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Application, visa, enrolment – Our guide shows you how you can study in Germany in ten short steps. 

Find a Study Program. 

The first step to get a German student visa is to find a program. The country has a lot of universities and over 20,000 courses. University education in Germany is not centrally coordinated. Each of the 16 states has its own higher education laws and guidelines. German universities are largely self-regulatory, which means that not all rules apply to every university. Therefore, always enquire about the particular regulations at the university of your choice. Our expert E. Counselor will help you with this. 

Meet All Requirements

Studying in Germany for Indian students comes with a lot of benefits because German universities are globally ranked and valued for their top-class quality. Their state-of-the-art facilities, countless funding options, research-based courses, award-winning curriculums, diverse and vibrant student community, plus a unique lifestyle ensures you get the best studying experience ever. Indian students in Germany are the third largest group of international students.  

Indian students who want to study in Germany for a Bachelor degree must submit the following documents:

  • Entrance Qualification

  • Transcript of Grades

  • Proof of Language Proficiency

  • ID or Valid Passport Copies

  • Letter of Motivation (Optional)

Indian students who want to study in Germany for a Master degree must submit the following documents:

  • Recognized Bachelor Degree

  • Transcript of Grades

  • Proof of Language Proficiency (German or English)

  • Motivation Letter

  • Important References

  • Work Experiences (Optional)


Learn The German Language

Your success at university highly depends on your skills in the German language, even if your program is in the English language. Having a solid-rock knowledge in the German language guarantees you will comprehend study materials, understand what is taught in lectures while being able to express your thoughts properly.

Find Financial Resources

The next step is making sure you have the required financial means to live and study in Germany. Under the current law, every foreign non-EU or non-EEA student must have proper financial means to finance their stay in Germany during their studies.

An international student in Germany must possess a minimum of €10,236 which is estimated to be enough for a student to cover the cost of living for the first year of his studies. This amount of money needs to be deposited into a German blocked bank account.


University Application Process for Indian Students

After you have completed the application documents it is time for you to submit your university application. Normally you can carry out the application online, by post or in person. Note that although the online application is the most frequent, there are universities in Germany, which only admit application by post or in person. Most German universities are part of the UniAssist platform which allows you to apply online for the chosen course. On the other hand, there are still universities which run their personal online application platforms. Either way, you will have to submit the application paperwork in PDF or JPG format. 

Getting The University Admission Letter

After you have successfully submitted your application you must wait for the university’s admission board to check your application. You must be aware that German universities collect a large number of international applications, therefore, the processing of your application takes time.

In normal conditions, the university will send you an email to confirm you’re given or not a place at their institution within several weeks.

German Student Visa For Indian Students

Now you have got admission to the university and it is time to apply for a student visa. As a foreign student, you will have to stay in Germany for more than six months, therefore you need to apply for a Long-term visa which is known as D visa. Once you receive the admission letter, you print it out and go to the German embassy. Officers working there will list the documents and the procedures you must go through to apply for a student visa to study in Germany.

The most important documents for a student visa to study in Germany for Indian students are the followings:

  • University Admission Letter.

  • Proof of Financial Resources “Finanzierungsnachweis”.

  • Proof of Health Insurance Coverage.

  • University Entrance Qualification.

  • Proof of Language Proficiency

Also need to provide A copy of your Passport – Format A4

and a cover letter – explaining the purpose of your visit to Germany. 

One of the most important documents is your German Blocked Account confirmation letter that proves you have enough finances to study and live in Germany as an international student for one year. 

Appointment day

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 processing time of your application may vary between 15 to 60 calendar days depending on the embassy’s workload and the need for a scrutinized checking. Commonly it takes about 10 working days after the submission or after the interview. 

Find Accommodation in Germany

The final step to be allowed to study in Germany as a foreign student is that you must find accommodation in Germany.

We recommend you solve this issue due to your arrival in Germany because though there are a lot of apartments to rent choosing the most suitable can cost time and additional money. We will help you get good accommodation. 

Enroll At Your University

The final step to officially be given a place at the university of your choice is to enroll in the course at which you have been admitted. In this sense, the enrollment process takes you from a successful applicant to a registered student in Germany.

The public higher education in Germany is offered for free, but you will still have to pay a registration fee which ranges somewhat between €150 and €250. Additionally, you will have to pay for your Semester ticket to use public transportation free of charge for 6 months.

Important notes

  • 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.

  • Don’t underestimate details. A single missing signature can lead to procession delays and sometimes to complete rejection.

  • Leave early on the day of the appointment so you don’t end up late for your meeting at the embassy because of traffic.

  • Read the embassy’s security guidelines so, on the day of the appointment, you act as expected from you

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Why study in


Germany’s landscapes, cities and culture are diverse and fascinating. Germany is the fourth most popular destination among international students in the world. More than thirteen percent of students at German universities in 2018 came from out of Germany. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide.

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