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 Admission team.
If you come from a country (other than those already mentioned above) whose citizens may enter Germany for short-term stays of no more than 90 days without a visa, you will still need to be in possession of a German student visa to enroll and apply for the residence permit. Please do not enter the country as a tourist, as without a student visa, you will not be enrolled and you will not be able to apply for a student resident permit.
You can apply for your student visa at the German mission nearest to you. The addresses of German missions around the world can be found here. You need a student visa to enroll at the IUBH. In accordance with German law, the visa officer must carefully assess your motivation to study in Germany. This means that you must provide all the necessary documents as well as demonstrate your personal commitment and sincerity.
Visa processing may take several months, please make sure you apply well in advance. For more information on visa processing times and documents required, please visit the website of the German embassy in your home country.
Once you receive the student visa and you are successfully enrolled on campus, you will be issued a student resident permit by the Foreign Office in charge.
You will normally be required to submit the documents listed below. The embassy, however, can ask for additional documents or further clarifications.
Please check your local embassy or consulate for details - these are valid for your application.
To be eligible for a student visa, the prospective student must fulfil certain requirements in terms of language skills, study goals and financial resources. These must be documented and presented to the visa officer.
The language of instruction at IUBH is English. The minimum score required for a direct entry into a Bachelor or Master programme is IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 80, PTE 56, Cambridge advanced or equivalent (check HERE for the accepted language certificates). If you are attending the Pathway Programme, an IELTS score of 5.0 is generally sufficient.
A proof of German language skills is normally not required. However knowing even a bit of German will not only make your daily life in Germany easier, but will also increase your career prospects. It is also an important sign of your commitment to study in Germany and may help you in the visa process.
Proof of financial resources is an important condition to get your student visa and your study residence permit.
Under current law regulations in Germany, if you are an international student coming from a non-EU or non-EEA country, then you must prove you have the financial resources (Finanzierungsnachweis) to cover your living expenses in Germany. It is estimated that a normal foreign student in Germany spends around €720 euros per month at a minimum, or €8,640 per year. This value sets the minimum amount of money required to be deposited in the blocked account so you can prove your financial means (Finanzierungsnachweis) to get a student visa.
The blocked account is a special type of bank account in Germany created for international students, so they can prove they have the financial resources to live in Germany for one year.
We strongly recommend to open your Blocked Account through our partner Fintiba (www.fintiba.com). Fintiba is officially approved by the German Federal Foreign Office.The whole account opening process is done online – you do not have to print or sign any forms. As the account opening is processed fully online, it will normally only take 2-4 working days to open the blocked account.
You can find detailed instructions and FAQs HERE.
Students in IUBH programmes: You need to provide proof that you have the financial resources to cover both living costs and tuition fees. If your programme is longer than a year, you may also be asked how you plan to finance your studies and living expenses during the consecutive year.
To prove that you are committed, you need to show a real interest and knowledge about the country, university and programme. Moreover, your grades must demonstrate your ability to study. Before your visa interview your study advisor will invite you to an interactive coaching session – feel free to prepare questions.
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