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Language Issues


Living in Leipzig


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Language Issues

Do I have to speak German?

For most of the courses offered in Leipzig, you need to understand and speak German. Also, speaking German is certainly helpful for your life outside university and sometimes also inside. We encourage you to take up language courses before coming to Leipzig and also while in Leipzig.

We offer only a few courses in English. If you think they may be suitable for you, you may apply by providing evidence of English, only. You need to be warned, however, that your range of subjects is very limited in that case.

How can I collect 30 ECTS without taking courses held in German?

You may have a look at the courses given in English (a list can be found here). Moreover, we allow exchange students to hand in essays (more information about Erasmus-Papers). Not particularly an answer to the question, but the more helpful: you may consider taking courses to learn the German language.

I want to improve my German/learn German!

 


Living in Leipzig

How do I find a flat?

There are many possibilities and there is generally no shortage of flats in Leipzig. Read the information provided by the AAA to find a place.

In particular, the Studentenwerk offers many flats. Registration is online.

Many flats are also offered on platforms like: http://www.wg-gesucht.de/ or https://www.studenten-wg.de/

How much does living in Leipzig cost?

  • In order to finance your stay in Leipzig, you need about 700 € a month, depending on your personal life style. 
  • If you need a visa, a proof of secured financing of livelihood might be required already when applying for the visa in your home country.
  • In detail, the monthly cost in Leipzig sum up as follows:
    • Rent for an apartment / room: about € 200.00 - € 300.00
    • Health insurance: about € 90.00
    • Study material: about 50.00 €
    • Food, clothing and other needs: about 250.00 €
  • Please note, that at the beginning of the semester you must pay the term fee including a ticket for public transportation.
  • Moreover, in addition to the monthly costs at the beginning of you stay you might cover deposits for housing, UniCard, etc. Expect to pay another 750 € for getting started in Leipzig.
Why do I have to pay the Semesterbeitrag?

Exchange students at Leipzig University are NOT required to pay any tuition fees. However, like all Leipzig students, they must pay the so-called 'semester fee' every semester. The semester fee is not a fee for tuition, because Leipzig University does not receive the money. Part of this fee goes to the Leipzig Student Union, whose services benefit all students. This includes e.g. affordable meals in the dining halls, student dormitories, job placement services, and much more. In addition, the semester fee includes the semester ticket of the Leipzig Transport Services. This means that all those who have paid the semester fee can use their UniCard to travel for free on the bus and tram in Leipzig for the entire semester at any time. The third part of the semester fee goes to the Student Council. These elected student 'delegates' represent the interests of all the Leipzig University students to the rectorate, and they champion causes such as equality at the university for all, including international students. It's important that exchange students pay the semester fee at the beginning of their studies in Leipzig and again at the beginning of their second semester here, because if it's not paid the student will be exmatriculated. Further information about the deadlines and the amount of the fee can be found on the webpage (German only) of the semester fee.

 


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letzte Änderung: 11.12.2018