If there’s any place that would be recommended for quality, better education, research infrastructure, methodology teachings, cheaper cost studies and career advancement then that place would definitely be Germany.
This is why a lot of foreigners go to Germany even to this day to pursue their higher education further.
Depending on where you’re from and how long you plan to stay, you may need an entry visa to Germany as an international student. For any additional information about what it is required for a visa You can always contact the German consulate or the German embassy in your home country. The website of the German Federal Foreign Office can get you the address you need.
Visa Types for Studying Purposes in Germany
- Visa for German language courses – for the sole reason to learn German in short language courses and for educational activities lasting from 3 months up to 1 year.
- Student Visa – if you’ve already been accepted to a German university.
- Student Applicant Visa –If you still haven’t got the confirmation letter from your University and want to study in Germany or if you are still trying to find the right program.
Documents that are required for a Visa Application
Your German diplomatic mission in your country can provide you a complete list of documents that are needed for a visa application. Normally, the documents that you need to have are:
- Health insurance coverage certificate confirmation
- Past academic work and achievements Certificates
- proof that you intend on attending a language course in Germany or Certificate of German language proficiency.
- Proof that you have financial resources
- For a student applicant visa: your university entrance qualification to be recognized in Germany
- For a student visa: have the admission notified from your German university.
Documents you need to take when you apply
- Confirmation of registration from the Residents’ Registration Office
- Private or public health insurance coverage confirmation
- Valid passport and current visa, if you have one
- Health certificate (if relevant)
- Your tenancy agreement (if relevant)
- Biometric passport photos (if relevant)
- Money for the residence permit fee (inquire at the International Office about the current rate)
If your application for a student visa gets rejected, you will not get any reimbursement from the visa fee.
How long does the process for a German student visa take?
A Germany long-stay study visa processing can take time from 6-12 weeks from the application day. On the other hand, short-stay study visas for Germany are usually decided within 15-30 days by the German missions abroad.
- Submit your application as early as possible! It can take several months for your Visa to process and you won’t be able to enter the country without a valid visa meaning the earlier, the better.
- Be cautious of what type of visa you’re applying for! You cannot change Tourist and language course visas into student visas. If you have the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave the country at some point and will have to apply again for the correct visa at home.
- Make sure you have a valid passport for your entire stay! Otherwise if your passport expires in Germany, you will have to return to your home country and extend the validity of your passport there which can take a lot of time.
Germany Student Visa Fee
The fee for Germany student visa application is around 75,- EUR.
Student applicants will have to pay the visa fees via bank transfer. Cheques or credit cards are and will not be accepted.
The money order must be in the name of the Embassy/Consulate in your country and should not be older than two months.
- Your German university’s student ID(certificate of enrolment)
- Financial resources proof(if you didn’t present it earlier when you applied for a visa)