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Study visas for non-Turkish citizens

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What documents do I need?

NOTE: Please do not staple or fold any documents. The submission of complete documents does not constitute a claim to the issue of a visa, but enables the visa office to check the legal requirements. In individual cases, further documents not mentioned here may also be required. You will be informed about this after the application has been submitted and will be given a reasonable period of time to submit them.

In general:

Please fill in the online application form for each applicant and print it out from here: https://videx-national.diplo.de/ From the age of 18 you sign the form yourself; in the case of children the parent or legal guardian sign it.

You pay the visa fee at the visa section in cash. Change cannot be given. The fee is usually 75,00 Euro; for children from 0 to 17 years: usually 40,00 Euro.

Please submit a passport for each applicant. The passport(s) must be valid and there have to be at least two empty pages. Please also submit a copy of the passport data page(s) (page with photo and validity dates) for each family member.

One passport photo for each applicant. The photo must be biometric and not older than 6 months. They must be 35 x 45 millimetres. You can find more information on biometric photos here.

If available: Turkish residence permit or visa. Please submit the original document and one copy. If you have a residence permit, please copy front and back side.

Additional documents:

One copy of the letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from the university in Germany at which the study is intended.

You must currently be able to prove that you have 934 Euros per month at your disposal for the first year of your studies. The following options are all equally available:

  • Scholarship from German or European funds (for example DAAD): Scholarship confirmation stating period and scholarship amount. Please submit the original document and one copy. If the scholarship does not fully cover the necessary monthly amount, please refer to the information below about how to prove funding for the gap.
  • Payment of a security deposit into a blocked account in Germany. Please submit one copy of the blocked bank account confirmation.
  • Formal obligation („Verpflichtungserklärung“) in accordance with §§ 66-68 of the Residence Act which has been submitted to a German aliens' authority. The declaration of commitment must contain the note „solvency proven“ (Bonität nachgewiesen) and the indication of the purpose of stay (language classes or studies). Please submit the original document and one copy.

If the admission letter from the university does not state that sufficient language proficiency has been proven to the university and if you are not taking part in the ERASMUS programme. Please submit the original document and one copy.

Only German language certificates issued by Goethe Institut, see: www.goethe.de, ÖSD, see: www.osd.at, TestDaF-Institut e.V., see: www.testdaf.de or telc are accepted.

ONLY if first time student: School graduation certificate and proof of university entrance qualifications for Germany (unless the university has clearly stated this in the admission letter). Please submit the original document and one copy of your school graduation certificate. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. In addition, please provide proof of the general university entrance qualification for Germany by presenting one copy of the corresponding confirmation by Uni-Assist, or alternatively presenting all relevant documents required on the ANABIN website (depends on your graduation country).

If not first time student: If you are studying at the moment or have studied before: current student certificate, proof of academic achievements, if applicable: diplomas. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. Pleae submit the original document and one copy.

If applicable: Proof of occupation after school / university graduation. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. Please submit the original document and one copy.

If you are going to study in Germany in the framework of the ERASMUS programme: Enrolment certificate by the sending university in Turkey and a confirmation by the Turkish university about your participation in the ERASMUS programme indicating if and if yes how much and how long you will receive funding from ERASMUS funds. Please submit the original document and one copy.

If you do not receive a scholarship: one copy of a self-written letter of motivation and one copy of your curriculum vitae (complete and listed in tabular form).

One copy of the insurance confirmation. The insurance has to be valid until a student health insurance in Germany has been procured.

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