Germany Study Visa
German universities attract a large number of Indian students. According to the latest enrollment data, India is the third most popular country of origin for international students in Germany. As of 2017/18 Winter Semester, 17,570 Indian students were attending university in Germany, 48% more than three years ago.
Visa Type D / Residence Permit
If you’re a student from India, you’ll need the Visa Type D / Residence Permit to study in Germany. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Germany. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Visa Type D / Residence Permit to decide if studying abroad in Germany is right for you.
You will have to apply for your visa in person. Visa fees amount to €60 (to be paid in INR). In addition, you should provide two sets of application documents photocopies containing the following documents:
- 1. Valid passport
- 2. Copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy)
- 3. Application form
- 4. A declaration stating the information provided is true and complete information
- 5. Cover Letter explaining the reason for your visa application. You may be required to submit a German translation of this document.
- 6. Letter of Admission from a German University
- 7. University Certificates and transcripts – Degree certificates and mark sheets
- 8. Proof of Language Proficiency (German language test scores). Applicants for Ph.D. studies and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship holders are exempt from this rule.
- 9. Proof of funds
- 10. 3 passport pictures according to bio-metric specifications, not older than 6 months
- 11. Demand Draft
Make sure you have secured proper financial means for studying in Germany. One of the easiest and the best way to convince the authorities that you have enough money to cover your study and living cost is by opening a so-called Blocked bank account.
We suggest to open a blocked bank account with Fintiba. Fintiba is a German company and is officially approved by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Along with other documents, the German embassy/consulate in your home country will also require you to get a health insurance policy before granting you a student visa.
Most international students in Germany prefer to get health insured with DR-WALTER. DR-WALTER a leading German company in the health insurance industry.
German Student Visa Fees
Indian students applying for a German student visa are charged certain fees.
The table below shows current fee costs for German D-Visa in India:
|Type of Visa
||Visa Fee (Rupee)
||Visa Fee (Euro)
|National Visa (under 18 years old)
|National Visa (over 18 years old)
German embassies have a heavily loaded work agenda and you might have to wait several months before getting a second appointment. Don’t expect them to deviate from their daily workflow just to focus their whole commitment to you.
That in mind, it is very important you make sure everything is in its place on the appointment day. Check your paperwork carefully, multiple times if needed, to see if you have forgotten anything by accident. On the day of the appointment, leave early so you’ll be on time. We suggest you appear at the German embassy at least 30 minutes before the scheduled meeting.
The meeting lasts for about 10 minutes until the officer there goes through your application and asks you a few questions regarding the intention of your visit to Germany.
An important note: VfS Global is in charge of collecting German visa applications in India. That said, their service is administrative in nature and the embassy is in charge of deciding whether you’ll take or not your student visa.
- 1. Check your application file multiples times, so you don’t miss a single document and there’s no need for seeking a second appointment, which in turn can cost you a lot of time.
- 2. Don’t underestimate details. A single missing signature can lead to procession delays and sometimes to complete rejection.
- 3. Leave early on the day of appointment so you don’t end up late for your meeting at the embassy because of traffic.
- 4. Read the embassy’s security guidelines so, on the day of the appointment, you act as expected from you.
Important Things To Know as a German Visa applicant and/or Holder
- 1. Additional documents can be required by the visa officer upon the visa interview
- 2. Appear in person in the visa interview
- 3. Be cautious about your passport validity- it needs to be valid for your entire period of stay, including the expected extended period
- 4. Bear in mind that the incomplete visa application can be refused
- 5. Do not stick your photographs in the visa application form
- 6. Don’t take anyone with you to the Embassy or Consulate during a visa interview
- 7. Every applicant is authorised to take legal actions against the embassy or consulate decision on her/his visa application
- 8. Getting your Visa For Study Purposes is important, instead of a Tourist Visa -because it gives you the opportunity to get a residence permit once in Germany REMEMBER that a Tourist Visa cannot be extended further while in Germany, in case you need to stay longer!
- 9. If the applicant is considered to represent a risk for the security and public order of the Schengen Area the visa will be rejected
- 10. In case of visa rejection the applicant gets informed about the main reason of rejection
- 11. Make sure for your trip to Germany to be scheduled early enough so you will have the needed time in disposition to enrol in university
- 12. Original documents can be required upon the arrival at the airport
- 13. Germany study visa is not automatically given – so you have to wait for up to 4 MONTHS to get a response from the Embassy or Consulate and there is no guarantee you will be granted with a visa
- 14. The application form can be downloaded freely on the website of the Embassy or Consulate in your country
- 15. The passport remains at the Embassy / Consulate during the entire process of visa proceeding
- 16. Visa appointments should be made only through the online system (not by phone, e-mail, fax or in person)
- 17. Visa Fee will not be reimbursed in case of visa refusal