Visa information for students
Please note: In order to ensure your timely arrival in Germany, you should schedule your appointment at the competent German Mission as early as possible. Due to restricted slots and high demand, it may well take several weeks between scheduling and the actual date of your interview at the German Mission.
Choose your university in Germany
Tip: In many Indian cities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides - free of cost - counselling on universities for students who want to study in Germany.
Please note: No VISA queries can be answered by DAAD!
Start with the enrollment process
For enrollment at the university, you will require certified copies of your academic mark sheets and certificates. You can obtain these certified copies at the German Missions. Please schedule your appointment
Open your blocked account
As part of your student visa application, you are required to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your living costs in Germany. One option to fulfil this requirement is to open a blocked account at a branch of Kotak Mahindra Bank in India. You can also open a blocked account at a bank in Germany, although only two German banks currently offer this service.
As soon as you have received the admission letter from your German university, please prepare the necessary documentation for your visa application using the following checklist:
Kindly procure photos which meet biometric photos requirements [pdf, 1,350.34k] . These photos can be obtained, among others, at the following photo studios:
"Reflections" Digital Photoshop,
Shop No. 25, NDMC Market, Malcha Marg
New Delhi 110021
Tel: 0091-11-9910272944, 0091-11-99 68 00 85 87
all branches of GK Vale photo studios
53/1 CP Ramaswamy Road
Tel. 0120-2499 7239VFS: Tel. 0120-664 1070
Atlanta Photo Shop - Atlanta Bldg., Shop No. 7, Ground Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021.
Tel.: (022) 2204 2762, 2287 2587, 4002 0130
Fax: (022) 3022 8484
Please fill out the Application form for National Visa [pdf, 621.91k] print it out, sign it and submit it along with the other documents.
To complete your documentation, please print out the following declaration and sign it:
Now you can
schedule an appointment for your visa interview at your German Mission.
Shortly before your appointment, please verify the current exchange rate for your visa fee on this website and obtain the Demand Draft.
The visa fee has to be paid at the time of the visa interview.
Demand Drafts with incorrect amounts will not be accepted. Please note that the fee is not refundable, even when the visa is rejected.