Have you obtained your place of study in Germany? !! Congratulations!! In that case we will have to start with the preparations. Here we will explain what issues it is best to leave already resolved from your country of origin.
The visa application
If you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you will not need an entry visa. All other international students must have a visa to study in Germany. You must apply for your student visa in any of the legations of Germany abroad that exist in your country of origin. You will find the address on the interactive world map “local contacts”. Apart from the admission paper from your high school, you will need to be able to prove that you have the means to guarantee your subsistence and your studies in Germany. It is currently required to demonstrate 8,640 euros per year. An alternative is to ask your friends or family in Germany to deliver a statement of commitment referred to you at the Aliens Office. In this case, you may not be required to demonstrate ownership of your own savings when applying for a visa. You will also need health insurance. Depending on your country of origin, you must submit additional documents. You should consult it in any of the legations of Germany abroad that exist in your country of origin. More information on the subject of visas can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office and on the DAAD website. Once in Germany, you must apply for your residence permit.
Hire health insurance
While you are still in your home country, you must take out health insurance to start your stay in Germany. This insurance must be recognized in Germany as it will have to be accredited for enrollment in the pre-college preparatory course or at your high school. As soon as you have your tuition in the upper school, you can switch to compulsory German health insurance. Further information on the choice of health insurance in the counseling office of the German student union
Find a home
Many students in Germany live in student residences. The rooms are cheap and they are an excellent place to make friends. For this reason, student residences are highly prized and it is not easy to obtain accommodation. In case you wish to rent a room in a residence, it is advisable that you go to the Studentenwerk apartment management department at your school prior to your arrival in Germany. There you will get information about the existing offer and the rent. The new DAAD student residency database will assist you in the search and provide you with extensive information about the application procedure. You can find the Studentenwerke address on the internationale-studierende.de website. You will also be assisted by the German Academic Exchange Service or the international office of your high school. More information on the search for housing in Germany can be found in the “Living in Germany” guide on the “Make it in Germany” portal.
Prepare the registration
Have you already been informed of the admission to attend the race? Remember that you will not be able to use the services offered by a higher school, such as the library, until you are enrolled. Usually you must go to the center to enroll. Take special note of the deadline to do the process. The admission letter contains all the necessary information, however you can also consult it on the DAAD website.
In case you want to know more exactly what awaits you in Germany or to know the experiences of other students coming from abroad, you can do it online. You will find many people with whom to communicate in the Alumni portal Deutschmark (German, English).
“Germany – new horizons” is a film produced by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on studies and life in Germany. Six students from all over the world talk about their host country, the city where they study, as well as the conditions and life as a student in Germany.