Health insurance coverage for international students

Basic information on insurance in Germany

There are two types of health insurance coverage in Germany: statutory health insurance (also known as public health insurance or GKV) and private health insurance (PKV).

In the event of illness and/or accident, both types of health insurance coverage will cover some if not all the costs of pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation and medication. However, the type and scope of the insurance coverage may vary considerably.

This option is strongly recommended for students who are eligible for statutory health insurance. Only if this is not an option (eg, because of age or income) should students consider private health insurance.

With statutory health insurance, the contractual conditions, the monthly contributions and the scope of benefits are regulated by law. The costs of insurance with GKV service providers is mostly the same. The GKV offers a more comprehensive service package for most situations, and is therefore often superior to private health insurance in terms of price and service.

Usually, you apply for a student health insurance before the start of the semester. In these cases, however, the contract period does not begin before the official start of the semester (summer semester 01.04./ winter semester 01.10.), so you do not have to pay before the start of the semester. Please verify this with your respective insurance company.

Here are some statutory health insurance companies that you could contact: TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK

The statutory health insurance is strongly recommended for students who are eligible. Only if this is not an option (eg, because of age or income) should students consider private health insurance.

The terms and conditions of private health insurance vary from provider to provider. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio. Low-priced insurance packages usually only cover the most basic and necessary services. In the event of serious illnesses or accidents, the costs can add up quickly, and are often not fully covered by private health insurance schemes.

Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch back to statutory insurance during your studies! It is therefore strongly recommended to carefully consider your choice of insurance before starting your studies.

With this link you will find an overview of possible private health insurances.

Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.

Exemption from statutory health insurance

In order to enrol at the university with private health insurance, the University will need an exemption from compulsory insurance of the statutory health insurance. Therefore, please contact a statutory health insurance company of your choice (e.g. TK, Barmer). The health insurance company will then automatically report your status to the university.

A statutory health insurance provider can only issue an exemption if the private health insurance you have selected meets a minimum benefit level:

  • Reimbursement for outpatient and inpatient medical treatment
  • Deductibles to be borne by the patient must not exceed a total of 5,000€ per person and calendar year
  • Coverage must not be restricted within Germany.

    In addition, the conditions of insurance must not contain any of the following exclusions or limitations:

  • Reimbursements must not be limited, neither in total nor per case
  • Conditions must not exclude treatments for drug and other addictive diseases, including detoxification and weaning treatments
  • Conditions must not exclude treatment of any of the following diseases, even if they were diagnosed prior to the beginning of the contract period: HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, hemophilia, malignant tumors/cancer including leukemia, chronic kidney diseases, including their consequences and associated follow-up care.

The following private health insurance packages meet these requirements. Please contact providers for further information:

- Dr. Walter: PROVISIT STUDENT

- Expat & Co Student Insurance (ask for “DE-Sonderklausel”)

In order to complete your enrolment process, we need confirmation of your insurance status from a German statutory health insurance.

Please contact a German statutory health insurance company and establish your insurance status in Germany. The health insurance company will then automatically report your status to the University. If you are privately insured, please contact a statutory health insurance company so that they can send a report on your exemption to us. Without this electronic notification of health insurance enrolment is not possible!

Doctoral students are exempt from this electronic health insurance notification and are not required to provide proof of health insurance for enrolment.


The following information is provided to help you select health insurance coverage, that is most suited to your needs:




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Are you covered under a health insurance policy in your country?
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Do you have an employment contract with the University of Göttingen or are you employed at a job with a mandatory social security contribution?

