Non-EU nationals generally require a visa to study in Germany. To apply for a visa, you need your Letter of Acceptance which we send you once we have received and accepted your application. You must apply for a visa at the nearest consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in your home country as soon as possible. Please find further information
Certain nationals are allowed to enter Germany without a visa but need to apply for a residence permit at the nearest authority for foreigners upon arrival (e.g. nationals of the United Kingdom, the USA, Japan, the Republic of Korea etc.). However, since the authority for foreigners in Düsseldorf is extremely overloaded and it takes about 6 months to get a residence permit, we strongly recommend these nationals to apply for a visa in their home country in any case.
If you have a residence permit for study purposes in another EU country, you do not have to apply for a visa at the embassy. Instead, you must submit the requested documents to us and we will transmit them to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Please get in contact with us to start the process. For further information, please check the following
If you are a non EU-national and your visa expires before you return to your home country, you must apply for a residence permit at the local authority for foreigners immedialty after your arrival in Germany. Please find further information
If your visa is valid until the end of your stay you do not need to apply for a residence permit.