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Complete guide to apply for Student Visa Germany

Germany is one of the best destinations for high-quality education. It has a good research infrastructure, and teaching techniques with low-cost education. Germany could be the best place for many internationals if you looking for higher education. However, to study in Germany you need to apply for Student Visa. Let’s see the requirements and process to apply for Student Visa in Germany.

In this post, I will guide you on how to apply for Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken)

Types of Student Visa

Based on your study program, there are 3 types of Student visas to pursue studies in Germany.

Language Course visa

This visa serves the purpose of joining short German courses which are from 3 months to 1 year.

Student Applicant Visa (Visum Zur Studienbewerbung)

If you applied to any university and waiting for the confirmation or if you need to attend the entrance examinations from any university, you can apply for this visa which is valid for 3 months.

Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken)

If you applied to any university and your application is accepted, then you can apply long term student visa

Documents required for Student Visa Germany

Please prepare the 2 sets of following documents

  • Valid Passport (Original)
  • Filled and signed application form. Fill in the details here and take a copy of it
  • 2 copies of your passport data page
  • Personal cover letter
  • Proof of admission (University admission letter)
  • Previous academic qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Proof of Financial: You can provide any of the below proofsponsor living in GermanyIf your parents are staying in Germany, a letter of declaration is needed to prove that they will cover your expenses
    • during your stay
    • A blocked account with an amount of 10,356 €
    • If you have confirmation of a German / EU scholarship/stipend (or)
    • Verpflichtungserklärung (obligation letter) by a sponsor living in Germany
    • If your parents are staying in Germany, a letter of declaration is needed to prove that they will cover your expenses during your stay
    • A blocked account with an amount of 10,356 €
  • 3 Biometric passport photos
  • Proof of German language certificate if you have any
  • Travel Health Insurance: valid on arrival in Germany to the date of enrollment at the University (approx. 3 months)
  • Acknowledgment that you have paid the visa fees: The visa fees costs 75€, check your residence embassy website to find the way of paying the visa fees. At some locations, cash is accepted otherwise Demand Draft

Steps to apply for Student Visa To Germany

  1. Prepare the necessary documents and double-check that you have everything that is required.
  2. Make an appointment with the German embassy located near your residence
  3. Prior to your visa interview, prepare yourself by practicing potential questions about studying in Germany, why you have chosen Germany and other relevant topics.
  4. After the interview, you will need to wait for approximately 3-4 weeks for your visa application to be processed.
  5. In case the embassy asks for additional documents, be prepared to visit the embassy again to submit them.

Things to do once you arrive in Germany on Student Visa

You are lucky and got an opportunity to study in Germany. You must do the important things once you arrive in Germany

  • Register your residence address in Germany within 15 days of arrival. You can find more information here
  • Since your Student Visa is long-term, apply for a residence permit at the immigration authorities

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can I work while am studying in Germany?

Yes, you can work while studying in Germany for 120 full days or 240 half days per year

Can I stay in Germany after completing my studies?

Once you obtain a degree, You can apply for a residence permit for job seekers which is given for 18 months. In this period, you can search for a job and you can work for any job until you get qualified employment. Once you received the job offer, you can apply for Blue Card or work permit

Can I apply for a visa extension as my studies are taking longer than expected?

Yes, you can apply for an extension if you know that your studies are taking longer by providing the necessary documents

I am an EU citizen not from Germany, Do I need a visa?

If you belong to one of these countries, then a visa is not required to study in Germany: EA/EU citizens, Australia, Andorra, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Switzerland, United States, South Korea

If you’re an international student planning to study in Germany, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Find Your Dream University in Germany. This comprehensive guide covers everything from understanding the German university system to finding the perfect institution, as well as study visas and scholarships available. Once you’ve gone through this guide, you’ll be well-equipped to apply for your student visa to Germany

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