Health insurance from your home country
EU and EEA countries
Due to an EU and EEA-wide social security agreement, students whose country of origin is in the EU or the EEA do not initially require separate health insurance. They are still covered by the state health insurance of their home country, regardless of the start of the semester. The 'EHIC' (European Health Insurance Card), which is issued by the insurance company in your home country, serves as proof of insurance coverage. A copy of this card is sufficient proof for matriculation.
Nevertheless, the health insurance coverage and duration should be discussed with your EU country-insurance company as early as possible. When you are no longer covered in your home country, German health insurance must be obtained. If the insurance company of your homecountry does not offer ‚EHIC‘ , you will need additionally a certificate indicating that you are exempt or not subject to compulsory statutory health insurance („versicherungsfrei“, „von der Versicherungspflicht befreit“, oder „nicht versicherungspflichtig“). You will receive this certificate only after your policy has been reviewed by a statutory health insurance company to determine that your health insurance is officially recognised and considered sufficient in coverage. Only a proof of your homecountry insurance is not sufficient for matriculation. Therefore, please contact a german statutory health insurance company of your choice directly (e.g.: TK, Barmer).
Please note the following change, effective end of year 2017:
If you are an EU or EEA student with a part-time student job in Germany or completing a paid internship, you must be insured through a German health insurance company.
Private health insurance
There are numerous private health insurance companies in Germany. In contrast to statutory health insurance, the scope of benefits is not regulated by law. The contribution rate is usually based on the contractually agreed scope of medical services, so that the more affordable the insurance contract, the lower the benefits. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio.
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.
Rates and fees
The costs for private health insurance vary greatly depending on the provider and the service package. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Benefits
The scope of private health insurance is very individual. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Medical services must first be paid for by yourself, and then submitted to the provider for reimbursement. Then, your claim will be reviewed against the services in your insurance package and, as applicable, partially reimbursed by the provider.
Exemption from statutory health insurance
In order to enrol with private health insurance, you will need a certificate indicating that you are exempt or not subject to compulsory statutory health insurance („versicherungsfrei“, „von der Versicherungspflicht befreit“, oder „nicht versicherungspflichtig“). You will receive this certificate only after your policy has been reviewed by a statutory health insurance company to determine that your health insurance is officially recognised and considered sufficient in coverage. Only a proof of private health insurance is not sufficient for matriculation. Therefore, please contact a german statutory health insurance company of your choice directly (e.g.: TK, Barmer).
Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch to statutory insurance until the end of your studies! Therefore, your choice of insurance should be carefully considered.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

Health insurance from your home country
Non-EU or EEA countries
Private health insurance from non-EU countries may be recognised if the scope of benefits corresponds to that of the German statutory health insurance. Please note, however, that it is then not possible to change to the statutory health insurance for the duration of your studies in Germany. Your insurance company in your home country will provide you with information about the scope of insurance.
Travel health insurance
Students whose country of origin is not in the EU or the EEA must first obtain health insurance that covers the period immediately after entry. You must provide proof of this when applying for a German visa for the purpose of studying. Generally speaking, this is travel health insurance that you can take out in your home country.
Since regular student health insurance does not become legally valid until the beginning of the semester (1 April or 1 October), you must ensure that your travel health insurance is valid until then.
After your arrival in Germany, you must obtain a German health insurance policy as soon as possible in order to be able to enrol. Matriculation with only a travel health insurance policy is not possible!
For more detailed information on the respective travel health insurances, please refer directly to the websites of the individual health insurances (eg,).
Statutory health insurance
In Germany, numerous statutory health insurance funds offer a largely identical range of services. In addition to limited treatment for illness and accidents, this also includes pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation measures and the cost of medically necessary medication.
Some providers (eg, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer or DAK) offer the possibility of taking out insurance online from abroad. Please inform yourself directly from the websites of the health insurance providers (TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK).
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer a low-cost solution that combines travel health insurance for entry, a blocked account (Sperrkonto) and transfer to the statutory health insurance fund.
Rates and fees
Up to the age of 30 or the 14th semester you must be insured via statutory health insurance. Until this time, the statutory health insurance companies are obligated to offer students a lower student rate. The fee is currently around 80 euros per month and will be directly debited from your account every month that your contract is effective.
From the age of 30 or the 15th semester, you have the option of taking out voluntary insurance with a statutory insurance company at the regular rate. The contributions are then significantly higher than in the student rate.
Benefits
The scope of benefits provided by a statutory health insurance fund is defined by law. It offers sufficient protection for medical care in the event of illness or an accident and, to a limited extent, includes pre- and post-care examinations, rehabilitation and medication. The costs for treatment are settled directly with the health insurance company; therefore you do not have to pay the bills yourself first. If, in exceptional cases, the costs for medical services exceed the legally insured amount, you will be notified in advance by the medical staff. You can then decide for yourself whether the treatment will be carried out or not.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto*) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

