Visa Information

To get a visa can be a long and tedious process. German authorities want to be sure that you are able to manage yourself financially during your studies, and that you are willing to return home after your studies are completed. In case you continue your education in order to do a PhD or a Post-Doc project, an extension of your visa should not be a problem.

In any case, be sure to start the visa application process with sufficient time in advance. Three months for obtaining a visa are not unusual, especially for applicants from Africa, India and Pakistan. Therefore, start the process as early as possible, and take care of the validity of your documents.

Modalities of visa application and protocols are subject to changes, and guidelines are frequently modified. Please contact the German Embassy nearest to your residence. A list of addresses and internet sites is available via the "Auswärtiges Amt" (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs).


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