Thus, many internationals continue to pursue their dream of studying higher education in Germany. However, the first and foremost requirement they must encounter is to get a student visa, which isn't always an easy process.
A German student visa, due to §16 Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz), is a must if you’re a foreigner having been admitted to a university or equally recognized institution, on either full-time studies or preparatory measures before such studies in German, more specifically as follows:
In this article, our main focus is on student visa where we will explain which documents you will need, what you can and cannot do with your visa, and we also give you some suggestions regarding what to do after arriving in Germany.
Typically, you must visit the German Embassy/Consulate in your country to apply for a student visa. Whether your application is accepted or not heavily depends on your provided information and supporting documents with the original version and two photocopies of each paper, including:
proof of German language proficiency, if you are going to attend German-only and mixed-language study programs:
Proof of English language proficiency, if you apply for English and mixed-language study programs:
A student visa allows you to stay in this country for 6 months. During this period, it’s necessary to get a residence permit to study, which has a maximum duration of 2 years. Depending on the length of your studies, you can apply for an extension of residence permit.
With a student applicant visa, you are allowed to stay in Germany for a period up to 6 months. During this time, if you receive an official admission letter, you will then apply for a residence permit.
Before your course starts, it's essential to make adequate preparations as follows:
You need to seek permanent shelter as soon as you arrive in Germany since the evidence of permanent address may turn out helpful on specific occasions in the future. You can choose to stay in a student residence, a self-rented apartment, or share a flat with someone else.
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You should register your living address within one week since finding your permanent housing at the local Resident’s Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) or at Citizen’s Bureau (Bürgeramt). Upon completion of the application, the confirmation of registration (Meldebestätigung) will be issued.
You have to register again every time you move to new accommodation.
It’s imperative that everyone living in Germany take out a health insurance policy. As for students, no proof of health insurance means impossible enrollment at a German university.
Several German health insurance companies choose students as their target.
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After finding your housing and getting your health insurance covered, you need to visit the student service office to get the certificate of enrollment in studies within the dates stated in the letter of admission. Otherwise, you aren’t entitled to attend classes, take exams, get a degree, and access university services, which means removal from the student register.
Upon enrollment, remember to bring along your valid national passport, letter of admission, covered health insurance, a few recently taken passport photographs.
Initially, you'll receive a certificate of enrollment that serves as a temporary student ID. After you pay your study fees (if any) and semester contribution of about 250 Euros, the official student ID card will be sent to you by post. The donation covers the cost of using university services and local public transportation. You can also use the ID account, e-mail, and password on the education provider server to access internal electronic materials and library resources.
It usually costs you nothing to open a bank account, which is used to pay study-related fees, rent, registration fee, and other bills as well as receive your salary and any subsidy.
Required documents include:
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You have to apply for a residence permit for studies right after receiving the confirmation of registration. This is only possible if you own a valid student visa.
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