Online Welcome Point

The Online Welcome Point supports you with the online enrollment process and with your start at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg: Meet or chat with BTU students, find a BTU Buddy and get all the relevant information about the enrolment as well as your first steps in Cottbus and Senftenberg after enrolment.

Ask international BTU students your questions about enrollment and your study start via video call and chat in our online consultation sessions! Our Welcome Tutors will support you, e.g. in completing your enrollment documents, advise you on health insurance, inform you about fun events and much more. Feel free to stop by!

Consultation hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00 (CET)
Join the Meeting:  HERE

Questions regarding health insurance?

Participate in the online info sessions of BTU's health partners

Info Session "Welcome to Germany - good things to know!" (English) by Techniker Krankenkasse
every Wednesday 2-3 PM (CET; till 12 October 2022), Registration required via this link.

Individual Online-Consultation by Techniker Krankenkasse: Registration via this link.
Online Info Sessions for health insurance by AOK Nordost

Links and registration:
24.08.2022, 11-12 (CET; English)
31.08.2022, 1-2 PM (CET; German)
07.09.2022, 3-4 PM (CET; English)

Individual consultation by AOK Nordost: central contact person is Anke Lanzky (anke.lanzky(at)
Personal consultation hours at the Welcome and Registration Point - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 3 pm (CET)
Fill in the online application of enrolment form via myBTU till 10 October 2022
  • Please click on request of enrollment in your myBTU-Portal, as soon as you received an admission letter
  • Fill in the application of enrolment form and print it off
  • Sign the application of enrolment form and scan it in or photograph it

If you are not sure how to fill out the online enrolment form at myBTU portal, watch the video using this link.

Forward your application of enrolment form & additional documents

Please forward your documents to international+studystart(at) via E-Mail:

  • Signed enrolment form
  • Copy your passport (or ID card scan for EU citizens), both sides
  • If you come from a country with a visa requirement: a copy of a valid visa or residence permit which entitles you to study in Germany (if applicable with a supplementary sheet)
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • If you were already enroled at a German university before: an exmatriculation certificate and proof of right to take examination (in German: Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung + Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung)
  • Missing documents according to your admission letter (if applicable, e.g. proof of language skills)

Also Important: Your Health Insurance

You need a health insurance to enroll at the BTU. Information on the health insurance policies accepted for enrolment in Germany can be found here.

Pay your semester fees
  • Please pay the semester fee as soon as you have submitted your online enrollment application. You will also find all the relevant information on transferring the semester fee on your enrolment form.
  • You can check your payment status by yourself – for that login at your myBTU portal – you can find the note of your received payment in the top right. Kindly understand that it can take a few days till we can update your payment status.

Please note:

The university cannot cover any additional costs incurred by transferring the fees from abroad. Please also note the current exchange rate.

The semester fees do not necessarily have to be transferred from your account. There is for instance the possibility that someone else transfers your semester fees for you. The payment reference (the student code) is decisive so that we can assign the payment to the correct student. You can find your payment reference on your enrollment application.

Arrival in Cottbus/Senftenberg – Visit our Welcome & Registration Point

Via our Welcome & Registration Point you can talk and chat with our international tutors. There we will welcome you on site in Cottbus and Senftenberg from 05 September 2022. In addition, we will also support you remotely in our online consultation session.

Welcome und Registration Point05 September till 28 October 2022
On Campus
  • Cottbus: main campus, main building, room 4.29
    • Mo till Thu, 10 - 15; Fr 10 - 12 (CET)
  • Senftenberg: Room 2.219 (by appointment, please write an E-mail to AbdulRahman.Kailani(at)
Online-ConsultationTuesday and Thursday, 10-12 (CET) - enter the Online-Consultation
Pick up your Student ID (Chip Card)

As soon as your enrollment is complete, you can pick up your Student ID (Chip Card) in Cottbus or Senftenberg. You will also be informed about this by Email. If you have any questions about the status of your enrollment or your student ID, please contact infothek(at)

Please remember to enroll before you arrive in Cottbus or Senftenberg. This is the only way we can ensure that your student ID is ready when you arrive.

BTU's digital platforms for study management, course registration, and eLearning

After enrolment you will gain access to BTU's online portals:

1. The myBTU-Portal is BTU's platform for student self-management:

  • View and download you certificates and notifications
  • View information about paying fees
  • Submit applications for leave of absence, removal from the register of students and view their status
  • Change your contact details

2. Students have to register on BTU's eLearning platform Moodle with the BTU-ID and password. The Moodle platform will be used for getting access to individual module related assignments, notes, lectures and updated information by the Professors. The Moodle application can be downloaded on mobile phones, tablets and accessed on desktops.

