Travel Information, Visa and Insurance

Travel Information, Visa and Insurance

Travel Information

Arrival in Germany (International Airport Frankfurt am Main)

The arrival day for all participants is Saturday, June 22, 2019

The international airport nearest to Kassel is located in Frankfurt am Main. We recommend you to book a flight that arrives in Frankfurt before noon so that you can be in Kassel on time (before 6 pm). Here you can find the airport map.

If you arrive on the planned schedule, our team will meet you at the airport and coordinate your further travel to Kassel via train.

Upon arrival in Kassel our team will welcome you directly at the Kassel Wilhelmshöhe Train Station, so make sure you get off there. The ISU team will make sure you get some first information and your host family will also come to pick you up and take you to your new home for the next weeks in Kassel.

Departure from Kassel

The day of departure for all ISU participants is Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

Depart from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Frankfurt Airport. The duration and the prices will be similar to your arrival.

Information for travel outside of arrival schedule

If you arrive at Terminal 1:       

  • Pick up your luggage at baggage claim
  • Follow the signs to the Regional Train Station (Regionalbahnhof) or Long Distance Train Station (Fernbahnhof)
  • Buy a train ticket to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in the “Deutsche Bahn” Travel Center (DB Reisezentrum) or online prior to your departure to Germany

If you arrive at Terminal 2:

  • Pick up luggage at baggage claim
  • Take the direct shuttle bus to Terminal 1 and the airport train stations (the shuttle stop is on level two just outside the terminal.) The shuttle leaves every 10 minutes starting at 5 am and continuing thoughout the whole day. Please note that there is no shuttle between 00.30 am and 5 am, so please follow the signs “Train Stations via Sky Line" during that time
  • Buy a train ticket to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in the “Deutsche Bahn” Travel Center (DB Reisezentrum) or online prior to your departure to Germany
    Trains from the airport to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe train station depart approximately every half hour and take about 1 ½ to 3 hours depending on which train you take. Train connections can be found at bahn.com. You can either purchase your train ticket online prior to departure (requires registration and credit card), or directly at the German railway travel center (DB Reisezentrum) at Frankfurt airport

Train services from Frankfurt to Kassel

There are two different service classes bringing you to Kassel after your arrival in Frankfurt:

  • The Inter City Express (ICE) from the station for long-distance trains “Fernbahnhof” for approx. 61 Euro one way; duration 1 ½-2 hrs. 
  • The Regionalexpress (RE) from the station for regional trains “Regionalbahnhof” for around 40 Euro one way. If you take the Regionalexpress we recommend to buy the “Hessenticket” (35 Euro). (Valid from Monday to Friday for one day from 9 am until 3 am of the following day / on Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays  from 12 am until 3 am of the following day.) Duration: 2 ½ - 3 hours.
    Please note: Up to five people can travel on one "Hessenticket". The more people you are the cheaper it gets for every single person.

You can check connections and buy tickets via bahn.com

 


VISA

The German Embassy in your home country will inform you whether or not you need a visa in order to participate in the ISU program. You can find contact information for the German Embassy on the German Foreign Office website.

Or have a look here: Visa requirements - List of countries  

In case you do need a visa, your visa application will require a “Letter of Invitation” from the University of Kassel. We will send you a “Letter of Invitation” as soon as you have registered and paid the registration fee (see Registration). 

Please note: Visa processing takes six weeks on average. If you apply for your visa too late, you might not be able to attend the ISU.

Health, Accident and Liability Insurance

Your fee covers health, accident and liability insurance for the time of your enrollment at ISU Kassel.

If you need further detailed information concerning the insurance policy, please contact the  ISU office.

Luggage Insurance

We recommend that you insure your luggage before leaving your home country.

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