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German visa requirements for international students
In the past few years, the popularity of Germany as an international study destination has increased considerably. The number of students choosing to study in Germany keeps increasing. An important step involved in the process of moving to Germany for higher studies is obtaining a Germany student visa. For that, one must know the German visa requirements. There are two types of visa for studies. If the course you pursue is less than three months, you need a Schengen visa. But if your studies will last more than three months, you need a German national visa.
Germany student visa
Which Germany student visa you need for studies in Germany mainly depends on the duration of your studies. If the duration of the course that you have chosen is less than three months, you need a Schengen visa. But if the duration is more than three months, what you need is a German national visa.
Types of Germany student visa
- German student visa: This is the standard student visa for international students who have been admitted to German universities and are ready to start their studies at a full-time university program.
- German Student Applicant Visa: This visa is for students who want to apply to German universities in person.
- German language course visa: This type of visa is of those who want to study a German language course in Germany.
German student visa requirements
The requirements for Germany student visa include submitting the following documents along with the application:
- A national visa application for duly filled and signed.
- Two photocopies of passport
- Birth certification
- Marriage certificate and your child’s birth certificate (if applicable.)
- Recent passport size photographs(Up to 3)
- Photocopies of previous German residence titles(if needed)
Proof of financial resources
In order to obtain a German student visa, you need to prove that you have €10,332 deposited at a German blocked bank account. A blocked account is a special type of back account for international students. It is meant to ensure that you have enough funds to study in Germany. It is estimated that an international student needs €861 euros per month on an average to meet the living expenses. So, before applying for a German student visa, you must have €10,332 in your bank account.
- Letter of commitment and evidence of your parent’s income records and financial assets
- Letter of commitment by a German resident “Verpflichtungserklärung”. This letter has to be taken at the Alien’s Registration Office, by the German resident who is going to cover the costs of the students during their studies.
- The certificate of scholarship which shows the amount covered
- Bank guarantee, which has to be issued by a recognized German bank
Germany student visa requirements: Proofs of admission
- Proof of university admission
- Confirmation of admission in studies “Zulassungsbescheid”, which is issued by a recognized higher education provider in Germany, showing when the student is starting the studies and the language of teaching.
- Proof of conditional admission “Bedingter Zulassungsbescheid” and a confirmed intensive course “Intensiv-Sprachkurs”. The letter must show you’re conditioned and confirmed to participate in an intensive language course before getting the final university admission. The course must last more than 6 months, with not less than 18 hours of lessons in a week.
- Proof of conditional university admission.
- Letter from “uni-assist”.
- Confirmation of admission as an applicant.
- Communication with the university, regarding conditions for final admission.
- Proof of having paid the language course. Accompanied by a confirmed place in the course. The payment must cover at least 3 first months.
- Confirmation of admission in a university preparatory course “Studienkolleg”.
- Proof of having been confirmed as a participant in the course.
- Evidence of your earlier education.
- Original school-leaving certificate.
- Degree certificate. (If you’re entering Master or PhD studies).
Other documents required to apply for Germany student visa
- Health insurance
- The student must have health insurance coverage of at least 30000 EUR, which is valid for at least 3 months. The tariff EDUCARE24 by DR-WALTER meets all the requirements and is accepted by all German consulates worldwide.
- The student must submit a Motivational letter, expressing the reason for choosing a particular university or study program. Mention also your study and future plans and how these studies will be improving your career and life.
- Proof of having paid the visa application fee. The fee is 60 EUR.
- Proof of German language proficiency. (For German-only and mixed-language study programs).
- German Language University Entrance Examination for International Applicants (DSH).
- 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).
- Proof of English language proficiency. (For English and mixed-language study programs).
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Accepted results are PbT (paper-based test) 550 Points, CbT (computer-based test) 213 Points and IbT (internet-based test) 79-80 Points.
- The International English Language Testing System(IELTS). Accepted scores by German universities are 5 – 6.5.
The residence permit for study purposes is issued for a minimum period of one year or a maximum of two years. If you have not obtained a degree within this time period, you may request for an extension of your study permit. During the validity period of your student visa, you may work 120 full days or 240 half days, other than performing student jobs.
After studies, if you wish to extend your stay in Germany, you may do so by applying for a residence permit for jobseekers. A residence permit is issued for a maximum of 18 months to find qualified employment in Germany. During this period, you can also perform any type of job. If you receive a job offer, you can convert your study permit into a work permit for qualified professionals or into an EU Blue Card.
Do you wish to study in Germany? Check if you are eligible to apply for German student visa. Contact CanApprove for more information.
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