Health insurance from your home country
EU and EEA countries
Due to an EU and EEA-wide social security agreement, students whose country of origin is in the EU or the EEA do not initially require separate health insurance. They are still covered by the state health insurance of their home country, regardless of the start of the semester. The 'EHIC' (European Health Insurance Card), which is issued by the insurance company in your home country, serves as proof of insurance coverage. A copy of this card is sufficient proof for matriculation.
Nevertheless, the health insurance coverage and duration should be discussed with your EU country-insurance company as early as possible. When you are no longer covered in your home country, German health insurance must be obtained. If the insurance company of your homecountry does not offer ‚EHIC‘ , you will need additionally a certificate indicating that you are exempt or not subject to compulsory statutory health insurance („versicherungsfrei“, „von der Versicherungspflicht befreit“, oder „nicht versicherungspflichtig“). You will receive this certificate only after your policy has been reviewed by a statutory health insurance company to determine that your health insurance is officially recognised and considered sufficient in coverage. Only a proof of your homecountry insurance is not sufficient for matriculation. Therefore, please contact a german statutory health insurance company of your choice directly (e.g.: TK, Barmer).
Please note the following change, effective end of year 2017:
If you are an EU or EEA student with a part-time student job in Germany or completing a paid internship, you must be insured through a German health insurance company.
Statutory health insurance
In Germany, numerous statutory health insurance funds offer a largely identical range of services. In addition to limited treatment for illness and accidents, this also includes pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation measures and the cost of medically necessary medication.
Some providers (eg, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer or DAK) offer the possibility of taking out insurance online from abroad. Please inform yourself directly from the websites of the health insurance providers (TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK).
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer a low-cost solution that combines travel health insurance for entry, a blocked account (Sperrkonto) and transfer to the statutory health insurance fund.
Rates and fees
Up to the age of 30 or the 14th semester you must be insured via statutory health insurance. Until this time, the statutory health insurance companies are obligated to offer students a lower student rate. The fee is currently around 80 euros per month and will be directly debited from your account every month that your contract is effective.
From the age of 30 or the 15th semester, you have the option of taking out voluntary insurance with a statutory insurance company at the regular rate. The contributions are then significantly higher than in the student rate.
Benefits
The scope of benefits provided by a statutory health insurance fund is defined by law. It offers sufficient protection for medical care in the event of illness or an accident and, to a limited extent, includes pre- and post-care examinations, rehabilitation and medication. The costs for treatment are settled directly with the health insurance company; therefore you do not have to pay the bills yourself first. If, in exceptional cases, the costs for medical services exceed the legally insured amount, you will be notified in advance by the medical staff. You can then decide for yourself whether the treatment will be carried out or not.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto*) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

