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We have put together several useful links and information regarding the visa alpplication process here:

Since information and requirements differ from country to country, you should get in touch with local authorities or the German embassy in your country.

This would depend, in the first place, on the working rhythm of the German Embassy/Consulate in your country. The Embassy/Consulate also prescribes which documents will have to be handed in, and in what form (originals, copies, copies certified by notary public etc.).

You find lots of information on the website of the housing office. Our staff on site is happy to answer your questions.

All questions around your living situation will be answered after you have made your rental request through our housing office here. Just complete the form and the housing office will get back to you. They are happy to answer all your questions. Please be aware the specific wishes cannot always be taken into consideration as the housing market in Freiburg is tight and requires some flexibility from all sides.

We will do our best to find a suitable accommodation for you and your needs. Freiburg is an old town with lots of stairs and cobblestone streets but we will do our best to find a good place for you. Please make sure to list your needs in the reservation request on the housing office website.

Our housing office is run by a not-for-profit organisation by German standards (e.V.) which makes sure that you get the best price available with the best service. Monthly rents depend on diverse factors such as location, standard, utilities etc. and range between €300,- and €450,- for a furnished single room and €400,- and €550,- for a furnished single apartment. The housing office will ask you for a deposit of €300,- which will be refunded after your departure if everything has been returned undamaged and no costs have occurred.

Your deposit will be returned about eight weeks after your departure if everything has been returned undamaged and no costs have occurred.

Yes. You need to be present during orientation days and all class related activities including scheduled personal  “tutorials”. Other activities such as movie nights, round tables and similar are voluntary, of course.

Many local students volunteer as a “buddy” to pick up foreign students and support them during the first days. You can ask them lots of questions and learn how to heat your room, where to shop in Freiburg and so on. The buddies are also great to test your German on them. Give it a try.

The field trips offered by the international office are optional. Field trips and field studies that are organized by your teacher(s) are part of your class and, therefore your participation is mandatory. However, if an international office field trip is used for a field study by a teacher, then participation is mandatory for these specific students, too.

Yes. The Student Services Team will do their best to meet your needs, and the housing office will do their best to find the right room for you. It requires some flexibility on all sides, but our staff and the student assistants are more than happy to help. However it is crucial that you list all your needs beforehand and get expert advice and letters of recommendation from medical doctors (if necessary), and then make the final decision together with our onsite staff and the Braun Foundation. GPC staff will do their best to minimize expenses related to on site the support of the student but it is the student who is responsible for all and any extra costs.

Our program is designed to integrate you in your host community quicker than you might think. You need to be pro-active and open-minded as well, but our staff will organize several movie nights, field trips, buddy meetings and other activities to get you in touch with local students. You played football at home? No need to stop playing while you are in Freiburg. Continue your hobby or learn a new one! The possibilities are endless.

Yes, most weekends are free. Fridays are always class days, and there may be activities even on Saturdays, but they will be announced upon arrival. Therefore we strongly recommend to not make any travel plans before your arrival on site.

The GPC course work is highly intensive with 30 + hours a week. Part-time work while studying is therefore nearly impossible.

You will receive a few very helpful newsletters with pre-departure information from the GPC office. Please read all the information carefully. The GPC team shares this knowledge with you to make you more independent and help you relax and structure your preparation period. An open mind helps a lot. Things surely are different than at home.  Also: learn some basic words of German (such as: Bitte, Danke, Guten Tag, Auf Wiedersehen…), so you have an icebreaker or two in your very first conversations.

The airport with by far the highest number of connections in the region is the airport Frankfurt/Main (FRA). The Intercity Express (ICE) trains take you directly from Frankfurt Airport to Freiburg in about 2 hours (price for a ticket: approx. €50,-).

 

The geographically closest airport is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. It is only a one hour bus ride from Freiburg.

The airports in Strasbourg or Stuttgart are other options that are approximately 2-3 hours away by train or car.

 

Contact us if you need help with your flight bookings.

Freiburg has a train station with many frequent connections. Just make sure you choose the full name  Freiburg im Breisgau when you type in your destination, so you do not end up in one of the other Freiburgs.

There is a golden rule that experienced travellers follow because it makes trips easy and stress free: Pack light. There are shops in Freiburg where you can buy foreign food which may be similar to your home country, so no need to bring food. Leave at home whatever you can purchase here inexpensively (e.g. towels). There is a simple test to check if you succeeded packing light. If you are done packing, dress in a your coat and outdoor shoes, lift all your bags and walk down and up some stairs for about 20 minutes. If you are not too exhausted afterwards you packed right.

