INFOYER I German Visa Requirements - Student Visa

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Student Visa India: Who is eligible?

Admission requirements depend on individual choice of study program. Bachelor, Master and PhD students are eligible to study in Germany. Be sure about you admission requirements.

Bachelor Program

For the bachelor program, students have to prove 12 years of school education. However students have a school-leaving certificate (also known as “university entrance qualification”, e.g. High School Diploma, A-Levels) which proves that students are eligible for ‘Studienkolleg’. German school education is for 13 years (known as “Abitur“). So students have to do ‘Studienkolleg’ before entering in the main course of the university. ‘Studienkolleg’ is preparing course that will be held under the University. Before doing ‘Studienkolleg’, students have to do a German language course until B2 (if possible C1) level and an admission test for ‘Studienkolleg’. If students have 14 years of previous study they can apply directly to the university. Some universities are also accepting 13 years as well. After having successfully completed 12 years of education in school, students usually take diploma or bachelor courses lasting 1 or 2 years, depending on the subject of the course. Students have to submit an academic transcript or certificate to the university as a proof of extra 1 or 2 years of study.

Master program and PhD program

For the master program, students must have a four-year of bachelor degree. Some universities consider three-year bachelor degree for admission as well but students have to prove that their study is equivalent to 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). For PhD program students must have a Master's Degree.

Student Visa India: Where to apply?

  • The uni-assist application procedure
  • Direct application procedure

The uni-assist application procedure

Currently more than 70 German universities have been asking their international applicants to send their applications for admission to “UNI-ASSIST” (Application Services for International Students). The procedure of uni-assist is to pre-check all required application documents of international students. After checking the completeness of the documents, they forward them to the respective universities. Students can simultaneously apply to multiple universities by submitting just one set of certified copies. Application process fees will be charged.

Application deadlines:
Please check the application deadline for your desired course at the university of your choice. I

Postal address for your applications:
Name of you selected university
c/o uni-assist e.V.
Helmholtzstr. 2-9
10587 Berlin

Direct application procedure

Regarding applications for other universities, students have to send their certified documents individually directly to the university. The following links will help you to submit your application directly to the universities.

Information for the International Degree Programs
Study and Career choice

Documents required

following documents have to be submitted in original version with two
attested identical and arranged sets of A4 size copies of each document.
For the documents in any other language than English an attested
translation in English is required.

