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During Your Studies

 

For information regarding your specific faculty, please visit their website, or join one of their “Welcome” courses. To get an overview of our services and offers, see our brochure "Insight for international Master Students in Bonn."

In addition to the information provided during enrollment at by the Registrar's Office (Studentensekretartiat), your faculty will offer you subject-specific information - e.g.  Preliminary Courses (see also "Pre-Course offers according to subjects of study"] as well as an orientation week, which will help to give you an idea of your field of study after you have arrived in Bonn.

Several Departmental Study Advisors are available, to answer your questions and consult with you at the beginning, and during, your studies. Your facility's "Fachschaft" (Student Council), represents your faculty at the university, and also offers information and support for new students and foreign students - especially concerning your respective field of studies. 

In order to continue studying, you must simply pay the semester fee at the beginning of the each semester, before the designated deadline. You will find further information here (in German). In case of further questions, please contact the Registrar's Office


 

The Welcome Service is available to international Master's Students, and Doctoral Candidates, who have an admission to the University of Bonn, but are not yet proficient enough in the German language to complete the bureaucratic formalities expected after arrival. As a component of our Help Desk, we will accompany you within the first days/weeks to the necessary administrative procedures - on request-..

The International Office, as well as some University departments, offer special events and courses such German language classes, events at the International Club, International Choir rehearsals, excursions, etc. for international students. You will find further information on extracurricular activities provided by the International Office here: "Counseling & service for international students".

  

To apply for a visa or a German residence permit, non-EU students must prove their financial stability - for the duration of their time studying in Germany - before enrollment. This financial statement must prove that the student has enough financial support for the first year after arrival/the duration of their residence permit. Please contact and ask the German embassy in your home country how much money, and in which form you must prove your financial stability, in advance.  

Students who have family members or acquaintances that live in Germany, may name them as a sponsor - using the so called "Verpflichtungserklärung" (Formal Declaration of Obligation) - if he/she is willing to take responsibility for the costs of the student.

EU-students must show their financial stability, but are not required to formally prove this through letters of sponsorship, blocked accounts etc.

 

You should keep the following costs during your studies in Germany in mind:

  • Living expenses (rent, food, clothes, books…/ about 700-800 Euro monthly). Here, you will find detailed information on the average monthly cost of living for a student - source: "Deutsches Studierendenwerk".

  • Semester Fee - about 285 € per Semester (Summer Semester 2017)

Several foundations like the DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) offer scholarships and grants. Usually, the application for a scholarship may already be done in your home country. Therefore, please be aware of the application deadlines (some foundations only decide 1-2 times a year who is granted a scholarship). The DAAD offers a comprehensive list of several foundations here: DAAD Finding Scholarships. Additionally, the International Office offers an overview of  several foundations: Scholarship Overview.

For International Graduates and Non-Graduates: Please Note: There are different conditions for graduates and non-graduates. Sometimes an application for a scholarship is only possible after being accepted to a university.

If the terms of your residence permit allow it, international students are allowed to work in Germany. You will find the necessary information concerning working permission for foreign students of non-EU countries here - source DAAD - "Earning money".

 

Depending on your residence permit, foreign students are allowed to work. The general permission to work should already be noted in your visa (See “Zusatzblatt”). Nevertheless, there are some regulations for working without the permission of the 'Bundesagentur für Arbeit'.

 

EU-students do not need permission to work. They must follow the same regulation as German students: if you work more than 19 hours per week, and earn more than 450€, students are required to pay taxes and social charges. With this tax you pay into the German Social Security Program, and Health Insurance Fund, which is counted within the EU. In order to work, you must apply for a tax number, which you may do at the Finanzamt in Bonn (Financial Office).

 

Foreign students with a residence permit are allowed to work up to 120 full days, or 240 half days (if this does not exceed four/five hours per day) within one legal year without special permission. If the job is only temporary, or within a special period of time (e.g. holidays), only the days on which the student worked, will be counted. A weekend job, therefore, is not counted as consistent employment. Employees and employers must remain aware of the amount of hours that have been worked within the legal calendar year, without special permission, in order to avoid exceeding 120/240 days.

If the student has already worked 120 days, they must get permission from the Bundesagentur für Arbeit and the Foreigner's Office to continue working or start a new job.

 

Besides the 120 days without special permission, it is possible to work as a student assistant, or research assistant, without any time limitations. This is also the regulation for obligatory internships that is required by your studies. If you’re interested in a job as a student assistant, researcher, or tutor, contact your institute for more information.

If you have further questions concerning working as an international student, please contact the Foreigner's Office. E-Mail: info-auslaenderbehoerde@bonn.de.

You will find the necessary information concerning working permissions for foreign students of non-EU countries here "Information on the Legal Requirements Applicable to the Pursuit of Gainful Employment by Foreign Students, University GraduatesScientists and Other Academics (source: DAAD 2012).

 

Additionally to the local newspapers and job pools, you will find job offers here:

www.arbeitsagentur.de
www.studentenwerk-bonn.de
www3.uni-bonn.de/die-universitaet/stellenangebote

www.glassdoor.de/index.htm (click on the German flag for English/French)
www.studentenjobs24.de/
www.jobmensa.de/studentenjobs-bonn

You can also ask for job/internship offers at the Career Center - University of Bonn (in German).

 

The Foreigner's Office is responsible for extending your residence permit.

