As soon as you have arrived in Potsdam or Berlin, please report your arrival and your address via the Moveon Portal*. We need your German address so that we can send you your information folder and e.g. the Erasmus+ Certificate of Arrival by postal mail. If you cannot travel to Germany and will study at the University of Potsdam from your home country, we will send the information folder to the address in your home country.
*You need the login-data for the Moveon portal you have already used (please do not register again but only log in).
If you enter Germany from abroad and have stayed in a SARS-CoV-2 risk areawithin 10 days before entering Germany, you must fill out a digital entry formbefore entering Germany. Please save or print the registration confirmation. The transport companies and/or German authorities can ask you for it.
Your travel and contact details will be forwarded to the health authority responsible for your place of residence, which can then contact you.
Since 13.01.2021, the following applies: For entrants from a high incidence area, the test is mandatory up to 48 hours before entry. The test result must be available in English, French or German. Here you'll find information about the types of tests accepted by the German authorities: RKI information
Please note: There is an Entry ban for persons from virus variant areas
As of 30.3.2021: For those entering Germany by plane, testing is mandatory before departure!
Please inform yourself directly before your departure to Germany whether your country of origin is currently listed as a virus variant area
We strongly recommend that you carry a sufficient amount of cash for the first few days on site to cover all costs for food, toiletries, household items or other expenses.
It is likely that you will not be able to wash your clothes during the quarantine period. Therefore, you should ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of clean clothes for a period of 8 - 14 days.
In addition, as a precautionary measure, we advise you to carry a well-equipped travel medical kit with necessary medication, personal hygiene products (shower gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) and a sufficient number of towels.
“What do I need?”
• Medical masks - Attention: in Berlin only FFP2 masks
• Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, toothbrush etc.)
• Clothes and towels
• Travel medical kit
• LAN cable and adapter, PC
• A sufficient amount of cash
Reduction of the quarantine period
Persons living in Potsdam or Berlin can shorten the 10-day quarantine under the following conditions:
Your way to the university
Please check out the following webpage on how to get to the University of Potsdam.
If you come to Germany from a SARS-CoV-2 risk area, a 10-day mandatory quarantine applies to you directly after entry. This means that you must go directly to your accommodation immediately after entry. You may use public transport for this purpose.
During the 10-day quarantine you are not allowed to leave your home, not even for a short time and not even for shopping. You are not allowed to receive visitors during this time.
Please get in touch with one of the following institutions if you need any support with organizing the quarantine:
• Us, the International Office
• The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Potsdam: firstname.lastname@example.org/ ESN WhatsAPP group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CQh3Gf4XlEjJ0890VKej3i
• Your buddy, if you participate in the Buddy Program of the University of Potsdam
The delivery of the purchases will be carried out in compliance with the current hygiene regulations, in particular by keeping a safe distance. The student tutors will clarify the exact details and the shopping lists with you personally.
Bei akuten medizinischen Notfällen kann durch den herbeigerufen Rettungswagen auch eine Einweisung ins örtliche Krankenhaus, erfolgen. Den Rettungsdienst erreichen Sie unter der Notrufnummer 112. Bei nicht akut lebensbedrohlichen Beschwerden können Sie außerhalb der Sprechzeiten der niedergelassenen Ärzte/Ärztinnen unter der Nummer 116 117 den kassenärztlichen Notdienst (www.kvbb.de) kontaktieren.
Bei Zahnschmerzen können Sie den zahnärztlichen Notdienst Potsdam (www.kzvlb.de/bereitschaftsdienst) bzw. den zahnärztlicher Notdienst Berlin (www.kzv-berlin.de/patienten/notdienst/zahnaerztlicher-notdienst) anrufen. Bitte beachten Sie, dass es keine zahnärztliche Versorgung im Klinikum gibt.
Den augenärztlichen Bereitschaftsdienst erreichen Sie in Potsdam unter 0180 558 222 344 5 und in Berlin unter 030 450 552 000.
If you are worried that you might be infected, please get in touch with the International Office and check the following websites:
Homepage of the Robert Koch Institute
Students having paid the deposit will receive their tenancy agreement and keys for the dormitory room from the house keeper, provided they are not subject to quarantine.
Otherwise, the following steps are required:
Additionally, you will need the following documents to move into the dormitory:
Moveing in earlier due to a shortage of the quarantine is only possible with the letter of the public health department. The negative PCR test alone won't be sufficient.
You can choose to stay in a hostel or a hotel (please bring a negaive PCR test!) for the time of the quarantine.
In this document you will find a detailed description of how to conclude the contract for the Internet. You can do this shortly before your arrival, so that the Internet is immediately available to you when you move in.
Detailed information on how to register at the Residents' Registration Office and the Foreigners Registration Office can be found in our "Guide for Program Students".
Students from pandemic risk areas must also register with the public health department.
The central university account (UP account) is your personal identification for access to a number of IT services, such like:
Before using it for the first time, you must activate your account on the Account.UP website. However, this is only possible after your semester fee has been received!
Follow the steps for account activation. Please make sure to enter the same data as in your identity card/passport. You will also find instructions for account activation directly on the personalized letter under the Potsdam University chip card (PUCK).
The PUCK (Potsdam University chip card) will be sent to you by postal mail together with other important documents, if no personal delivery is possible. It serves as:
What to do if your PUCK is stolen or lost, how to use it as a money card and other topics can be found in the "Guide for International Exchange Students".
Your info folder with further important documents will be sent to you by postal mail, if no personal delivery is possible. Among other documents you will find your iTAN list, which you will need for booking courses in PULS. Due to the pandemic, some of the documents presented in the video will only be made available to you online.
You will also find relevant information on starting your studies summarized in our "Guide for International Exchange Students".
The departmental exchange coordinators as well as the faculty tutors are at your disposal. Make sure to attend the meeting with your departmental exchange coordinator before the start of the lecture period.
Lots of courses and advisory sessions take place digitally via the ZOOM software. Details on how to use ZOOM can be found on the Homepage of the University of Potsdam.
Please check regularly for Information on the consequences of the corona crisis on studies and teaching. Specific information can be found under "Consequences for international program and exchange students".
Only relates to exchange students
You can withdraw from enrollment until March 31, 2021. In this case you must submit an application form, sign it and send it together with your PUCK by postal mail to the International Office on time.
If you wish to postpone your stay to the winter semester 2021/22 or the summer semester 2022, please contact us.
Only relates to exchange students
Only for the beginner course you do not need a placement test. Otherwise you have to take a placement test online and can then register for a course within the enrollment period. Detailed information can be found in this info sheet.
The German courses at the Zessko are not for students of German Philology.
There are special courses for exchange students of German Philology. Detailed information about the courses and registration can be found in this info sheet.
You can find detailed information about the language tandem on the Zessko website.