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.
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 study programmes with English as a language of instruction.
If you are looking for modules and lectures that are taught in English, please contact us.
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?
We have prepared a checklist for you with the necessary information regarding the first steps after your arrival in Rostock. You can find the information here.
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 departmental 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 it to incoming.rihuni-rostockde. You should also re-register with the transfer of the semester contribution for the coming semester.
More information about the re-registration process and deadline is 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 departmental 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 send it to your home university.
How do I have to submit the confirmation of accommodation?
After you have applied for a place in a dormitory, you will receive an Application for student living from the Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar by e-mail. You can send this document to us as a confirmation of accommodation. Otherwise, you can forward the confirmation email from the Studierendenwerk to us.
I have to do an internship during my guest studies. Where und how can I apply for it?
Unfortunately, there is no list of internship positions at the University of Rostock. You have to look for an internship place yourself and write an application. Please get in touch with the lecturers und professors of your department and find out whether they can supervise your internship.
I do not have sufficient language skills of German. Can I attend the same courses in English?
If some courses have German as a language of instruction, they won’t be offered in English. So, you can attend classes taught in German only if you have proof of sufficient language proficiency.
I am an ERASMUS+ student. Do I have to pay a tuition fee?
ERASMUS+ students at the University of Rostock don’t pay a tuition fee or a fee for administrative services. However, all students at the University of Rostock are obliged to pay a semester contribution. This contribution is at the moment 227,00 Euro for each semester. The contribution consists of 130,00 Euro for the public transport, 9,00 Euro for the student union and 75,00 Euro as a social contribution for the Studierendenwerk.
You can find more information here: www.uni-rostock.de/en/studium/studienorganisation/im-studium/rueckmeldung
Do I have to pay a fee for administration or tuition as a guest student?
Analogue to all other students at the University of Rostock, ERASMUS+, partnership programme students and free movers at the University of Rostock don’t have to pay a fee for the tuition or administration. However, all students at the University of Rostock are obliged to pay a semester contribution.
This contribution is at the moment 227,00 Euro for each semester. The contribution consists of 130,00 Euro for public transport within Rostock, 9,00 Euro for the student union (AStA – Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss) and 75,00 Euro as a social contribution for the Studierendenwerk.
The public transport ticket can only be offered to students to this heavily discounted price, because it is mandatory for all students to take the ticket. A non-discounted ticket costs at the moment 402,00 Euro for one semester.
The student union (AStA – Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss) organises several events for students and offers discounted tickets or tickets free of charge for cultural events in Rostock. The social contributions to the Studierendenwerk allow them to operate several canteens for students, where students can buy discounted meals every day.
Those discounts make life for students in Rostock easier and affordable and are only possible, because all students have to pay this solidarity contribution.
How much money do I need in Rostock?
Foreign students from non-EU countries need financial proof for student visa. They have to prove 934 Euro/month for the visa application.
However, in Rostock students often need less money for a month.
|Room in a dormitory
|219,00 - 327,00
|Books and supplies
|Semester contribution (227,00 for winter term 2022/23)
|816,00 – 924,00
These are only approximate figures as an example of how much money a student needs in Rostock.
Do I need health insurance in Germany?
We recommend taking out travel insurance for entering Germany. Before arrival, however, you must take out appropriate - preferably statutory - health insurance for the duration of your stay. Health insurance is a mandatory requirement for your studies and life in Germany and is not optional.
If you can prove that you have a foreign private health insurance policy, this must be checked with a German statutory health insurance company to ensure that it provides sufficient cover.
If you have taken out (statutory) health insurance in Germany, you must contact your health insurance company so that they send an electronic notification to the University of Rostock that you have valid health insurance. Before the start of the semester, you will receive instructions to assist you in requesting said insurance confirmation. Without this notification and without health insurance, you cannot be enrolled.
Our recommendation to all students:
You should also take out personal liability and accident insurance that covers return transport to your home country (in the event of illness or death).
Proof of the European Health Insurance Card is not sufficient. You must ask a German statutory health insurance company for confirmation of your insurance. Before the semester begins, you will receive instructions to assist you in requesting said confirmation of insurance.
After your insurance coverage has been checked, an electronic notification will be sent to the University of Rostock that health insurance is in place. Without this notification you cannot be enrolled.