INFOYER I German Visa Requirements - Student Visa

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Student Visa Sri Lanka: 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 Sri Lanka: Language requirements

Bachelor’s program
The students who would like to study a bachelor program in Germany, have to complete a German language course (minimum 18 hours a week) 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-Institut (Sri Lanka)
39, Gregory's Road
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
phone: +94 11 2694562
fax +94 11 2693351

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

Master’s and PhD Program
For the international master’s program, students must have good IELTS /TOEFL and GMAT/GRE (some universities) scores for a perspective subject. 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, 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 Sri Lanka: Where to apply?

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 the selected university
c/o uni-assist e.V.
Helmholtzstr. 2-9
10587 Berlin

Student Visa Sri Lanka: Required documents for visa application

The following documents have to be submitted (original or certified copies):

  • Application form
    • Application form in duplicate (available free of charge at the Embassy or at
    • Application form can be filled in German or English
  • Photos
    • 3 passport size photos up to date (light background, frontal)
  • Obligation
    • Instruction on the obligation to tell the truth (available at Embassy or should be signed
  • Proof of admission
    • Admission letter to a German university or university of applied sciences or
    • Admission letter to a “Studienkolleg” or
    • Certificate of a “Studienkolleg” or a German university/university of applied sciences that the applicant must appear in person for a test or
    • Receipt of application for admission to a German university or university of applied sciences or
    • Proof of a German language course registration (daily classes, 18 hours per week) and credential evaluation by the DAAD Liaison Office in the German Embassy (for appointment please email to (
  • Language Proficiency
    • proof of a language proficiency (English or German depending on the language used in the study program)
  • Financial proof 
    • Confirmation of scholarship / stipend or
    • A person who is 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
  • Academic certificates
    • All the academic certificates
  • CV
    • CV (table), starting with A-level
  • Health Insurance
    • Proof of health insurance (can be handed in when collecting visa)

Student Visa Sri Lanka: Important Notes

  1. Applications can be submitted Monday to Thursday from 8.00 am to 10.00 am. The applicants must come to the embassy in person.
  2. It is required that all documents must be submitted as originals with two sets of copies. Only complete applications can be accepted.
  3. Please note that in addition to the above-mentioned documents the visa officer may request you to furnish further documents at his discretion depending on each individual case.
  4. The visa application should be submitted at least twelve weeks prior to beginning the semester or classes.
  5. The German embassy has the right to ask for any additional documents.

Student Visa Sri Lanka: Adresses

German Embassy Colombo:
40, Alfred House Avenue
Colombo 3
Sri Lanka

Consular- & Visa Section:
43, Temple Lane
Colombo 3
Sri Lanka

Postal Address:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
P.O. Box 658
Colombo 3
Sri Lanka

Tel: (00 94) (11) 258 04 31

Fax: (00 94) (11) 258 04 40

Office Hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 07:30 am to 04:00 pm
Thursday: 07:30 am to 04:30 pm
Friday: 07:30 am to 01:00 pm