The services offered by the psychological-psychotherapeutic counselling, social counselling, barrier-free studying counselling, and the writing centre for Berlin students, are listed here.

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Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Thielallee (Dahlem)
Thielallee 38
14195 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Thielallee (Dahlem)
Thielallee 38
14195 Berlin
Sozialberatung Thielallee (Dahlem)
Thielallee 38
14195 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Thielallee (Dahlem)
Thielallee 38
14195 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Schreibzentrum (Charlottenburg und Dahlem)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Beratung Barrierefrei Studieren (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Franz-Mehring-Platz (Friedrichshain)
Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin
Sozialberatung Hardenbergstraße (Charlottenburg)
Hardenbergstraße 34
10623 Berlin

Our range of tasks and our offer

<h3>Social counselling</h3>
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Social counselling

A team of qualified social workers will gladly help and assist you in many personal, social and financial issues, such as:

How do I finance my studies and my degree?

Do my parents have to support me or would BAföG be an option for me?

What and who can help with hassles with the authorities?

Questions about health insurance, housing allowance, child benefit?

Pregnant - what now? Child (ren) and studying - how does that work?

Social rights - too complex, or you have specific questions?

Our offices are located in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg and Dahlem.

<h3>Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service</h3>
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Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service

The Counselling Services are aimed at all students studying at Berlin universities.

There are many different aspects to studying, and it makes demands on all parts of your daily life. Things don’t always run smoothly. Even if you can deal with many challenges on your own, there can still be issues for which might you need professional advice.

We are legally required to maintain confidentiality. You can find us in Charlottenburg and in Friedrichshain.

<h3>Writing Centre</h3>
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Writing Centre

Competently dealing with texts, as a reader and also as a writer, is indispensible for successful studies. Writing can also be a tool for learning and thinking, rather than a hurdle.

It is our guiding principle that one can learn academic and scientific writing and that this is a process in which we would like to guide and support you.

Our team of trained writing advisors offers personal advice on academic writing as well as workshops and groups at the Hardenbergstraße and Thielallee sites.

<h3>Barrier-free studying counselling</h3>
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Barrier-free studying counselling

Our services are aimed at students or prospective students with disabilities or chronic diseases. This includes, in addition to students with walking disabilities or hearing-impaired or visually-impaired students, also students with chronic diseases such as e.g. Morbus Crohn, cancer, HIV infection, rheumatism, diabetes, epilepsy or any other non-visual impairments. Of course, our consultations are confidential and, on request, also anonymous.

The counselling centre provides integration assistance in according with the Berlin Higher Education Act. This entails integration aids such as study assistance, text book allowances or other technical aids.

Our offices are in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg and Dahlem.

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Insurances

Insurance

Health insurance

Students are required to have health insurance for the duration of their studies. Over the next few pages, we hope to help you understand what this involves and what options you have.

We are staff from the AOK Studenten-Service.

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN.

Age Limit

With statutory health and care insurance, students are entitled to non-contributory family insurance. If the insurance is held by the mother or the father, the student can have family insurance until they reach the age of 25. If the student’s studies were delayed or interrupted by military or civilian service, family insurance is extended by the corresponding period, provided that conscription occurred before 30 June 2011. However, even in the base of compulsory service, it is not possible for a student to take out a family insurance policy for the first time if the student is already aged 25 or above. If voluntary military service or a recognized federal voluntary service was performed after 1 July 2011, an extension of family insurance coverage is possible for a period of up to twelve months.

Family insurance coverage can also be granted on the basis of statutory health insurance held by a spouse. There is no age limit in this case.

If the entitlement to family insurance coverage has been exhausted, the student pays for their own insurance at rates set specifically for students.

Income Limits

Under the family insurance scheme, students are entitled to a maximum gross monthly income of €405/€450 euros from low-earning employment, with an income-related expense allowance of €1000 per year (€83.33/month). Included within calculation of this income are wages from side jobs and payments from statutory and supplementary pension insurance (e.g. half-pension or orphan’s allowance). Maintenance payments from parents, the social welfare office, and BAföG are disregarded.

