Visa: study & pathway program

11.11.2022 - Article

You intend to study in Germany?

Please note the following updates for already registered applicants waiting for an appointment:

  1. As admission letters and enrolment certificates for summer semester 2022 are generally outdated, registrations with chosen sub-category “admission valid for summer semester 2022” will be cancelled after November 15th 2022.
  2. Applicants with admission letters for winter semester 2022-2023, who are still not enrolled, will not be allowed to take up their studies in the already running semester. Therefore, these registrations will also be cancelled after November 15th 2022.
  3. The registrations of students with admission letters for winter semester 2022-2023, who are already enrolled, will also be cancelled, but they may re-register as long as they can provide written confirmation from the German university that allows them to start their studies later than November 15th.

You will receive an automatically generated information mail about the cancellation.

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Due to the high demand for student visa the waiting time for an appointment at the Embassy in the subcategory of master students, holding an unconditional direct admission letter from a German university is up to six months.

Waiting time regarding other subcategories (bachelor, study preparation, language course) can be even longer.

Holders of a scholarship from a German institution and PhD-Students will be prioritize.

Please check also our online appointment 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 prioritize as well.

The processing time for a study visa varies, from a minimum of around 4 to 5 weeks up to 10 weeks or even more in single cases.

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 two sets 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


- signed by the applicant
- completely filled out by typewriter/computer


2. Biometric picture

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


3. Letter of admission to a German University/acceptance to pathway program and proof about the working language/language requirement

4. Proof of sufficient financial means by way of one of the options

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

5. Your curriculum vitae

6. Letter of motivation (only for Consulate General Karachi)

7. Documentation of your school, college and academic degree and employment history - if any

- B.A., BSC, B.COM, BBA, BCS, M.A., MSc. etc.-
- Starting with your highest academic degree going back to your school degrees

- The academic degrees and transcripts need to be attested by HEC (Higher Education Commission) if done in Pakistan
- employment letter from all former and current employers

8. Proof of your language skills

Please provide proof of your language proficiency according to the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE):

If your field of studies is going to be lectured in German, tests such as

“Zertifikat Deutsch” at least A2 level certificate or better [by Goethe-Institut (GI)]

need to be presented.

If your field of studies is going to be lectured in English, tests such as TOEFL (minimum score of 550 points for the paper based test or 213 points for the computerbased test) or IELTS (Band 6.0) are required.

However, such proofs are not necessary if the university you are admitted to confirms in its letter of acceptance that your language skill has been proved sufficient.

Please note that it lies within the discretion of the visa sections to ask for further evidence of language skills depending on the individual case.

9. Income proof and bank statements of last 6 months of yourself or of your sponsor in Pakistan (only for Embassy Islamabad)

If you provide income proof and bank statements from your sponsor, please attach a letter from your sponsor that he is ready to cover your expenses during your studies. If the sponsor is your mother/father, please also provide a copy of their ID card. If the sponsor is a sibling, please also provide their ID card and your FRC to prove your relation to the sponsor.

10. Passport copies page 1 and 2

Of all your passports starting with the most recent one you want to travel on. If you lost a passport, please provide police certificate regarding the loss instead

11. Proof of adequate health insurance cover

Needs to be signed

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.

12. 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.

13. Applicants_Declaration

14. Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)

15. Appointment confirmation e-mail (only for Embassy Islamabad)

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

16. Information Sheet to be filled by the applicant (only for German Consulate General in Karachi)

Please be informed that you have to provide all documents as originals (including all of your passports). 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 can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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