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Health Insurance for International Students

International students are required to enroll in public health insurance for the entire duration of their studies.

If you are in a preparatory course, e.g., DSH language preparation course, are a regular student over 30 years of age, or are a doctoral student, you must have your statutory or private health insurance company exempt you from compulsory insurance.

Digital Notification Procedure about the Proof of Health Insurance

Please request the electronic health insurance certificate or your exemption from compulsory insurance (privately insured) EARLY from your / a statutory health insurance company after admission or after your arrival in Germany. Further important information about the submission can be found here.

Find more information on health insurance in Germany here.


You can find a list of all legally recognized health insurance companies in Germany here. Please look for a health insurance company that has a registered office in Dortmund or North Rhine-Westphalia.

You can enroll with a public or a private health insurance after submitting the digital proof of your health insurance. However, if you have private health insurance, you must apply for an exemption from public health insurance.

Send an e-mail to one of the public health insurance companies and request a membership application. Inform yourself about the costs and benefits.

Please contact your health insurance company directly with any questions regarding your health insurance.

No. Travel insurance does not cover all health insurance benefits.

Travel insurance only covers your visa and your entry into Germany. You must provide proof of public or private insurance for the duration of your studies in Germany.

If you have not paid the health insurance premiums, the health insurance company can terminate you from the membership contract without warning and you will be exmatriculated from the university accordingly.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the Social Counseling for International Students.

E-mail: social.counselingtu-dortmundde

Consultationhours via Zoom: by prior appointment. Consultation hours in presence: Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. by prior appointment via Terminland. On-site consultations take place in the International Office, room 212 (2nd floor, Emil-Figge-Str. 61, 44227 Dortmund).

We will be happy to advise you!