Visa: study & language courses

14.05.2024 - Article

This website provides information about visas for study purposes and language courses.

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Due to the extremely high demand for student visa in the sub-categories of Bachelor and Master students holding an unconditional direct admission letter from a German university, these applicants have to expect a longer waiting time for an appointment at the Embassy..

Waiting time regarding the sub-category study preparation is currently around 12 months.

Holders of scholarships from German institutions and PhD students will be prioritized. Please check also our online registration category “Registration to apply for a Master’s program – exclusively for students with a CGPA of 3.7 or above”. These student applicants will be prioritized as well.

Documents to be submitted for a study/pathway program (Studienkolleg) visa

Required documents:

Additional instructions:

Please note that all copies of your documents have to be
- In DIN A4 size
- Complete and readable
- Not stapled

Please provide one set of A4 size photocopies.

You have to arrange each set of documents according to the order in which they are mentioned below.

1. Application form

Biometric picture

- signed by the applicant
- the application form can be found here

- not older than three months and white background
- no computer print-outs accepted
- glued to the application form at the intended spot


2. Passport copies

First two pages of your recent passport. If you lost a passport, please provide police certificate regarding the loss instead

Validity of passport: at least one year plus three months

3. ID card copy

4. Applicants_Declaration

5. Appointment confirmation e-mail

- including the provided booking code (e.g. “isla_9729717”)

6. Information about any previous visa refusals

If you have been refused a visa by an Embassy or High Commission, written explanation about reason for application and refusal letter are required.

7. Your curriculum vitae

8. Letter of admission to a German University/acceptance to pathway program

9. Enrolment certificate

Mandatory if the semester has already started, together with a letter from the university confirming that you can join later in the semester

Necessary if there is a given deadline for enrolment in your admission letter

10. Confirmation of sufficient language skills in the language of instruction

11. Proof of sufficient financial means for living expenses

Proof of blocked account or scholarship award or official obligation from immigration office in Germany (further details: Blocked Accounts)

12. If applicable: proof of payment of tuition fees for the first year

13. Documentation of academic and professional career - if any

for Master students:
Previous bachelor degree

for Bachelor students and all other cases:
any previous academic degree (if applicable) AND high school diplomas

for all categories:
any previous employment certificate (if applicable)

14. Proof of adequate health insurance cover

Valid from intended date of travel

You will have to take out health insurance in Germany. However, for the time period until you are settled in Germany, you have to submit a preliminary health insurance with your application.

For the possibilities to take out health insurance please see the following link:
Health insurances

Please note that Category “D” national visas for work are normally issued with a validity of 3 months from the date of travel onwards to enable the passport holder to enter Germany and register at the relevant authorities (Ausländerbehörde). For the convenience of the passport holder it is now possible to issue such a visa with the validity of 6 months, if a matching travel health insurance or proof for subsequent, valid health insurance upon arrival in Germany is provided.

Please be informed that you have to provide all documents as originals (including your passport). They will be returned to you on the same day (except the passport you intend to travel on which stays with the Embassy during the processing time of your visa application).

You can find a print-out version of this page under the following link: Study visa - leaflet


Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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