If you don’t need a German visa, you won´t have a German visa interview

  • If you come from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland: you do not need a visa or any other documents to enter and study in Germany. However, you must register with the local Residents’ Registration Office upon your arrival in Germany.
  • International students from nations that do not need a visa for admission: Please visit the Federal Foreign Office's website to find out if your home nation is one of those without an entry visa requirement.
  • Nations are currently granted free visa entry (last updated May 2019): Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, San Marino, South Korea, and the USA.

However, you must register with the Residents´ Registration Office for a Residence Permit in Germany if you want to study in Germany for more than three months.

If you need a German visa

If you come from China, Mongolia, and Vietnam:

Before you apply for university and a German student visa, you need to pass the APS process first and get your documents (e.g. language certificates, diploma, school-leaving certificates, etc.) checked. Therefore, compared to the visa application interview, the APS interview would be more complicated, and you should be better prepared for it than for the visa interview.

For more information to enhance your performance in the APS interview, go read EDUBAO articles! We have everything ready for your information!

If you come from other countries:

Then this article is the essential guide you know you need. Let’s start with this article first and deep into the topic even more in other articles. Well, let’s get started!

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How can I start preparing for the visa interview?

We have listed several questions in terms of popular topics:

  • Previous school and university experience
  • Current academic and skill levels
  • Decisions to study in Germany
  • Future academic and career plan
  • Knowledge of Germany and life in Germany

Choose one topic and start the preparation with EDUBAO!

Questions and tips

A. Previous school and school experience

1. Tell us something about your study program at your university in your home country.

Tips: You should know how to introduce your major and concentration. Expand the talk by mentioning your study program’s objectives, core courses, etc. You can choose one of the core courses, which you are good at, to talk more about.

2. What have you learned from your studies?

Tips: You can answer this question from two perspectives. Academically, you have learned a lot from courses such as research methods, which serve as the fundamental for your future study in Germany. In terms of personal development, you have become a lot more confident and independent. These traits would help you navigate through your new studying and living environment in Germany.

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B. Current academic and skill levels

1. In which language will you study in Germany? Which level have you reached in this language?

Tips: Please be honest with this question. You will usually get interviewed in the same language that you will study in Germany. That is to say, you will be demonstrating your language skills directly to the interviewer. If you are not satisfied with your current language level, you could just say that coming to Germany will help you enhance your language proficiency as you can immerse yourself in an English/German-speaking environment daily.

2. In which ways will you improve your language skills?

Tips: This seemingly simple-to-answer question requires a more tactful response. You are supposed to talk about your language learning methods and how effective they are.

3. Those whose study language is English often receive this question: Are you going to learn German?

Tips: We would suggest you say yes, to not only pass the visa interview but also to make your life in Germany more comfortable. Speaking German in Germany will open you up to many fun and unique experiences in the country.

C. Decisions to study in Germany

1. why do you choose this university and how did you find it?

Tips: Please visit the university’s official website to learn about its history and academic settings. You can also check the institution’s exchange and internship programs. It would be a plus point to combine this information with your plan in Germany.

2. Which other universities have you also applied for?

Tips: Be honest! But it is also important to show the interviewers that you are satisfied with the present university and you cannot wait to be enrolled.

3. Why do you want to study in Germany, not in other foreign countries?

Tips: You can answer this question in two ways: the first – you can tell the interviewers who or which stories inspire you to go to Germany. The second – study-related facts such as free tuition fees, strong research in some specific areas, e.g. automobile, mechanical engineering, etc.

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D. Future academic and career plan

1. Where will you work after finishing your studies in Germany?

Tips: It also depends on your future career plane, but we recommend showing your interest in going back to your home country. Don’t make them feel like your purpose to go to Germany is to stay there and get a long-term visa later. Remain focused on the study and research field, and also professional skills while answering.

2. Are you going to work while studying?

Tips: Please avoid mentioning that you will concentrate on working during your studies! The purpose of your visa is to “study” in Germany.

3. Name your study field and some course plans at your university.

Tips: We highly recommend you visit your university/institution’s official website to learn more specific information about your course. There is always a course description/curriculum called “Modulbeschreibung” in German. Please go through it carefully to get an overview of your study plan for the upcoming years. It is also a good idea to mark some courses which you are quite interested in. Then you can introduce these courses briefly during the interview.

E. Knowledge of Germany and life in Germany

1. How well do you know Germany?

Tips: Name some famous German sightseeing destinations and historical sites such as museums, national parks, etc. If you don’t have much knowledge about Germany, you can watch some documentary films about Germany or German culture.

2. How many boundaries and nations does Germany have?

Tips: Germany has nine neighboring nations: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland.

3. How many states are there in Germany and can you name some of them?

Tips: Germany is made up of 16 federal states: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, and Thuringia.

4. Where are you going to stay in Germany?

Tips: Name the city and state where you will stay at. But there is also the likelihood that the interviewers want to know about your housing choices in Germany. There are 2 kinds of accommodation: student dormitory and WG (flatshare). You can stay at hostels, hotels, Airbnb and other temporary housing options for a while in case you haven’t found your accommodation before going to Germany.

5. How can you support your studies in Germany?

Tips: In most cases, it must be your parents. You can also name the current earning members of your family. Let them know that you have already opened a blocked account to cover your living expenses in the first year in Germany. The confirmation must be included in your document files.

Huhu… Thank you for reading. One last thing about the interview, you will not be asked all the questions listed above. We just want to make sure that you can go to the interview, being well-prepared. Don’t worry too much about it! Be confident, honest, and straightforward, and you will get your visa to study in Germany! Viel Erfolg! (All the best!)