INFOYER I German Visa Requirements - Student Visa

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Student Visa Nepal: Who is eligible?

Admission requirements depend on the individual choice of the 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 must 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 lasts 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
successfully completed 12 years of education in school, students usually
take diploma or bachelor course lasting 1 or 2 years, depending on the
subject of the course. Students must have to submit an academic
transcript or certificate to the university as a proof of extra 1 or 2
years of study.

Master and PhD Program

For the master program, students must have a four-year bachelor
degree. Some universities consider a 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 Nepal: Language requirements

Bachelor’s program
The students who would like to study a bachelor program in Germany, have to complete a German language course A1 to B1 level from Nepal. 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 the chance in ‘Studienkolleg’, students have to complete the course within 1 year. For more details please contact the following address:

Goethe Centre Kathmandu
181 Panchayan Marg, Thapathali
P. O. Box 1103
phone: +977 1 4250871
fax: +977 1 4250128

For the International bachelor program, students must have IELTS/TOFEL and GRE/GMAT (some universities) scores for a perspective subject.

Master’s and PhD Program
For the international master’s program, students must have good IELTS /TOFEL and GMAT/GRE (some universities) scores for a perspective subject. If students have completed their first degree in English, they don’t need IELTS/TOFEL (some universities) scores.
If students would like to study in German language, students 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 entrance a master’s program directly in any German university.

Student Visa Nepal: Where to apply?

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 all required documents they will forward them to the respective universities. Students are able to simultaneously apply multiple universities by submitting just one set of certified copies. Application process fees will be charged. Please remember that when your qualification fulfill all the requirements of the university then send your certified documents to uni-assist.

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

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

Direct application procedure
For applications to other universities, students have to send their certified documents directly to the university.

Student Visa Nepal: Required documents for visa application

When you will submit an application for a student visa at the German Embassy the following documents have to be needed:

  • In original along with an attested translation into English or German
  • Two identical and arranged set of copies for each document (copies have to be provided in DIN-A4 size only)
  • Two
    visa application forms (Please make sure that both forms are filled out
    and signed mentioning especially the address of your future residence
    in Germany (question 15) as well as your complete address, which
    includes telephone number and e-mail address in Nepal)
  • Signed declaration on true and complete information
  • Three biometric passport size photos.
  • Valid passport or travel document (with a validity of at least 12 months).
  • Two copies of your passport data pages.
  • Citizenship certificate, original and two copies.
  • Proof of admission to the relevant university or institution or scholarship certificate, original and two copies.
  • School-leaving certificate and mark-sheets, original and two copies
  • Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate and mark-sheets, original and two copies.
  • Proof of previous studies in the relevant area (e.g. Bachelor Degree, transcripts) if applicable, original and two copies.
  • Self-written letter explaining your motivation and reasons for studying in Germany
  • If required by the university for the respective course: 
    • Proof of knowledge of the German language (“Zertifikat B1”, or English language (TOEFL, IELTS), original and two copies.
    • Only one of the following certificates can be recognized (levels are minimum requirements):
      1. "B1
        GER" of ALTE (Assoc. of Language Testers in Europe). In Nepal at the
        moment only certificates by the Goethe Centre Kathmandu.
      2. The
        “Advanced Level Certificate German” of the Campus of International
        Languages of Tribhuvan University is recognized as proof of knowledge.
  • Financial proof means to cover the costs for the time of your studies by one of the following documents: 
    • Confirmation of scholarship / stipend or
    • A
      person who living in Germany would like sponsoring a student he/she has
      to submit a formal obligation letter (“Verpflichtungserklärung”
      according to Art. 68 German Residence Act) at the aliens authorities in
      Germany, declaring that he/she will provide the expenses of the
      applicant’s stay for the whole period or
    • Blocked account ("Sperrkonto") in Germany in the name of the applicant.
    • For
      obtaining information with regard to the procedure of opening a blocked
      account in Germany please contact a bank in Germany or any
      international bank of your choice.
  • A valid health insurance
    for Germany that will be covering at least first 3 months of your stay
    in Germany, original and two copies (to be submitted only after the visa
    is approved).
    • However, as soon as you formally register and
      enroll with the German University/starting your studies a regular
      travel health insurance loses its validity. You are required to get a
      valid health insurance from a German insurance company. For any question
      in that regard you have to contact the competent department of the
      German university.

Student Visa Nepal: Adresses

German Embassy Kathmandu

Gyaneshwar Marga 690, P.O. Box 226,
Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (+977-1) 441 27 86, 441 65 27, 441 66 55, 441 68 32

Fax:(+977-1) 441 68 99

Opening Hours:

In general: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 11:30 am (local time) or by appointment
For visa matters:

Submission of visa applications:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (local time)

Visa collection:
Monday to Friday: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.(local time)
For consular matters other than visa applications, e.g. certification of documents:

Tuesday and Thursday: 08:00 am to 09:00 am (local time)
For German passports and urgent matters of German citizens:

Mon – Fri: 9:00 am to 11:30 am