Study visa for Germany

Germany is constantly rising in popularity among international students, especially since the country abolished tuition fees for higher education. Also, language barriers are coming down, as over 1,300 Masters in Germany are taught in English, specifically designed for international students.
If a non-EU native decides to study in Germany he/she need to get a German student visa. Speaking of the appropriate time, there is no fixed period where one should make the visa application, but it is highly suggested to do it early enough in advance from the planned travel to Germany. Typically, 3 (three) months before the start of planned studies, worked suitably for many who already went through the same experience

General Info

Depending on the duration of the studies there are three types of visas meant for people intending to pursue educational activities in Germany:
  • Language Course Visa (Visa for Language Learning) – for educational activities lasting from 3 months up to 1 year, for the purpose of participating in short German language courses.
  • Student Applicant Visa (Visum Zur Studienbewerbung) – if you want to study in Germany, but are still trying to find the right program or you still haven’t got the confirmation letter from your University
  • Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken) – if you have already been accepted to a German university.

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Germany Visa Application process

The place where one should apply for the visa is the German Embassy or Consulate in home country. First, one needs to schedule an appointment for a visa interview. On the day of the interview, the applicant should offer the visa application documents. Additionally, one will need to respond to the interview questions that the consular officer prepares in order to closely examine the applicant as a potential visa candidate.
Documents are required for Germany Student Visa
  • Two filled out and signed national visa forms.
  • Valid national passport. It needs to be valid for the entire period of stay, including the expected extended period
  • Two photocopies of your passport.
  • Two recently taken biometric portrait photographs.
  • Proof of Financial Resources. One should meet the financial requirements in order to be granted the German student visa. Depending on the circumstances, the applicant should have one of the following:
    • Blocked Bank Account. You can open a blocked bank account offline through Kotak Mahindra Bank or Deutsch Bank or online through Fintiba, accepted by German Embassies and Consulates throughout the world. The students need to prove to the visa officer that he/she have finances for one year. The amount would be €853 per month or €10,236 per annum (approx).
    • Letter of commitment. One can get this by a person living in Germany who shows they will be covering the applicant’s accommodation or other living costs.
    • Letter of declaration. Through this students’ parents show they will be providing the student with financial support during your stay.
    • Scholarship certificate. If the applicant has a scholarship award, the certificate should show what the scholarship will cover and that the student is the receiver of that financial coverage.
  • Proof of Admission (it can be one of the following).
    • University admission letter.
    • Letter of admission in foundation/propaedeutic/German language course.
  • Original certificates of previous education.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivational Letter. Explain why you have chosen this degree programme as well as your future plans.
  • Insurance
    • Travel Health Insurance. (Covering the period from your departure to the date of enrolment at the German university – approx. 3 months).
    • Health Insurance – All non-EU students (age <30) must take German Public Health Insurance to enroll at the university. As public insurances are regulated by German government all the insurance companies must provide proper health coverage. Therefore, there are no big differences or Best insurance company.
  • Proof that the applicant has paid the visa application fee. The German student visa fee is €75 and must be paid by a bank transfer. Cheques or credit cards are not accepted.
  • Language Proficiency
    • Proof of German language proficiency. (For German or mixed-language programmes). The applicant will need to begin to learn German before arriving in the country, especially since English is not widely spoken in all cities of Germany. This requirement applies even if one enrolled for an English-taught degree. The visa interview at the German embassy will also include a discussion in German so the applicant will have to prove that he/she understand and can communicate using basic, conversational expressions in German.
    • Proof of English language proficiency. (For English or mixed-language programmes).
The residence permit is required after the applicant arrives in Germany. Only non-EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens who will study a course that will last more than ninety days have to apply for a residence permit. Documents required for a residence permit:
  • Confirmation of registration from the Residents’ Registration Office
  • Confirmation of health insurance coverage
  • Student ID from the German university
Note: Important Information for Master, doctoral and post-doctorate Students, scholarship holders and certain highly skilled professionals! Certain applicants can now submit their application for a German National Visa directly at the Service Provider VFS Global, thus skipping the wait time for an interview appointment at the German Mission.