When starting a job, it is always advisable to inform your insurance provider. This way, all possibilities can be discussed in advance. If it is decided that you are not entitled to family insurance and this decision is applied retroactively, you will also have to pay the costs for student health insurance for the entire time you were claiming family insurance despite not being entitled to it!

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

Students who are enrolled at state or state-recognized universities in Germany are generally subject to compulsory statutory health insurance. If you intend to study abroad, please contact your health insurer.

When the Insurance Obligation Begins/Signing Up with a Health Insurer

You are required to have health insurance from the beginning of the semester, at the very earliest from the date of enrolement.

Für Studenten, die in einer gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung familienversichert sind, For students who have family insurance via their parents’ or spouse’s statutory health insurance, requirement to obtain insurance is suspended for this period. Student insurance only becomes required after this period.

If the family insurance is provided by a private insurer, students must decide at the beginning of their studies whether to request exemption from the requirement to gain health insurance or to get student health insurance.

End of Obligation to Get Health Insurance

Duty to get health insurance ends when studies have been completed. The insurance is still valid until the end of the semester for which the student has last enrolled. Students who reach their 14th semester or turn 30 will also cease to be eligible for student health insurance at the end of the relevant semester. An extension to student insurance coverage, in particular beyond the age of 30, is only possible if certain personal requirements are met.

These include:

  • Performance of military/civilian/voluntary service
  • Birth of a child and subsequent care
  • Abitur via the “second educational path”
  • Illness
  • Disability

The health insurer is required to examine each individual case.

Those who lose student health insurance coverage have the option to continue their insurance by paying a higher amount as part of the “voluntary” health insurance scheme.

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

The cheaper student rate is calculated on the basis of BAföG, which sets out the basic amount of money a student requires to live.

As of 1 January 2017, the monthly oayment to AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse is:

  • €72.17 for health insurance (already includes a supplementary payment, individual to each insurer),
  • 16.55 for long-term care insurance – this amount is paid until the age of 23 or if the student can provide evidence that they are a parent. If neither of these conditions apply, the student pays €18.17 per month. These amounts are the same for students in all federal states of Germany.

Total monthly payment: €88.72 or €90.34 Euro (with an additional payment for long-term care insurance which must be made by those without children) 

Payment per semester: €532.32 or €542.04 (with an additional payment for long-term care insurance which must be made by those without children) 


Information current as of 1 Jan 2017

 

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

Many students do paid work to finance their studies. This can have an impact on your health insurance in certain circumstances.

The question of whether the your studies are still your main activity is decisive when looking at a secondary activity. Your studies will still be regarded as your main activity if your side job takes up less than 20 hours of your week. To preserve student status, a side job which takes up more than 20 hours per week during the lecture period has to be limited to no more than 2 months from the outset. Otherwise, this job will trigger an obligation to pay insurance, with payments to be made to all branches of social insurance. If you are obliged to pay health insurance because you are in employment, you are no longer entitled to coverage via student health insurance or family health insurance.

During the lecture-free period (semester breaks), working hours can exceed the weekly 20-hour limit. However, it should be noted that within one year, students are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week for no more than 26 weeks (182 calendar days). This also includes temporary jobs where you work for more than 20 hours a week during the lecture period.

Academically required intermediate internships are not counted as jobs, even if they are paid. They are not taken into account when calculating whether you work for more than 20 hours a week.

The level of income does not play any role in the assessment of whether or not your job is a side job. However, pension insurance must be paid when you are in work. An exemption is possible on request, as long as the income in question does not exceed €450 per month. This includes all the jobs that a student works.

Students covered by family insurance should note that if they exceed the income limit set for family insurance, they can no longer receive no-cost family insurance and will instead have to take out student health insurance.

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

If they don’t already have another form of insurance, students who are no longer eligible for student health insurance will usually immediately switch to so-called “voluntary” statutory health insurance. It is called “voluntary” because it allows those who are eligible to get private insurance to instead join the statutory health insurance system.

All statutory health insurers offer a student-friendly transitional rate. This is valid up to the final examinations of your degree, but for a maximum of six months after losing entitlement to student health insurance.

