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Information for Incoming Master Students

On this page you will find most of the information you will need in order to start your Master's degree here in Bonn. International students may also want to visit the central International Offices's webpage for international students that provides a lot of detailed information which will facilitate your arrival.

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Enrollment at the university's Studentensekretariat

Information about the university

Arriving and living in Bonn




Prior to the beginning of classes,  you need to enroll with the University of Bonn. This needs to be done in person at the Studentensekretariat (Office of the Registrar) which is located at Poppelsdorfer Allee 49.

The enrollment period for incoming students who received a degree

  • from a German university is September 12-14.
  • from an international university is September 12 until October 12. Please note that October 3rd is a public holiday in Germany and the Studentensekretariat will be closed that day.


Office hours of the  Studentensekretariat: Mo-Fr: 10:00-12:00 am and Thu: 1:30-3:00 pm

In order to enroll, you need to fill in the Antrag auf Einschreibung, which you can find here. The English version of the application for enrollment is here

Please make sure to bring along all the documents listed at the end of the application form. Please note that you need to present the originals of your documents (Bachelor degree, Transcript of Records) as well as certified translations. Make sure to also  bring an original of your health insurance certificate or a confirmation of exemption from the need to have German health insurance.

Registration for German students is on the ground floor.





Tuition Fees

When enrolling at the University of Bonn, all students must pay a so-called  social contribution of approx. € 290. This contribution is neither a registration nor a tuition fee. Among other things, it includes a travel ticket for public transportation (" Semesterticket") in Bonn and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is valid for one semester (April to September or October to March).

As things are now, the University of Bonn does not charge any tuition fees. The newly elected administration of the state of Northrhine-Westphalia, however, has announced that it will introduce tuition fees for all non-EU international students. These tuition fees will amount to 1,500 per semester, that is to say a total of 6,000 Euro for the two-year Master program.

At this point in time, this is an announcement only, as a law has not yet been passed. Thus, there will definitely not be any tuition fees in the coming winter semester. However, we do not know when this will change and at what point in the future these tuition fees will be charged.


Semester dates

Summer Term 2018

Begin Lecture Period  9 April 2018
Dies Academicus  16 May 2018
Pentecost Break                                        21. - 26. May 2018
End of Lecture Period  20 July 2018


Winter Term 2018/19

Begin Lecture Period  8 October 2018
Dies Academicus  5 Dezember 2019
Pentecost break                                         24.12.18 -  4.1.2019
End of Lecture Period  1 February 2019


Summer Term 2019

Begin Lecture Period  1 April 2019
End of Lecture Period  12 Juli 2019


Electronic class schedule

All classes offered at the University of Bonn are listed in the electronic class schedule (BASIS). You can browse through the schedule without having to log on. Once you have received your individual account, you will be able to log on and then to register for exams electronically and to see your current transcript.


Orientation session

Before you start your studies, we would like to welcome you to the Bonn Graduate School of Economics and provide some general information about the program, introduce the professors who will teach the classes in the first semester, and give you a chance to meet your fellow Master students, You will receive a separate invitation for this orientation session which will take place on October 5.


Economics examination office

The Economics Examination Office (Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Prüfungsamt) organizes and coordinates all exams and keeps your file. In order for the Prüfungsamt to open your file, you will need to come by and be admitted to the participation in the Master examinations. In the process of this admission, the Exam Office will need to see certified copies and official translations of your documents (Bachelor degree, Transcript of Records, language certificate), a CV,  and a photo.  More detailed information can be found on their webpage. Admission will take place in December 2018 (specific dates will be announced later).


Support, advice, contact

For a list of institutions providing support and advice with academic affairs, please visit the webpage of the international office.




Below you  find information on several  issues relevant for preparing your stay in Bonn. For more detailed information on accommodation, visa, health  insurance, enrollment, etc. you may also want to check out the pages of our central International Office: Before Studying





The Studierendenwerk (an organisation providing social, financial and other support services for students in Germany) runs the majority of the dormitories in Bonn. The demand for these rooms is extremely high and available rooms are very limited.

We will be able to reserve a contingent of rooms and make these available to incoming international Master students, provided you pay a deposit of €300. If you want to rent a room though us, you will need to

  • fill in our form
  • follow the next steps described in the e-mail you will receive. We will give you detailed information about how to apply online and how to pay the deposit.

