ASL can help all its foreign students in obtaining a
visa. But many questions can be answered beforehand if
the following advice is carefully observed:
If you belong
to a country outside the European Union and are applying to study in
Germany, you need a visa. However, if you are from Australia, Japan,
Canada, Isreal, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, Honduras, Monaco and San
Marino, you are exempted from this rule. Be careful: all visas are not the
same. A "tourist visa" cannot be converted into a "student
visa" and as a tourist, you are not eligible to study in Germany. So
it’s essential to pay attention to the word preceding "visa".
Three types of visa exist for international students:
- a language course visa, which cannot be subsequently converted into a
student visa. It is valid only for the
of the course.
- a three-month study applicant’s visa, which is valid if you have not
yet obtained university admission. After
it must be converted as quickly as possible into a resident permit for
student purposes at the
for foreigners’ affairs.
- the visa for study purposes, valid for one year. In order to obtain this
visa, you must provide proof of
and financial support for the duration of study.
- For au-pairs: After a year in Germany a visa for au-pairs can be
converted into a visa for language courses
for university entrance.
In order to
apply for a student visa, the following documents are generally required:
- a valid
- passport photos
- entitlement to university admission, as recognized in Germany (usually a
high school diploma or graduation
- evidence of previous academic performance
- proof of booking a German language course
- proof that complete financial support for one year is guaranteed
The notification of admission from the university is also required for the
application for a visa for study purposes. Generally, a confirmation from
the university, certifying that the application documents are available to
them , suffices.
The visa application is submitted at the German Embassy or the German
Consulate in your country of residence – preferably as early as possible.
German Embassy or Consulate personnel can provide further information.
there are any other questions contact ASL. After booking and paying a
language course at ASL you will immediately get a confirmation that
enables you to apply for a visa with your complete documents. Most
probably you will get your visa now. If - for any reasons - this will not
be the case ASL will at once pay back the course fees except for a small
fee for processing. Suspension of your course start is possible and free,