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India rose from the 4th to the 2nd in ranking under the ‘international students list’ in Germany in 2021. The significant rate of growth of Indians going to Germany is because of how well-settled they feel in the country. So, let’s discuss more about the Germany Study Visa and how the application is processed.

What is a German Student Visa?

To study in Germany, you mandatorily need a German Student Visa. The minimum duration of this visa is about three months and it can last up to 4 years depending on the duration of your course. This visa can be extended under certain conditions. The German Student  visa can be later used to seek Permanent Residence.

Upcoming Intakes for Universities in Germany 

The general timelines for application submission are as follows:

>> Intake 1:Summer Semester – Submit your application before January 15th

>> Intake 2: Winter Semester –  Submit your application before July 15th

Top 10 Universities in Germany for International Students in 2021

Here’s the top 10 Universities for International Students as per QS rankings in Germany:

QS World University RankingsUniversity Name
61Technical University of Munichn
62Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
64Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
116KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
121Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
130Freie Universitaet Berlin
144RWTH Aachen University
147Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
168Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
186Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg

What Documents are Required for a German Student Visa?

For the visa process to be started, your documents need to be in place. Though the document requirement is too long, with the accurate information, you’ll be good to go.

Find the list of documents which are required for your Germany Student Visa Process:

Documents for Visa ApplicationDocuments to Approve University Admission
National visa application which is duly filled and signedAcademic Certificates( 10th, 12th and Degrees)
Your valid passportConditional Admission Certificate: “Bedingter Zulassungsbescheid”(in German)
Photocopies of your passport.Confirmed Intensive Course: “Intensiv-Sprachkurs”(in German)
Birth certificateProof of Language Course (3 months fee proof)
Marriage certificate (If applicable)Admission Certificates: “Zulassungsbescheid”(in German)
Birth Certificate(For dependent children)Health Insurance
Photographs (Recent)English Proficiency Test/German Proficiency Test
Financial Proofs for a German Student Visa - "Finanzierungsnachweis" (in German)
Deposit €10,236 in a German Blocked Bank Account
Fund Proof for Parents ( Income, Financial Assets)
Recommendation Letter from German Resident "Verpflichtungserklärung"(in German)
Scholarship Certificates
Bank Guarantee (by Recognized German Bank)

How to Apply for a Germany Student Visa?

Getting a Germany Student Visa isn’t very difficult. Here are the steps you need to follow: 

Step 1: Visit the nearest German Embassy or Consulate:
Search for a consulate or embassy which is near to you. Get the information about the required documents so that you can arrange a visa appointment.
Step 2: Understand the procedures and requirements:
After finding a German Embassy, you need to search for the country wise requirements you may need to submit for the procedures and set up the visa appointment.

Step 3: Set up your Visa Appointment:
Once you become ready with the information, you need to set up your visa appointment as per the steps mentioned on the official website of the German Embassy.

Step 4: Make every Visa Application Document Ready:
After your visa appointment date is confirmed, you need to check the documents list and ensure that you get ready with all of them. Failure to submit the required documents can create hurdles for your application.

Step 5:Get prepared for your Visa Interview.