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Germany officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south by Austria and Switzerland; and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Germany officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south by Austria and Switzerland; and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Area and Population
The territory of Germany covers 357,021 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With over 82 million inhabitants, it has the largest population of any member state of the European Union and is home to the third-largest number of international migrants worldwide.

Germany is one of the most highly developed industrial nations in the world and, after the USA and Japan has the world’s third largest national economy. With a population of 82.3 million Germany is also the largest and most important market in the European Union(EU).

Education System
Germany is a land of ideas. Education, science and research play a central role here. In a Europe free of borders and a world of globalized markets, education lays the basis enabling us to exploit the opportunities open borders and worldwide knowledge networks offer. Germany is one of the countries most preferred by foreign students, a hub of cutting-edge international research and a constant source of new patents.

Documents Required:

1. Two Visa Application Forms (please make sure that both forms are duly filled out and signed indicating especially the address of your future residence in Germany – (question 15) as well as your complete address including telephone No. and E-Mail-address in India).
2. Signed Declaration on True and Complete Information.
3. Three passport pictures according to biometric specifications .
4. Visa fee to be paid through Demand Draft made out to the “Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany” in New Delhi .
5. Valid passport with a validity of at least 12 months along with two copies of all printed pages.
6. Cover letter from applicant, explaining the exact purpose and duration of your stay in Germany.
7. Letter of admission from the German University.
8. Proof that study fees have been paid, if applicable. In case the fees are not paid or due yet, proof has to be provided that the necessary amount will be at the applicant’s disposal in due course of time.
9. School Leaving Certificate of Secondary School.
10. University Certificates (Degree Certificates and Mark Sheets).
11. Proof of Language Proficiency (TOEFL / IELTS, original and A 4 sized copy). Exemptions do apply in case of a written confirmation from the University that this requirement may be waived, for applicants for PhD / Doctorate studies and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Holders.
12. Proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of your studies by any of the following means:
1. Confirmation of scholarship/ Stipend.
2. Formal sponsorship letter from a sponsor living in Germany (“Verpflichtungserklärung” according to Article 68 German Residence Act).
3. Blocked account (“Sperrkonto”) in Germany in the name of the applicant showing a minimum balance of Euro 7905, & the remark that the account holder can dispose of a monthly amount of Euro 659.
4. ) For information with regard to the procedure of opening a blocked account in Germany please contact a bank in Germany or an international bank of your choice.
5. ) Confirmation of an annually renewable bank guarantee from a bank in Germany in the amount of Euro 7905
6. It is highly recommended that that the money transfer is made by international bank transfer. Do not send bank demand drafts, money orders or cheque to open the block account.
13. From the moment of entering the Federal Republic of Germany you are upon request required to provide proof of a valid Health Insurance. This may be done through a regular Travel Health Insurance bought in India.

The German Embassy reserves the right to ask for additional documents!
Important Facts to remember during file submitting:

* All the documents mentioned above should be in A4 size only & should be translated in English Language.
* All applicants have to personally sign Declaration 55 and Travel Health Insurance Notice.
* Please advise students to collect the interview packet from VFS Germany counter before appearing for interview at the German Embassy, New Delhi.
* Please remember to take the courier charges of Rs.1500 from the student if they would like us to courier the blocked account details to Germany.
* The German embassy reserves the right to ask for additional documents.

Do students need to apply for a visa if students want to study in Germany?

EU citizens and citizens from some other countries (Honduras, Island, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the United States) do not need a visa to enter Germany. Everybody else must apply for a visa for study purposes via the German diplomatic representation in their home country. Students must not under any circumstances travel to Germany on a tourist visa. If students have intention to study in Germany but have Tourist Visa then Tourist visa cannot be transformed into Student or Applicant visa.

What conditions must students meet in order to get a student visa for study purposes?

1. Students must possess a passport valid for the entire period of their proposed stay in Germany
2. Students must present their notification of admission to a German higher education institution or preparatory course (Studienkolleg).
3. Students must prove that he/she have sufficient financial means at their disposal. Further information is available from the German diplomatic representation in student’s home country.

Can Students get a visa if they have not yet been admitted to a German higher education institution?

Yes, they can apply for a study applicant visa which is valid for 3 months and which can be converted into a full-fledged study visa for academic and research purposes after they have been admitted to a higher education institution.

Do Students need a visa if they wish to attend a language course in Germany?

Yes, students would need the language course visa. However it is only valid for the duration of the language course and cannot be converted into a visa for study purposes.