Internship in Germany: Travel Planning

Get ready for your internship in Germany!

When preparing your stay in Germany, it's important to gather all required documentation and other travel necessities well in advance. In order for your stay to run smoothly check Medication, appropriate clothing, money/credit cards and electrical adapters.

Documents

Visitors travelling to Germany are required to hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from your arrival date. While Americans visiting Germany for under 90 days for tourism or business purposes are not required to hold a visa, all other visitors must obtain a visa before entering the country. Check the German Embassy's website for current visa and entry conditions and additional information about visa requirements and application assistance.

Medications

Remember to take just enough medication to last the length of the trip, as the country has strict medication importation laws. Visit your doctor in advance of your trip to ensure that you have a prescription that will last for the duration of your travels. In warmer seasons, the prevalence of tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease increases in the high-risk areas of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. If you are visiting those areas or spending the majority of your visit outdoors, request a vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis in advance of your trip.  

Clothing

Germany has a moderate climate, with four distinct seasons. Temperatures during the winter months average between 21 and 35 F, while summer typically sees temperatures in the mid to upper 60s F. So make sure to take warm winter gear or comfortable summer clothing. Pack a light rain jacket for any visit, as rain is a common occurrence year round.

Other Items

ATM machines are readily available throughout Germany, allowing most travelers to withdraw euros directly from your home bank account. Electrical items, such as cell phone chargers or laptop computers brought from the your home country, require an electrical adapter and transformer to work in Germany, as the electric current is 230 volts and 50 hertz. GSM cell phones can be used in Germany, though you will likely need an international plan or service through a German cell phone company.