This checklist is designed to help you plan your journey:

  • Plan the beginning of your employment and book a consultation appointment with the HR department and your host institution at BTU well in advance.
  • Contact the BTU Welcome Centre. The earlier we know your date of arrival, the better we can organise everything required for your stay, e.g. accommodation. Registration Welcome Centre
  • Check your passport. In order to enter Germany, you will need a valid international passport. Your passport must to be valid until at least the end of your intended stay in Germany.
  • Familiarise yourself with the current visa regulations and submit your visa application. You can find further information on this topic on our webpage Visa.
  • Search an accommodation! You can find further information on this topic on our webpage Accommodation.
  • Familiarise yourself with the various options for health insurance. Please keep in mind that all family members who are arriving with you will need health insurance coverage from the very first day of your stay in Germany.

In many cases, the following additional documents are required:

  • Multiple biometric passport photographs (35 x 34 mm) which will be used for your personal identification documents, which you will need during your stay in Germany;
  • Multiple authentic copies of important documents (e.g. a PhD certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificate(s) of your children, etc.);
  • An international vaccination certificate; and,
  • An international driving licence.

    Further hints:

    • The standard voltage and AC frequency in Germany are 220-240V and 50Hz AC. All outlets are equipped with EU-standardised plug-ins. You may want to consider bringing a suitable adaptor(s), transformer(s) and/or plug converter(s).
    • If you are dependent on certain medications, then you should bring enough from your home country. Medicines can be much more expensive or unavailable in Germany.

    The Welcome Centre wishes you a very pleasant journey to Germany!