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HAW Hamburg

Visa, residence permits and other legal questions

As an international degree-seeking student there are several questions that need to be dealt with before you start your studies in Germany:

  • do I need a visa to enter Germany?
  • do I need a residence permit to study in Germany?
  • do I need health insurance in Germany and how can I get it?
  • can I work part-time while I am studying?
  • can I stay in Germany after graduation?
  • are my foreign academic qualifications recognised as a job qualification in Germany?

These pages provide the answers to these questions. If you have problems regarding your residence status as a student, please speak to the Ausländerbehörde, where you registered your address and got your residence permit, when you started your studies in Hamburg. 

Legal advice for students

If, once you are a degree-seeking student in Hamburg, you have legal problems, e.g. problems with a rental contract, you can get legal advice from a public legal advice office:

Öffentliche Rechtsauskunft (ÖRA)
Dammtorstr. 14
20354 Hamburg
Tel.: 040.428 43-3071
Mondays - Fridays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(no appointments given, please go early to ensure you are seen)

For people with a low income the service costs 10 Euros. Please speak to them before you speak to a lawyer, as they cannot give you advice once you have spoken to a lawyer.

Letzte Änderung: 17.07.17

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HAW Hamburg
International Office

Campus Berliner Tor
Students Service Centre
Stiftstr. 69 / Building G
20099 Hamburg

Teresa Schaubs
T +49.40.428 75-9183
Room 116

Office hours:
Thr 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
or by appointment