Arrive prepared for your stay in Germany

The German healthcare and health insurance systems are very different from systems in other countries. We’ve put together a summary of the most important things you need to know to prepare for your stay in Germany.

Frequently asked questions

Our start-up help for you

How does the German healthcare system work?

In the German healthcare system, there are two types of health insurance – statutory health insurance and private health insurance.

How do I apply for a residence permit for my stay in Germany?

To apply for a residence permit, you will need to prove that you have valid health insurance in place. Find out where you can apply for a residence permit and which other documents you will need to present here.

What should I do if I have COVID symptoms?

If you have any symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection, please contact a doctor. Speak to the doctor on the phone before you visit the practice.

Which type of health insurance do I need to take out during my studies?

Depending on the type of course you’re studying, you will either only be eligible for private health insurance, or you will be able to choose between private health insurance or statutory health insurance.

What do I need to do if I get ill or injured?

If you get ill or injured, you should contact a doctor. With most health insurance policies, you can choose your own doctor.

Your next step

Living in Germany

Germany’s healthcare system is very different from the system in other countries. There are also lots of other things that you need to know about, such as the rules for working part-time alongside your studies. Find out everything you need to know here.

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Getting in touch with us

If you have any questions about your insurance and your stay in Germany, please contact our customer service team.