Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Bremen


Alphabetical information archive for your period of study in Bremen...


Residency Permit
Students not from a European Union member state require a special residency permit for academic purposes. Explanations with regard to this topic can be found under: DAAD: Visum und Bremen Services Universität (BSU): Visum. The Foreigners' Office is responsible for processing your application. A BSU branch is located on the campus of the University (near the cafeteria).
Bank To open an account, consult one of the following major banks, distributed everywhere throughout Bremen: Sparkasse Bremen (has the most branches/locations), Bremische Volksbank, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Bremer Bank. Withdrawal of funds from a cash machine of 'your' bank is free of charge throughout Germany. Be sure to ask about a no-fee account for students!
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen (SuUB) with tree sites and topics are available free of charge.

In the public Stadtbibliothek Bremen each student can become member for an annual fee of 15 euro. In addition to specialised books, there is engaging literature, novels and magazines. With a city library card, you can also access the music library.
Bremen Bremen is cosmopolitan and full of tradition. The modern business locality attracts science and research to Germany. This flair for the future are also evident in what the city has to offer in terms of cultural and leisure. You can get to know Bremen on the following web pages.
* Bremen Touristik
Copy-Shops Printed materials can be photocopied relatively cheaply in the copy shops. Copy shops nearby the University can be found under hier.
DAAD The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the largest German foundations. It contributes to the international relations of German universities by sponsoring exchange programmes for students and academics. In addition to periods of study, internships or research work are financially funded. Assorted helpful information for foreign students can be found on the DAAD website.
Groceries / Shopping
The versatile shopping possibilities in Bremen focus above all on the Innenstadtbereich und das "Viertel". The following link gives you information about Bremen's bazaars, bookstores, shopping centres and supermarkets.
Resident Registration Office
Each resident of Germany must register the address of their domicile. Please contact the registration office for your part of the city or the Citizen Service Center within two weeks of arrival in Bremen.

Opening times:
Wed. 7:30-13 Uhr
Mon, Thues, Thurs. and Fr. 7:30 am until 6:30 pm
Sa. 9:00 am until 1 pm.

You are required to bring your identification/passport. The necessary forms are available at the registration office or at the International Office. You will need your record of registration for your residency permit.
Essen und Trinken
Eating and Drinking
Warm food and snacks are least expensive at University cafeterias. You will find a choice selection of food and drink here:
* GastroNavigator
You should ensure that you have at least 650 to 700 Euros per month for life in Germany. This amount includes the rent (a room costs between 250 and 300 Euros per month in Bremen). Semester fees of € 250.00 or € 200.00 are charged once per semester (i.e. for six months) for exchange students. You will receive a pass for the extensive public transportation system in Bremen, with which you can travel to Hamburg, among other destinations. Library use is without charge for students.

Unfortunately, the university cannot offer scholarships. In unexpected emergencies, depending on circumstances, the International Office may be able to provide one-time financial support.

Different possible scholarships for foreign students can be found under Stipendien Please remember that a scholarship must generally be applied for two years in advance! Master students and students of the Summer School can possibly apply a scholarship at DAAD. Explore scholarship opportunities in your native country!

You'd like to work while studying? You can find information here, under "Jobs".
First Aid - Health Dictionary First Aid - An Illustrated Health Dictionary:
Information for Foreign Students in Germany
The city of Bremen offers diverse leisure opportunities. You will find a versatile composition of cultural offers, party scene, theatres, cinemas, museums, bazaars, etc. under Freizeitangebote oder Freizeitangebote in englischer Sprache.
The currency in Germany and many European countries is the Euro. You can quickly and easily calculate your native currency in Euros on the next pages, Wechselkurse.

See also "Living Expenses".
Being homesick is a normal process. You are in a foreign country and suddenly everything is new and unusual. Should you at any time feel it more strongly than usual, a hone call or letter quickly puts you back in touch with your familiar environment. Additionally, you can take advantage of counselling services at the University. There will always be someone to listen.
* Psychologisch-therapeutische Beratungsstelle (PTB)
Admitted applicants must register within a certain time period. By entering yourself on the registration list, you become a member of the University. when completing the registration, the applicant becomes member of the Bremen University of Applied Science
Immatrikulations- und Prüfungsamt.
International Office Contact partner for all international queries is the International Office
Internet Cafes
Addresses of many internet cafes can be found in the telephone directory. The closest internet café to the University is called “Net-Café” at Hohentorstrasse 86, phone: 0421 - 5 98 09 00.
Jobs Students from European Union countries do not require a work permit to work during their course of study.
Students not from European Union countries may work 90 full days or 180 half-days over the course of one year without a work permit. A special permit is required to work more than this.

