Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Esther Smykalla
Referentin International Forschung / Wissenschaftlermobilität

phone: +49 345 55 215 38
fax: +49 345 55 274 27

room 1.03.0
Universitätsring 19/20
06108 Halle (Saale)

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
International Office / PhD Network
06099 Halle (Saale)

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Health Insurance

All international doctoral candidates and researchers have to ensure an adequate health insurance for the time being in Germany.

In the German insurance system there is a distinction between statutory and private health insurance. Depending on your country of origin and your position at the Martin Luther University different conditions and options apply:

With scholarship (EU and Agreement States)

If you come from an EU member country, you are usually insured by the European health insurance. If you come from one of the Agreement States Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia (excluding Kosovo), Turkey or Tunisia, you will need a valid proof of insurance from the health insurance company in your home country. Please make sure to obtain this document prior to your departure.

For further information see the following sheets:

EU_Health Insurance in Germany for international PhD students and postdocs with scholarship.pdf (249.1 KB)  vom 10.10.2016

EHIC_What you need to consider with the European Health Insurance Card.pdf (87.3 KB)  vom 21.07.2016

With scholarship (outside EU and Agreement States)

If you come from a country that belongs neither to the EU nor to one of its Agreement States, you can usually only get a private insurance. In a few exceptional cases a statutory insurance is possible. Without a valid proof of health insurance, you cannot get a residence title.

For further information see the following sheet:

WORLD_Health insurance in Germany for international PhD students und scientists with grant.pdf (91.3 KB)  vom 21.07.2016

DAAD insurance

For foreign PhD students and researchers the DAAD provides a cheap  and private insurance which combines a health, accident and personal  liability insurance.

The following conditions have to be fulfilled to make use of this insurance:

  • you are doing a doctorate, or you are a scientific researcher, and
  • you are obtaining funding supported by DAAD resp. EU programmes, or
  • you are placed and supervised by a member university resp. partner organisation of DAAD

See here    for additional information about conditions of the insurance and in order to register:

With work contract (all nations)

If you are employed at Martin Luther University or any other institution of higher learning and earn less than 56.250 € per year (up to 4.687,50 € per month) you have to take statutory insurance. If you earn more than that you have the choice between statutory or private health insurance.

For further information see the following sheet:

WORK_CONTRACT_Health insurance in Germany for international PhD students and scientists with work contract.pdf (87.3 KB)  vom 21.07.2016

Finding a doctor

There are numerous medical organisations and pharmacies in Halle. Hospitals, pharmacies and doctors' surgeries can be found throughout the city.  The easiest way is to find one is using the website below. The website also allows you to search for doctors with specific knowledge of foreign languages.