Statutory accident insurance
Students are protected by statutory accident insurance during the period of their university education. This insurance protection does not have full application but is subject to specific requirements:
The student must attend the university with serious intent to participate in education. Matriculation alone or occasional attendance at individual lectures is not adequate.
In the judgement of this matter it is likewise decisive whether the activities can be attributed to the organisational field of responsibility of the university. There must exist, so to speak, an essential internal coherence between the university curriculum and the activities of the student.
Participation in semesters abroad is covered by statutory accident insurance if this is a component of the domestic university degree and attributable formally, organisationally and in content to the course. The precondition for this is that the university in Germany must in practical terms have the right of instruction or control to some extent. This can for example be exercised by the university’s own staff at a partner university or through the appointment of a person at the foreign university.
Examples of insured activities are attendance of lectures and events in the organisational field of responsibility of the university, activities in student self-administration and journeys immediately related to attending the university.
Non-insured activities are, for example, studying at home, private study trips, private activities on campus or private activities such as eating or drinking.
Students in Baden-Württemberg are insured with the accident insurance firm Unfallkasse Baden-Württemberg. The respective university is responsible for the insurance.