Foreign students who wish to renew their registration, apply for a leave of absence or terminate their registration must go to the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) at the University of Potsdam, and specifically to their Office for Registered International Students (Büro: Immatrikulierte ausländische Studierende).
Registration renewal periods: Students are required to renew their registration each semester by paying semester fees. Renewal of registration for the winter semester in the period between June 15th and July 15th. Renewal of registration for the summer semester takes place from January 15th to February 15th.
At the beginning of June and/or at the beginning of January, you will receive a letter from the Student Administration Office (Studierendensekretariat) with a remittance slip (Überweisungsträger) that you will need for the payment of the semester fees. If you have not received the remittance slip by June 25th/January 25th, please contact the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt).
Please take note of the information/instructions on the back of the remittance slip.
When renewing your registration each semester, please use the payment form sent to you. In order to ensure that your registration renewal payment is received by the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) on time, you should make payment by July 8th or February 8th . If you do not meet these time deadlines, you will have to pay additional charges.
If, at the time of registration renewal, you are not able to pay the required sum, we ask that you submit a request for approval of a "delayed registration renewal" (verspätete Rückmeldung) in writing to the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) by July 15th/ February 15th. Please inform the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) at this time of the date upon which you will be able to make payment.
A delayed registration renewal is possible until mid-September/mid-March. After that, the student's registration will automatically be terminated.
You are obligated in principle to pay the entire registration renewal fee even if you don't need a Semesterticket (the ticket used for public transportation in Berlin and Brandenburg). Students will be exempt from paying the fee for the Semesterticket only if one of the following is the case:
- You are handicapped in such a way that makes it impossible to use public transport
- You live outside the Berlin-Brandenburg public transportation network for studying purposes
- You have a lengthy illness that semester
A request to be exempt from paying semester fees should be directed only to the AStA der Universität Potsdam. Only students on a leave of absence can request an exemption from the Semesterticket fee – this must be done at the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt).
If you pay the semester fees on time, and if you have no restriction notices (Sperrvermerk), you can update your chip card at one of the chip card terminals. However, payment is often not enough. Please contact the International Relations Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) to inquire as to whether you have any outstanding restriction notices stating, for example, that you have not yet handed in a copy of your health insurance, residence permit, certificate of graduation and/or if you have a delayed registration renewal, etc.