Germany is a safe country for international standards. The police are trustworthy and offer help whenever they are needed. All you have to do is call 110. If you have other problems, you can contact your country’s diplomatic mission in Germany.

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There is no reason to be overly worried about criminality in Germany. You can move about freely through German villages or large cities, day or night, without taking special safety precautions. Of course, Germany does have its share of crime. Therefore, you shouldn’t take any unnecessary risks – like walking alone through dark streets or in the woods at night time.


German police are trustworthy and provide reliable assistance. The police patrol German cities on foot, by bike, motorcycle and car (or “Streifenwagen” as they’re called in Germany).

You can call the police free of charge from any telephone in Germany by dialling 110. You can dial this number whenever you need help – not only in emergencies. The police themselves recommend that people don’t hesitate to call, because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Whether you’re facing a dangerous or frightening situation, or you’ve lost your wallet, or you discover that someone has stolen your bicycle – calling the police is always the right thing to do!


The police are not the only ones who can assist foreign students in emergencies. Almost every country in the world maintains an embassy or consulate in Germany. If you run into problems, you can contact an official representative from your home country. And don’t hesitate to contact the staff at the International Office if you have any questions regarding personal safety or other problems.