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 a residence permit. In this article, we have discussed everything you need to know about the German student visa.
Do you Need a Student 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 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
1# German University Admission Applicant VISA
This is the type of German VISA you need to get when you have to apply for German university admission in person. This visa is only for the application process and does not allow you to study in Germany.
2# 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 it before arrival in Germany as it will allow you to study full time.
3# 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.
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 and Two photocopies of your previous residence titles in Germany if you have any.
Financial resources proof
In order to apply for a German visa, you have to provide one of the following financial proof, The certificate of scholarship clearly shows the amount of money they will be offering.Amount of €10,236 confirmation in the German blocked account.Commitment letter by a German resident 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 assets.Bank Guarantee, which will be issued to you by a German bank.
University Admission Proof
“Zulassungsbescheid” 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 admission which will be conditional on an intensive course “Intensiv-Sprachkurs”. This letter will make sure that your admission is conditional admission and that 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 a 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 master’s or Ph.D. program then a degree certificate will be needed University entrance qualification Student health insurance Proof of English or German language Certificate.