As a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation you have the right to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid travel document or identity card up to three months. As the CoPeCo programme requires you to stay longer, you must register your place of residence at the Population Register Office within three months from the date of entering Estonia (required documents: proof of identity; tenancy contract). Within one month from the acquisition of the right of temporary residence, you need to apply at the Police and Border Guard Office Service Office for an identity card certifying your temporary residence (required documents: application form, proof of identity). EU citizens must pay the state fee of 25 EUR for the identity card (valid for a period of five years).
It is important to apply for the residence permit as soon as possible after the arrival. If you postpone it for too long, you may not receive the permit in time.
More information about the Residence Permit application is found on Police and Border Guard Board website
Long-stay (D) visa
D-visa can be applied for study purposes and it may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia with a period of study up to 365 days. D-visa holders do not need to register themselves in the Population Register Office or apply for the residence permit. D-visa enables to travel in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a six-month period under the same conditions as the holder of a residence permit.
More information about D-visa can be found on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
NB! All CoPeCo countries have implemented the EU directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research and studies. This allows non-EU students accepted to the CoPeCo programme who are granted a long term visa/residence permit for studies of their home institution country to study in other CoPeCo countries with the same visa/permit without having to apply for the visas/permits of all countries.
Please consult the webpage of the Swedish Migration Board for details concerning residence permits for studies.
NB! All CoPeCo countries have implemented the EU directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research and studies. This allows non-EU students accepted to the CoPeCo programme who are granted a long term visa/residence permit for studies of their home institution country to study in other CoPeCo countries with the same visa/permit without having to apply for the visas/permits of all countries. But please follow the information on the Migration Agency’s website, since you do need to notify the authorities of your planned stay in Sweden.
From 2005 it is no longer necessary for students with an EU passport (including Norway, Switzerland) to get a residence permit. An identity card or a valid passport is required.
CoPeCo students registered by CNSMD Lyon : please apply for a visa “étudiant en mobilité” through https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas before starting the programmme (you may select “France Métropolitaine” as the main destination, then “études” as your project and then choose the option “étudiants en mobilité”).
Other CoPeCo students: For non-EU/EEA students, a temporary residence permit is necessary for a period of more than three months stay. Please apply for a French Visa through https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas or use the “EU mobility visa” if available (please read the Tallinn visa section). In both cases, please get in touch with the French consulate in Stockholm or in the home country very soon after the beginning of the 2nd semester.
A visa “étudiant en mobilité / students in mobility” is the only type allowing you not to ask a visa for each semester.
Certificate of registration
You need to register within one week after arrival in Hamburg and you will receive a Confirmation of Registration. This document is needed for:
- Visa extensions
- Opening a bank account
- Using the city and university libraries
- Finalizing contracts (e. g. cell subscription)
Contact, more information and appointment schedules:
Hamburg Welcome Center
Alter Wall 11, 20457 Hamburg
International students from EU countries enjoy freedom of movement and can enter the country without a visa. Students from EU countries receive an official Certificate of Freedom of Movement.
Students from Bulgaria and Romania need to contact the Hamburg Welcome Center.
- Certificate of registration and lease (or confirmation by landlord)
- Admission letter from university, or student ID
- Proof of sufficient financial means (e. g. declaration of obligation, proof of parental income, own bank statement)
Students from other EU countries automatically receive their certificate after registration with Hamburg Welcome Center.
Students from non-EU countries need to apply for a residence permit for study purposes during the first few weeks after their arrival in Hamburg. The residence permit is valid for up to a maximum of two years and has to be renewed regularly during your period of study.
- Completed application form
- Biometric photograph (max. 6 months old)
- Confirmation of residence or completed registration form
- Confirmation of health insurance coverage
- Rental agreement
- Confirmation of enrolment
- Proof of financial means
Please find more information about visa regulations on the Federal Foreign Office website!