If you are planning to study abroad, this blog will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of German student visas available.
Germany is a much sought after destination for international students when it comes to higher studies. Thousands of scholars from across the world visit its esteemed Universities for Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs.
As an international scholar, the first thing you need to find out is whether you need a Visa to study in Germany.
While its mandatory for students of non – EU and non -EEA countries to get a Visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany, there are quite a few countries whose scholars do not need a German Student Visa.
Students from these countries do not need a German Student Visa but require a Residence Permit for studies lasting more than 90 days, as soon as they arrive in Germany.
Who All Can Enter Germany Without Visa – Citizens of the EU, Norway , Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein only require a valid Identity Card to enter Germany.
Once they have an accommodation, they need to get an appointment with Einwohnermeldeamt, or the Residents’ Registration Office, in the city that their University is located at.
From there, they are issued the valid document allowing them to remain in Germany for the designated period.
For students coming from Australia, Canada, Japan, Israel, United States of America, New Zealand or South Korea – No Visa is required. In case scholars from any of these countries plan to stay in Germany for more than 3 months, they need to apply for the Residence Permit.
The same rule is applicable to students from Andorra, Honduras, Brazil, El Salvador, Monaco and San Marino. Unless they intend to work after the study program, they can enter Germany without any Visa. They are free to take up side jobs while studying.
Once you are clear about the requirement of Visa to enter Germany, you need to find out the type of Visa that you need depending on the duration of your planned study program. The Visa grants a scholar to remain in Germany for the duration of the study program.
- For studies of duration less than 90 days , Schengen Visa is needed
- For studies of duration more than 3 months , German National Visa is required.
The German Student Visa is not very expensive but there are certain bureaucratic hurdles that you need to cross before it is granted to you. You first need to visit the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country for the Visa Processing.
German Student Visa is issued for a wide range of study programs and for various levels of courses. These include undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate programs as well as research studies.
Apart from this Student Visa are also issued for pre – academic or non -academic German Language Courses.
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Types Of German Student Visas –
There are 3 types of German Student Visas –
- German Student Visa
- Student Application Visa
- Language Visa
The German Student Visa (Visum Zur Studienzwecken) is for international scholars who have already been accepted for a University Study program.
Here apart from the basic documents like valid national passport, Certificate of Birth, proof of financial resources ( €10,332 deposit at a German blocked bank account as Udrus DROP Money ) – Proof of University Admission is a key document.
The confirmation of admission in study programs – “Zulassungsbescheid”
This has to be issued by some recognized higher studies program provider in Germany – showing the start date of the study program and the language of teaching.
Language Course Visa or the Visa for language learning– This type of educational Visa is issued to international students who wish to opt for an intensive Language Preparatory Course of duration between 3 to maximum 12 months.
The course that the applicants plan to undertake should have a minimum 18 hours of weekly lessons. In some cases, the Language Course Visa can be extended if the intention of the extended course is not to pursue further education in Germany.
What you CAN DO with a German Language Course Visa?
- Enroll for an intensive German Language Course
- Extend your Visa if the German Language course will not be followed by any full time study program. The extension can be offered for up to 12 months counted from the date of arrival in Germany.
The DON’T’s with a German Language Course Visa. You CAN’T
- convert it into a student or student applicant visa
- change it into a work permit
- undertake any gainful employment
- start university studies
- apply for university admission
In case you decide to continue your studies in Germany straight after completing your Language course, you need to first return to your home country and apply for a “German Student Visa.”
Please note that it is not possible to apply for a Student Visa/Permit while you are there in Germany for the language program.
The validity of the German Language Course Visa is only up to the length of the course that is between 3 months to 1 year and it cannot be extended further while staying in Germany.
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Student Applicant Visa (Visum Zur Studienbewerbung) is for foreigner students who have applied for a German University Course but not yet been finally selected for any course or are still waiting for the final confirmation related to their acceptance for a study program.
Basically such international students who have fair prospects for admission but have not been officially admitted to any program as they need to fulfill other admission requirements like giving a written exam or appearing for a physical interview.
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