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New Student FAQ for Spring 2024

General

Classes will begin on February 1.

Most of the "Freshie Journey" (orientation) will take place upon arrival in Bremen. The International Foundation Year staff and current Constructor students have activities planned to help welcome you into the Constructor community. You will also be able to access useful information and content on our Freshie Journey website.

On PBS Orientation Day (January 31st), you will have an academic advising appointment where you will complete your course selection. Your registration for Spring 2024 semester will be taken care of by the International Foundation Year (IFY) department.

Arrival

We are excited to welcome you to Constructor University!

Early Arrival Days: Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th
Main Arrival Day: Monday, January 29th
Late Arrival Day: Tuesday, January 30th 

Once you arrive on campus, please check in with the following departments:

  • Student Service Center (RLH, Room 102 and 103), Mon-Fri 10 AM - 2 PM: Here you will receive your enrollment confirmation and semester ticket.

  • Housing (RLH, Room 104), Mon-Thu 10 AM - 12 PM & 1 - 3 PM: Here you will sign your rental contract, receive your campus card and register your campus address with the city of Bremen.

  • International Foundation Year Department (University Club, Green Room), Mon-Fri 9 AM - 5 PM: Please check in with the pre-degree team in order to complete your check-in and receive important orientation information.

Campus Map

If you arrive on the weekend, you can get your room keys from the security office (just inside the main gate) in order to access your room.

We certainly understand that many students will not be able to arrive during the official arrival period. 

You will be able to get your room keys from our security office (24-7), just inside the main gate. You can then visit the necessary offices during their open hours (see above).

The mandatory orientation activities on Wednesday, January 31st will be offered hybrid, so you can attend online if you have not yet arrived on campus. 

PBS classes, starting February 1st, will be offered hybrid until February 16th.

Please note that February 23rd is the last possible day to arrive. All PBS students are expected to be on campus by that date to complete their enrollment requirements.

Incoming PBS students will receive an Arrival Questionnaire via email during the month of January. Please fill that out once you book your travel, so that we know when to expect you in Bremen and when you'll be arriving on our campus.  If your travel plans change, please fill it out again. 

You can find directions to campus here

There will be no shuttle service from the Bremen Airport to the Constructor University campus. You can find directions above (tram #6 to the Bremen Main Station and RS1 train in the direction of Farge/Vegesack to the Schoenebeck stop). 

Once you arrive on campus, please check in with the following departments:

  • Student Service Center (RLH, Room 102 and 103), Mon-Fri 10 AM - 2 PM: Here you will receive your enrollment confirmation and semester ticket.

  • Housing (RLH, Room 104), Mon-Thu 10 AM - 12 PM & 1 - 3 PM: Here you will sign your rental contract, receive your campus card and register your campus address with the city of Bremen.

  • International Foundation Year Department (University Club, Green Room), Mon-Fri 9 AM - 5 PM: Please check in with the pre-degree team in order to complete your check-in and receive important orientation information.

Campus Map

If you arrive on the weekend, you can get your room keys from the security office (just inside the main gate) in order to access your room.

We know your family members may want to ensure you arrive safe and sound to your new home away from home, so we of course will allow them to accompany you onto campus and tour our facilities.

Please note that parents will need to book accommodations off campus if they wish to stay in Bremen overnight.

Whether or not your parents come with you, we will have student assistants ready to assist you with your move-in.

 

Remember to bring your:

✓ Color copy of your passport
✓ Certified copy of your final transcript + diploma
Enrollment Confirmation Letter from your app portal
Airline Letter (only for students who come from non-visa countries; available in the app portal)
✓ Other documents you need for e.g. residence permit, health insurance, bank account, etc.

The Enrollment Confirmation Letter states that your physical presence on campus is required.

The Airline Letter (if applicable) states that a return ticket within 3 months is not required. You may need to give this to your airline.

You can find a recommended packing list here.

Upon your arrival in the European Union (be it Germany or another country), please keep the following in mind:

Cash amount of 10 000 Euro or more
If you bring more than 10 000 Euro (or equivalent in other currencies, bonds, shares or travellers’ cheques or other valuables) in cash, you need to declare it at customs. Usually, you will be required to file a declaration form before entry. You can request this declaration form from the airline staff or upon landing before clearing customs. Failure to declare the cash may result in confiscation of your assets. We suggest not bringing large sums of cash, unless absolutely necessary (e.g. if this is a condition to your visa approval)

Bringing Brand-New Packed Goods
Be it your laptop or a fancy camera or the PS5, please refrain from bringing the goods in their original package as they may be considered not a personal item, but rather an import. In this case, you will be required to pay the VAT (20% in Germany). The goods may be seized by customs until you pay the VAT. Therefore, consider bringing such items unpacked.

COVID-19

There are no longer entry restrictions or requirements for Germany.

Germany does not have a vaccination requirement for entry or residence. 

Completing application and enrollment requirements

Students need to register for valid health insurance before arriving in Germany. If you require a visa to study in Germany, you will need proof of registration before the visa appointment. For information on your options, see here.

You can find information and links to apply here and in your app portal.

During the month of January, all students who have paid their enrollment deposit will receive a DocuSign email requesting that they review and sign their study contract.

We're here to support you!

For PBS Core modules, we are offering hybrid classes until February 16th.

Please note that February 23rd is the arrival deadline.

By that date, all PBS students are expected to be on campus to complete their enrollment requirements.