Residence in Germany

For your stay in Germany, you should take care of your registration, re-registration and, if necessary, application for a residence title as soon as possible after you have successfully entered the country. Here you will find contacts and information on the procedures for residence in Germany.

As a part-time student, your periods of presence in Germany are usually short. However, the information provided here refers to longer-term stays in Germany. Please contact the respective programme coordinator to find out about the specifics that apply to you in terms of enrolment and entry.

The Stint in Lüneburg at twilight ©Leuphana
The Stint in Lüneburg at twilight

Enrolment at Leuphana

If you have been accepted to study at Leuphana, you then have to actively enrol. Otherwise your acceptance will become invalid. To do this, you have to submit the following documents and complete actions.

Infographic about the enrolment process ©Leuphana
Valid health insurance, a visa and the transfer of the semester fee are required for enrolment.

If you have any questions regarding enrolment, please contact Student Services (

Re-registration in Lüneburg

Foreign students who move to Germany in the course of their studies are obliged to register at the local registration office within two weeks of taking up permanent residence. To register, you have to present your passport or identity card as well as a confirmation from your landlord.

If you leave Lüneburg, you have to de-register.

Counselling session ©Leuphana
Students who move to Germany as part of their studies have to re-register at the Citizens' Registration Office (Bürgeramt).

Residence permit

Your visa allows you to stay in Germany for a short period of time (usually up to 90 days). Therefore, you should report to the Foreigners' Registration Office immediately after your arrival in order to obtain a residence permit for a longer period of time. It can take up to 6 weeks for the electronic residence title to be issued. Therefore, apply for the residence title early. The costs amount to approx. €100 for a residence permit of one year.


  • You can only enter and leave the country without any problems once you have received your residence title in the form of a credit card.
  • The residence permit is bound to the university and the study programme. If there are any changes, you have to inform the Foreigners' Registration Office immediately.

You have to submit the following documents:

  • a fully completed and signed application for a residence title;
  • a valid passport with visa (valid for at least six months, preferably one year);
  • a recent biometric passport photo;
  • notice of admission and certificate of enrolment from Leuphana University Lüneburg;
  • a savings account with a blocking notice (e.g. Fintiba, X-patrio, Deutsche Bank) for the full amount (934 euros per month [subject to change])
  • a health insurance certificate with unlimited coverage for Germany.

As part of the orientation programme, the International Office will support you with the application process.

You will find the Foreigners' Registration Office at the Bürgeramt Lüneburg:

Bardowicker Str. 23, 1st floor.
21335 Lüneburg


International Office
Universitätsallee 1, C 14 / 1. Floor
D-21335 Lüneburg