus+ coordinator of your course as he/she has to sign the form.
Please ensure that you send us a copy of the Transcript of Records! After that you can then send it to your home university.
What do I need to do at the end of my Guest Study?
- Cancellation of the rental agreement in the student residences:
The form can be obtained from the Studierendenwerk’s office.
After completing it, you must have it stamped by Rostock International House and submit it to the Studierendenwerk.
- Deregistration with the local authority / immigration authority
- Cancelling of the bank account
- Exmatriculation from the university:
The Student Secretariat will give you a document which must be signed by the university library, the ITMZ (Rostock IT & Media Centre) and your faculty.
Only then will you be exmatriculated. You will then receive an exmatriculation certificate that you will need for applying for another course in Germany, such as a Masters course.
Here you will find more information about exmatriculation.
- Certificate concerning the end of your guest studies:
Please report to Rostock International House just before you leave to receive a certificate covering the end of the guest study period.