3. Students have to separately register for individual module examination on BTU Online Portal.

  • Login into the online portal with BTU ID and password.
  • Open registration and deregistration section.
  • Register or de-register for examinations.
  • You will get a confirmation email on your BTU Webmail.
Registering at the City Administration Office

In Germany, all persons who rent an accommodation, as well as all persons who will be residing in Germany for more than three months are obligated to register their address. Usually within two weeks after your arrival in Cottbus or Senftenberg (currently no deadline due to the pandemic), you and your family members must register your address at the City Administration Office(Stadtbüro). After registering your address, you will receive an official proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung), which is needed before you can open a bank account. You can find their hours of operation on the website of the City Administration Office.

To register, you will need:

  • Your confirmation by your landlord  (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)
  • Your passport or ID

Current  Information: Due to epidemiological reasons, you need to register for an appointment at the City Administration Office Cottbus (Stadtbüro) or the Registration Office Senftenberg (Einwohnermeldeamt), respectively. The following options are available for making an appointment:

City Administration Office Cottbus

Registration Office Senftenberg

Please see this  guideline on booking an appointment at the city offices.

After city registration students will receive their respective tax and social security documents from the city office via post to their home address. The post box should have their full name (Vorname und Nachname) written on it. In case the student does not receive the letter within 2 weeks of city registration, they should contact the city office for the documents.


If you decide to change residences within Cottbus or Senftenberg, please remember that you must notify the City Administration Office of your new address within two weeks of moving. Students need to take their Residence permit card along with the passport and the new confirmation by the landlord.

Important note – Students will receive a new city registration document with new address. Along with it, the address on the residence card will be changed by the Stadtbüro with an official stamp and a sticker.

Open a bank account

If you plan to live and work in Germany for an extended period of time, receive a salary or scholarship, or need to pay rent, it makes sense for you to open a German bank account. 

For your convenience, there are several types of bank accounts. We recommend a checking account, which means that you will receive a Euro Cheque-card (EC-Card) to use. With an EC-Card, you can withdraw money from ATMs and also use it to pay in supermarkets, stores, Deutsche Bahn ticket machines and most restaurants.

If you want to open a new checking account, you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Passport or equivalent ID
  • Visa
  • Proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung) (from the City Adminstration Office)
  • Current certificate of enrolment

In Germany, there are many different state-run (Sparkasse, Volksbank) and private banks for you to choose from. The services offered by these banks are very similar, but there are also some differences. For example, each bank might have different account management fees, offer additional services and either have more or fewer ATMs located throughout Germany.

Banks in Cottbus

● Sparkasse Spree-Neiße
● VR Bank Lausitz
● Postbank
● Deutsche Bank
● Commerzbank
● Hypovereinsbank
● Targobank
● Sparda-Bank
● Santander Bank
● Deutsche Kreditbank

Banks in Senftenberg

● Sparkasse Niederlausitz
● VR Bank Lausitz
● Postbank
● Deutsche Bank
● Commerzbank

Apply for a residence permit

For technical reasons, you must wait at least one day after registering your address at the city office before you are allowed to apply for a residence or work permit.

The Foreigners’ Registration Office in Cottbus is located in the same building as the City Administration Office, but on the 2nd floor. Please visit the Foreigners’ Registration Office at least six weeks before your visa expires. If you wish to extend your residence permit, you should apply at least one month before it is set to expire.

Current Information: Due to pandemic reasons, requests can only be processed with an online-appointment. You may also send an E-mail to the Foreigners' Registration Office Cottbus with your request (e.g. apply for a residence permit, extend a residence title) and your desired appointment time to: auslaenderbehoerde(at)

Please do also have a look at the  guideline on booking an appointment at the foreiger's registration office Cottbus.

When applying for a residence permit for the first time, you should bring the following items:

  • Official proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung) (which you receive upon registering at the City Administration Office)
  • Valid passport or similar ID (must be valid for the entire period of intended stay)
  • Biometric passport photo (35 x 45mm)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Certificate of enrolment
  • Proof of financing your stay
  • Proof from landlord of sufficient living space (e.g. lease contract)

Electronic Residence Permit (eAT)

Your residence permit is issued as an electronic residence permit (eAT) in the form of a card. After applying for your residence permit, it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks for it to be issued. Upon receiving a letter by post with your secret PIN number included, you can go to the Foreigners’ Registration Office and pick up your residence permit card.