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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answers to frequent questions about the application process.

Questions about enrolment

What is the student health insurance all about?

You must have student health insurance while you study. This is an important pre-requisite for enrolment (§ 254 SGB V German social code).

You can be exempted from this requirement under certain circumstances. These include coverage through a parental insurance policy or private insurance. The university accepts documentation of this alternative insurance coverage as proof of student health insurance coverage. All public health insurance providers issue this documentation upon request.

If you possess a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you are not legally required to purchase additional health insurance coverage in Germany.

When do I have to pay the tuition fees as a prospective new student?

In order to enrol at the university for the first time you must pay all tuition fees and contributions. Payment deadlines can be found in the letter of admission under the key word “acceptance deadline”.

What is the payment reference for applicants?

The payment reference is comprised of a 12-digit number.

It includes:

780 + application number + semester abbreviation (e.g. 182 for the Winter Semester 2018/19)

What is the semester abbreviation?

The first two numbers represent the year in which the semester for which you are registering begins (18 for 2018). The third number is either a 1 for the summer semester, or 2 for the winter semester.

Example of a payment reference


780: stays the same

123456: your six digit application number (with a 0 at the beginning if only 5 digits)

182: semester abbreviation

Important: Please use a payment reference number without spaces or additional characters before or within the 12-digit number. This is necessary to ensure that your payment is processed without delay. A delay in payment might lead to you having to forfeit our offer of enrolment.

Important: This payment reference applies only for your first semester and only for accepted study applicants. If you plan on changing study programmes within the university, e.g. from a bachelor’s to a master’s programme, please read the guidelines for current students.

When you are accepted to a study programme through random selection, then you do not have an application number assigned to you. In this case, the payment reference should be written out as follows: „IMMA 182 + last and first name + study programme identification”.

What are the bank account details for the University of Konstanz?

For transfers in European SEPA format:

IBAN DE92 6005 0101 7486 5012 74


Bank name: Baden-Württembergische Bank in Stuttgart

The Universitätskasse (university cashier's office) does not accept any cash payments.

As a prospective new student, what happens to me if I do not pay?

The university cannot enrol you if you do not pay your fees before beginning your studies. In this case, you cannot begin your studies (§ 60 para 2 No. 8 Landeshochschulgesetz (state law on education)).

These provisions are binding for all universities in Baden-Württemberg.

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