The monthly payment to AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse is: 
  • Health insurance: €107.67
  • Long-term care insurance: €22.76 or €25.18 with an additional payment for long-term care insurance which must be made by those without children) for those aged 23 and above

Total: €130.43 or €132.85 

(those aged under 23 or who can prove that they are a parent pay less for long-term care insurance) 

Please note:
These payments apply for a gross income of up to €968.33. If you earn more, higher amounts must be paid.

Information current as of 1 Jan 2016

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

In the case of initial enrolment, re-enrolment or change of studies, proof of insurance must be submitted to the university. The certificate can be obtained from your statutory health insurer. For this purpose, the health insurers have developed an administrative system in cooperation with the universities. It is therefore important to enter the reference code when making your request.

However, students who are privately insured must contact a statutory health insurance company. Proof from private insurers will not be accepted! The statutory health insurer then also provides information on the necessary exemption from the obligation to have health insurance, and the consequences of this. If you decide to stay with your private insurer, the statutory health insurer will print a one-off, long-term certificate. This has validity for the entire study period. All you need to do is show it to your university.

It is sufficient to simply hand over your insurance certificate at the beginning of your studies. Enrolment (or any subsequent de-enrolment) is then automatically reported by the university to your health insurer. In return, the health insurer reports relevant changes in the course of insurance to the university. Therefore, a new insurance certificate may be required when changing university, study subject, or health insurer.

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

Students are generally required to have statutory health insurance. However, there are some exceptions from this obligation, such as for civil servants if, in accordance the provisions of civil service law or principles, they have a right to continued payment of wages and benefits.

In addition, the following are not required to have statutory health insurance:

  • Students who have reached the age of 30 or their 14th semester
  • Students who, because they are employed or receive an orphan’s pension, already have an overriding form of health insurance
  • The self-employed

German law requires them to have health insurance of some kind, however.

For enrolment, however, such people also require an insurance certificate. The issuing of this certificate is the responsibility of the statutory health insurer from whom you most recently received insurance. Otherwise you can turn to any other statutory health insurer.

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

For students, statutory accident insurance applies while studying at university, as per § 2 of the German Social Security Code VII. The insurance policy covers against all activities related to studying at a university. It applies to participation in educational events of any kind (including breaks), library use, excursions, travel, visits, all internal administration activities (e.g. student parliament, council, departmental work, etc.), and the custody, maintenance, and restoration of work equipment. The arrival and departure routes for these activities also fall under the insurance policy, as do first visits of the month to your financial institution. Of course, you are also insured on all routes to and from a medical appointment – provided that this visit to the doctor is related to an accident or illness caused by an activity covered by insurance. Accidents of this kind must be reported immediately by the students concerned to the secretariat of their institute. Prompt notification is the only way that quick provision of benefits can be guaranteed.

For all other cases, you should take out private accident insurance, which is usually not so expensive and comes into force in the event of incapacitation. Many of you probably already have accident insurance via your parents.

This information has been put together by AOK Nordost – Die Gesundheitskasse’s Student Service, outside of the editorial remit of studierendenWERK BERLIN

Third-party liability insurance is absolutely essential. Those who live with the parents are usually still insured with them. All others, however, have to ensure themselves that they are not required to pay in case of liability.

If you have your own place of residence, household insurance is recommended. No matter how little value the home contents may have, it can be a bitter experience if water damage impairs the functionality of your computer or stereo. And pipe bursts also occur pretty regularly.

As the risk of a bicycle theft is increasing, the providers often no longer insure bicycles as part of household insurance. So whoever values their expensive bike and doesn’t always have access to a military-grade parking facility should think about taking out bicycle insurance.

Anyone who travels abroad during the semester breaks can benefit from travel health insurance with return travel, and perhaps even luggage insurance.

Anyone who travels abroad during the semester breaks can benefit from travel health insurance with return travel, and perhaps even luggage insurance.
For students who work alongside their studies, the issue of social insurance has become extremely complicated. Further information on whether you have to make payments (and if so, how much) can be found here.

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