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Welcome to the Centre for Doctoral Studies Lübeck. We wish you a good start in the doctoral programme. Below you find information we have compiled to help ease your integration into life in Lübeck.


Visa extension

For Visa issues please contact auslaenderbehoerde(at)luebeck(dot)de  / Foreigners authority (Ausländerbehörde). An appointment is obligatory!

Health insurance

International PhD students must have a health insurance. Otherwise, it is not possible to enrol at a German University.

Detailled information is available on this website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service; Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).

PhD students with scholarships who have not been insured in public health insurance for the past 12 months (calculating from the day of registration at the University) cannot apply for public health insurance. Therefore, the only option is to apply for a private health insurance.




There are several possibilities of living in Lübeck. Either you can choose to live in a shared flat or you decide to find a flat/room on your own. Just browse the internet.

Student Dormitories
The "Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein" offers rooms in several dormitories. They are located on the campus as well as in the city centre. You should apply for a room as early as possible.


Government Registration Office City of Lübeck

When you have moved to Lübeck, you must register at the government registration office of the city of Lübeck within 14 days after arriving in Lübeck. Find more information here (available only in German).


Enrolment at the University of Lübeck

As a PhD student of the University of Lübeck, you must enrol at the Student Service Centre, which is located in Hous 2 (Campus map).

(ATTENTION: This is does not apply for Medicine Students who pursue a doctorate while studying and are already enroled at the UzL!)

For the enrolment, the following documents are needed (available only in German).

Enrolment Fee: € 65 (one-time)
Semester Fee: € 264 (including Semester-Ticket SH and regional transport services)

Since winter semester 2019/20, PhD students are free to decide wether to pay the semester fee to get the Semester-Ticket SH and use the regional transport services, or not. Otherwise, the semester fee does not have to be payed. In this case, no student ID card will be sent. The password and log-in data will be sent by post. For the renewal of matriculation, a new application is necessary.

Please do not forget to hand in an enrolment confirmation at the Centre for Doctoral Studies Lübeck each semester.

For the enrolment of international PhD students, please contact the International Office.



Life on and off Campus

Dining: To have lunch in the canteen (Mensa), you need a canteen card. You can get it at the administration office on the groundfloor of the canteen. It costs € 15, of which € 7,50 is a deposit for the card and € 7,50 is your start credit. Check / load your card at the ticket machines in the entrance to the canteen.

Public transportation: Use your student ID card to travel free by bus within Lübeck and all the way to Travemünde. For more information, please visit AStA (Student Committee).

For current cultural events held by the Universität zu Lübeck, the University of Applied Sciences and the City of Lübeck, please click here.

The Office of the Centre for Doctoral Studies Lübeck is located in building 64 (Campus map) on the ground floor in rooms 59+99.