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Arrival / Pick-up Service

Arrival/Pick-Up Service

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On 29 February, 2024, the day of arrival, we will welcome you at our JLU booth on platform 1, Giessen railway station, between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm. We will hand out your room keys and personally accompany you to the hall of residence. Please inform us in advance of your exact time of arrival:

If you want to arrive earlier please contact the and find out when and how you can get your room keys!

Please note: As we start with the placement test on 1 March, 2024, we strongly recommend that you do not arrive late!


Travel Information

Due to the central location of Giessen and the immediate proximity to Frankfurt Airport, the city can easily be reached by various means of transportation:


It is best to fly directly to Frankfurt Rhein/Main Airport (FRA) and not to Frankfurt Hahn Airport since Hahn is actually located in the Hunsrück Mountains, about 150 kilometers away from Frankfurt/Main and 200 km away from Giessen.

If you still intend to arrive at Hahn, take the Airport Bus (click on "Frankfurt" on the map of these pages of Hahn Airport) to Frankfurt/Main Hauptbahnhof (main train station - 1 hour and 45 min.). Trains from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Giessen leave every hour.

Having arrived at Frankfurt/Main Airport, take either local S-Bahn or regional trains (RE) from Frankfurt Airport Regionalbahnhof at Terminal 1 to Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) or take fast InterCity (IC) and ICE trains from Frankfurt/Main Airport Fernbahnhof at Terminal 1 to Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Trains leave every 15 min.
Trains from Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) to Giessen leave at least every hour.


Giessen is well connected to Europe’s rail network. All European train connections to and from Giessen can be found on


Various operators connect European cities directly with the city of Giessen (the bus terminal is in front of the main train station) or Frankfurt.

Giessen is reached by long-distance buses from almost 600 German and European cities


Giessen is also well connected to the Autobahn/Motorway system. Google Maps enables you to find the fastest route to Giessen. If you arrive by car, you should still come to Giessen Main Train Station to pick up your keys for your room and for further information.


If you need a visa, please bear in mind that the application for a visa may take up to three months. Please contact your embassy or consulate as soon as possible.



Health insurance, personal liability insurance, and accident insurance are not included in the course fee.

If you live in a EU country, please bring along your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is valid for the duration of the International Spring Course and your time of study.

If you come from a non-EU-country and you want to study in Giessen, you must register with a German health insurance company. You can register with a health insurance company during the International Spring Course before matriculation in Giessen. Sufficient health insurance is mandatory. Health insurance for students costs approx. € 120 per month (more on this).

Please note: If you register with a health insurance company in Gießen, the insurance cover will only become effective on April 1!

We strongly recommend that you obtain a health insurance for the duration of your stay in your home country prior to departure. It should also cover your arrival and departure days.



Information on whether you need a visa and which type will be suitable can be found on the website of the German Foreign Office.

Please note:

Most visa applications will take between six weeks and three months. For the visa process, you will probably need proof of sufficient health insurance plus a true copy (no email/fax) of an invitation letter from the Justus Liebig University Giessen. Please plan the start of your visa application process accordingly.

Make sure that your arrival and departure times correspond to the validity of your visa and the reservation of your accommodation.