Visa to study

Would you like to study in Germany? Studying in Germany opens up many attractive opportunities. There are many international study programs, and the fees are low. You can obtain a visa for studying in Germany for this purpose. According to Section 16b of the Residence Act, the residence permit also includes preparatory measures such as language courses or attending a primary college or a similar institution and a full-time doctoral program at a German university.

You can find out whether you need a visa to enter Germany the Who needs a visa? Which requirements have to be fulfilled for a visa to study?

You are admitted to a state-recognized university in Germany. You can find out how to apply for a university degree in Germany in the Studies section.

You can provide evidence of a school leaving certificate with university entrance or a recognized university degree.

Your livelihood is secured for the duration of your studies. You can do this in the form of a blocked account (generally at least EUR 10,332 per year; amount valid for the year 2021), a scholarship or a commitment declaration prove.

Depending on the prerequisites for your degree program, you may have to provide proof of language skills required for the degree to the German embassy or consulate. If you have to prove knowledge of German, language level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(GER) is usually required.

Do you meet the requirements mentioned? Then find out more about the visa and immigration process.

What prospects does the student visa offer?

The residence permit for studying can be granted for at least one year, but a maximum of two years. If you have not yet completed a degree within this period, the residence permit can be extended upon application.
During your studies, you are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days per year and take part in student jobs.

Stay in Germany after graduation

After completing your studies, you can apply for a residence permit to look for a job in accordance with Section 20, Paragraph 3, No. 1 of the Residence Act. The residence permit is issued for 18 months to find qualified employment in Germany. As long as you are looking, you are free to do whatever you want. As soon as you have a job offer, you can convert your residence permit for studying into a residence permit for work for skilled workers or an EU Blue Card on sitelet conversion. Further information about your options during your studies in Germany and after graduation can be found in Perspectives after your studies.

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As a graduate of a German university, you can get a permanent residence permit to apply ( Section 18c, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2, Residence Act ).

Mobility measures for international students

Do you have a visa for study purposes from another EU member state and would like to complete part of your studies in Germany? If the stay in Germany does not exceed 360 days, you do not need one residence permit for Germany. However, you have to Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and inform the competent Authority in the other EU country of the planned study visit to Germany.

Various forms of evidence must be submitted with the communication on mobility.

Visa to find a place to study

Have you decided to study in Germany but have not been admitted to a German university? Then, under certain conditions, you can also enter Germany with a visa to look for a place to study in accordance with Section 17 (2) Residence Act.

You can find out whether you need a visa to enter Germany in the Who needs a visa?

Which requirements must be met to issue a visa to find a university place?

You can present a school leaving certificate that immediately qualifies you to study in Germany or attend a preparatory college.

You meet the language requirements of the desired course. You can find out which form the proof can be provided at the German embassy or consulate responsible for you.

Your livelihood is secured during your entire stay because you are not allowed to pursue employment during this time. Proof can be provided by opening a blocked account or by means of a declaration of commitment.

Do you meet the requirements mentioned? Then find out more about the visa and immigration process.

What perspectives does the visa offer
when looking for a university place?

The visa or residence permit to look for a university place enables you to stay in Germany for up to nine months. During this time, you can apply for a university or preparatory measures. This also includes, for example, attending a language course or a preparatory college. The residence permit to look for a university place cannot be extended for the same purpose.

Please note that you cannot work for this purpose during your stay.

Did you study or study at a German university? Studienkolleg authorized? Then you can contact the competent foreigners’ Authority to apply for a residence permit to study in accordance with Section 16b of the Residence Act.

You can present a school leaving certificate that immediately qualifies you to study in Germany or attend a preparatory college.

You meet the language requirements of the desired course. You can find out which form the proof can be provided at the German embassy or consulate responsible for you.

Your livelihood is secured during your entire stay because you are not allowed to pursue employment during this time. Proof can be provided by opening a blocked account or by means of a declaration of commitment.

Do you meet the requirements mentioned? Then find out more about the visa and immigration process.

What perspectives does the visa offer
when looking for a university place?

The visa or residence permit to look for a university place enables you to stay in Germany for up to nine months. During this time, you can apply for a university or preparatory measures. This also includes, for example, attending a language course or a preparatory college. The residence permit to look for a university place cannot be extended for the same purpose.

Please note that you cannot work for this purpose during your stay.

Did you study or study at a German university? Studienkolleg authorized? Then you can contact the competent foreigners’ Authority to apply for a residence permit to study in accordance with Section 16b of the Residence Act.

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