  • Two visa application forms
    • Applicants
      are required to submit only duly filled out and signed forms with
      complete contact details and the address of the future residence in
    • Form can be downloaded from the following Link
    • Signed declaration on true and complete information. 
  • Declaration can be downloaded here:
  • Specifications
    • The photograph must be 35mm x 45mm in size with the face covering about three quarters of the area of the photograph. The background of the photograph should be light in colour.
    • Visa fee has to be paid
      through a demand draft made out to the “Embassy of the Federal Republic
      of Germany” in respective cities.
    • The passport should have been issued (and not extended) in the last 10 years.
    • The passport should contain at least 2 blank pages.
    • The passport should have a minimum validity of 12 months beyond the date of the?return from the Schengen territory.
    • Passports containing illegible data will not be accepted.
  • Cover letter from applicant
    • A short letter of explanation the purpose and duration of staying in Germany.
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of admission from the university
    • Applicants are required to submit the original and an A4 sized copy of the letter of admission from the German university.
    • Proof
      that study fees have been paid, if applicable.?- In case the fees are
      not paid or due yet, a proof has to be provided that the necessary
      amount will be at the applicant's disposal in due course of time.
  • School-leaving certificate (secondary and higher secondary school)
  • Academic transcript (10th and 12th class)
  • University certificates (degree certificates and academic transcript including all semesters).
    • Only course completion certificates are not sufficient.
  • Two recommendations letters sealed in an envelop from your college professors (if applicable).
  • Any other course certificate or experience letter (optional but a plus point)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS).
    • Applicants
      holind an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship or applying for a Ph.D./Doctarate
      studies might be exempted from this case of a written confirmation from
      the university, that this requirement may be waived 
  • Proof of German Language proficiency.
    • Applicants
      are required to submit the proof of German language proficiency even if
      the medium of instruction at the German university is partly German.
      Only certificate issued by any Goethe Institute around India will be
      accepted as a proof.
  • Valid health/travel insurance
    • Having
      a valid overseas medical insurance is mandatory for the visa
      application and necessary for the reimbursement in case of any medical
      emergency while the applicant is travelling to Germany and until he/she
      is officially enrolled in the university.
  • Financial proof (one of the following documents)
    • Confirmation of scholarship or stipend.
    • A
      person who would like sponsoring a student he/she has have to submit a
      formal obligation letter (“Verpflichtungserklärung” according to Art. 68
      German Residence Act).
    • A blocked account ("Sperrkonto") in
      Germany in the name of the applicant showing a minimum balance of 8040
      Euro, and the remark that the account holder can dispose a monthly
      amount of 670 Euro (please note if your balance is not fulfilling the
      mentioned conditions your application will not be processed). For
      information with regard to the procedure of opening a blocked account in
      Germany please contact a bank in Germany or an international bank of
      your choice. It is highly recommended that the money should be
      transferred by using IBAN and BIC. Do not send bank drafts, money orders
      or cheques to open the blocked account. (Applicants from East India
      need to open the blocked account only if the Embassy requires the
      acceptance of his/her visa application.)
    • Confirmation of an annually renewable bank guarantee from a bank in Germany to the tune of 8040 Euro.
    • Last 3 years IT returns of your sponsor. (Optional)
    • Last 6 months bank transaction statement of your sponsor. (Optional)
    • Sanctioned
      loan and document of the collateral, incl. contacts of bank. The amount
      of the sanctioned loan converted into EURO should be indicated in
      writing by the bank. Photocopies of the income tax return of the last 3
      years of Co-sponsor of financial loan (if any).
    • Savings account (last 12 months bank statement) from which finances will be taken care of, incl. contacts of bank.
    • In case of an ongoing employment, the applicant is also required to show a salary slip and a bank statement.

How to open a student blocked account at Deutsche Bank, Germany

members can help you to open a blocked account at Deutsche Bank of
Germany. You can follow the following steps for opening a student
blocked account.

  • Collect necessary information and the
    application forms from the website given below. Please note that
    depending on the age (< 18 years or >= 18 years) the forms are
  • After
    filling out the application form, you will have to get your signature
    and a copy of your passport certified by the German Embassy as per
    instructions given in the form.
  • Send the application form to the
    address stated below in Germany.?Deutsche Bank Privat- und
    Geschäftskunden AG?Spezialservice Ausländische Studenten?Alter Wall
    53,?20457 Hamburg, Germany.
  • The above mentioned office in
    Hamburg arranges the opening of an account with the office of the future
    residence and informs you directly, without intervention of the General
    Consulate, by post and simultaneously by email about the account
    number, BLZ and IBAN of the opened account. It takes 2-3 weeks to open
    an account.
  • Finally you transfer the necessary amount + 50 Euro
    towards bank charges to the account and prove this to the German
    Embassy/Consulate in your home country. The bank will also inform the
    Embassy as well.

Student Visa India: Language Requirements

Bachelor Program

The students
who would like to study a bachelor program in Germany, have to complete a
German language course A1 level from India (Goethe-Institut). After
that, they should attend a German language course until B2 (if possible
C1) level in any language institute in Germany and have to attend an
entrance test for ‘Studienkolleg’. After getting a chance in
‘Studienkolleg’, students have to complete the course within 1 year. For
the International bachelor program, students must have IELTS/TOEFL and
GRE/GMAT (some universities) scores.

