Links and Downloads

A general overview about IMPRS and living in Heidelberg is provided by the IMPRS manual produced and updated by the IMPRS students and the coordinator (note that the booklet will be updated yearly).

At the following link, the HD University has some useful information about regulations for entering and living in Germany.

Information provided by the Federal Government of Germany on how to work, study and live in Germany.

A general overview about how to arrive and settle down in Germany is also provided by the broschure How to Germany


Which visa to apply for? Here are some information about the Researchers Directive.

Practical information

General information about living and studying in Heidelberg

This webpage provides links to information for IMPRS students and applicants. Most of the information is already distributed  on the IMPRS webpage, and is summarized here.

Suggestions and corrections are welcome. Please, help us to keep this up-to-date.

General issues

On the right column you find collected information about what to do before coming to Heidelberg and information about living in Heidelberg/ Germany.

After your arrival in Heidelberg, you have to arrange for the following:

- your working contract (that should have prepared in advance by your supervisor)
- your bank account (no suggestions are allowed, but look for an account for students that is free)
- your accommodation (a preliminary accomodation can be arranged for in advance)
- your health insurance (for work contacts a compulsary healt insurance is needed)
- registration at the city authorities (should be done within tow weeks)
- registration at the Department for Physics and Astronomy (respectively the HGSFP, Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics) for PhD studies (see our info about admission)
- enrollment at Heidelberg University (can be done only after acceptance for PhD studies by the HGSFP)


There are two main options: either you look for a room in a shared flat, which in German is called Wohngemeinschaft (WG), or for a flat of your own, which is usually more expensive.
This is all on the private market, however, there are also dorms for students in several areas of the city.

1.)  Apartment search

2.) Room search

Health insurance:
If you have a contract then you pay automatically part of your health insurance. If you have a stipend you need to get a health insurance by yourself. Here is an illustrated health dictionary (pdf) provided by the DSW (Deutsches Studentenwerk).

Detailed information about the above topics and also about registration at the city authorities, admission, enrollment, etc. can be found under "Academics" and at the IMPRS student internal pages: (login details provided by IMPRS).

After your PhD examination:

1) Here is some information of things to do before and after your PhD examination - kindly provided by Steve Boudreault.
2) With a PhD degree from a German university you may extend your visa if you are looking for a job in Germany.
3) If you are un-employed, you may get un-employment money (if you had an un-emplyoment insurance connected to a work contract). Do not forget to register as early as possible (as soon as you know about your un-emplyoment) at the authorities - the "Bundesagentur fuer Arbeit" in Heidelberg.
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