1. Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken) This is for students who are already accepted into a German university. (Refer to ‘What You Need’ for requirements)
2. Student Applicant Visa (Visum Zur Studienbewerbung) This Visa is for students who have not received their confirmation letter from a German university, and for students who are still looking for the right program to study in Germany. (Contact [email protected] for more information.)
3. Language Course Visa (Visa for Language Learning) This Visa lasts from 3 to 12 months for students taking short German language courses. (Contact [email protected] for more information.)
Although mandatory, students from countries that issue a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) do not need the German statutory health insurance.
The countries involved are the EU, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Morocco, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey.
It is best to apply three months before the start of your studies. We highly advise that you plan and apply early to avoid delays in your study plans. You can go to the German Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply.
Visa Application Procedure
1. Prepare for your application - You're advised to check the Visa type, fees, and required documents before your application. Please complete, print, and sign the application form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
2. Schedule an interview - You must book an appointment for the interview. You are required to present your Visa application documents and answer the interview questions prepared by the Consular Officer.
3. Schedule an appointment with the Application Centre - You must book an appointment for the interview. You are required to present your Visa application documents and answer the interview questions prepared by the Consular Officer.Be punctual for your appointment. Once you arrive at the Application Centre, your appointment letter will be verified and you will receive a token. Your application may not be processed by the embassy if you do not submit your application on time.
4. Submit the Visa application - To ensure a smooth submission and verification process, please ensure that all documents are arranged in order, and all forms are completed and signed. The submission process takes about 10 minutes to complete.
5. Processing your application information - All your information from the application form will be keyed into the online system of the German consulate. You will receive a printed copy of your application, which you are required sign once you have verified that all the details are correct. Please keep the payment receipt - it is needed for you to collect your processed application.
6. Biometric data collection - After the steps above are completed, your fingerprints will be digitally scanned for biometrics purposes. This takes 7 to 8 minutes.
German Student Visa application: €75
Health Insurance (Public): €103.94 – €111.75
International students are required to have a health insurance, except for students from the countries stated in ‘Exemptions’. Degree students are eligible for the public health insurance, but students in preparatory or language courses, and students above the age of 30 must get a private health insurance plan. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Long-Stay Study Visa: 6 – 12 weeks from application day
Short-Stay Study Visa: 15 – 30 days
You can apply for an extension of your student residence permit* if you have not completed your studies within the Visa period.
*Applicable for Student Visa holders only
Proof of German/English language proficiency is required for the following programs:
German-only and Mixed-language Study Programs
German Language University Entrance Examination
Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF)
Goethe Institute German Language Diploma (GDS)
German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, Level II (DSD)
English and Mixed-language Study Programs
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Paper-based test (PbT) 550 points
Computer-based test (CbT) 213 points
Internet-based test (IbT) 79 – 80 points
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Accepted scores are 5 – 6.5
After the completion of your application, your biometrics will be collected. The process usually takes about 7 to 8 minutes, and your fingerprints will be digitally scanned.
Look for a permanent accommodation in Germany. It can be a student residence, or a shared/rented apartment.
Obtain the mandatory German health insurance.
Enroll in your program at your university within the date stated in your admission letter.
Open a bank account from a recognized German bank.
Register your living address in Germany at the Resident’s Registration Office or at the Citizen’s Bureau.