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Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Smith in Hamburg program! There are a few things that you must do to prepare for your time in Hamburg. Please complete the steps below by the dates given.

The German government allows citizens of the U.S., Canada, the EU and some other countries to enter Germany as a tourist, and apply for a Residence Permit after arrival in Hamburg. Students from other countries will need to apply for and receive a Residence Permit before entry into Germany. These students should contact Smith's Office for International Study immediately.

If you have questions about any of the paperwork, please ask! Better to ask a "silly" question than to make a mistake and delay the process for everyone.

All paperwork should be submited in person or via mail to the Office for International Study, Wright Hall 125, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.



Please read all instructions and follow them to the letter.

Date Format

When entering dates, use the European format of dd MON yyyy (e.g., 12 Oct 2012).

Step 1: German Visa Application Overview

United States, Canadian and EU Citzens

Citizens of the United States, Canada, the EU and some other countries can enter Germany as a tourist and apply for a Residence Permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung) after arrival in Hamburg.

During the first meeting of the orientation program, the director and associate director will help students complete the necessary paperwork. A student who enters Germany prior to the official start date of the program may be responsible for obtaining a residence permit herself (although the program will pay for it). Permits normally include permission to work part-time during the semester and full-time during semester vacation.

Citizens of other nations

Citizens of other nations are required to apply for and receive a residence permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung) through the German Consulate in Boston prior to arrival in Germany. Students should research visa application requirements online and contact the Office for International Study for supporting documentation.

Step 2: Predeparture Orientation – April 22, 5:30-8:00

All students attending the Smith in Hamburg program must attend this meeting.

Step 3: Housing Application materials – May 4 for full-year students; December 14 for spring students

For students on campus, please bring these materials to the OIS by the deadline. For guest students, please send these items via U.S. mail to the OIS.

Replace the "sample" information with your information. Before printing, be sure the document is set to print on U.S. letter size paper, and in paper handling, choose "scale to fit paper size", if possible. Print the form and be sure to sign, date and indicate your location (city, state) where you are signing. If your photos are the proper size (see next item), attach one to this form with glue - do not staple or tape. If your photos aren't sized properly or you don't have glue, use a paperclip.

4 Passport Photos

Photos must be official passport photos taken against a plain background, without hats, and with a neutral expression. Do not smile! Face must be between 32mm and 36mm high, from chin to top of head.

You may use the OIS's photo punch to cut photos to European size. If you are not at Smith, the administrative coordinator will punch your photos to size and attach them for you. Write your name in the middle of the back of each photo, and let ink dry to prevent smudges. Put your photos in an envelope and write your name on the envelope, but do not seal the envelope.

Step 4: Predeparture Information – May 11 for full-year students; December 14 for spring students

1. Emergency Contact Information

This form must be opened in Microsoft Word. Please TYPE all of your answers into the form. Give as much information as possible. On page two, list the people who should be contacted in the event of an emergency. If you want us to contact your parents, list your parents on page two.

Once you have completed the form, save it using this naming convention:


And send it as an attachment to the OIS administrative coordinator.


2. Break Address and Travel Information

Please complete your summer contact information now, and provide your travel plans to Hamburg as soon as you know them. You can return to this link to update your information as needed.