Still have questions?

Do not hesitate:

Do not forget to bring

  • Passport and if necessary a Schengen-Visa (Tip: Make some copies of them!)

  • Money for your expenses during the first days (~500 €), e.g. security deposit (~350€), first rent (230€-360€), public transport ticket (~30€) and supplies

  • International student identity card (www.isic.org) might be useful but is not necessary

  • Warm and rainproof clothes! Normal temperatures in summer are 15 - 30°C; in winter you should be prepared for temperatures down to -10°C.

  • Passport sized photographs (for monthly ticket)

  • Any personal requirements

  • Please DO NOT FORGET to contact us regarding your arrival date and time!

  • Your very best mood!


We will lend you all the bedding, kitchenware and much more.
If you have questions about what (not) to bring, let us know.

Welcome to Saarbruecken

We are glad you applied for an internship in Saarbruecken. As soon as you get accepted by your employer, we will try to get in contact with you as fast as we can. By that time we will have already started to look for a accomodation for you.

Our local committee consists of only a few students. We are working voluntarily for IAESTE because we are interested in getting to know foreign students, different cultures and languages - just like you! Therefore we are doing everything to make your stay here as enjoyable and fun as possible. In our summer program we organize many different trips and events for our trainees. During your internship you have the possibility to acquire important experiences for your field of study. At the same time we want you to get to know the German society and culture. Together with us and other trainees you will for sure have an unforgettable stay here in Germany!

First steps after your acceptance

As soon as the employer returns the acceptance papers the IAESTE national commitee will send them to you. Once you get these papers it`s time for you to organize some things: 

  • Within 2 weeks fill out the form N5/b and send it to your home country's national committee (sometimes there are more forms to fill out and send). Once we get your N5/b we start looking for your accommodation. It is very important that we get the N5/b as soon as possible.

  • If you are not a citizen of the European Union you may need a visa for Germany. Since the processing may take several weeks you should apply for a visa at your closest German embassy as soon as possible. For this application you need the N5/b. Please ask for a "Schengen-Visa". This visa is also valid for our neighboring countries.

  • Please make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your internship.

  • Register at the DAAD Portal - otherwise you can't be paid and won't get the free DAAD health and liability insurance.
  • Book a flight to Germany. More information about the journey are available here.

  • Inform us when you are going to arrive in Germany, so we know, where and when to pick you up and can arrange for your key to your appartment to be handed over to you.

Insurance

You as an IAESTE trainee must have a Sickness-, Personal Accident- and Private Liability - Insurance during your stay in Germany.

The National Committee of IAESTE Germany automatically negotiates an appropriate insurance package for every trainee coming to Germany. In Germany you do not have to care about an insurance coverage, as long as your internship does not exceed a period of 6 months. Should the internship last longer, you have to pay for the extra months of insurance on your own (~ 24 EUR per month).

The insurance policy is available here.

Additional insurance coverage is not provided by IAESTE and lies in your responsibility.

Accommodation

If you inform us in time about your arrival, we will arrange an accommodation for you. We work in coorperation with our university's Welcome Center. They have a quota of rooms at the student accomodation for international students as well as a cooperation with the private and stately run student dorms. They will find you an appropriate, furnished room and help you to set up the rental contract for the period of your internship. They only offer single rooms, equipped with one bed, a cupboard/shelf, a table and a chair. In addition there will be an access to a kitchen and to a shower/WC shared with two to four students of your sex. In most rooms there will be an internet connection, but we cannot always guarantee for that. In case there isn't one we have a LTE Hub for you to borrow.

During your first days here you will have to pay your first rent of around 300 € per month (depending on which kind of room you want / they can offer you) and a deposit of ~400 €, which you will get back when you leave.

Please note that you have to compensate for any damages caused by you. In this context we would like to ask you in particular to respect the general conditions like cleanliness and so on, as we need to keep a good relationship with the Welcome Office and the landlords for the students coming next year.

Arrival

Please let us know as soon as possible when exactly you will arrive in Saarbruecken, so that we can arrange your accommodation and organize someone of our IAESTE staff to pick you up. This person will take you to your accommodation and answer your questions.

Please remember to bring a valid passport and a valid visa (for non-EU-citizens)!!!

Saarbruecken is very close to the Frensh and Luxembourg border. Depending on your means of transport, you will arrive at one of the airports around Saarbruecken and take a train or bus to Saarbruecken. In the following you find, how to get to Saarbruecken main station, where one of our members will pick you up:

By Plane

There are several international airports around Saarbruecken where you can arrive, Saarbruecken (IATA-Code: SCN), Luxembourg (IATA-Code: LUX), Frankfurt (IATA-Code: FRA) and Paris Charles de Gaulles or Orly (IATA-Code: CDG or ORY). There are a few more airports like Frankfurt-Hahn (IATA-Code: HHN) or Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airpark (IATA-Code: FKB), but the connection to Saarbuecken is not as good as the ones mentioned before.

From Saarbruecken airport (SCN):

The best way is to buy an “Einzelfahrt”- Ticket (~2,60€) with the bus driver. The bus route is called R10 direction of “Saarbrücken Hbf”. It leaves every hour and takes you to the main station in around 25min. 

From Luxembourg airport (LUX):

There is a frequent bus shuttle that commutes between Saarbrücken main train station and the train
station in Luxembourg (“Luxembourg Gare”). Please take the bus from the airport to the train station in Luxembourg. There are two good bus connections which run several times per hour and the ticket are only 2€. Tickets are bought on the bus from the driver or at the ticket machine in the Arrival Hall, Level -1.

From Frankfurt airport (FRA):

Frankfurt Main is one of the biggest German airports and has many good connections. To get to Saarbruecken, it is recommended to take a train, which you can catch directly at the airport. It takes around 2h 30min, but please be aware that the airport has two train stations, a regional and a international one. You can check for the timetables at bahn.de or you can take a bus to Saarbruecken.

From Paris (CDG):

If you come from outside of Europe, you might get a cheap flight to Paris (and you might to do some sightseeing there). To get to "Sarrebuck" (frensh) you first take the RER line B (direction Massy-Palaiseau) to train station Paris North (Paris Gare du Nord). From there you can take the fast train TGV to Saarbruecken main station. Check the timetable at the SNCF website.

If the trains and busses are not going anymore or you chose another airport not listed here, there are several more complex ways how to get to Saarbruecken. Please let us know and we'll try and help you.

By Bus
By Train