Studying Abroad in Germany
As an international student you may need an entry visa for Germany depending on where you come from and how long you plan to stay here. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. You can find the address on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
There are two types of visas:
- Student applicant visa („Visum zur Studienbewerbung“)
- Student visa („Visum zu Studienzwecken“)
If you have not yet received notification of admission to a university or foundation course, you should apply for a student applicant visa.
This three-month visa allows you to meet the requirements for admission to a German university. If you find that three months is not long enough, you may extend your visa to a maximum of six months. If you are admitted to the university or foundation course within this period, you may apply for a student visa.
If you have received your notification of admission to university or a foundation course, you should apply for a student visa. Student visas are usually valid for three months. Within these three months, you will have to apply for an extended residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR A VISA APPLICATION
You can obtain a complete list of documents required for a visa application from your German diplomatic mission in your home country. Normally, you are asked to present:
Certificate confirming health insurance coverage
Proof of financial resources
Certificates of past academic work and achievements
Certificate of German language proficiency or proof that you intend on attending a language course in Germany
For a student applicant visa: university entrance qualification recognised in Germany
For a student visa: notification of admission from your German university (or a statement from the university confirming that your prospects of gaining admission are good).
University of Rostock