VISA FOR STUDY PURPOSES

International Students

If you wish to study in Germany, it is essential that you obtain a residence permit that allows you to live in Germany for a certain amount of time. If you are an EU citizen, you do not need a visa or a residence permit. However, many international students from outside the EU need a valid visa to enter the country; this can then be converted into a residence permit at a later stage. This section explains the steps and documents required when applying for a visa.

WHO NEEDS A STUDENT VISA?

If you come from a country outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you will usually require a visa to study in Germany. There are some countries outside the EU and the EEA, however, whose citizens do not need to apply for a student visa. For a list of those countries, please check the Federal Foreign Office website.

In this case, all you need to enter the country is a valid passport. You must apply for a residence permit within three months of arriving.

If you are a citizen of another country, you must apply for a German national visa. Keep in mind that it can take several months to apply for and receive your visa, so you should start the process as early as possible.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A STUDENT VISA

This short video explains the steps involved in applying for a visa.

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DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR A STUDENT VISA

The documents needed for a student visa depend on the requirements of your country of residence. In addition to a valid passport, a CV, and biometric photos, most German diplomatic missions ask for the following three documents:

Our cooperation partner Expatrio supports international students with their visa application, providing blocked accounts, health insurance and many other things!


Have a look at their services to make your visa application easier.

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INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

If you are an incoming student, whether for your entire degree or just for a semester, we are here to answer any questions that may arise during your time in Germany. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. We look forward to meeting you in person at our events, where you can also get to know other (international) students.