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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences

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


Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24
13353 Berlin

Tel: +49 (30) 90269-0

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"

Unter den Linden 6
10117 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 2093-46746

Main building, room 1071

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Daniela Jahn
© Christian Wilhelm

Dipl.-Sozialwiss. Daniela Jahn

Student and Career Services Manager

Tel.: +49 30 2093-66545

Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9am - 3pm