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Germany Student Visa checklist


-Two duly completed national visa application forms

-Valid national passport

-Two recently taken biometric portrait photographs. (Strict requirements, read our photo requirements page)

-Proof of admission at a German education institution. (Send any of the following).

  • University admission letter “Zulassungsbescheinigung

  • Letter of admission in a foundation course. Issued by a Studienkolleg

  • Letter of admission in the propaedeutic course

  • Letter of admission in a preparatory German language course

-Proof of German language proficiency. (For German-only and mixed-language study programs)

  • German Language University Entrance Examination for International Applicants (DSH)

  • Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF)

  • Goethe Institute German Language Diploma (GDS)

  • German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, Level II (DSD)

-Proof of English language proficiency. (For English and mixed-language study programs)

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Accepted results are PbT (paper-based test) 550 Points, CbT (computer-based test) 213 Points and IbT (internet-based test) 79-80 Points

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Accepted scores by German universities are 5 – 6.5

-Authenticated certificates of earlier education

  • German university entrance qualification “Abitur”. If you’ve studied in a German education provider abroad. (If not, send the following documents)

  • Recognized foreign academic qualifications. It must show you have a qualification equally recognized as the German Abitur

  • Academic records or transcript

-Curriculum vitae. It has to be accompanied with evidence of previous and current internship and work experiences if any

-Means of subsistence “Finanzierungsnachweis”. The evidence you provide must show you have enough money to cover living, accommodation and study costs. (Send any of the following)

  • Blocked bank account. One of the easiest and fastest ways to open a German Blocked Account is through Fintiba/Sutor Bank. The blocked account provided by Fintiba is accepted by German embassies/consulates all around the world. Learn how to open a Fintiba blocked account.

  • Letter of commitment by a resident “Verpflichtungserklärung“. A person living in Germany, showing they’ll be covering your accommodation and/or other living costs while you’ll be here

  • Letter of a declaration by a parent. It has to show their commitment to support you financially during your stay here. It must be supplemented by their bank statements of the last 6 months

  • Scholarship awarding certificate. It must show you as a receiver and the amount of financial coverage granted to you by this scholarship


-Student health insurance. It must have at least 30,000 EUR coverage, and it must be valid for at least 3 months. The tariff EDUCARE24 by DR-WALTER meets all the requirements and is accepted by all German consulates worldwide.

-Motivational letter. You’ll have to express the reason for choosing the specific university, study program. Mention also your study and plans and how these studies will be improving your career and life

-Marriage certificate. (Send this if you’re married). Support that with a birth certificate of any child (If related)

-Proof of having paid the German student visa application fee


Official Source: DAAD

For latest rules, regulations, updates, always confirm with nearest DAAD office before applying for a German student visa