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German Visa For Students -Full Quide

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As an international student you may need a visa for Germany depending on where you come from and how long you plan to stay here. For more and BINDING information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country.

Do I require a visa to study in Germany?

A) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA OR SWITZERLAND

If you come from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland you do not require a visa or other documentation to enter Germany and study here. However, upon your arrival in Germany, you are required to register with the local residents’ registration office. 

B) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM COUNTRIES, WHO DON’T NEED A VISA FOR ENTRY

International students from certain countries do not require a visa for entering Germany. Please consult the website of the Federal Foreign Office to find out whether your home country is one of those without a visa requirement for entering. 

Currently these countries are listed (last updated May 2019):

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • South Korea
  • USA

C) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM COUNTRIES WITH A VISA REQUIREMENT TO STUDY

All students from other countries worlwide require a visa. That means it is imperative that you apply for a visa in your home country.

Please apply for your visa in good time in advance, as this may take several months to issue. 

Visit the website of the German Federal Foreign Office for the latest visa requirements for all countries.

For more information, contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country. They can help you with any questions relating to the visa application procedure. You can find the addresses of all German diplomatic missions on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR A VISA APPLICATION

The German diplomatic mission in your home country will tell you what additional documents are required for a visa application. You will usually need the following:

  • valid passport
  • Certificate confirming health insurance coverage
  • Proof of financial resources
  • Certificates of past academic work and achievements
  • Certificate of German language proficiency or proof that you intend on attending a language course in Germany, or English language skills for a degree programme thaught in English
  • For a prospective student visa: university entrance qualification recognised in Germany
  • For a student visa: letter of acceptance from your German university (or a statement from the university confirming that you have a good chance of being admitted).
  • perhaps a health certificate 

TIPS ON APPLYING FOR A VISA (GOOD TO KNOW!)

When applying for a visa, be sure to keep the following in mind:

  • Submit your application early enough! Visa processing can take several months and you won’t be able to enter the country without a valid visa.
  • Apply for the correct visa! Make sure it is a student visa! Tourist and language course visas cannot be converted into a student visa later on. If you have the wrong visa, you will have to leave the country.
  • Arrange your date of arrival in Germany so that you have enough time to enrol at your university and take care of the administrative formalities. Enrolment is a prerequisite for obtaining the “student residence permit”.
  • Make sure your passport is valid for the length of your stay! If your passport/ID documents expire while you are in Germany, you will have to return to your home country and extend them there.

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