Please remember: to make an appointment for the extension of your residence permit before your current residence permit becomes invalid.

Students who entered Germany without a visa, obligation but who will stay for more than 3 months must apply for a residence permit after their arrival in Germany. 

Ausländeramt der Stadt Bonn

Oxfordstrasse 19
53111 Bonn

In order to apply for a residence permit, you will need an appointment which can be made online.

Normally, the Foreigner's Office needs the following documents:
- Completed Application Form (if the student entered without a visa), this is available at the Foreigner's Office 
- Valid Passport (valid for the period of the extension!)
- Passport Photo (biometric)
- Confirmation of your sufficient financial status (Bank Statements)
- Confirmation of a valid health insurance policy
- Confirmation of your registration from the Einwohnermeldeamt 
- If your spouse or children will stay in Germany as well: Certificate of Marriage and your children('s) Birth Certificate(s).

While making an appointment, please ask if any additional documents are required.

 

Students with children are supported by the AStA Advising Office for Students with Children (Beratungsstelle ‚Studieren mit Kind‘), and  by the University Family Office for Parents at the University of Bonn.In addition, there are several daycare centers (Kindertagesstätte = KiTa) and parent groups (Elterninitiativen).

The Studierendenwerk Bonn runs a total of 5 daycare centers (3 in Bonn, one each in Rheinbach and St. Augustin): for general information (in German) and contact information see here

Studierendenwerk Bonn

Nassestraße 11, 53113 Bonn
Tel.: 02 28 / 73-71 99
 

Please be aware that most of the information provided in the links below are in German!

 

The KiTa "Rheinaue" in Bonn cares for a maximum of 90 children of student parents. The children range in age from four months to school-entry age. The u3 slots (for children younger than 3) are reserved for students. It is located in close proximity to the Rheinauen (Heinrich-von-Stephan-Straße), and is accessible by U-Bahn (Line 66: Stop: Robert-Schuman-Platz) and bus (Line 610: Stop: Volksbankhaus). Registration is possible at any time via the website of theStudierendenwerk Bonn.

The KiTa "Newmanhaus" on Adenauerallee, which is operated by the Studierendenwerk in cooperation with the University of Bonn, cares for a maximum of 35 children aged from four months to school-entry age. The u3 slots are reserved for young scholars, while the other slots are available primarily for children of students and employees of the University. The KiTa is located in the Studentenwohnheim Newmanhaus and is accessible by U-Bahn (Lines 66 and 63: Stop: Juridicum). Registration is possible at any time via the website of the Studierendenwerk Bonn.

The KiTa "Auf dem Hügel" is closely located to the Campus Endenich. This KiTa provides care for up to 50 children ranging in age from four months to school-entry age. Most slots are reserved for children of students and employees of the University.

You will find another KiTa in Sankt Augustin, which is located next to the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. If you are enrolled or employed here, you can register for free slots. This KiTa, which is split into two groups, takes care of about 30 children ranging in age from four months to school-entry age.

In the surrounding area of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, you will also find the KiTa Rheinbach. It has the same requirements and capacities as the KiTa in Sankt Augustin.

Both KiTas are operated by the Studierendenwerk Bonn as well.

These institutions charge an income-dependent state-subsidized parent contribution, as well as a flat monthly fee of 83 Euros for food, diapers, and care products.

The following admission conditions apply for all Studierendenwerk daycare centers (KiTa):

  • At least one parent must be a properly registered student at the University of Bonn or at the Hochschule Rhein-Sieg.

  • The parents must be residents of the corresponding municipality (Bonn, Rheinbach, St. Augustin)

Please Note: Admission is usually at the beginning of the Kindergarten year (August), or when free slots are available. Please note that the KiTa will usually remain closed for three weeks during the summer.

Additional KiTa institutions in Bonn can be found on the City of Bonn website. You are also very welcome to inquire at the Family Office (Familienbüro) of the City of Bonn with any questions on education or care. For urgent queries, there is a City of Bonn hotline: 02 28 / 77 40 70.

There are several student-friendly parent groups (Elterninitiativen) in Bonn. You will find their addresses here: 

Kinderladen Dottendorf e.V., Dottendorfer Straße 10, 53129 Bonn, Ph.: 02 28 / 23 33 11          
   
Kindertagesstätte Augustinushaus, Katholische Hochschulgemeinde, Eduard-Pflüger-Straße 56, 53113 Bonn, Ph.: 0228 / 54 97 51 / kita.khg@gmx.de 
 
Kinderladen Kleine Kaiser e.V., Kaiserstraße 14, 53113 Bonn
 
KiTa an der PH e.V., (not only for students!), Karl-Legien-Straße 146, 53117 Bonn, Ph.: 0228 / 67 61 87
KiTa Rotznasen e.V., Nassestraße 9, 53113 Bonn, Ph.: 02 28 / 26 53 95
 
 

The University of Bonn offers prospective students and students with disabilities and/or chronic diseases, a designated point of contact for clarification of issues that are associated with studying in Bonn with a disability, or serve to resolve personal problems - which may need to be dealt with within the university administration and/or in the relevant department/ faculty.
For questions, please contact Ms. Marion Becker, 53012 Bonn, Tel.: +49 (0) 228 73 7306, Fax: +49 (0) 228 73 7969
E-Mail: studierenmithandicap@uni-bonn.de
Homepage: www.studierenmithandicap.uni-bonn.de

 

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