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Preparing your arrival

The information below will help you prepare for your stay in Bremen or Bremerhaven before arrival.
Get more information about entry regulations, different insurances, search for accommodation and the best way to integrate your family in Bremen/Bremerhaven and the recognition of degree certificate.

Visa and Entry Regulations

Which visa type fits best for you and your individual situation? - is it possible to travel without visa?
We for sure know that this is a very complex and challenging issue and we will support you with any questions you might have.

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Housing in Bremen and Bremerhaven

In Bremen and Bremerhaven the demand for apartments and furnished rooms is high and especially during the summer months hunting for housing can turn into a real challenge. Therefore, it is best to start looking for a place as soon as possible. On the following page we have listed different options to look into depending on the length and purpose of your stay and your personal preferences.
For short visits it's usually best to check into a Guest house, Hotel or Hostel for good offers.

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The majority of the German population is subject to compulsory insurance. For most insurances, the contributions for the social security system, which includes the health insurance, are shared equally between employer and employee. In addition, there are non-mandatory insurances, such as liability insurance.
On the following page you will find all information about the most important insurances in Germany.

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Stay with family

Are you coming to Bremen or Bremerhaven with your family?
The following pages contain information related to school enrollment for children, arranging day care, as well as information about family support services.
For admission for the regular academic year starting in August, school and kindergarten enrollment deadline is end of January of the same year.
To look up information on kindergartens in Bremen and Bremerhaven visit the website Kinderbetreuungskompass. For information about schools visit Schulwegweiser.

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Recognition of degree certificate

Are you aiming for a doctorate at the University of Bremen?
Before your educational qualifications can be admitted to the University of Bremen, the foreign educational certificates must first be recognized. The International Office of the University of Bremen will be happy to support you in this process. ­
Here you find useful information.