Health insurance from your home country
Non-EU or EEA countries
Private health insurance from non-EU countries may be recognised if the scope of benefits corresponds to that of the German statutory health insurance. Please note, however, that it is then not possible to change to the statutory health insurance for the duration of your studies in Germany. Your insurance company in your home country will provide you with information about the scope of insurance.
Travel health insurance
Students whose country of origin is not in the EU or the EEA must first obtain health insurance that covers the period immediately after entry. You must provide proof of this when applying for a German visa for the purpose of studying. Generally speaking, this is travel health insurance that you can take out in your home country.
Since regular student health insurance does not become legally valid until the beginning of the semester (1 April or 1 October), you must ensure that your travel health insurance is valid until then.
After your arrival in Germany, you must obtain a German health insurance policy as soon as possible in order to be able to enrol. Matriculation with only a travel health insurance policy is not possible!
For more detailed information on the respective travel health insurances, please refer directly to the websites of the individual health insurances (eg,).
Private health insurance
There are numerous private health insurance companies in Germany. In contrast to statutory health insurance, the scope of benefits is not regulated by law. The contribution rate is usually based on the contractually agreed scope of medical services, so that the more affordable the insurance contract, the lower the benefits. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio.
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.
Rates and fees
The costs for private health insurance vary greatly depending on the provider and the service package. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Benefits
The scope of private health insurance is very individual. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Medical services must first be paid for by yourself, and then submitted to the provider for reimbursement. Then, your claim will be reviewed against the services in your insurance package and, as applicable, partially reimbursed by the provider.
Exemption from statutory health insurance
In order to enrol with private health insurance, you will need a certificate indicating that you are exempt or not subject to compulsory statutory health insurance („versicherungsfrei“, „von der Versicherungspflicht befreit“, oder „nicht versicherungspflichtig“). You will receive this certificate only after your policy has been reviewed by a statutory health insurance company to determine that your health insurance is officially recognised and considered sufficient in coverage. Only a proof of private health insurance is not sufficient for matriculation. Therefore, please contact a german statutory health insurance company of your choice directly (e.g.: TK, Barmer).
Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch to statutory insurance until the end of your studies! Therefore, your choice of insurance should be carefully considered.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

Private health insurance
There are numerous private health insurance companies in Germany. In contrast to statutory health insurance, the scope of benefits is not regulated by law. The contribution rate is usually based on the contractually agreed scope of medical services, so that the more affordable the insurance contract, the lower the benefits. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio.
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.
Rates and fees
The costs for private health insurance vary greatly depending on the provider and the service package. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Benefits
The scope of private health insurance is very individual. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Medical services must first be paid for by yourself, and then submitted to the provider for reimbursement. Then, your claim will be reviewed against the services in your insurance package and, as applicable, partially reimbursed by the provider.
Exemption from statutory health insurance
In order to enrol with private health insurance, you will need a certificate indicating that you are exempt or not subject to compulsory statutory health insurance („versicherungsfrei“, „von der Versicherungspflicht befreit“, oder „nicht versicherungspflichtig“). You will receive this certificate only after your policy has been reviewed by a statutory health insurance company to determine that your health insurance is officially recognised and considered sufficient in coverage. Only a proof of private health insurance is not sufficient for matriculation. Therefore, please contact a german statutory health insurance company of your choice directly (e.g.: TK, Barmer).
Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch to statutory insurance until the end of your studies! Therefore, your choice of insurance should be carefully considered.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

Statutory health insurance
In Germany, numerous statutory health insurance funds offer a largely identical range of services. In addition to limited treatment for illness and accidents, this also includes pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation measures and the cost of medically necessary medication.
Some providers (eg, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer or DAK) offer the possibility of taking out insurance online from abroad. Please inform yourself directly from the websites of the health insurance providers (TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK).
Fintiba and Expatrio offer a low-cost solution that combines travel health insurance for entry, a blocked account (Sperrkonto) and transfer to the statutory health insurance fund.
Rates and fees
Up to the age of 30 or the 14th semester you must be insured via statutory health insurance. Until this time, the statutory health insurance companies are obligated to offer students a lower student rate. The fee is currently around 80 euros per month and will be directly debited from your account every month that your contract is effective.
From the age of 30 or the 15th semester, you have the option of taking out voluntary insurance with a statutory insurance company at the regular rate. The contributions are then significantly higher than in the student rate.
Benefits
The scope of benefits provided by a statutory health insurance fund is defined by law. It offers sufficient protection for medical care in the event of illness or an accident and, to a limited extent, includes pre- and post-care examinations, rehabilitation and medication. The costs for treatment are settled directly with the health insurance company; therefore you do not have to pay the bills yourself first. If, in exceptional cases, the costs for medical services exceed the legally insured amount, you will be notified in advance by the medical staff. You can then decide for yourself whether the treatment will be carried out or not.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto*) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

As of 1 January 2022, people enrolled in doctoral programmes are no longer required to show proof of health insurance to enrol at a German university. However, since a valid health insurance certificate is required to apply for a residence permit, we would like to present these insurance options below.

