If you plan to stay in Germany for longer than three months, you must apply for a national visa for Germany in your home country or country of residence at the German embassy or consulate for Germany (D visa). Please note that this also applies if you already reside in another state of the European Union.
Please consider and complete the visa application prior to your departure - ideally as soon as you have received admission. In some cases, it is also possible to make an appointment in advance at the respective embassy or consulate.
On the homepage of the respective embassy or consulate you will find information regarding the documents needed. In any case, you will need:
- Admission to a German university
- Documentation proving the financing of your living expenses during your studies
information on the proof of financial resources
You should also find out about health insurance in Germany in advance:
more information on health insurance
Entry to Germany with a "visitor or tourist visa" (Schengen visa category "C" valid for 90 days) is not suitable for a study stay! It can neither be changed into a residence title for study purposes nor extended. You will need to then travel back to your country of origin at your own expense and apply for the applicable visa.
The national visa of category "D" also entitles the holder to a short stay in other Schengen states. The national visa is usually issued for a period of 90 days. After entering the country, you must apply for a residence permit at the local foreigners' office.