Deadline for applying is July 31th!

The deposit will be refunded once you have paid the first month's rent for your room  to the Studierendenwerk.

Unfortunately, parts of the Studierendenwerk homepage are in German only. On the left, under the heading "Wohnanlagen" you'll find an overview of all their dormitories. You will then be asked where you would prefer to obtain housing. This, however, is only for technical reasons, as in case you obtain housing, you will be offered a room irrespective of your preference.

Two words of warning:

1) We have already been informed by the Studierendenwerk that not enough rooms will be available even for those of you reserving a room through us. Thus, there is no guarantee that you will actually receive a room. We will try to both inform and support you as best as we can.

2) Please note that neither you nor we can influence the odds of your receiving a room, as the rooms will be allocated by the Studierendenwerk, not by us. In case you receive a room, your housing preferences will not be considered and you will have to accept the room assigned to you.


Also note that, although there is no guarantee that you will receive a room if you follow the steps outlined above, the chances of receiving a room by applying directly to the Studierendenwerk, and not through us, are close to zero. If you do not want to rent a room through us, you will have to be prepared to look for private accommodation, which might be difficult if you are not familiar with basic German.

You will also need to look for private accommodation if the contingent we reserve through the Studierendenwerk is exhausted and you end up not being offered a room. In such a case, you can find more information on short-term accommodation, shared housing, student flats, and dorms run by other institutions on the pages of the International Office.


Registration with the city of Bonn

Once you have found a place to stay, you need to register with the Residents’ Registration Office (Bürgeramt). In order to register, you need to bring along your rental agreement  and your passport. Students with a room or an apartment in downtown Bonn can register at the Bürgeramt im Stadthaus. You can find more information (in German) on their webpage and also an online form for making an appointment (Terminvereinbarung) but you can also go there without appointment. We will provide assistance for international students  seeking to register with the city.


Aliens office (Ausländeramt)

All international students need a valid residence permit: Students with a visa that is valid throughout their stay do not need to register with the Aliens office (Ausländeramt), all others do. You can find a map (Stadtplan) and more information (in German only) on the webpage of the aliens office. There is also an online form (in German) to make an appointment (Terminvereinbarung). We will also provide assistance for international students at the aliens office.

In order to get the residence permit, please bring a valid passport, admission letter or proof of registration from the university, proof of registration form the Bürgeramt, proof that you can support yourself financially, student visa (not applicable for EU citizens), and proof of sufficient health insurance.


Health insurance

In Germany, all students are required by law to have health insurance. EU citizens or students form countries that have signed a social security agreement with Germany can take out health insurance in their home country, this insurance will be recognized in Germany. Please double-check with your insurance company and with the Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK) in Bonn whether you are sufficiently covered.

All other students need to take out a German health insurance policy. You can do so with a company of your choice. Several insurance companies are located in downtown Bonn, e.g. AOK, Barmer Ersatzkasse,Techniker Krankenkasse. Health insurance costs amount to about 80 Euro per month. Make sure to bring the certificate of admission to the Master program along when applying for health insurance.

Usually, some representatives of health insurance companies will be present at the Studentensekretariat during the registration period and you will be able to get a health insurance contract then. 


You can find more information on the topic on the webpage of the international office.


Bank account

Since most payments can only be made through bank transfers, you will need to open a German bank account, more specifically a current account or checking account (Girokonto). You can open such an account after having registered with the City Registration Office (Bürgeramt) with a bank of your choice or with the post office. In most cases the basic account is free of charge for students.


Living in Bonn

For more programs and activities organized by the International Office for all international students of the University of Bonn, ranging from the study buddy program which will provide you with a German study buddy familiar with the university via the help desk to the program of the international club, please visit the homepage for international students.

Additional information can be also found in the “Guide for International Students”.


Learning German

We strongly urge those of you who have no or only limited knowledge of German to take German language classes.

For international students of the Master program in Economics, we offer a Intensive Beginner's class in German Language and Communication (level A1 CEFR), as well as a A2.2 course for advanced learners. You will receive further information by email.

Information on additional German courses offered at different levels by the International Office through Pro Integration can be found here.

These classes start on October 29 and are free of charge.

If you wish to register for a German Language class (A1 or A2.2), please fill in the following form.



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