During orientation we will spend lots of time in the city and you will get to know the campus, the city, many shops and places of interest. Very soon the streets of Freiburg will be familiar to you. If possible GPC staff will find a “buddy” for you. That is a local student who will pick you up from the train station and who will show you around during the first days.

Freiburg is a very safe city but common sense, just like at home and anywhere else, is always helpful in order to prevent bad experiences. Other good advice and helpful ideas will be covered during orientation with no question left unanswered.

All students have to have a health insurance. You can find out more about health insurance and visa here. As a consequence you are as well insured as most Germans and generally do not need to budget for accidents or an illness that occurs while you are in Germany. Our local staff will assist you if you need a general practitioner or specialist, or if you need someone to translate or interpret during a visit.

 

Especially during the first days some students are often accompanied by parents or friends. We always welcome visitors and are happy to answer questions and show them around.  However, if you are already a student at GPC we kindly ask your guests to respect you student duties such as attending classes, doing homework and passing exams, of course. Therefore, it is a good idea to limit visits to a few days in order to minimize distraction.

After the semester is about to begin or even has already begun, everything has been prepared for the student, (people on the waiting list have been rejected). For these and many other reasons the Braun Foundation cannot reimburse the tuition fee. Another question is whether or not you can get back parts of your pre-paid rent which you have paid to the housing department. Please contact the housing office for further questions.

On monthly basis we generally give the following figures: For accommodation we recommend calculating between €350,- and €450,- for a furnished single room or small apartment. €200,- for food,  €100,- for books, paper, etc. and €200,- or so for free-time activities. These are just estimates: Eating out, long distance week-end trips and other surely fun activities will raise the costs significantly. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your expenses and plan and budget wisely. We will give more information on these topics during orientation. The German embassies or consulates ask for a guarantee of approx. €650,- per month of stay, but as can you see from the estimates above, it would be comfortable to have little more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your  German language skills need to be at level B2 in order to start with a GPC program. Only with this starting level can we feel confident that within 2 semesters of study at GPC you can reach the language level C1. This high level is needed in order to reach the GPC program target, i.e. to make you eligible for study at a German university.

Should your German skills be lower than B-2 you may want to look at preparatory German language classes. Several partners of GPC all over Germany offer preparatory German language courses leading from absolute beginner A0 to A1, A2, B1 and B2 levels. Contact us, if you are interested.

A valid German visa and German language level B2.

  1. If you have not become 21 yet, only your parents or parental authorities are authorised to sign any official document.

If you arrive with German language skills at B2 level you can start the 1 year long GPC foundation program immediately and, later on, apply for a BA study program at a German university in your subject area, — after having passed the final FSP assessment test in your subject area at German language level C1.

Take our digital German Language test and send it to us:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once received, we will get back to you.

 

 

 

 

 

If your German knowledge is sufficient, you should start with the relocation, especially the visa application process. In our students section, you find many useful tips:

German Language courses start every 2 months, 4 times a year:

  • February
  • April
  • August
  • October

 

All other GPC courses start 2 times a year, September and March.

 

German language classes are most important to start your academic career in Germany. You will have 3h per day, 5 days a week German courses. However, you do not need to be enrolled for the GPC German language courses B1+ and B2, which are available prior to the full GPC study program.

Currently GPC does not offer BA, MA, or PhD degrees directly. However, we cooperate with several organizations and universities who can help you.

Courses can take between 5 and 12 weeks. The full GPC program takes 24 weeks, 2 terms.

A study break can be taken after 2 full terms, 24 weeks.

The FSP exam and the German language level C-1 certificate at the end of the 2 program terms generally opens the entry to undergraduate studies 1st year. Depending on more previous study experience or work experience the university may open access to a higher semester entry. This needs to be negotiated individually.

This depends very much on the type of university, i.e. public or private. Public universities do not charge tuition; students pay per semester ca. EUR 110 + for the university´s social service administration; in many bigger cities there is the option of a special semester ticket for students for the use of public transport. This may cost another 100 – 200 depending on the city. Private universities start with EUR 300 tuition per month, but can go up to EUR 1.000 + for an undergraduate program. The average is between € 500 and 600.

GPC is preparing mainly NON-EU citizens for any kind of BA, MA study program in Germany. After you have successfully passed the 1 year long Pathway courses, you can study at a German university. Additionally, GPC is offering German courses in Germany either directly or through one of our local partners.

The GPC German language courses B1+ and B2 are basically available in all major cities of Germany. Additionally, GPC partner language schools also offer any German language course and operate branches in all major German cities.