Master and PhD Program

the international master program, students must have good IELTS
/TOEFL and GMAT/GRE (some universities) scores. If students have
completed their first degree in English, they don’t need IELTS/TOEFL
(some universities) scores. If students would like to study in German
language, they have to finish a German language course until C1 level
and attend a test of DSH or TestdaF. After passing the test
successfully, students are eligible to enter a master’s program directly
in any German university.

Student Visa India: Application zones for Indian students

the formalities and documents are almost the same for all applicants
for the student visa, the submission of the application has to be made
under the respective German Embassy. Applicants having a permanent
residence in one of the flowing states must apply to their respective

  1. North India (Area of Jurisdiction under German
    Embassy in New Delhi)
    • Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir,
      Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Union
      Territories, Chandigarh, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
      Lakshadweep, Minicoy and Amini.
  2. West India (Area of jurisdiction
    under German Embassy in Mumbai)
    • Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya
      Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu.
  3. East India (Area of
    jurisdiction under German Embassy in Kolkata)
    • West Bengal, Bihar,
      Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya,
      Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura
  4. South India (Area of jurisdiction
    under German Embassies in Chennai and Bangalore)
    • Chennai: Tamil Nadu,
      Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry
    • Bangalore: Karnataka and Kerala

Student Visa India: Scheduling an appointment

applicants from India for a student visa are required to an appointment
for a personal interview at the respective German Embassy.

German Embassy New Delhi
All applicants applying for a student visa in New Delhi must schedule an appointment for the personal interview through VFS (Visa Application Centre of German Embassy),
either by calling their helpline numbers: 022 – 67866013 (for all
national callers) or 0091 - 22 – 67866013 (if calling from outside

If an applicant prefers to submit his visa application
directly to the German Embassy, the visa section needs to be contacted
either by phone (0 11 44199143 for all national callers and 0091 11
44199143 if calling from outside India) between 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Monday through Thursdays or by sending an enquire e-mail using the
following link:

For more informations about German Embassy in India, please click here.

VFS Contact Details

Delhi Office:
No. 1-26, Block E, 2nd Floor,
International Trade Tower, Nehru
Place, New Delhi – 1100 19

Punjab Office:
SCO 165-166, Sector 8 C,
Madhya Marg, Chandigarh – 160018,

Or by writing an e-mail to:
German Embassy Mumbai
All applicants applying for a student visa in Mumbai must schedule an appointment through the following link:
--> Appointment

German Embassy Bangalore
All applicants applying for a student visa in Bangalore must schedule an appointment through the following link:
--> Appointment

German Embassy Chennai
All applicants applying for a student visa in Chennai must report
to the VFS (Visa Application Centre of German Embassy) and get their
application documents checked to ensure that the application is complete
and can be processed without any delay. Once checked, VFS will schedule
an appointment for a visa interview. The interview will be held at the
German Consulate General in Chennai.

German Embassy in Chennai

All applicants applying for a student visa in Chennai must report to the VFS (Visa Application Centre of German Embassy) and get their application documents checked to ensure that the application is complete and can be processed without any delay. Once checked, VFS will schedule an appointment for a visa interview. The interview will be held at the German Consulate General in Chennai.

VFS contact details Chennai

Chennai OfficeHyderabad Office
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd, New
No: 3 Old No: 2, Sadasivam Street,
Gopalapuram, Chennai - 600086
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd, 2nd
floor, Opp Old HUDA Office, 1-8-313,
Chiran fort club lane, Begumpet,
Hyderabad - 500 016

German Embassy in Kolkata

All applicants applying for a student visa in Kolkata must schedule an appointment through the following link:
--> Appointment

Student Visa India: Further Informations

Please remember that personal appearance at the embassy is mandatory for all applicants.

  • The application form should be submitted at least twelve weeks prior to beginning the semester or classes.
  • Please note that the German embassy has the right to ask for additional documents. In case of incomplete documents the application will not be taken in and processed by the embassy. Consequently a new appointment has to be scheduled.

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