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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 at the University of Bonn's Department of Economics. International students may also want to visit the International Office's webpage that provides a lot of detailed information to facilitate your arrival. Also, for more detailled information on the Master program, please visit the webpages of the Department of Economics.
 

International students seeking information related to the Covid-19 pandemic may find the following webpage of the University's International Office useful:

 

Enrollment at the university's Studierendensekretariat

Information about the university

Arriving and living in Bonn

Overview of Deadlines

  

ENROLLMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY'S STUDIERENDENSEKRETARIAT

Prior to the beginning of classes, you need to enroll at the University of Bonn.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Studierendensekretariat, the "Office of the Registrar", requires students to make inquiries exclusively via email, phone or post. Also, enrollment is now done via postal mail (for detailed information see Student Registry – Information on the coronavirus).

Deadlines:

  • September 30 (Bachelor degree from Uni Bonn)
  • October 31 (Bachelor degree from other German universities and international degrees)

To enroll you need to send all the following documents and information:

  1. your e-mail address;
  2. the filled-out and signed enrollment form called Antrag auf Einschreibung. We will generate it for you through our database. You can also find the German or English form under the section Einschreibung on this webpage (make sure that it is the form for the winter semester 2020/21);
  3. a copy of the letter of admission;
  4. a copy of your identification document (ID or passport);
  5. a certified copy of your university entrance certificate, i.e. your high school school-leaving certificate (for students who did not graduate from a German university);
  6. a copy of your Bachelor degree certificate;
  7. a copy of your Bachelor transcript of records;
  8. certified translations of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of records, if these are not in either German or English;
  9. your health insurance certificate or a confirmation of exemption from the need to have German health insurance
  10. an Exmatrikulationsnachweis (if you have done your Bachelor at a German university)

 A German language certificate is not required. You also don't need to send proof of English proficiency at B2 level CEFR. However, be aware that you will need to bring it to the registration at the Economics Examination Office (see below).

Please note: Once the Studierendensekretariat has received your documents and enrolled you, they will send you will an e-mail requesting payment of the social contribution fee. Please transfer the money as quickly as possible as you will get your student documentation including your student ID (which is valid as as ticket in Bonn and NRW) and Uni ID (which you will need for access to online classes and materials) only after the payment has been received.

 

Do NOT forget to include your email address. Do NOT send the originals of the required documents. Send certified copies of the documents when required. The Studierendensekretariat needs to receive the documents within the enrollment period: Send them in time!

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Tuition Fees

When enrolling at the University of Bonn, all students must pay a so-called social contribution of approx. € 300. 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).

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Semester dates

Winter Term 2020/21

Beginning of Lecture Period  26 October 2020
Dies Academicus  2 December 2020
Christmas Break                                         24 December 2020 - 06 January 2021
End of Lecture Period  12 February 2021

 

Summer Term 2021

Beginning of Lecture Period TBA (April 2021)
Dies Academicus TBA
Pentecost Break                                       24-28 May 2021
End of Lecture Period TBA (July 2021)


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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 in. Once you have received your individual account, you will be able to log in and then to register for exams electronically and to see your current transcript.

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Orientation session

Before you start your studies, we would like to welcome you to the Department of Economics and provide some general information about the Master program. We will 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 22 and/or October 23.

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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 registrationn, 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. You will need to register by mid-December. More detailled information will be made available in time.

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Support, advice, contact

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

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Econ Buddy

Do you still have questions about studying and living in Bonn? Do you worry about doing some of the administrative things or about making the right decisions regarding your studies? In order to make life easier for you and to help you find your way around Bonn and the Department of Economics, we have organized a small study buddy program for Economics Master students, a so-called "econ buddy" program.

We would like to match small groups of 2-3 incoming students with one of the senior Master students who are in their third (or more advanced) semester. The idea is to be able to ask them all kinds of questions, to meet when you arrive or to get  together for a cup of coffee or a glass of beer. How you want to do this, is totally up to you - being an econ buddy is meant not only to get help but also as an opportunity to meet new people and maybe even make friends. A group of senior econ buddies has already singed up, so don't hesitate! If you would like to get an econ buddy, simply fill in the form

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ARRIVING AND LIVING IN BONN

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. 

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Accommodation/Housing

The Studierendenwerk (an organisation providing social, financial and other support services for students in Germany) runs the majority of the dormitories in Bonn. Presently, the demand for these rooms is not very high and you should be able to get a room by applying directly. More information is on their webpage.

Alternatively, we can support all international Master students in finding a room.

You can apply for a room of the Studierendenwerk through us by

  1. filling in our form;
  2. following 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;
  3. paying a 900 Euro deposit (required by the Studierendenwerk) which will be refunded once you have signed the rental agreement and paid the first month's rent for your room to the Studierendenwerk.

Application deadlines: July 31 (for move-in on October 1) and August 31 (for move-in on November 1st)

You can find an overview over the dormitories on the Studierendenwerk's webpage.

Finally, you can find useful information regarding short-term accommodation, shared housing, student flats, and dorms run by other institutions on the webpage of the University's International Office.

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Registration with the city of Bonn

Once you have found a place to stay, you will 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.

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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, your admission certificate 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.

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Health insurance

In Germany, all students are required by law to have health insurance. EU citizens and 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 an insurance 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 100 Euro per month. Make sure to bring your certificate of admission to the Master program along when applying for health insurance.

Usually, representatives of health insurance companies are present at the Studierendensekretariat during the registration period and you would be able to get a health insurance contract then. However, as this is not an option during the Corona pandemic, you will need to contact them beforehand:

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

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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 Residents 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.

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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”.

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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 will start from November 2nd 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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 OVERVIEW OVER DEADLINES

After your admission, there are many appointments and deadlines to remember (mandatory ones are in bold letters).

Here the one-offs:

  1. July 31/August 31: application for accommodation provided by the Studierendenwerk;
  2. September 30/October 31: enrollment period;
  3. Once enrolled: payment of the social contribution, Sozialbeitrag, to the University of Bonn. The deadline will be stated during the enrollment process;
  4. October 22 and/or 23: Orientation Session.
  5. By mid-December: registration at the Economics Examinations Office.

Once you have enrolled, paid the first social contribution installment and registered at the Economics Examinations Office, please look out for the exact deadlines of the following appointments when they are approaching:

  1. Mid-January: exam registration (Winter semester);
  2. From January to the end of February: payment of the Summer semester social contribution, Sozialbeitrag;
  3. End of June/Beginning of July: exam registration (Summer semester);
  4. From July to the end of August: payment of the Winter semester social contribution, Sozialbeitrag;
  5. Mid-September: registration for the research modules.

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