Germany Student Visa

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If you are accepted into a German university or preparatory school, you must apply for a German Student Visa. Before you are allowed to do that, you must fulfill a set of requirements.

The requirements for a German student visa for Indians are:

  • You must have an admission letter from a German university or preparatory school.
  • You must have enough funds to cover your stay in Germany, like a Blocked account, a scholarship, or a sponsor.
  • You must purchase a student health insurance policy.

Where to Apply for a German Student Visa in India?

You can apply for your student visa at one of the following German diplomatic missions:

-VFS Global in India

-German Consulate General in Bangalore

-German Consulate General in Chennai

-German Embassy in New Dehli

-German Embassy in Kolkata

-German Embassy in Mumbai

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Appointment Wait Times in India

Type of institution Required length of program Program outcome
Quebec public secondary DLI offers vocational training programs900 hours or longerYour program must lead to one of the following:a diploma of vocational studies (DVS)an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
Public post-secondary DLI, such asa college,a trade/technical institution, ora university8 months or longerYour program must lead to one of the following:a degree (associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctorate)a diploma or a certificate
Quebec collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP)900 hours or longerYour program must lead to one of the following:an attestation of college studies (ACS)a diploma of college studies (DCS)
Quebec provincially subsidized private post-secondary DLIorQuebec provincially subsidized private secondary DLI offering provincially subsidized vocational training programs900 hours or longerYour program must lead to one of the following:an attestation of college studies (ACS)a diploma of college studies (DCS)You must be enrolled in one of the provincially subsidized study programs. This may not include all study programs offered at the DLI.
Canadian private-designated learning institution authorized by the province to confer degrees.n/aYour DLI must be authorized by the province to confer degrees, including an associate degree a bachelor’s degree a master’s degree or a doctorate.
You must be enrolled in one of the study programs leading to a degree, as authorized by the province. This may not include all study programs offered by the private DLI.

How to Apply for a German Student Visa in India?

To get a German student visa in India, you must apply as per the instructions below:

  1. Apply for a study program in Germany.
  2. Find a German diplomatic mission in India.
  3. Make an appointment for your visa submission.
  4. Gather the required documents.
  5. Submit your application.
  6. Wait for an answer.
  7. Enter Germany.

Detailed instructions for Germany is as Follows:

Apply for a Study Program in Germany

To qualify for a German study visa, the most important step you need to complete is to get accepted to a German study program or language course. This is essential as you must present proof of your acceptance to the German institution as a part of your visa application. If you still haven’t been accepted or are waiting for a response regarding your application, you must apply for a student applicant visa and present proof that you submitted your application successfully.

Find a German Diplomatic Mission in India

Before you begin assembling your documents, you must first find the correct German diplomatic mission in India that is processing student visas. Several German diplomatic offices in India deal with student visa applications— make sure to locate one near your residence.

Make an Appointment for Your Visa Submission

As soon as you have located your nearest German embassy/consulate in charge of visa processing, make an appointment to submit your application. Please note that you cannot submit your application without a prior appointment. Also, depending on the embassy’s workload and the season/time of the year, it may take several weeks before you can get an appointment.

Gather the Required Documents

Until it’s time for your appointment date, you need to complete the required documents for your visa application. This will usually include documents such as your passport, educational qualifications, proof of financial support, and any important documents— you can find a full list of documents below. Please make sure you have all of the required documents on time for your appointment, as an incomplete application may result in visa rejection.

Submit Your Application

On the day of your visa appointment, you must visit the embassy or consulate and submit the required documents. On the same day, you may also be required to submit your biometric data (fingerprints) and attend a visa interview.

Pay the Visa Fee

You may be required to complete the visa fee payment on your visa appointment date at the embassy or consulate— this varies by the German diplomatic mission.

Wait for an Answer

Once you submit your application and complete the visa interview, it may take 15 to 30 days for the embassy to process your application and give you an answer. You can enter Germany and start your study program if the answer is positive. If your Germany student visa application is denied, you will receive a letter detailing the reason for your denial and what you can do next.

What Documents Do Indian Citizens Need for a German Student Visa?

Indians are required to submit 2 completed sets of documents. The documents needed for a German student visa application from India include the following:

  • German national visa application form. Submit two completed and signed copies.
  • Passport. The passport has to be valid for at least another three from the date of the visa appointment and have at least two blank visa pages.
  • 2 copies of the passport’s bio page. Scan the passport pages containing your personal information and pictures in A4 format.
  • Letter of acceptance in university, language school, or preparatory college. The language of instruction for the courses should be specified in the letter. Submit the original letter along with two copies.
  • APS certificate. You need to obtain an academic evaluation certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre attached to the Science Section of the New Delhi Embassy. To retrieve the certificate you need to make an appointment with the APC here and then book your visa appointment. Please keep in mind that you cannot apply for your student visa without obtaining your academic evaluation certificate first.
  • 3 visa pictures. If possible, you should take the pictures in a photography studio following the specifications of the German diplomatic mission in India.
  • Your academic certificates/qualifications. Submit the original copy of any of these documents along with two copies
  • Your resume. Please include one copy of your resume of your educational and professional experience and qualifications.
  • Proof you can fund your studies. In most cases, you must submit a Confirmation for a Blocked Account demand drafts, or (if applicable) a scholarship. If someone is sponsoring you, submit a Letter of Sponsorship.
  • German health Insurance for students. You can get a travel insurance plan from most local companies in India and international travel insurance providers such as AXA, DR. Walter, or Europ Assistance.
  • A certificate of Language Proficiency. If the letter of acceptance does not specify that you are proficient in the language of instruction, submit a certificate of language proficiency in level B2, at least. Submit the original certificate along with
    • For German language skills, only the following certificates are accepted:
      • Test of German as a Foreign Language (The Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache- TestDaF).
      • German Language University Entrance Examination for International Applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang- DSH).
      • Goethe Institute German Language Diploma ( GDS).
      • German Language Diploma (level II) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs
    • For English language skills, you must submit one of the following certificates:
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
      • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Note: The German Diplomatic Mission to which you apply can ask for additional documents if they see fit.