Here, you will find information with regard to student jobs and the legal requirements: Studentenjobs

It is several degrees colder than average in the north, compared to the south of Germany. The North Sea frequently sends storm clouds over Bremen. Following information will prepare you for the Nordic weather:
Health insurance
All students in Germany require health insurance; proof of insurance must be displayed in order to register.

Information is available at the International Office.
Exchange students from partner universities can additionally meet with insurance company representatives at the beginning of each semester at the Newcomer Service event at the International Office!
Krankenversicherung für ausländische Studierende.

Living Expenses
While individual needs differ greatly, you can expect to devote at least between 600 and 660 Euros per month to living expenses. The results of a student union study found that students in Bremen spend on average € 704.16 per month. The average rent was found to be € 268.79. More information, particularly for students can be found under: Leben in Deutschland.
In Germany, the use of broadcast radio and television is subject to a monthly fee of € 16 , payable to the Federal Office for Collection of Radio/TV Fees in Cologne. Forms are available at most banks. Students with little income can receive an exemption from the Social Services Department. (Sozialamt). More information about exemption can be obtained from the General Students Committee (AstA):

Germany has a dual broadcasting system. In addition to the public stations – ARD, ZDF and NDR, there are numerous private stations available by cable or satellite. Cable television offers programming in English, French, Polish and Turkish. Depending on the orientation of the receiver, stations broadcasting in virtually all stations can be received by satellite.

There are over 350 regional and local daily newspapers in Germany. More than two thirds of Germans read a regional newspaper; in Bremen, this is the Weser-Kurier.
Weser-Kurier online

Special-interest newspapers are available free of charge in some stores.

Information about Bremen’s night life with parties, discos, cinemas and theatres can be found in the monthly magazine: Bremer.

The events guide ”Mix” is free of charge, appears monthly and is available in public places and movie theatres.

Newspapers are offered to students at discounted rates. All national and most regional daily papers offer a discount to bearers of valid student identification. Additionally, many daily papers offer a trial period free of charge, or at reduced rates, generally for two weeks. You can take advantage of these offers on the different newspapers websites.
In Bremen, it is least expensive to live in a student residence. Private apartments are generally more expensive.
You should make provisions for rent of approximately € 300.
General information, contact points, addresses and price information can be found here:

Also see “Housing”.
Newcomer Service The ‘Newcomer Service’ is offered to exchange students from partner universities at the beginning of each semester, before classes begin Newcomer-Service. Foreign students have the opportunity to discuss questions and problems with trained counsellors who will provide all assistance necessary. The Service includes support related to registering your domicile and obtaining your visa, health insurance and bank account. The week during which the Service is offered concludes with diverse cultural and leisure events, for example, a guided tour of the city and a coffee social.
Bremen offers a diverse nightlife, there’s something for everyone. There are small establishments, such as “Moments” and large, multilevel dance clubs, such as “Stubu” (close to the main train station). In terms of music, hip-hop and black music are well represented, through pop and rock, to metal or techno. “Modernes” is an establishment directly adjacent to the University (Neustadtswall site) that regularly hosts student parties; on weekends, the crowd is very diverse. The current party programme can be found in Bremen’s scene magazine Bremer.
Letters posted to destinations within Germany are delivered the next day. Standard postage for a letter is 55 cents. Postage cost increases with weight.

The main branch of Deutsche Post AG in Bremen is in the city centre (Domsheide 15). Each part of the city has at least one branch. Self-service stamp machines are generally located outside of post offices and can be useful when the office is closed or the queue is long.
Yellow post boxes can be found on many street corners. They are generally emptied at least once daily.
Religion Most Germans are Christian; about half are Catholic and the other half are Protestant. Both support numerous social programmes. Islam is represented by about three million believers.
Link: Feiertage in Bremen
Public Transportation: Semester Ticket (Pass)
After registering as a student, you will receive a “Semester Ticket,” which is a pass valid for the semester for access to buses, streetcars/trams and regional trains servicing Bremen and the surrounding area. The exact area covered is specified on the pass. Cities worth seeing, such as Cuxhaven, Osnabrück or Emden can be reached by train, free of charge with your semester pass. Please consult the ‘To-do List’ for more information about obtaining your semester pass.
Route maps for the Bremen streetcars can be accessed online: BSAG.
See also „Traffic“.
The Bremen University of Applied Sciences and the University of Bremen offer all students and other interested individuals an extensive sport programme. Courses such as Aerobics, Football or Yoga cost € 17 per semester. Sports such as squash, tennis or skydiving are more expensive. You should apply as soon as possible, as demand is quite high at the beginning of the semester. Few courses have availability after the first week after the beginning of the semester.
Hochschulsport Bremen.

