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What Kind of Visa Do I Need to Study in Germany?

To study in Germany, you will typically need to apply for a “National Visa for the Purpose of Study” (Visa Type D). This visa allows you to enter Germany for the purpose of studying and staying for more than 90 days. Here are the key points to know about this visa:

Application process: You must apply for the National Visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country before traveling to Germany. The specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on your country of origin, so it is advisable to contact the German embassy or consulate for detailed instructions.

Admission to a German university: To obtain a student visa, you will generally need to provide proof of admission to a recognized German university or educational institution. This can be in the form of an acceptance letter or a letter of confirmation from the university.

Financial requirements: You will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself during your stay in Germany. This can be proven through bank statements, scholarship letters, or a blocked bank account, which shows that you have enough funds to cover your living expenses.

Health insurance: It is mandatory to have health insurance coverage during your stay in Germany. You will need to provide proof of health insurance that is valid in Germany when applying for the student visa.

Residence permit: After entering Germany with a student visa, you will need to apply for a residence permit at the local immigration office (Ausl?nderbeh?rde) within 90 days of your arrival. The residence permit will allow you to stay and study in Germany for the duration of your program.

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