Pre-departure Information

The first steps in Stuttgart: here are some information to help you.

Acceptance & Confirmation

Upon being accepted into the MIP Program you will receive a Letter of Admission  (For DAAD scholarship holders - until the end of December, For Self-financing students - April). Please reply if you intend to participate in the MIP program. If you do not plan on participating in the Program, please let us know as soon as possible. Results to be uploaded at C@MPUS.

To prepare your trip to Stuttgart, once you have been accepted for the study program, you will need to undergo legal procedures to enter the country, here are the set of important links to consider:

German Language Courses

The German Language Courses are a mandatory part of your studies! Please make sure that you arrive at the beginning of September to be able to register for the German courses.
Beginning of September: Arrival of students and registration with IZ
Beginning of September: start of Orientation Week with Welcome by the international Office (mandatory) and German Language Test (mandatory).
The German language class will start a couple of days after the test and run for about six weeks.

Students with at least Level A 2.2 can apply for exemption from the German Language Classes and arrive later in Stuttgart (latest 1st week of October). In this case please send us a valid German Certificate (no attendance Certificate!) by email.

However, even if you could be exempted, we recommend you attend a higher level intensive German language course (offered up to level C1) which is free of charge. In the latter case, you do not have to apply for an exemption.

Health insurance

Health insurance is mandatory in Germany. The following regulations apply:

  • Students from non-EU countries: Take care to have travel health insurance for September to cover the period until the official semester starts (October 1st). From October 1st, 2018 on you must be insured by a German health insurance company (e.g.TK, AOK, Barmer). The costs are approx. 105 EUR per month. We will help you with this as soon as you are here.
  • Students FROM EU-COUNTRIES ONLY: You need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the proof of your health insurance, available by health insurance companies of your home country.

Welcome: Buddy program offered by the International office

The international buddy program offered by the University of Stuttgart and the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart aims to support you during your start in Stuttgart. 


Traveling to Stuttgart

When planning your travel to Stuttgart, please take into account that the student housing administration (Studentenwerk) does not operate on the weekend. Therefore, arrange to arrive during regular office hours (Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

If you arrive in Frankfurt am Main by plane and have to buy a ticket for the train to Stuttgart, purchase a ticket with the destination "Stuttgart Universität". You'll have to change the train at Stuttgart's main station (Hauptbahnhof). The Subway of Stuttgart (called S-Bahn) in the main station (Hauptbahnhof ) is on the underground level.

If you arrive at Stuttgart Airport (station "Flughafen/Messe") you need approx. 3.00 EUR to buy a ticket to the university (station "Universität"). The Subway (S-Bahn) in the Airport Stuttgart is on the underground level. You have to enter the train going to direction Stuttgart main station (Hauptbahnhof) leaving the train before you arrive there at station "Universität" (7 stations from the Airport).

For information in English about trains in Germany (e.g. from Frankfurt (Main) Airport to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof or Stuttgart Universität), see the following website:

German Railways

For specific information in English about traveling to and from Frankfurt (Main) Airport to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof, take a look at the following links:

Maps of Frankfurt (Main) Airport
Getting to and from the Airport

Important: If you plan to arrive in Stuttgart prior to September 3rd, you will have to make alternative temporary housing arrangements!

Registration at Office of International Affairs

From the first workday in September on please go to the Office of International Affairs where you have to register and get further information and forms. Among other things you'll receive a temporary student ID card that will allow you to buy a monthly ticket for public transport in September at a reduced cost.


Office of International Affairs, International Education Services
Campus Vaihingen
Internationales Zentrum (IZ)
Pfaffenwaldring 60, First Floor
Phone: 0711/ 685-68599
IZ Office hours:
Monday 3rd September: 9:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 16:00

Regular office hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 12:00, Mon / Wed: 13:30 - 16:00

Registration at MIP office

Please inform us what date and time you intend to show up at the MIP office:

Master´s Program Infrastructure Planning - MIP
Campus Vaihingen
Pfaffenwaldring 7, upper ground floor, Room 0.002
70569 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 685-66558

MIP Office hours:

From Monday to Thursday 9:30-12:30 a.m.


To help you with all these tasks, the University of Stuttgart offers you an Orientation Program.

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