Visa and Immigration Advice
Your Access to Germany
Who needs a visa? It’s a big world, and requirements to enter Germany can vary depending on your home country. Generally, non-EU students need to apply for a visa.
Students from these areas do not need a visa or residence permit for Germany.
They receive a "Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung" (freedom of movement certificate) upon registering with the local authorities.
Students from these areas do not need a visa to enter Germany.
You will be required to apply for a residence permit upon enrolment.
All other students require a German student visa (issued by a German Embassy or Consulate) before entering Germany.
If you are not sure about the process, please contact our international recruiting team.
Even if you come from a country (other than those already mentioned) whose citizens can enter Germany with a simple travel visa, you must have a German student visa to apply for the residence permit. If you don't have it, you will have to return to your home country.
This rule applies both to holders of a residence permit from another EU country and to persons who entered Germany with a visitor's visa. There are no exceptions to this rule.