German Student visa

Germany Study VISA – German Student VISA Process

How to get Student Visa for Germany?

Nowadays a lot of students are considering Germany as their study destination and the ratio of international students in Germany is increasing every year. International students are required to get a student visa from the German consulate in their country before they come to start their studies in Germany. But this also depends on which country you are coming to Germany to study as you might not require a student visa. Additionally, if you are studying in Germany for more than 90 days you definitely have to get the residence permit. In this article, we have discussed everything you need to know about the German student visa.

Do you need a VISA to study in Germany?

As an international student, you need to have a student visa and it depends on the time duration

  • If you want to study for 3 months in Germany, then you have to get a Schengen visa.
  • If you want to study for more than 3 months in Germany, then you have to get a German national visa.

Additionally, as an international student if you German national visa then you have to get a residence permit from the foreigner’s office to extend your duration of stay. Moreover, you have to keep getting the residence permit until your visa expires.

So before going to Germany, you have to consider that if you need a visa for entry. And if you need one then you have to know what type of visa you are required, depending upon the time duration of your studies.

Germany Study VISA Types

Germany issues different types of student visas depending upon the nature of your studies. Such as graduates, undergraduates or exchange students. Additionally, the visa also includes your participation in the non-academic course in Germany or pre-academic measures. You can apply for three types of student visas as follows

  • German University Admission Applicant VISA

This is the type of German VISA you need to get when you have to apply to German university admission in person. This visa is only for the application process and does not allow you to study in Germany.

  • German Student Study VISA

This is the visa required by you when you are about to start your education in Germany and have got admission to one of the German universities. It is necessary to get before arrival in Germany as it will allow you to study full time.

  • German Language Course Study VISA

This type of visa is needed when you are going to study a course in the German language in Germany.

German Student Study VISA Requirements

Following are the important requirements for you in order to apply for a German student visa

  1. List of Application Documents for Germany Study VISA Application:
  • A national passport which should be valid
  • Your birth Certificate
  • National visa application form filled and signed
  • Two passport photocopies
  • Birth certificate of your child (If applicable)
  • Your certificate of marriage (if applicable)
  • Your previous Schengen Visa
  • Three passport size photographs
  • Previous resident permit if you have any
  • Two photocopies of your previous residence titles in Germany if you have any.

2. Financial resources proof

  • In order to apply for a German visa, you have to provide one of the following financial proof
  • Certificate of scholarship clearly showing the amount of money they will be offering.
  • Amount of €10,236 confirmation in the German blocked account.
  • Commitment letter by a German resident “Verpflichtungserklärung” showing that a German resident would cover your studies cost. This letter is obtained by the Alien’s Registration Office.
  • Evidence and commitment letter showing your parental income and their assets.
  • Bank Guarantee, which will be issued to you by a German bank.

3. University Admission Proof

  • “Zulassungsbescheid” which is a confirmation letter issued by the university. This will show that a German university has accepted you to study at their university and will also show the starting date of your course and the language in which the course will be taught.
  • You have to provide “Bedingter Zulassungsbescheid”  which is the proof of the admission which will be conditional on an intensive course “Intensiv-Sprachkurs”. This letter will make sure that your admission is conditional admission and you have to participate in a language course for a 6-months duration. Additionally, its lessons will be not less than 18 hours per week.
  • Conditional admission proof will include
  • Uni-assist’ letter
  • Admission confirmation
  • University communication showing final admission conditions
  • Language course payment
  • There should be proof of payment for language courses with a confirmed seat in the course. Additionally, the payment should cover the first 3 months of studies.
  • Confirmation of “Studienkolleg” which is university preparatory course
  • Conditional admission proof will include
  • Uni-assist’ letter
  • Admission confirmation
  • University communication showing final admission conditions
  • Proof of being accepted as a student in the language course
  • Early education evidence
  • School leaving certificate which should be original
  • If you are entering to masters or Ph.D. program then degree certificate will be needed
  • University entrance qualification
  • Student health insurance
  • Proof of English or German language certificate

How to Apply For A German Student VISA?

The Study VISA for Germany application process is a bit confusing and some take a lot of effort to fully understand it. The procedure usually vary from a country to country but some general steps are the same which are explained below

  • The first and foremost step you have to take while applying for a student visa is to find a consulate or embassy near you. It can be in your country or any other country near you. You can find this information from google by searching the websites on which every detail about the embassy is given such as an address, phone number, etc.
  • Once you have reached the website look for the student via section. Review all the requirements for the visa application in your country. After reviewing all the requirements set up a visa appointment for yourself. Just make sure you have all the documents needed for a visa appointment.
  • Once you are ready you should apply for a visa appointment by the following step to step procedure given on the website. Sometimes you have to apply earlier as the embassies are having a very tight schedule because of a lot of appointments. So, for this purpose, you have to act fast as sometimes the slots are fully booked.
  • Once you get your visa appointment date make sure you have all the documents ready needed to apply for the visa. This is not a difficult task and you can surely do it by your self instead of paying the agents for your visa application.
  • The last and the most important thing you need to do is to prepare yourself for an interview. There are tons of material available online which you can use to prepare for the interview. Keep n mind that you have to be stress-free while living the interview. Additionally, you have to pay a visa fee of (€60.00 – €75.00) and should have a confirmation of payment at the time of visa as without it your visa application will not be accepted.

When To Apply For a German Student Visa?

You need to apply for the visa immediately after you receive the admission confirmation letter from the university and when you have all the funds necessary to cover your living expenses in Germany.

If you are waiting for the scholarship and you haven’t got it yet, then you can apply for a visa based on your personal financial statement or money in the bank account. Either way, you have to hurry to apply for the student visa because sometimes it takes time to get one.

Processing Time for Germany Student Visa?

Normally, 25 days are required by the embassy to process the student visa application. But it depends upon different factors such as the country or the embassy you apply to. Apart from this, all other types of German visa applications are procced in 3 months.

What is Germany University Admission Applicant VISA?

It is the type of visa which is granted when you need to go to Germany to apply in person for university admission. The visa duration is for three months but can be extended for six months depending upon the conditions.

Furthermore, if you get an admission letter from a German university during your stay then you can always switch towards the German student visa from a German application visa and can also get a residence permit for studying in Germany.

When do you need a German Study VISA?

German Study VISA is Valid for the following purposes of your visit to Germany:

  • You can study a language course which will be not academic. The course must be for 3-12 months, with approximately 18 hours of study per week. However, the course should not prepare you for further studies.
  • Sometimes pre-academic courses are offered for more than 3 months preparing you for further full-time academic studies.
  • You can always learn the German language by taking short language courses which will help you to prepare for the studies in the German language as well as daily routine communication.
  • A German student visa allows you to prepare for ‘Studienkolleg’ which is a course which will prepare you for the university qualification test known as ‘Feststellungsprüfung. If you pass this test you will be given a university recognized qualification for entrance to the university. This qualification certificate is known as ‘Hochschulzugangsberechtigung’ and is only given in the case when your school leaving certificate from a foreign university is not recognized by any university in Germany.
  • You can have Propaedeutic course studies in Germany on a student visa which gives the student language and academic skills you need to know for education methodology and system in Germany. moreover, this service must be provided by the education institute you are studying at.
  • In some universities, there must be a precondition of internship for admission to the university. So, you can participate in the internship for this purpose under a student visa.
  • Under German student visa, you can have full-time studies in any relevant subject in any of the recognized German universities. You can study at any level such as undergraduate or postgraduate.

You can get a German student visa for a number of activities listed above.

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Zahira Bano

(Associate Editor) Zahira holds a PhD in Cosmetics Surgery and Pharma. She worked with Mashables and some other beauty and wellness blogs. She is also a well-known personality and educationist and has a large number of social following. She also writes on the female empowerment motivational topics in her leisure time. She is also a scholarship winner and mentor for students looking for studying abroad opportunities.

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