Travel health insurance
Students whose country of origin is not in the EU or the EEA must first obtain health insurance that covers the period immediately after entry. You must provide proof of this when applying for a German visa for the purpose of studying. Generally speaking, this is travel health insurance that you can take out in your home country.
Since regular student health insurance does not become legally valid until the beginning of the semester (1 April or 1 October), you must ensure that your travel health insurance is valid until then.
After arriving in Germany, we recommend that you obtain health insurance as soon as possible. Although this is no longer mandatory for enrolment at the University since 1 January 2022, it is still required to apply for a residence permit. Please note, the Immigration Office will not accept a travel health insurance policy for the residence permit.
For more detailed information on the respective travel health insurances, please refer directly to the websites of the individual health insurances (eg,).
Statutory health insurance
In Germany, numerous statutory health insurance funds offer a largely identical range of services. In addition to limited treatment for illness and accidents, this also includes pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation measures and the cost of medically necessary medication.
Some providers (eg, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer or DAK) offer the possibility of taking out insurance online from abroad. Please inform yourself directly from the websites of the health insurance providers (TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK).
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer a low-cost solution that combines travel health insurance for entry, a blocked account (Sperrkonto) and transfer to the statutory health insurance fund.
Rates and fees
Up to the age of 30 or the 14th semester you must be insured via statutory health insurance. Until this time, the statutory health insurance companies are obligated to offer students a lower student rate. The fee is currently around 110 euros per month and will be directly debited from your account every month that your contract is effective.
From the age of 30 or the 15th semester, you usually have the option of taking out voluntary insurance with a statutory insurance company at the regular rate. The contributions are then significantly higher than in the student rate. However, if you have an employment contract with the University of Göttingen, you will continue to be covered by statutory health insurance as part of your employment.
Benefits
The scope of benefits provided by a statutory health insurance fund is defined by law. It offers sufficient protection for medical care in the event of illness or an accident and, to a limited extent, includes pre- and post-care examinations, rehabilitation and medication. The costs for treatment are settled directly with the health insurance company; therefore you do not have to pay the bills yourself first. If, in exceptional cases, the costs for medical services exceed the legally insured amount, you will be notified in advance by the medical staff. You can then decide for yourself whether the treatment will be carried out or not.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto*) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

As of 1 January 2022, people enrolled in doctoral programmes are no longer required to show proof of health insurance to enrol at a German university. However, since a valid health insurance certificate is required to apply for a residence permit, we would like to present these insurance options below.
Travel health insurance
Students whose country of origin is not in the EU or the EEA must first obtain health insurance that covers the period immediately after entry. You must provide proof of this when applying for a German visa for the purpose of studying. Generally speaking, this is travel health insurance that you can take out in your home country.
Since regular student health insurance does not become legally valid until the beginning of the semester (1 April or 1 October), you must ensure that your travel health insurance is valid until then.
After arriving in Germany, we recommend that you obtain health insurance as soon as possible. Although this is no longer mandatory for enrolment at the University since 1 January 2022, it is still required to apply for a residence permit. Please note, the Immigration Office will not accept a travel health insurance policy for the residence permit.
For more detailed information on the respective travel health insurances, please refer directly to the websites of the individual health insurances (eg,).
Private health insurance
There are numerous private health insurance companies in Germany. In contrast to statutory health insurance, the scope of benefits is not regulated by law. The contribution rate is usually based on the contractually agreed scope of medical services, so that the more affordable the insurance contract, the lower the benefits. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio.
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.
Rates and fees
The costs for private health insurance vary greatly depending on the provider and the service package. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Benefits
The scope of private health insurance is very individual. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Medical services must first be paid for by yourself, and then submitted to the provider for reimbursement. Then, your claim will be reviewed against the services in your insurance package and, as applicable, partially reimbursed by the provider.
Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch to statutory insurance until the end of your studies! Therefore, your choice of insurance should be carefully considered.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

