Questions and answers on planned studies in Germany

Questions and answers on planned studies in Germany

When is a visa required for Germany?

Anyone planning to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, for the purpose of study or work, needs a visa.

However, this does not apply to nationals of Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary. They are exempt from the obligation to obtain a residence permit after arriving in Germany. All you have to do is register at the responsible population registry office.

Citizens of Australia, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA can apply for the required residence permit after entering the country. This also applies to citizens of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino, unless the residency includes the acquisition of a professional activity.

All other people who are nationals of a country not already listed must apply for a visa at the German embassy in their country before entering Germany.

What type of visa should I request?

Depending on the purpose of your stay, you must apply for the appropriate visa. There are the following types of German visas:

  • Student visa
  • Language course visa
  • Job Seeker Visa
  • Vocational training visa
  • Research visa

What are the documents required to apply at the German embassy for a student visa?

  • Completed national visa application form (The form can also be filled out online)
  • A valid passport + two copies
  • 2* Two recent photographs (please observe the conditions required by the respective embassy, check your photograph here)
  • Your birth certificate
  • Proof of how to cover expenses in Germany
  • German health insurance proof
  • University admission
  • German language skills certificate or confirmation of registration for the DSH language course
  • High School Certificate (original, translated and certified copy)
  • University graduation certificate with transcripts for all semesters (if you want to study a master’s degree in Germany)
  • Motivational letter in addition to the CV.

What are the documents required to apply at the German embassy for a German language course visa?

  • Completed national visa application form (The form can also be filled out online)
  • A valid passport + two copies
  • 2* Two recent photographs (please observe the conditions required by the respective embassy, check your photograph here)
  • Your birth certificate
  • Proof of how to cover expenses in Germany
  • German health insurance proof
  • Confirmation of enrollment in a German language course
  • Confirmation of proof of payment of fees in advance to the German language school
  • Motivational letter in addition to the CV.

How to obtain a residence permit after entering Germany?

In order to obtain a residence permit in Germany, the following documents must be submitted to the Foreigners’ Directorate in the city where you want to study/live:

  • Valid passport
  • Rental contract and confirmation of registration in the city
  • Proof of enrollment at a university/preparatory course or German language course
  • Proof of how to cover expenses in Germany
  • German health insurance proof
  • 2 recent biometric photos
  • Financial fees

What is the meaning of immediate university admission?

If you meet all the requirements to study at the university you want to study at, you will receive an acceptance letter after checking your documents. This will enable you to apply for a student visa

What is the meaning of conditional university admission?

If you still lack the entry requirements for your course, you will receive conditional pre-admission. Using this document, you apply for the visa.
The term “conditional admission” means that there are still conditions that must be met before you can begin your studies.
Conditional Admission informs you of the conditions that you must meet in order to be accepted for study.
This could be, for example:
Take a German exam (lack of language proficiency).
Or the requirement to complete the preparatory year.

What is Uni-Assist?

The “V.e assist-uni” center is an institution for the preliminary examination of applications for international students wishing to study at Uni-Assist member universities.

Uni-Assist checks whether the certificates provided generally entitle the student to study in Germany. Most universities do as well
Commissioning Uni-Assist to verify other criteria – such as language certificates. You can apply to several universities at the same time via
Uni-Assist You will only have to submit your diplomas and language certificates once.

Uni-Assist then ensures your documents are quickly scanned and notified if important documents are missing. if all
to the respective universities. For some universities, something is available according to the conditions. Uni-Assist sends your application electronically
Uni-Assist will send you a certificate, called Initial Examination Documentation (VPD) With this document, you must apply directly to
the University. Please note that the university that ultimately issues university admissions is the university and not Uni-Assist.

What are the most important documents that are required when writing to a German university?

If you want to contact us for a place to study a bachelor’s degree

  • High school diploma, the original copy and a copy translated into German or English, and these documents must be legalized
  • Language certificates The language required by the relevant university
  • UNi-Assist Initial Screening Document (in some cases)
  • Evaluate your certifications (in some cases)
  • Motivational message
  • Curriculum Vitae

If you want to contact us for a place to study a master’s degree

  • High school diploma, the original copy and a copy translated into German or English, and these copies must be certified
  • University Bachelor’s degree certificate (original copy and a copy translated into German or English and these copies must be legalized)
  • Transcripts for all semesters of study during the undergraduate level (the original and a translated copy of German or English, and these copies must be certified)
  • Language certificates The language required by the relevant university
  • UNi-Assist Initial Screening Document (in some cases)
  • Evaluate your certifications (in some cases)
  • Motivational message
  • Curriculum Vitae

What should the motivation letter to be submitted to the university include?

In this letter, you must briefly explain the reasons behind your choice of Germany as the country in which you want to complete your studies, and you must mention the motives and reasons for choosing this university to which you want to send your application.

What is the meaning of a blocked bank account?

Non-EU citizens are required to provide proof of financial means showing that they can pay for their studies and living costs themselves. This is a prerequisite for obtaining a residence permit in Germany, and therefore it is mandatory when applying for a visa.

Evidence is provided by having an account in which its owner cannot act freely, it is also called a “blocked account”, in which a minimum amount of legally stipulated amount must be maintained. Currently, the amount must be €861 for each month the student is in Germany. This amount is released after the account holder arrives in Germany. However, one cannot withdraw or transfer any cash. The maximum amount that the account holder can withdraw from the account in a month is 861 euros allowed, unless more than this minimum amount is deposited.

Who needs a blocked account?

People who need a blocked account include non-EU citizens or citizens whose countries of origin have not signed the Schengen Agreement, and who will stay in Germany for a longer period of time, for example due to study, vocational training, language study or preparation for university study.

Are there alternatives to a closed bank account?

In addition to a closed bank account, there are also other options to prove self-financing while you are studying in Germany. The following options are also allowed as alternatives:

  • Parents’ monthly income is shown.
  • Personal sponsorship from a person residing in Germany
  • A scholarship from a recognized body.

What is the meaning of the preparatory year and who needs it?

The preparatory year prepares applicants to study at a German university. If you have a school leaving certificate in your home country that qualifies you to study there, but it is not recognized as a university entry qualification in Germany, you must enter the preparatory year before starting your studies. This is necessary because the school system, the content of the curriculum being taught or the duration of the school stage in your country is so different from that in Germany that taking the preparatory year is absolutely necessary to study at a German university successfully.

How do I know if I need to take the Preparatory Year or not?

The anabin database provides detailed information on the requirements for school leavers from different countries.

What specialized courses do you choose in the preparatory year?

The universities that teach the preparatory year offer the following specialization courses:

M cycle: for medical, biological and pharmaceutical courses

T-cycle: for sports, science or art courses

Course W: for Economics and Social Sciences courses

Course G: for humanities courses or German studies

Course S: Language Studies

Faculties of applied sciences that teach the preparatory year offer the following specializations:

  • TI course: for technical and engineering courses
  • WW Course: Economics Courses
  • GD Course: Design and Technical Courses
  • SW course: for social science courses

What is the cost of joining the preparatory year?

Enrollment in the preparatory year at public universities is usually free, but a semester fee must be paid for each semester, the amount of which varies depending on the faculty, between 100 and 400 euros. You must also have health insurance and purchase books and other educational materials yourself.