Overview of recommended links

For every step of your way to Germany, there are numerous addresses providing tips, information and practical support as you plan. Here is a list of the main addresses for each and every aspect.

Links - Make it in Germany

Information about Germany

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Brochure: Welcome to Germany (German, English, French, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Turkish)

Information for naturalization in Germany (German, English, Russian, Turkish)

 

European Commission - EU Immigration Portal 

Information on moving to the EU (i.a English, French, Spanish)

 

Magazin-Deutschland.de

Articles on current topics from the fields of politics, business, science, living, and the environment (i. a. German, English, Russian, Spanish,)

 

Talent in Berlin

Job portal for professionals (German, English)

 

Hamburg Welcome Portal

Information about working and living in Hamburg (German)

 

Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ)

Country information Portal with extensive information on Germany (German, English)

Public authorities

 

Federal Foreign Office

Information on the procedure for obtaining a visa (German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic)

List of German missions abroad and country-specific information about visa application (German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic) 

 

Federal Office of Migration and Refugees

Information on residence in Germany (German, English, Russian, Turkish)

Information about subsequent immigration of spouses (German, English, Russian, Turkish)

Quick search for various agencies in Germany (German)

 

Government Agency Finder for Germany

Nationwide search tool for information about public authorities and their services (German) 

 

Bund.de – Verwaltung Online 

Overview and contact information for all federal agencies and institutions (German)

Working in Germany

Federal Ministry of Finance

Wage Income Tax Calculator (German)

 

International and Specialized Services (ZAV)

Information and consultation on finding a job (German, English)

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Overview of the conditions for an employment in Germany (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

Further information on job-seeking in Germany (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

Checklist for your application documents (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

German courses for professional purposes (German, English, Turkish, Russian) 

Information about recognition of foreign professional qualifications (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

 

European Commission

Job board of the European Commission (German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and other languages)

 

Recognition of qualifications in Germany

Information on how to get your professional qualifications recognized and where to find your local contact centre (i.a. German, English, Spanish, Italian, Polish)

 

BQ Portal

Information on foreign professional qualifications and vocational training systems (German, English)

 

Information on Europass

The europass curriculum vitae for job applicants (German) 

 

Database of translators and interpreters

Search for officially authorized translators and interpreters (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish)

Universities, vocational training and further training

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Presentation of the German training system (German, English)

Information on Germany scholarship (German, English)

Scholarship data bank of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (German)

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information for foreign apprentices and students (German, English)

Hints to find an apprenticeship (German, English, Turkish, Russian) 

 

Recognition of qualifications in Germany

Information on how to get your professional qualifications recognized and where to find your local contact centre (i.a. German, English, Spanish, Italian, Polish)

 

BQ-Portal

Information on foreign professional qualifications and vocational training systems (German, English)

 

IHK FOSA (Foreign Skills Approval)

National Centre of Excellence for the recognition and assessment of foreign vocational qualifications (German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Turkish)

 

Anabin database

Information about getting university degrees recognized  (German)

 

Central Office for Foreign Education

Information on the recognition of foreign university degrees (German)

 

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Studying in Germany (German, English)

 

Higher Education Compass

Information on Germany’s higher education institutions and on the range of studies (German, English) 

 

Alumniportal Deutschland

Network of international university graduates including job offers (German, English)

 

Research in Germany

Information on doctoral studies and research in Germany (German, English) 

 

Preparatory courses

Preparatory courses for German universities (German) 

 

TU9: Germany’s leading institutes of technology

The network of the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (German, English) 

 

Uni assist

The university application service for international students (German, English, Spanish, French, Russian)

Housing

 

Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development

Information about whether your foreign driving licence is valid in Germany (German, English)

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information on finding a housing and removal in Germany (German, English)

Overview of the elements of a tenancy agreement (German, English, Polish, Turkish)

 

Deutscher Mieterbund (German tenants' association)

Advice on tenancy issues (German)

 

Service-bw

Information about leases, ancillary costs, security deposits and notice periods (German, English, French)

 

Broadcasting fee service center

Information on the broadcasting fee (German)

 

Jugendherberge.de

Addresses of German youth hostels (German, English)

Healthcare

 

Federal Ministry of Health

Information about health and long-term care insurance in Germany (German, English)

The Electronic Health Card (German, English)

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Further information on preventive medical check-ups and vaccination (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

 

Federal Centre for Health Education

Information about vaccinations for children (German, English, Russian, Turkish, Arabic)

 

EURES

Information about the German healthcare system (German, English, French and other languages)

Information about health insurance in Germany (German, English, French and other languages)

 

Kassenzahnärztliche Bundesvereinigung 

Searching for a dentist in Germany (German)

 

Official healthcare portal of German pharmacists

Information about on-call pharmacies at night and on weekends (German)

 

Unabhängige Patientenberatung Deutschland (Independent Advice for Patients)

Search for doctors and preparation for a medical consultation (German)

 

Weisse Liste

Searching for doctors and specialists in Germany (German)

Schools and further education

 

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Information about child care, rights of children and young people (German)

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information on the German school system (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

Information on searching integration courses in Germany (German)

Affirmative action for infants in Germany (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

Options of childcare (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

 

Deutscher Bildungsserver (German education server)

Information on day-care for children in Germany (German, English)

 

Familien-Wegweiser.de

Search for child care offers in Germany (German)

 

Plattform KiTa.de

Search for local day care centres and after-school care, as well as job postings for educators (German)

 

Association of German International Schools

Information about international schools in Germany (English)

 

SchulWeb.de

Service platform for searching for schools (German, English, French, Russian)

 

PrivatschulBeratung (Advice on private schools)

Search for private and boarding schools (German)

Money and Banking

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information on financial topics (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

 

Deutscher Bankenverband (German Banking Association)

General information about current accounts (German)

 

Geldtransfair

Free comparison portal for cross-boarders credit transfers (German, English)

 

Verbraucherzentrale (Consumer Association)

Information on the giro account (German)

Insurances

 

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Overview of social insurance agreements between Germany and non-EU countries (German, English)

 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Further information on social insurances (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

 

Bund der Versicherten (Association of insurance consumers)

Information about all sorts of private insurances (German)

 

Deutsche Sozialversicherung (German Social Insurance)

Information on the German social security system (German, English, French) 

 

Spitzenverband Bund der Krankenkassen (Association of Health Insurances)

Overview on all statutory health insurances (German)

 

Verbraucherzentrale Berlin

Explanation of the most important insurances in Germany (German)

 

Versicherung-und-verkehr.de

Information about motor vehicle insurances and hedging for cars, motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians (German, English)