Going to Germany for study ?


Dear students,

You want to study in Germany but cannot find a visa online appointment to submit your application? Please keep in mind that you may book your appointment as early as possible, e.g. already during the admission process. Booking an appointment only after you received all the necessary documents, e.g. the formal admission letter might be too late, as the appointments are normally taken weeks ahead.

Your complaint – our plea to all students and applicants to show more fairness! Please cancel your visa appointment as soon as you know that you are not going to use it! You will enable other applicants to use that slot.

Do not book a wrong appointment with a phantasy name or wrong passport number.

Best Regards, Visa Section


The processing time for a study visa is currently between 5 and 10 weeks. Please apply for the next semester only if there is a minimum time frame of 5 weeks between your appointment date and the enrolment date/starting date of the semester. Otherwise a punctual start of your studies will not be possible. The Embassy reserves the right to send away applicants who want to hand in a study visa application less than 5 weeks before the start of the upcoming semester.


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Please note that there are three (3) different types of visas for study purposes in Germany. Besides all the other documents listed below, each of these categories requires a different document:

(1) Student visa (Studentenvisum)

Please submit the letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from a University or an Institute for Higher Education in Germany.

(2) Student applicant visa (Studienbewerbervisum)

Please submit the proof of entitlement to get admission/conditional acceptance (Bewerberbestätigung; bedingte Zulassung) at a university in Germany.

Please submit all certificates with mark-sheets, admit cards, registration card and Bachelor Diploma or at least proof of one (1) study year in the respective field).

(3) Participation in a language course

Please submit the registration for an intensive language course with a minimum of 20 hours per week (e.g certificate of registration, receipt for course fees).

N.B. If you intend to study in Germany after your language course ends, please state this fact in your application, so that you can be issued with a student applicant visa or a student visa, provided you fulfil the conditions for issue. These visas entitle the holder to attend language courses and to study in Germany afterwards (see above!). If you only apply for the language course visa, you will have to leave Germany at the end of the course. It is not possible to convert this visa to any other form of residence permit in Germany.

Required documents: Additional instructions:
Please note that all copies of your documents have to be
– In DIN A4 size
– Complete and readable
– Not stapled
For applications at the Embassy Islamabad please provide three copies of all documents.
For applications at the Consulate Karachi please submit two copies of all documents.
– application forms

For applications at the Embassy please provide two application forms in the following order:

For applications at the Consulate please submit two application forms

– signed by the applicant
– completely filled out by typewriter/computer

– passport photos

For applications at the Embassy please provide four photos.

For applications at the Consulate please submit three photos

– not older than three months and white background
– no computer print-outs accepted

– valid passport

– (all) previous passport(s), if applicable

– Passport needs to be valid for three months after the expiry of the applied visa
– completed list of your children
– security questionnaire
– applicant’s declaration
Please note that there are three (3) different types of visas for study purposes in Germany (more details below):

– for student visa:
letter of admission/acceptance

– for student applicant visa:
proof of entitlement to get admission

– for language course visa:
registration for an intensive language course

– issued by a university in Germany
– please submit the original and two copies

– issued by a language school in Germany
– please submit the original and two copies

– your curriculum vitae – please submit the original and two copies
– documentation of your school, college and academic degree and employment history – if any – B.A., BSC, B.COM, BBA, BCS etc.
– please submit the original and two copies of the academic degree and transcript, all attested by HEC (Higher Education Commission) if done in Pakistan
– employment letter from all former and current employers
– proof of sufficient financial means by way of one of the options (see right side of the page) – see “options to finance your studies”

– please submit the original and two copies

– income proof and bank statements of last 6 months of your sponsor

(if applicable)

– valid health insurance – the original has to be signed
– please submit the original and one copy

You can also take out a health insurance in Germany. However, for the time period until you are settled in Germany, you have to submit a preliminary health insurance with your application.

WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT: 6 months valid health insurance for a student visa:

Please note that Category „D“ national visas for students are normally issued with a validity of 3 months from the date of travel onwards to enable the passport holder to enter Germany and report at the relevant authorities (Ausländerbehörde) . For the convenience of the passport holder it is now possible to issue such a visa with the validity of 6 months, if a matching travel health insurance is provided.

Please provide the Visa Section with a travel health insurance valid for at least 6 months from your intended date of travel onwards so that a visa with a validity of 6 months may be issued, if possible.


– proof of your language skills Please provide a proof (original and two copies) of your language abilities according to the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE):

If your field of studies is going to be lectured in German, tests such as

“Zertifikat Deutsch” at least A1 level certificate or better [by Goethe-Institut (GI) or NUML]

need to be presented.

However, such proofs are not necessary
– if the university you are admitted to confirms in its letter of acceptance that your language skill has been proved sufficient or

– if you can substantiate your enrolment at an intensive (=at least 20 hours a week) German language course in Germany.

If your field of studies is going to be lectured in English, tests such as TOEFL (minimum score of 550 points for the paper based test or 213 points for the computerbased test) or IELTS (Band 6.0) are required.

Please note that it lies within the discretion of the visa sections to ask for further evidence of language skills depending on the individual case.

– information about any previous visa refusals If you have been refused a visa by an Embassy or High Commission, written explanation about reason for application and refusal letter are required.
For applicants at the Embassy only: Please provide a copy of the appointment confirmation e-mail – including the provided booking code (e.g. “isla_588207”)