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Health and Safety

The German health insurances

Please note that the health insurance needs to be one of your first steps in Germany since it is a requirement for enrolment.

The German sector is subdivided in public and private health insurances. As a student below 30 years, you can choose between a public and a private health insurance but be aware that this decision is irreversible. If you are older than 30 years, you have to take a private health insurance.

Detailed explanations can be found on the following websites:



German words and phrases related to medical treatment, health care, diseases and injuries can be found here.

Emergency telephone numbers

  • Police: call 110
  • Ambulance or fire brigade: call 112