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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Residence Permit

After completing the enrolment procedure, all non-EU citizens have to obtain a residence permit ('Aufenthaltsgenehmigung'). To do so, you can (1) either go to the foreigner's registration office ('Ausländerbehörde') or (2) to the ORBIS Visa Service of Humboldt-Universität.

(1) Foreigner's registration office / 'Ausländerbehörde'

Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24 13353 Berlin (Wedding) Tel: +49 (30) 90269 0

E-Mail: abh@labo.verwalt-berlin.de  Mo/Tue: 7am-2pm, Thu: 10am-6pm.

We highly recommend setting up an appointment online via.

Documents you need:

  • Acceptance letter/student ID from Humboldt-Universität;
  • Passport;
  • 2 biometric passport pictures;
  • Certificate of residency ('Meldebescheinigung');
  • Proof of health insurance (chip card, health insurance form); 
  • At least € 100,- for the registration fee;
  • Proof of financial support (bank account statement, scholarship notice, letter from parents covering €600/month);
  • An entrance visa, if necessary;
  • Visa application form 'Aufenthalt zum Studium /Sprachkurs'.

Please note: There is a Visa Service at Humboldt-Universität. The ORBIS Humboldtianus offers a visa service. Information are available online.

They may also ask you to hand in additional documents. Forms and further information are available online on their website.

(2) ORBIS Visa Service

ORBIS is the international club of Humboldt-Universität. It also provides visa services for international students. The service includes applying for and extending residence permits at the Foreigner's Registration Office ('Ausländerbehörde'). Thus, you are spared the trip there. However, take into account that you need to wait for a couple of weeks before you get your passport back. Documents to be handed in are the same listed above.

International Club "Orbis Humboldtianus"

Main building, room 3120, 2.nd floor (via Audimax)

Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

E-Mail: visaservice@uv.hu-berlin.de Tel.: +49 (30) 2093 2221

More information and consultation hours are available.