As of 1 January 2022, people enrolled in doctoral programmes are no longer required to show proof of health insurance to enrol at a German university. However, since a valid health insurance certificate is required to apply for a residence permit, we would like to present these insurance options below.
Health insurance from your home country
EU and EEA countries
Due to an EU and EEA-wide social security agreement, you do not initially require separate health insurance, since your country of origin is in the EU or the EEA. You are still covered by the state health insurance of their home country.
Nevertheless, you should discuss the health insurance coverage and duration with your EU country-insurance company as early as possible. When you are no longer covered in your home country, you must obtain German health insurance. Please note the following change, effective end of year 2017:
If you are an EU or EEA student with a part-time student job in Germany or completing a paid internship, you must be insured through a German health insurance company.
Statutory health insurance
In Germany, numerous statutory health insurance funds offer a largely identical range of services. In addition to limited treatment for illness and accidents, this also includes pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation measures and the cost of medically necessary medication.
Some providers (eg, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer or DAK) offer the possibility of taking out insurance online from abroad. Please inform yourself directly from the websites of the health insurance providers (TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK).
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer a low-cost solution that combines travel health insurance for entry, a blocked account (Sperrkonto) and transfer to the statutory health insurance fund.
Rates and fees
Up to the age of 30 or the 14th semester you must be insured via statutory health insurance. Until this time, the statutory health insurance companies are obligated to offer students a lower student rate. The fee is currently around 110 euros per month and will be directly debited from your account every month that your contract is effective.
From the age of 30 or the 15th semester, you have the option of taking out voluntary insurance with a statutory insurance company at the regular rate. The contributions are then significantly higher than in the student rate. However, if you have an employment contract with the University of Göttingen, you will continue to be covered by statutory health insurance as part of your employment.
Benefits
The scope of benefits provided by a statutory health insurance fund is defined by law. It offers sufficient protection for medical care in the event of illness or an accident and, to a limited extent, includes pre- and post-care examinations, rehabilitation and medication. The costs for treatment are settled directly with the health insurance company; therefore you do not have to pay the bills yourself first. If, in exceptional cases, the costs for medical services exceed the legally insured amount, you will be notified in advance by the medical staff. You can then decide for yourself whether the treatment will be carried out or not.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto*) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

As of 1 January 2022, people enrolled in doctoral programmes are no longer required to show proof of health insurance to enrol at a German university. However, since a valid health insurance certificate is required to apply for a residence permit, we would like to present these insurance options below.
Statutory health insurance
In Germany, numerous statutory health insurance funds offer a largely identical range of services. In addition to limited treatment for illness and accidents, this also includes pre- and post-operative examinations, rehabilitation measures and the cost of medically necessary medication.
Some providers (eg, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer or DAK) offer the possibility of taking out insurance online from abroad. Please inform yourself directly from the websites of the health insurance providers (TK, Barmer, DAK, AOK).
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer a low-cost solution that combines travel health insurance for entry, a blocked account (Sperrkonto) and transfer to the statutory health insurance fund.
Rates and fees
Up to the age of 30 or the 14th semester you must be insured via statutory health insurance. Until this time, the statutory health insurance companies are obligated to offer students a lower student rate. The fee is currently around 110 euros per month and will be directly debited from your account every month that your contract is effective.
From the age of 30 or the 15th semester, you have the option of taking out voluntary insurance with a statutory insurance company at the regular rate. The contributions are then significantly higher than in the student rate. However, if you have an employment contract with the University of Göttingen, you will continue to be covered by statutory health insurance as part of your employment.
Benefits
The scope of benefits provided by a statutory health insurance fund is defined by law. It offers sufficient protection for medical care in the event of illness or an accident and, to a limited extent, includes pre- and post-care examinations, rehabilitation and medication. The costs for treatment are settled directly with the health insurance company; therefore you do not have to pay the bills yourself first. If, in exceptional cases, the costs for medical services exceed the legally insured amount, you will be notified in advance by the medical staff. You can then decide for yourself whether the treatment will be carried out or not.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto*) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

