In order to enroll at a German university, all students under 30 years of age are required by law to carry health insurance. The same applies to all students who require a residence permit (i. e. non-EU citizens). In the following section, we describe how EU and non-EU citizens can fulfill this requirement and how to evidence it.
Non-EU students under 30 have to purchase mandatory student health insurance from a German state health insurance provider. This insurance costs about EUR 120 per month and covers most medical and dental costs. An advantage of these insurances is that the cost of treatment is carried out directly between the doctor and the insurance company. However, prescriptions require payment of a fee ranging from EUR 5 to 10.
If you have already obtained private health insurance under your scholarship program (e.g. Erasmus Mundus students, DAAD or IPSWaT scholarship holders, etc.), you must obtain a certificate of exemption (Befreiungsbescheinigung) from any of the state health insurance providers to present at the time of enrollment at the university.
Please note: Your student health insurance coverage is in effect only when you are enrolled at the university. Coverage starts on October 1 for the winter semester and April 1 for the summer semester. Therefore, if you will be taking the intensive German courses, respectively in September or March, we recommend you purchase a travel health insurance policy in your home country to cover you during those months.
All non-EU students over 30 years of age and all doctoral students must take out private health insurance.
If you intend to travel outside Germany while enrolled at university, we recommend that you take out travel health insurance for a fee of approximately EUR 15. You can find the application forms at most banks.
As an EU citizen you are required to bring an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your insurance provider in your home country. You will need an electronical copy (scan) of this EHIC. Please make sure to always carry the original card with you. You will receive necessary medical treatment at a doctor, dentist or in hospital with your EHIC. For prescriptions you will have to pay a fee between EUR 5 and 10 at the pharmacy. If you start working in Germany, we storngly recommend that you contact a state health insurance company for more information.
Carrying personal liability insurance is not compulsory in Germany. However, we highly recommend that you purchase one. It protects you against liability for causing injury to others or damaging their property, such as a rental apartment, a laboratory, or your university institute, to include even the loss of keys, for example. These policies typically cost between EUR 30 to 80 per year, depending on your family status.
Personal liability policies are available from banks, insurance companies or online, where you can find up-to-date price comparisons (use Versicherungsvergleich as a search term). Your contact person at the International Office can also provide application forms and answer any questions you may have.
Every enrolled student is statutorily covered by accident insurance free of charge. The coverage applies
- when attending lectures and seminars,
- during other activities run by the university such as visits, workshops, sports courses, using the university library
- when participating in trips organized by the university, including those abroad
- when participating in student council or stuvus activities
If you have an accident during one of these occasions, please address the Admissions Office as soon as possible. You can receive further information on this topic from the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart.
In case you have a chronic disease, please make sure that your German insurance covers possible expenses caused by your disease. When drawing up a contract with one of the German health insurance companies please call attention to your disease.
Chronical diseases can be: migraine, Addison’s disease, asthma, cardiac failure, diabetes, epilepsy, haemophilia, multiple sclerosis, and further.