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Apply for a Student Visa in Germany to study in Germany


    You want to study in Germany – Find out how to apply for a student visa for Germany: I remember feeling very excited and also very nervous at the same time when I was preparing to travel to another country for my studies last year because I was granted a Visa. It was basically a mixed feeling. And I think many can agree on that.

    Much more nervous and exciting is his feeling visa application. The uncertainty can be really difficult and when your application is rejected it is even more devastating. So why dont we make it easy for you? Not just to apply for a visa, but apply for a visa in a way that you will be sure to get it.

    Applying for a German Student Visa: Everything you need to know

    Lets dive in!…

    I was really surprised to learn that with a student visa an international student can stay in Germany for 3 months. Now, you will definitely have to, within this period, apply for a residence permit for studies. And you can get a maximum of two years of renewable leave, which will be extended if your study requires it.


    This is quite simple, just like you contacted an embassy when you wanted to travel outside your country last time. To apply for a student visa for Germany, the first step is to contact the German embassy or consulate in your country. This can be done online or by going to the physical location of the Embassy/consulate. You can find the Germans addresses diplomatic dispatches on the website of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs at


    Schengen visa: You will need one Schengen visa if your studies are to last up to 3 months. On average, it takes up to 25 days to process your German student visa application. The processing time varies depending on the country and the German embassy you apply to.

    German Schengen visa application requirements

    German National Visa: For studies lasting more than 3 months, you will need a German National Visa. Please note that if you arrive in Germany on a German national visa, you will need to extend your stay by obtaining a German residence permit for studies, which can be obtained by contacting Immigrants Office.

    Germany National Visa Requirements

    Now some people are known to wait until their visa expires. Well, you could be in for a fix if you decide to do this. We advise you to contact the immigration office while your entry visa is still valid. Why do what you can do today, tomorrow anyway?


    See also, Study Abroad Preparation: What to Pack


    You can apply for a candidate German student visa and convert it to a study permit once you are in Germany. Here are the documents you will need.

    • Proof of valid private or public health insurance.
    • Registration certificate from your institution.
    • Proof of finances.
    • Valid passport.
    • Current visa, if you have one.
    • Health certificate (if required)
    • Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)
    • Commitment letter and evidence of your parents income records and financial assets. (If valid)
    • You will also need a commitment letter from a German resident Verpflichtungserklärung. This letter is received at the foreigner registration office, by the German resident who is going to cover your expenses during your studies. (If valid)
    • Scholarship award certificate. It must show the number of expenses it covers. (If valid)
    • Bank guarantee issued to you by a recognized German bank. Examples of some recognized banks are: Deutsche bank, Commerzbank, Kfw bankgruppe, Dz bank.


    It can sometimes take months for a visa to be issued, so it is important to apply early even if you have not yet been accepted to a higher education institution. Note: a tourist visa cannot be converted to a student visa. Here are the documents you will need to apply for a German national visa.

    • Completed and signed national visa application form.
    • Valid international passport.
    • Photocopies of your passport (up to 2).
    • Birth certificate.
    • Marriage certificate. (If you are married).
    • Childs birth certificate. (If you have children).
    • Recent passport style photos. (up to 3).
    • Photocopies of previous German residence permits. (if it exists).
    • Previous Schengen visa.
    • Previous residence permit in Germany.


    Germanys strict policy requires that before starting your studies, you must prove that you have enough money to support yourself. And the way to show this is to block €10,236 for a year (See our post on Germany Free Tutorials for details on this). When you apply for a Student Visa for Germany, you will be asked to provide the document called Finanzierungnachweis, or proof of financial resources.

    The number of visa applications rejected by German missions in 2019 amounts to approximately 268,856 and in 2018 alarming an amount of 241,796 was also rejected. To improve your chances of getting your student visa, you should use a blocked account as proof of financial resources.

    Also Check: 10 Universities In Germany To Study With Free Tuition For International Students

    What is an account ban?

    A escrow account is a special type of bank account international students in Germany, to prove that you have enough money to live in Germany for a year during your studies.

    One of the easiest and fastest ways to open a German blocked account is through Fontina/Sutor bank. The blocked account provided by Fontina is accepted by German Embassies/consulate worldwide. It was estimated in 2020 that an international student in Germany uses an average of 853 euros per month at least. Hence the requirement for a block account with a minimum balance of €10,236 before applying for a German student visa.

    We have to wrap it up at this point, but we hope to put your heart at ease and answer some of your questions about studying visas in Germany.

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