As of 1 January 2022, people enrolled in doctoral programmes are no longer required to show proof of health insurance to enrol at a German university. However, since a valid health insurance certificate is required to apply for a residence permit, we would like to present these insurance options below.
Health insurance from your home country
EU and EEA countries
Due to an EU and EEA-wide social security agreement, you do not initially require separate health insurance, since your country of origin is in the EU or the EEA. You are still covered by the state health insurance of their home country.
Nevertheless, you should discuss the health insurance coverage and duration with your EU country-insurance company as early as possible. When you are no longer covered in your home country, you must obtain German health insurance.
Please note the following change, effective end of year 2017:
If you are an EU or EEA student with a part-time student job in Germany or completing a paid internship, you must be insured through a German health insurance company.
Private health insurance
There are numerous private health insurance companies in Germany. In contrast to statutory health insurance, the scope of benefits is not regulated by law. The contribution rate is usually based on the contractually agreed scope of medical services, so that the more affordable the insurance contract, the lower the benefits. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio.
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.
Rates and fees
The costs for private health insurance vary greatly depending on the provider and the service package. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Benefits
The scope of private health insurance is very individual. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Medical services must first be paid for by yourself, and then submitted to the provider for reimbursement. Then, your claim will be reviewed against the services in your insurance package and, as applicable, partially reimbursed by the provider.
Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch to statutory insurance until the end of your studies! Therefore, your choice of insurance should be carefully considered.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.

As of 1 January 2022, people enrolled in doctoral programmes are no longer required to show proof of health insurance to enrol at a German university. However, since a valid health insurance certificate is required to apply for a residence permit, we would like to present these insurance options below.
Private health insurance
There are numerous private health insurance companies in Germany. In contrast to statutory health insurance, the scope of benefits is not regulated by law. The contribution rate is usually based on the contractually agreed scope of medical services, so that the more affordable the insurance contract, the lower the benefits. It is therefore particularly important to compare offers and take into account the cost/benefit ratio.
Fintiba, Expatrio and Allyways offer an inexpensive solution that combines travel insurance for arrival, a blocked account (Sperrkonto*) and private health insurance.
Rates and fees
The costs for private health insurance vary greatly depending on the provider and the service package. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Benefits
The scope of private health insurance is very individual. Please contact the respective insurance providers directly for more information.
Medical services must first be paid for by yourself, and then submitted to the provider for reimbursement. Then, your claim will be reviewed against the services in your insurance package and, as applicable, partially reimbursed by the provider.
Important note: Once you have selected private health insurance, it is not possible to switch to statutory insurance until the end of your studies! Therefore, your choice of insurance should be carefully considered.
*A blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special bank account typically required as part of the student visa requirements. This account acts as proof of financial means.
In order to set it up, you will deposit what has been determined to be the minimum amount required for one year of living expenses. Once you begin your residence in Germany, you will be able to withdraw a fixed sum each month. You will not be able to withdraw any additional funds, nor can this account be used for any other purpose. If a scholarship is paying your living expenses, a blocked account may not be necessary for your visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general information purposes only. The International Office of the University of Göttingen accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information provided and is not responsible for the content of external links or websites. Please also understand that we cannot provide detailed advice on the service packages of individual private providers.


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