Sport Service Bremen offers interesting news about sport in the region and can put you in contact with sporting associations in Bremen.
Language Schools
There are several language schools in Bremen that offer German courses at different levels. Course prices can vary significantly. A list of language schools follows below. private Sprachschulen in Bremen.

Comprehensive information about the topic Learning German can be found under Deutschkurse.

You also have the opportunity to learn languages other than German during your course of study. An overview is available on the website of the University Language Centre. Fremdsprachenzentrum der Bremer Hochschulen.
Electric power
Electricity in Germany is provided at 230 volts. Please remember to obtain a suitable adapter and only bring devices that allow you to select different voltages.
Student Identification
In addition to your University identification, you can apply for an international student identification card from ISIC. It costs € 12 and is valid from September to December of the next year. This identification enables you to take advantage of discounts at museums, cultural events and other venues internationally, including discounts on travel and hotels.

A catalogue containing all advantage of the ISIC card and how to get it can be found on the internet sites: ISIC.
While Deutsche Telekom has traditionally enjoyed a monopoly of the landline market, competition has been increasing in recent years. A contract for home telephone service can be made with Deutsche Telekom or another service provider. Even if you commit to a contract with the Telekom, you can still use competitor services by dialling a code before the number you want to call. An overview about the most economic tariffs can be found under: Billig telefonieren im In- und Ausland.

If you are not planning to have home telephone service during your stay in Germany, but have a good internet connection, you can also make calls online. All you need is a headset (headphones and microphone) and the necessary software (download). Few providers allow you to telephone for free. Generally a credit card is required to open an account and rates are several cents per minute. This option is less expensive than calling from a public telephone; however the audio quality is not as good. Two possible suppliers are: net2phone or skype.
Umgangsformen, Stil und Etikette, Mentalität
Customs, Manners, Etiquette, Mentality
Different countries have different customs – to help you avoid social blunders and generally inform you about German customs and habits, here are some tips about living in Germany:
* Greetings are determined by the time of day, “Guten Morgen” (Good Morning), “Guten Tag” (Good Day) and “Guten Abend” (Good Evening). The most used parting greeting is “auf Wiedersehen” (Goodbye). Among themselves, young people usually say “Hallo” as greeting, and use “Tchüss” as a parting greeting. Usually people briefly shake hands when they meet, however students often do not.
* Although gratuities are officially included in all prices, people frequently tip ten-percent of the price if they are happy with the service.
* Recycling is important in Germany. The waste disposal law requires residents to sort their refuse. This is primarily motivated by ecological concerns, since many refuse items can be recycled. Packaging bearing the “Green Dot” (Grüner Punkt) symbol should be placed in the yellow bag “Gelber Sack”, which can be obtained free of charge at many newsstands. All refuse that does not fall in any particular category goes into the general refuse. The yellow bag and general refuse are usually collected from your residence once per week; please take note of the weekly collection day. Clear and coloured glass, as well as paper and cardboard must also be sorted and brought to a collection site in your area.
The International Office will assist exchange students from partner universities to find housing. International Office.

Master students should consult the service agency ISA for assistance finding an apartment.

Information for full-time students on finding an apartment can be found here: Housing.
Vergünstigungen für Studierende
Student Discounts
Bremen has an extensive public transportation system. Streetcars and buses generally run every five to ten minutes with frequency declining in the evening. Streetcars run until about midnight during the week. Streetcars and buses run every hour during the night on weekends, leaving the main train station at half-past any given hour.

Bremen also offers good conditions for bicycling, in addition to public transportation. There are many frequently used and well-maintained bicycle routes within the city. Bicycling is also a great way to explore Bremen’s surrounding area!

Of course, transportation by private car is also practical, although there may be traffic jams in the afternoon. There are ample parking spaces in the city centre, especially in parking garages, but free parking is rare.
Every student must be insured (see Health Insurance). You should also have personal liability insurance; it will protect you if you unintentionally damage others’ property. Please find out if any outstanding personal liability insurance issued in your home country will be valid for your stay in Germany.
Deutsche Versicherungen im Vergleich.
See Residency Permit.
See Clothing / Climate / Weather.
Time Difference
A difference between summer and winter time is observed in Germany. Clocks are set back one hour in October, and forward one hour in March. In winter, the time zone is called Central European Time (CET), in summer; it is called Central European Summer Time (CEST) and is one hour ahead of CET. All major countries on CET also use CEST in the summer, so that it will always be the same time in, for example, Paris and Bremen.



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