Study Visa


You intend to study at a German University?

All you want and should know about studying in Germany you can find on the Website: www.study-in-germany.de

Once you are ready to apply for a study visa you can find all information about the application procedure here.

Checklist of required documents for a study visa (print-version): 

2x Application form
Application   completed, printed and signed
(including Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)


+ 2 copies of the data page
Valid and signed passport which must have at least two blank pages. It is not mandatory but strongly recommended that the passport is valid for the whole intended stay in Germany.
2x Photo
Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications (not stapled)
2x Letter of Motivation

Letter of admission from German University

+ 2 copies

Approval notification / acceptance letter by a German University

or preparatory college (with fixed dates/Duration)

Proof of language knowledge

+ 2 copies

Only required if not already verified in connection with the admission process at the University.

Proof of German language proficiency required for the respective studies (must be based on a test pursuant to the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe); generally accepted: DSH, TestDaF, DSD-II, ZOP, KDS, GDS)
proof of course to be held in English

proof of registration for a German language course preparing for the intended studies

Proof of financial means

+ 2 copies

Proof of financial means of a minimum of 853 EUR per month (as from 2019) for one year in advance. Therefore 10,236 EUR needs to be available with one of the following options:

  1. A blocked account at a German bank showing the minimum amount of 10,236 EUR (withdrawal limit of 853,- EUR per month)
  2. A Formal Letter of Obligation, pursuant to sections 66-68 of the Residence Act valid for the duration of the applicant’s stay in Germany, which must be applied for at the relevant Alien’s Office by the resident/ host in Germany. Please note, sufficient funds (creditworthiness) must be proven by the sponsor and be confirmed on the Formal Letter of Obligation by the relevant Alien’s Office
  3. Proof of sponsorship or bursary from a German institution (e.g. DAAD) or the South African government
  4. Statement of income/financial circumstances of the parents as well as an assurance of their support. In these cases the blocked account (see above) must be opened after arrival in Germany.

Academic qualification

+ 2 copies
  1. Matric
  2. If applicable further academic qualification
    (e.g. a foreign university degree if you want to continue your studies in Germany)

Proof of health insurance

+ 2 copies
Valid health insurance
2x checklist

Two copies of this checklist   have to be signed and submitted with your application.

The German Mission reserves the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary. Presenting the above-mentioned documentation does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been approved and the German Mission requests you to do so.

The processing time will usually take four weeks, but my take considerably longer depending on the individual cases. Once the application has been approved by the relevant German authority, the German Mission will issue a visa valid for 3 - 6 months (depending on the duration of the travel insurance provided). Your subsequent residence permit will be issued by the competent Aliens Authority in Germany. You are required to apply well in advance for it before the expiry of the visa.

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