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If you are studying a programme that lasts less than 90 days, you do not need to apply for a visa. However, if you intend to study in Germany for a period of longer than 90-days, you will need to apply for a student visa that lasts between 3 and 6 months. In addition, you will need to apply for a Residence Permit which you can obtain at the Alien Registration Office.

Students from European Union (EU) countries

If you hail from an EU nation, applying for a Residence Permit is not required. Accommodation within Berlin is cheaper in comparison to its European counterparts and is a hugely popular study destination for students from across the globe. With an incredibly rich culture and history, international cuisine and an array of leisure destinations, Berlin is the ultimate place to be right now.

Accommodation-wise, you can pick between private halls, a private apartment or university guesthouses.

Need further convincing? These are the top reasons to join us: programmes taught in English, Central Berlin location, excellent student support, affordable fees & scholarships, free Executive Education course, paid internships, dedicated careers service, free German language lessons, face-to-face sessions and an e-learning platform.

How to apply for a German Study Visa

In order to study long-term in Germany (longer than 90 days), you must apply for a student visa which lasts between 3-6 months. If you’re taking a course with a duration of less than 90 days, no visa is required. If you stay for longer than 3 months, you will also need a Residence Permit which you can get at the Alien Registration Office. 

Foreign students are also encouraged to open up a blocked bank account. This is just to reassure German authorities that you are able to afford your studies here. You will only get access to these funds after you have arrived in the country.
Documents you will need to go about this process includes:
  • A certificate of health insurance
  • A valid passport
  • 3 passport photos (with biometric specifications)
  • Proof of covered finances
  • Letter of admission from a German institution
  • Academic certificates
  • Proof of English or German language skills (if your course will be taught in German) and the Residence Permit fee.

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Steps to Get German Study Visa | BSBI

Step 1 – Check all the requirements of the programme and pay the deposit for the programme you wish to study.

Step 2 - Wait for our admissions team to send through a confirmation letter.

Step 3 – Find out the visa process for Germany is by looking on the consulate website or by contacting the German embassy in your home country.

Step 4 – Go for your visa interview and get the visa stamping process completed.

Step 5 - After getting your visa approved, it’s time to book your flight to Berlin!