The first port of call
Every university has an International Office (or Akademisches Auslandsamt). It is the central contact for international students and those interested in applying for a course.
Every university or university of applied sciences in Germany has an Akademisches Auslandsamt (AAA) or International Office (IO). They help international students and those interested in applying for a course to resolve all organisational issues relating to their studies. In particular, International Offices provide advice and support international students in the following topics:
- Course offer and course organisation
- University entrance qualification
- Language proficiency
- Application and admission
- Dates and deadlines
- Course preparation and course entry
- Course fees and financing your studies
International Offices hold frequent introductory and orientation events. This helps international students familiarise themselves with the institutions and the processes at the university. Some International Offices have also established mentor programmes. In these programmes, local students provide support for international students. They help answer questions on the course, dealing with the authorities and everyday problems.