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Information for students

To ensure that you receive your visa in time please note: You should apply at least two and no more than three months prior to your intended move to Germany. Please complete the application form for 'residence permit' in duplicate (download .pdf on the right hand side of this page). Please submit your application in person complete with all necessary supporting documents (see below) including photocopies. Please book an appointment for 'residence permit' in advance.

Student visa category

a) Study Applicant Visa - having applied for a study course at a Germanuniversity (or equivalent) having received a confirmation letter.

b) Student Visa - having applied for a study course at a German university and having received the admission letter.

c) Language Course Visa - you wish to do a language course in Germany. NB: A Language Course Visa cannot be converted into a Study Applicant Visa or Student Visa in Germany. Should you plan to study at a German university immediately after your language course has finished you must file an application for a Study Applicant Visa or Student Visa right away (these cover both the language and university course). Otherwise you will have to return to London or country of residence and file a new application.

DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY:

a) Study Applicant Visa and b) Student Visa

  • valid passport and 2 passport photos
  • Graduation certificate/degree to enable university admission in Germany
  • Documents showing what you have been doing in the UK (degree certificates, university/employment confirmation)
  • University degree and/or other certificates if applicable
  • Motivational letter (why do you wish to study in Germany?)
  • Proof of financial means (equivalent of €720,00 in GBP pm), e.g.

    - Formal Sponsor Letter (Verpflichtungserklärung) by a sponsor in Germany or abroad. This may be obtained from the local authority in Germany (Ausländerbehörde). If you live in the UK you can only file a formal obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung) with the German Embassy London, if you have assets or income in Germany.

    - Applicants can also open a Fixed-Deposit-Account (blocked bank account "Sperrkonto") in Germany. Providers to choose from listed in alphabetical order are Deutsche Bank, Fintiba and X-Patrio. More information in German can be found here.

    In exceptional cases of guaranteed solvency a declaration of sponsorship (Unterhaltserklärung) can be signed at the Embassy. In this case please get in touch with our Consular Services for further information.

  • Student Visa only: confirmed university admission

c) Language Course Visa

  • Confirmation of fully paid language course registration
  • Documents that show what you have been doing in the UK (degree certificates, university or employment letter)
  • Proof of financial means (equivalent of €720,00 in GBP pm), e.g.

    - Formal Sponsor Letter (Verpflichtungserklärung) by a sponsor in Germany or abroad. This may be obtained from the local authority in Germany (Ausländerbehörde). If you live in the UK you can only file a formal obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung) with the German Embassy London, if you have assets or income in Germany.

    - Applicants can also open a Fixed-Deposit-Account (blocked bank account "Sperrkonto") in Germany. Providers to choose from listed in alphabetical order are Deutsche Bank, Fintiba and X-Patrio. More information in German can be found here.

    In exceptional cases of guaranteed solvency a declaration of sponsorship (Unterhaltserklärung) can be signed at the Embassy. In this case please get in touch with our Consular Services for further information.
  • Motivational letter explaining why you wish to attend a language course in Germany and what you intend to do afterwards
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