In general, international applicants wishing to study in Germany will need a visa. A visa has to be obtained before entering Germany. There are many different types of visas and we advise you to contact the relevant German diplomatic service in your home country (Embassy or General Consulate) that will be able to help you in applying for a visa.
All the visa procedures are under the responsibility of the student. We advise international students to start contacting the local German diplomatic service as soon as possible to get information and avoid delays.
A visa is usually valid for three months. After arriving in Germany, you will have three months to apply for the Residence Permit (Aufenthaltstitel), which will be valid until the end of your studies.
Citizens of European Union member states can enter Germany without a visa and do not need a Residence Permit. A valid passport or identity card is sufficient.
A visa has to be obtained before entering Germany. In general, the documents needed for the German visa are:
Visa procedures are different in each country. Please contact your German Consulate or Embassy to know if you need a visa and what documents are necessary.
We also advise students to get information and start the visa process as soon as possible, to avoid problems or delays.
After arriving in Germany, you will have three months to apply for your Residence Permit (Aufenthaltstitel). The Residence Permit will be your identity document when living in Germany. It will be valid for the whole Master Programme and can also be used for travelling. The Residence Permit allows you to travel within the European Union and to come back to Germany, if you leave, for example, to visit your home country in the middle of your study period.
To apply for your Residence Permit, you need to go to the International Department in Heilbronn City Hall.
In general, the documents needed for the German Residence Permit are: