Charles Nuamah is a student from Ghana currently studying abroad in Germany.
Why the Visa Interview Is Important
Having your student visa application rejected can be a devastating experience. Students invest a lot of time and energy before they finally appear for their visa interviews. You start by finding the right schools and also the right study programmes. Then you send numerous applications to various schools because admission is very competitive in Germany due to the lack of tuition fees, so you don't want to risk putting all your eggs in one basket.
If the schools you intend to apply to have dealings with UNI-ASSIST, that means you will have to pay an application fee for every school you apply, to which can be quite costly. Then comes the long wait for admission: in some cases several months.
If you are lucky to get admission, you may be required to open a blocked account in Germany and transfer 10,236 euros into it. You then have to gather all the documents for your visa interview, pay your visa fee and book an early slot for your visa interview which is really tough because there are few slots available at any given time. Having gone through all these processes and challenges, it can be quite a hard pill to swallow if your visa application ends up being rejected.
This is why you should leave no stone unturned when you are preparing for your interview.
Reasons Why Your Visa Application May Be Rejected
Based on research and personal experiences from students, I outline here some of the major reasons why the German embassy refuses to hand out visas to students. I must emphasize that I can't be definitive about the reason for the rejection of student visas since the final decision lies with the Immigration Office where you will be studying.
Unlike at most embassies, the final decision by a German embassy to issue or deny a visa is not solely dependent on the visa officer. It is mainly dependent on the Immigration Office where you will be studying. All the visa officer does is to give a positive or negative recommendation based on your performance at the interview. Therefore, you might do exceptionally well at the visa interview and still have your visa refused. You might also do poorly at the interview and be surprised to learn that you have been issued a visa.
1. Poor Financial Status
This is the number one reason most students have their visas refused. Even though most institutions in Germany do not charge tuition fees, you still need to be financially sound to survive in Germany. The German Embassy wants students to concentrate on their studies and does not want them to get distracted as a result of financial difficulties. Lack of sufficient funds can force students to neglect their studies and take up jobs, or even force them into crime.
The German Embassy, therefore, places a huge emphasis on the financial capability of students. Students require around 853 euros per month to cover the cost of living in Germany. It may be higher or lower depending on the city. Students are expected to show a minimum of 10,236 euros every year in order to renew their visas. As such, if the German Embassy has any reason to believe that you might have trouble financing your studies, it may reject your visa.
The German Embassy is becoming stricter and stricter every year and is requesting stronger financial proof to ensure students are not stranded in Germany. As of January 1, 2020, the presumed annual requirement that must be paid into the blocked account when applying for a visa increased to 10,236 euros. This increased amount applies to all visa applications submitted beginning 1 September 2019.
Some embassies are also requesting the sponsor’s bank statements and financial documents in addition to the blocked account. The reason for this is that they want to make sure your sponsor is in a financial position to send you 10,236 euros every year for the duration of your studies. Remember that the German embassy assumes you will not be depending on part-time jobs to finance your studies once you arrive in Germany.
This is where you should be very careful. Please avoid borrowing a large sum of money and dumping it into the account of your sponsor some few months before your interview, as they can easily detect this. It is advisable to choose a sponsor who has had substantial assets and savings in their account for a number of years. Ideally, he or she should earn not less than 3000 euros per month and shouldn't have many dependents. If your sponsor earns less than that, they might doubt his or her capability to provide you with the required amount of money every year.
It is also important to note that your sponsor should not necessarily be related to you. What matters is that he or she should have a good motive for sponsoring you. It is better to choose a non-family member with a strong financial background than a family member with a not-so-good financial background.
2. The State Didn't See Your Profile as Fitting Their Future Needs
Germany, like most countries, is in need of skilled workers. They also need bright young minds because of their aging population. Germany extends free tuition to international students in an effort to attract bright minds from around the world. They hope these young minds will learn their language and get acclimatized to their systems. They can then go ahead to fill skilled positions that cannot be filled by their citizens for one reason or the other.
Currently, Germany is in high need of scientists and engineers. However, this does not mean they are not in need of other professionals as well. When you apply to study in Germany, the state where your university is located plays a huge factor in determining if your visa will be granted or not. If the state needs people in the field you applied to, there is a high chance your visa will be granted with all other things being equal. If the state already has a large number of professionals in the field you applied to, then they might use other factors. like the availability of accommodation and transport facilities, in making their decisions which really doesn't put the odds in your favor.
It will be unwise to choose to study a course in engineering and sciences just because you feel there is a high chance of securing a student visa when you go for those programs. You should go for a program you are genuinely interested in. If you are not interested in the courses you take, you will likely end up getting kicked out of your university. And you are ex-matriculated from a German university for poor academic performance, you lose your student visa status and might have to return home.
Work on your motivation letter. You will have to convince whoever is assessing your motivation letter that you can be of great benefit to Germany and your home country with the course that you have chosen. My other article explains more about how to write a perfect motivation letter for your student visa application.
3. Poor Academic Profile
The visa officer assesses your capability to study in Germany using your previous academic results. Don't be fooled, the German educational system is one of the toughest in the world. The huge dropout rate in their universities is a testament to this. As many as 60 percent of students in engineering and the sciences drop out during their first year.
Because German universities do not depend on tuition fees from students, they are under no financial pressure to pass them. They also do not grade on a curve. If an entire class fails a particular examination and there is nothing wrong with the questions, then so be it. Therefore, if the visa officer feels you are not academically fit to survive the rigorous academic standards in Germany, it might lead to your visa being rejected. The visa officer does not want you to enter Germany and end up getting frustrated because you are unable to pass your papers.
If you have a genuine reason why you failed to attain good marks in your studies, you can make it known to the visa officer if he or she happens to bring it up during your interview. More importantly, you can make this reason clear in your motivation letter. You should point out that you have worked on the reason and that it won’t happen again. Below is a good example of a reason given by a student for his low academic profile.
“I am generally a very good student as you can tell from my high school results. During my first and second years at the university, the death of my mum really had a negative effect on my ability to study effectively. However, I was able to recover and do exceptionally well in my third and final year.”
You can also work very hard on other aspects of your application to compensate for your low marks. If you have relevant work experience in the program that you intend to pursue, it can be of great help. For programs that ask for GRE scores, you should work very hard in getting excellent scores, especially in the quantitative section.
4. Lack of Preparation for Your Interview
Some students go into the interview totally unprepared which makes the visa officer doubt they are serious about studying in Germany. The visa officer expects you to know some basic facts about Germany and about the state and city where your school is located. More importantly, you are required to know some facts about your school and your study programme. If you go into the interview lacking knowledge in any of these areas, the visa officer concludes that you are not really serious about studying in Germany and this can lead to your visa being refused.
To be able to sail smoothly through the German student visa interview, you should be able to understand the motive behind the questions asked by the visa officer. The questions he or she asks can be grouped into four categories.
- Questions about Germany
- Questions about your seriousness as a student
- Questions that test your intentions
- Questions that assess your financial situation
You can find a detailed explanation of these categories in my other article, where I go over some of the likely questions you might encounter during a German visa interview.
5. Insufficient Language Level (Either German or English)
It is very common for students to apply to study a programme in Germany that requires let's say C1 German language level when they only have an A2 qualification. This makes the visa officer doubt whether they can be able to comprehend lectures and pass examinations successfully.
As a student, your ability to succeed academically is of high importance to the embassy, and hence anything that would hinder your academic progress can be a reason for rejection. The same applies to English-taught programmes in Germany. If you have a very low score in your IELTS, the visa officer would doubt your ability to understand and pass lectures in English.
Before going for a German-taught program, make sure you have mastered German to a certain level (at least B2) and are able to speak it to a certain degree. If your study program is in German, the visa officer will likely conduct your interview in German. So it’s not enough to be able to read and understand German, you should be able to speak it as well. If the VO realizes you can't give some basic answers to his or her questions in German, it can easily lead to rejection.
The main problem with IELTS is that some students feel they can trick the embassy by presenting fake results. Please refrain from this. If you are caught, it’s a serious offense and you won’t be getting a visa to Germany anytime soon. The IELTS isn't difficult and anyone who puts three months of hard work into it can be sure of scoring at least an overall band of 6.5 (which is the minimum requirement in most German universities).
6. Inconsistency in Your Choice of Study Programme
An interviewer's doubt about your choice of study program can come up in two situations.
The first is when students apply for master's programmes in Germany that are totally unrelated to what they did in their bachelor's degrees.
The second is when a student applies for a second bachelor's degree or a second master's degree programme in Germany. The bachelor's degree is not that well regarded in Germany, and having two bachelor's degrees may seem like starting two educational paths and finishing neither of them. Also, if you already have a master's degree, the visa officer might wonder why you aren't applying for a Ph.D. This can make you appear desperate and the visa officer would doubt if your true intention is to study.
Show solid proof of why you want to study in a new field. This could be in the form of work experience in the new field. You should make your reason for choosing to study in a new field known to the visa officer and in your motivation letter as well. Below is a good example of a reason given by a student for going for a master’s program that was totally unrelated to his bachelor's.
I had the opportunity to work in the environmental sector for two years. This is where my interest in environmental issues developed. Even though my degree is totally unrelated to this sector, I believe I have the relevant work experience and passion to succeed in this field.
Also, if you have tangible reasons for going for a second master's or bachelor's degree, you can make your reason known. For example:
"I initially applied for my dream Ph.D. program at TU-Munich. However, I was denied admission on the basis that I lacked sufficient course content and research in my master's degree. I decided to apply for another master's degree so as to get the necessary course content and research experience to apply for my dream Ph.D. program at TU-Munich."
Frequently Asked Questions About Studying in Germany
When I first made up my mind to study in Germany, a lot of questions were running through my mind. Unluckily for me, I had no one to answer these questions and had to find out the answers myself.
When I finally went through the entire process and made it to Germany as a student, I was surprised at how much false information was on the web. So I decided to provide correct and detailed information so students can make a smooth transition from their home countries to Germany.
You can find in-depth answers to the frequently most asked questions about studying in Germany here.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: I submitted the required documents, and my interview went well. However, the VO gave me back my passport and said I had to wait for 1 to 3 months for approval. She said she would inform me if I am approved, or if they need any other documents. What could be the reason why she gave me back my passport? Shouldn't the passport stay with the German Embassy during the process?
Answer: It varies from embassy to embassy. Some embassies keep your passport and others return it.
Question: Can you tell me a little about the German language course visa application, and the possible reasons for denial of a language course visa? Also, how long does it normally take for a blocked account to be ready?
Answer: First and foremost, If you have an accredited German Language Centre such as the Goethe Institute in your home country, then there is no point in applying to study a German Language course in Germany. The German Embassy would see you as desperate and would likely reject your visa. However, if the German language course is part of a requirement to gain admission to pursue a study program, then you can apply.
Question: It has been 40 days since I gave my student visa interview, but I still haven't received any reply. My visa interview went very well, so what could be the reason for the delay?
Answer: Visa processing can take some time, so be patient. If you haven't heard from them in roughly two months, you can contact the embassy and inquire about the status of your visa application.
Question: I just received a call from the German embassy in Ghana that my documents are ready for collection. How can I know if I have been denied or granted a visa?
Answer: Were you asked to come along with a travel insurance? If yes, then you can most certainly be sure your visa has been granted.
Question: I have been granted admission by one of the German universities to study an MA program. Is it possible to present both financial proofs: blocked account with enough amount for a year of study and a sponsor letter of a person living in Germany?
Answer: I would advise you just to follow the requirements of the embassy in your country. Does your embassy require you to show both financial proofs: blocked account with enough amount for a year of study and a sponsor letter of a person living in Germany? If yes, then show both. If they require you to show only one form of financial proof, then do just that. However, most embassies normally require you to show only one source of financial proof, which may be in the form of a blocked account or a sponsor in Germany. Please don't overthink it, just follow the requirements and hopefully, you will secure your visa.
Question: I applied for a masters program in Germany immediately after completing my bachelors. I was denied admission because my grades weren't that great. The university was open to accepting master's degree applicants for their MSc course, so I decided to pursue my masters in my home country. I finished my master's degree with excellent grades. I applied for my dream course again and was able to secure admission this time. How should I approach the visa interview?
Answer: The visa officer will likely ask you why you are going for a second master's degree instead of a Ph.D. Is the reputation of the university and the program very good. If that's the case, then the visa officer might be able to understand why you would like to start from scratch. Also, is the master's program you pursued in your home country related to the one you want to pursue in Germany. If yes, then it's a good sign and shows that you are consistent. If it's not related, then the visa officer might see you as desperate. So long story short, just convince the visa officer that you are passionate about the program and that the new master's program is of great quality and reputation than the one you did in your home country and can help you be a better-prepared Ph.D. candidate in the future.
Question: A family friend living in Germany is willing to sponsor me. Do I need to mention this in my motivation letter?
Answer: Your statement of purpose or motivation letter can be used to address any inconsistency you might have in your visa application. It's OK if a family friend is willing to sponsor you, so far as he or she meets all the embassy's requirements. Hence, there is no need to mention this in your SOP.
Question: I have recently completed my bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering and now working in an HR related field. I wish to continue my MSc in CSE in Germany. Will I have a problem securing a visa because my work is unrelated to my bachelor’s degree?
Answer: You are going for a master’s program that is totally related to what you did in your bachelors and so you are not going to run into any problem. The fact that you didn’t work in the Computer Science and Engineering sector after graduating isn’t going to hurt your chances. The only problem arises when you are going for a program that is totally unrelated to what you did in your bachelors.
Question: I am twenty-six and intend to pursue a bachelors degree in Germany. I have been working as an office manager and a volunteer science tutor for almost six years. Will my age be a problem?
Answer: Your age wouldn’t affect your visa application in any way. The most important thing is to meet the embassy’s requirements. I know some students in their 40s who are pursuing their bachelor's degrees here in Germany. However, you should be prepared to answer some very critical questions like:
• Do you already have a bachelors degree?
• If so, why don’t you apply for a masters degree?
Question: I submitted my student visa application on Monday. Today is Thursday and I have been called for collection. Please, what does this mean?
Answer: It might mean a number of things depending on how the German Embassy of your country operates. Usually, the whole student visa process takes at least 3 weeks. An earlier call might mean they need further documents or information from you or that you didn't meet certain criteria and hence your visa has been rejected.
Question: My German student national visa application has been rejected. I would like to know if I can apply for a national visa once again?
Answer: Yes, you definitely can apply again but you should make sure you have worked on the reasons why your visa was rejected in the first place. When the German Embassy rejects the visa application of a student, it is usually because they doubt whether the student's true intention is to study. It might be because of poor academic background, inconsistency with the choice of a study program, or that the student wasn’t convincing during the visa interview. The reasons for rejection are usually stated in the rejection letter. If you fail to work on them, you shouldn’t expect a different outcome than the first.
Question: At my interview, I was asked to fill in a questionnaire. I couldn't answer one of the questions. In another question, I was asked to mention my course modules, but I blacked out and could only name three. Will this lead to a rejection?
Answer: I don't think not being able to answer only one question would lead to the denial of your visa, so far as you answered the rest of the questions correctly.
Question: I have got admission for MS at the University of Erlangen. I had my Visa Interview at the Mumbai Consulate on 1st August 16. As per the course requirement, I had submitted a letter from my graduating University in India, that the medium of instruction for four years of study was in English and hence my IELTS score requirement was waived off. But now I am worried that because I have not taken IELTS, my visa might get rejected even after a good visa interview. Can you please shed some light on this?
Answer: First and foremost, congratulations on your admission and successful interview. Based on the information you provided, I think you are good. I understand that awaiting a visa decision can make one anxious and sometimes force one to over analyze things, but please try to relax.
Question: My percentage in my undergraduate studies was only 40-54%, and this was due to some chronic health issues which hindered my ability to focus on my studies. I'm more focused than ever now and scored 6.5 in my IELTS. I have completed my master's degree in India and want to go for an MA in marketing in Germany. Will my academic record hurt my chances?
Answer: I understand how difficult it is to concentrate on your studies when you have chronic health problems. However, I will have to be honest with you. Your chances of securing a visa are not high. This doesn't mean you can't secure a visa. First and foremost, the visa officer might doubt if you won't be distracted again by your health issues when you get to Germany. Have you been able to clear your health issues? If you have, I advise you to show solid proof that you really had chronic health problems that affected your studies and that you have now cleared them during your interview.
Also, going for a second master's program doesn't help your case. What was your score in your master's program in India? Are the two master's programs related in any way? I would need the answers to these questions to give you a conclusive response.
Question: I have been admitted in OVGU Magdeburg for Msc chemical & energy engineering which is a fully English course and doesn't require any German certificate. I have A2 level of German (which I also submitted during my application) but the certificate is older than 12 months and so the embassy doesn't consider it valid. How should I represent my knowledge of German at the visa interview?
Answer: Your course is fully taught in English and hence it is not necessary to show any proof of German language. You can go to the visa interview without any German language certificate since it is not part of your school's requirement for admission.
Question: I am applying for my student visa at the embassy in Ghana, and was wondering at what point in time will they ask me to open the blocked account. Is it right after the interview, or it will take some time before I will be asked to open the blocked account?
Answer: It usually takes some few weeks (usually 1-2) after the interview for the German Embassy in Ghana to ask you to open the blocked account. The German Embassy in Ghana will only ask you to open a blocked account if they intend to grant you a visa. Unlike other embassies, you will be required not to open a blocked account until only after the interview.
Question: I applied for a student visa with the Chennai Consulate and I'm already done with my visa interview. After the visa interview was done, the visa officer placed a stamp on my passport on which was written a 'D', Date, and a reference number. The visa officer then gave me the fee receipt along with my passport. I am now really concerned if that stamp means my visa was rejected?
Answer: The 'D' on the stamp simply indicates the type of visa. This type of visa is mostly issued for the purpose of study or work and so you have nothing to worry about. The date on the stamp is just the date of your appointment at the embassy.
Question: I applied for a masters degree program taught in English. I arranged all the required documents in an appropriate manner. When I handed the documents to the officer, she quickly checked them and took my biometrics and told me to pay the fees. During this process, she asked me only three questions about how many brothers and sisters I had, about my father’s job, and if I knew any German which I answered no. I am now worried and feel it is weird to be asked only three questions. Is this normal or not?
Answer: There is no set limit to the number of questions that a visa officer should ask a student though I must admit that a visa officer asking a student only three questions is quite unusual. It may be that she was very satisfied with your application and didn’t feel the need to ask any more questions.
If you met all the embassy’s requirements and submitted the right set of documents, then you have nothing to worry about. Your visa application will ultimately be forwarded to the immigration office in your university town in Germany, and they will make the final decision.
Question: In your article, you mentioned that the Immigration Office in your university town in Germany usually makes the final decision about your visa application. Does the university send every document of a successful applicant (such as an undergraduate certificate, school leaving certificate, statement of purpose, signed application form) to the local immigration office? Also, what are the main reasons for the rejection of visa by the Immigration Office?
Answer: The Immigration Office in your university usually makes the final decision, but sometimes the German Embassy in your home country can reject your visa application outright without even forwarding it to the Immigration Office in Germany. This is the worst cast case scenario and can happen for example if you are found to possess forged documents.
No, your university in Germany doesn’t send your application documents to the local immigration office. The immigration office usually relies on documents they receive from the embassy in your home country.
The main reasons why the Immigration office might reject your visa application are:
1. They didn’t find your profile fitting for the State’s future needs.
2. There were some inconsistencies with your choice of study programme.
I have covered these reasons extensively in the article.
Question: It’s been four years since I graduated, and I now want to pursue a bachelor's degree in Germany. Is this four-year gap going to be a problem?
Answer: It depends on what you have been doing during those four years. If you haven’t been doing anything profitable during those four years (like engaging in some form of studying or work), the Embassy might merely see you as a desperate potential immigrant. The German Embassy will conclude that you’re not happy with your current situation in your home country and that you are using studies as an immigrate route.
Question: I want to apply for a degree in Logistics. My problem is the inconsistency with the choice of my study programme. I have studied Bachelors in Computer Applications (India), and I'm now applying again for another bachelors degree in Logistics. That doesn't sound consistent at all although I believe I meet all other requirements for admission and visa. Should I hide my Bachelors Degree or should I apply for Masters in Logistics?
Answer: I don't think it is necessary to hide your bachelor's degree. If you performed excellently in your bachelor's degree, then it is a good sign. It tells the visa officer you are a serious student. Most people change their degree courses from time to time and so the most important thing is to come up with a valid and genuine reason for going for a second bachelor's degree.
Going for a second bachelor's degree doesn't mean your visa will be automatically rejected. There is some likelihood that it might be rejected but I know a lot of students here in Germany who had their visas approved and are currently studying for their second bachelor's degrees. The most important thing is to portray to the visa officer that you are a serious and genuine student whose sole purpose is to study. However, if you did poorly in your first bachelor's program, then it can be a huge red flag.
Question: I applied for a masters study program, and my interview was yesterday. I showed proof of a blocked student account in Germany, but did not provide a bank statement. However, I made mention of the fact that my father is the one sponsoring my studies. Is this going to be a problem?
Answer: What documents were you required to present for your interview according to your embassy's visa requirements? I think all the documents that they require at the interview are usually stated on the embassy's website. If they didn't state a sponsor's bank statement as part of the documents required for your interview, then you have nothing to worry about.
Question: My 12th intermediate was in pre-engineering where I obtained a percentage of 75. I also scored a 6.5 in the IELTS. My visa has been previously refused by the Canadian Embassy. I now intend to pursue a bachelors in Computer Science in English in Germany. What are my chances of securing an admission at a German University and how long till my IELTS certificate becomes invalid?
Answer: To qualify to study at the undergraduate level in Germany, most countries require a high school diploma plus one or two years of study at a recognized university. If your IELTS is not older than two years, then it is still valid.
Question: My school has tried mailing the local visa office in Germany to quicken the visa process, but have gotten no response. Now they are planning to send someone personally. Do you believe that would be entertained?
Answer: I don't think your school or anyone can do anything to quicken the process. Normally, a complete application with all necessary documents in good order ensures a fast application process. Applications with unclear information experience great delay as further background checks might be necessary. If you haven't heard anything in 3 months or more, then definitely try to contact your embassy.
Question: I've decided to study in Germany. Is it necessary to learn German to a higher degree before studying there? Also, if your visa ends up getting refused, is it advisable to reapply immediately?
Answer: If you are going for an English taught program, then you are not required to learn any German. However, learning some basic German will help you in your day to day life in Germany.
Yes, if your visa is refused, you can reapply immediately. However, you should make sure you have worked on the reason why your visa was refused in the first place.
Question: My fiance's national student visa has been rejected, and the Embassy has stated that the immigration officer doubted whether his true intention was to study. In truth, the immigration officer didn't understand his plans or course properly and didn't even ask him to clarify everything. Should he try again for the next semester?
Answer: Sorry for the refusal of the student visa of your fiance. Unfortunately, if your fiance doesn't change his situation and tries again, there is a high chance his visa would be rejected again.
The immigration officer doesn't deny a student visa based on his or her personal reasons. There are rules and guidelines that the immigration officer uses to make sure students are really eligible to study in Germany. Your fiance was denied because he didn't meet one or most of those rules.
I would advise your fiance to carefully look at the reasons given by the immigration officer and work on them before appearing for an interview again in the next semester.
Question: I've done O levels, and now I am in my second year of A levels appearing in May for my examinations. I only have certificates of O level results since I haven't given any A-level exams. However, I have transcripts of my internal school examinations for the first year of A-level. Which transcripts and certificates do I have to take along with me for my interview?
Answer: To be on the safe side just send every document you feel is important to the embassy. If the VO doesn't need them, he or she will tell you so. It's better to send everything and be told they don't require some of them than not to send everything and be told to go back home and bring them.
Question: It has been 54 days since my interview, and I still haven't received any reply from the German Embassy. I am getting worried. My language course will be starting on the 6th of June. Do you have any advice?
Answer: I understand that awaiting a visa decision can be nerve-wracking, but at this point, there is nothing you can do. All you have to do is to wait patiently for a decision. The German Embassy looks at each case differently. The fact that your friends got their visas approved within a short time frame doesn't necessarily mean you visa will also be approved within the same time frame.
The German Immigration Offices will take a minimum of 4 weeks but might take 8 to 12 weeks for processing your visa application. Therefore your 54 days is still within the time frame that the German Embassy takes to process student visas.
If you haven't heard anything by the1st of June, you can send the Embassy an email to inquire about the status of your visa application. However, you should note that the Embassy does not influence the actual processing time.
You can also ask your university if it is possible to extend the enrollment deadline for your language course again if you still haven't heard anything by the 6th of June. Hopefully, you hear something positive within the week.
Question: Do I need to bring my financial statements to the student visa interview if I am the sole financier of my courses?
Answer: You need to look at the document requirements for a German student visa at your embassy's website. The requirements can differ from country to country. Some embassies might require you to send your financial statements in addition to the blocked account; others will only require you to show a blocked account.
Question: My friend has a three years bachelors degree in political science. She has a total of fifteen years of education. Is this okay? If not, how should she fill up the gap?
Answer: Most German universities require four years of education to be eligible for masters. Some universities accept three years of education on the condition that you would take and pass some courses before being admitted to a masters program. Your friend can, therefore, make the necessary inquiries.
Question: I sent my application to Uni-assist so as to be evaluated and sent to HTW Berlin. However, Uni-assist excluded my application with the reason that my previous degree does not match the course I applied to. How do I launch an appeal against this decision?
Answer: Carefully look at the reasons UNI-ASSIST gave for not sending your application to your chosen school and try to meet the requirements when you apply again in the future. Good luck.
Question: I had a good German student visa interview, but faced some problems when the visa officer asked me higher level German questions. I have only done A1 level and plan on furthering this at Heidelberg. I have already paid the fees for the language course. I scored 81 points in the A1 German level and scored a band of 7 in the IELTS exam. It has been 45 days, and I have not received any mail from the Embassy. I am really worried at this point. What should I do?
Answer: 45 days is too short to start worrying about the outcome of your visa. All student visa applications have to be forwarded to the responsible immigration authority in Germany by post for approval. The entire procedure, therefore, takes a minimum of 8 weeks. If you haven't heard anything after three months, you can send an email to the embassy to inquire about the status of your application.
Question: I would like to learn the German language in Germany. What level of education and what documents do I need in order to make this possible?
Answer: To learn the German language in Germany, you first need to secure admission in a language school in Germany. There are a lot of schools in Germany offering German language courses to international students. You can search for these schools online and apply. Once you get an admission letter, you can use it to apply for a language course visa. Some of the documents you need to apply for a German language course visa are an admission letter, passport, passport-sized photos, proof of accommodation for the time of language course, completed and signed application form, and proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses, which is normally in the form of 8640 euros in a blocked account in Germany. It is very important you show you are financially sound to survive in Germany.
However, I will first advise you to first study the German language in your home country to a respectable level, let's say B1, and then apply to a higher level in Germany. There is a high chance of your visa getting rejected if you apply to study A1 in Germany, especially if there is a Goethe Institute in your home country.
Question: I was admitted to a bachelors programme in Electrical Engineering and IT in Germany in 2015. Unfortunately, I did not get good grades, and so the university disqualified me. I will return to India. Can I reapply for another course like Management in another University and State in Germany?
Answer: It's quite unfortunate your university disqualified you. The law in Germany states that once a university disqualifies you from a study program, you will be unable to take a similar study program in the future. Since management is totally unrelated to engineering, it is highly likely you will get admission into a management program at another university if you meet the university's requirements.
The problem is, if you return to India, getting a student visa again to Germany would be quite tough. The visa officer would most likely assume you weren't serious during your first bachelor's program and that was why you were disqualified by your university. He or she might feel you will not be serious again if given the opportunity to go for a second bachelor's program. Your best bet will be to try and get an admission in a management program while you are in Germany and extend your student visa at the immigration office in Germany before returning to India. If you return to India, getting a student visa again to Germany will be very complicated.
Question: I have gotten admission in business informatics at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. Is it a good university?
Answer: Most public universities in Germany are state-funded, and hence a high level of standard is maintained. However, you must note that there is a difference between universities of applied sciences and traditional universities. Most universities are research-oriented whereas universities of applied sciences are practical oriented.
Question: I applied for a national student visa for my master's program on the 24th of August 2016 at the Mumbai Consulate. After two months, I got a rejection letter with the reason being that there are doubts about my intention of stay. What should be my next course of action?
Answer: I know it can be quite tough to go through all the difficult visa processes and have your visa rejected in the long run. The truth is that if they give the reason for your visa rejection as "doubts on the intention of your stay/study," then there are four likely reasons which I have already mentioned in my article. They either think that you have a poor academic background, your interview was poor, your language skills did not satisfy them, or there were inconsistencies with your choice of a study program. Go through these reasons carefully, and I am sure you will realize that at least one of these applies. Try to work on the ones that apply to you, and after you have tackled it, you can then apply again and hopefully, you can get a better outcome next time.
Question: My visa application was rejected for the winter semester because my admission letter did not state that I will be studying in English even though the program that I intended to study was being taught in English. I have had admission to the same program at another school for the summer semester. Is this going to affect my visa application negatively since I applied for a visa before using a different school?
Answer: Sorry for your previous visa denial. Are you sure the reason your application was rejected previously was because your admission letter didn't state you will be studying in English? I highly doubt so. The embassy can easily verify if your program will be taught in English or not.
I don't think applying to a different school would have any significant effect on the outcome of your student visa. The most important thing is to make sure you satisfy all the requirements.
Question: I've been admitted into an MSc program at the University of Hamburg and about to start the visa application process, but I've got one issue that I wanted to ask you about. My passport will be expiring in 10 months and in their requirements, they asked for a passport with a validity of at least one year. I will like to know if this passport issue can affect my chances of getting a visa. Should I get a new one immediately?
Answer: It won't affect your chances of getting a visa, but you will need to get a new passport in the long run. Why? Students are initially given a three month temporary visa by the German Embassy. Once they arrive in Germany, they are required to extend this visa at the Immigration office of their city.
Now here is where your ten months passport might be a problem. The Immigration office usually gives students a temporary residence permit of one year if they are able to show 8,640 euros in their blocked account. However, the number of years given by the Immigration office is also dependent on the number of months or years you have in your passport till it expires. For instance, if you have six months left in your passport, you will be given a residence permit of only six months instead of the one year even if you show the full 8,640 euros in your blocked account.
You mentioned that you are now about to start the visa application process. Considering that the whole visa application process takes a minimum of 3 months, that means that you will have around only seven months left in your passport if you are successful and able to make it to Germany. With only seven months left in your passport, the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) will only give you a seven month temporary residence permit instead of one year even if you show the full money in your blocked account. So you end up losing in the long run.
You therefore have two options. You can either extend your passport in your home country or extend it once you arrive in Germany. The best will be to extend it at home before coming. I don't know about your country, but in most countries, you are only eligible to apply for a new passport if you have six months left to expiration. I'm sure you can find a way to extend it at home because you will have roughly seven months left in your passport once you are done with your visa processes, which is very little. If you are unable to extend it at home, you don't have to worry. You can still renew your passport at your consulate here in Germany. It costs around 140 euros and you usually get your new passport in 10 to 12 days.
Question: In regards to my German student application, I was told, “Your undergraduate subjects are different from our undergraduate program, hence we cannot accommodate you in our university.” What does this mean?
Answer: This means that you lack sufficient course content in your bachelor's degree to enable you successfully pursue the university’s masters program. Universities usually check the content of your undergraduate course to confirm if you have earned a sufficient number of credits in relevant areas. If you haven’t, they deem you ineligible to pursue their master's program.
Question: Would it help if I have some work experience and certification in a related field when applying to German universities?
Answer: I don't think work experience and other certifications really play a significant factor in who gets admission. Most German universities assess students strictly based on their grades.
Question: I applied to HAW Hamburg through Uni-assist and have received a conditional admission letter for a masters program. The master’s program is taught in German, and before I commence the program, I would have to learn the German language at an Institute in Berlin. I have not given the IELTS yet and plan on taking it on the 18th of February. However, my IELTS score and certificate won’t be out by the time I appear for my visa interview. Will this have any effect on my visa application?
Answer: If the master's program that you intend to pursue is taught completely in German, then there is no point in taking the IELTS test. Not presenting an IELTS certificate during your visa interview won’t have any effect on your visa application.
It would be best on your part to present proof that you have learned German to a reasonable degree (around B1) at the interview than an IELTS certificate.
Question: I appeared for my visa interview yesterday in Delhi. My interview went well, but the visa officer got a little irritated because the Embassy required two sets of documents and I only presented one. I left to get the second set. The interviewer got really upset at this and mentioned more than once how I took an hour and a half instead of the usual half an hour. Will this affect me?
Answer: It's quite unfortunate that you brought only one set of documents to the interview. However, I don't believe it would have any significant effect on your student visa being approved or rejected. The visa officer assesses you strictly based on your performance at the interview. If you were able to answer all the questions correctly and confidently, then you have nothing to worry about.
Question: I've got admission in an MSc program in Electronics Engineering. My percentage in my bachelors was 91. My year of graduation was as far back as in 2009, and the reputation of my university where I graduated was not very good. I stayed in Japan for six months in an MSc program. Unfortunately, I had to return to my country because of a family crisis. Currently, I am a lecturer at a Polytechnic Institute. Can my study gap give me any problems? Also, how will my unfinished Msc in Japan affect me?
Answer: I must also say that your percentage in your bachelor's degree is really outstanding, even if it was achieved in a not so popular university.
I don't think the study gap really matters. What matters is what you have been doing during those eight years after graduating with a BSc in electrical engineering. You mentioned that you are working as a lecturer at a polytechnic institute which is good. If you hadn't been doing anything fruitful during those eight years, that would have been a huge red flag, and the visa officer might assume you want to use Germany as a way of escape.
You also mentioned you tried pursuing an MSc in Japan, but you were unable to complete it due to some family crisis. Honestly, that wouldn't sound very good in the ears of any visa officer. What's the probability that a similar family crisis wouldn't arise which might force you to return home again if you are given the opportunity to study in Germany. If I were you, I wouldn't mention anything about my failed attempt to obtain a master's degree in Japan unless the visa officer specifically asks me about it which I highly doubt will happen.
You have been working as a lecturer at a polytechnic so that's a good motivation to go for a master's degree. It will help you advance your career.
Also, I don't think the reputation of your university really matters. The most important thing is that your university in Germany feels you are academically fit to pursue their MSc program in Electronics Engineering. The visa interview is just to test whether you are a serious and genuine student. They assess you as an individual. At that point, they don't really care about the reputation of your university.
If you are asked why you waited so long to pursue your master's degree, you can tell the visa officer that you wanted to make sure you were in the perfect financial condition before you made your trip to study in Germany. You can convince the VO that after working for those number of years, you have saved a substantial sum of money and that you won't run into any financial distress when you are given the opportunity to study in Germany. This will help you concentrate fully on your studies.
Question: I got into a tuition-free MSc program and only have to cater for my living expenses and pay health insurance. My company will sponsor this. Is a letter signed by my company enough? Also, should the health insurance be obtained prior to the visa application or when you get to Germany and if the former, will the health insurance agency refund if there is visa rejection? For the two years MSc, would the health insurance be a straight payment for two years or on a yearly basis?
Answer: I believe you might still have to open a blocked account. I have yet to hear of a case where the German embassy has accepted a letter signed by a company as a proof of financial means.
You will need a proper health insurance once you arrive in Germany. You don't need to obtain it prior to your visa application.
The health insurance is usually paid on a monthly basis. For students, you register and provide your account details to your health insurance company once you arrive in Germany. They then withdraw a specified amount of money from your bank account every month.
Question: I dropped out of a master’s program in Germany because of poor grades and have decided to go back to study in Germany again. How should I explain my situation at the Visa interview?
Answer: Honestly, it will be wise to apply to other study destinations like USA, UK or Canada. If you don’t have a solid reason for why you had poor grades and had to drop out, there is no point in applying to study in Germany again. If you do, there is a high chance your visa will be rejected.
Question: I got admitted without IELTS since I’ve studied my entire life in English. I am preparing for my visa interview and it is written on my admission letter that I do not need to prove any skill in German. I have asked for a letter from the school which indicates that I will be studying in English but they are taking too long to get back to me despite me insisting. Can I print out the course information directly from my school's website and take this to my visa interview?
Answer: If your school accepted your application without IELTS, then I think you are fine. The embassy won't ask you for IELTS since it's not part of the requirements for admission. They will, however, assess your English skills during the interview.
Again as I said initially, it can literally take seconds for the embassy to verify if your program is taught entirely in English or not. You can print the course information from the school website just to be safe. If your program is truly taught entirely in English, then I think your admission letter alone will be enough. However, I suspect there might be another reason as to why your visa was rejected, so try to carefully assess your previous visa application again to see if there are other inconsistencies.
Question: I recently got my admission letter to study in Bonn Sank Augustin (Germany), and I just sent my documents to request for a blocked account to be opened with Deutsche Bank. My problem is I am supposed to be present on 30th September for enrollment, and I haven't even applied for a visa. Can the Embassy reply to me within one month? It is an English masters program, and I have TOEFL iBT, and even Goethe Zertifikat A1.
Answer: You have roughly two months to secure your visa and meet your enrollment deadline. Your ability to meet up with the deadline all depends on the foreign office where your university is located. Some students can secure their visas in as little as three weeks, while others can take up to three months. So you cant really know if you would get a reply within a month. Just apply, and if it's getting late, you can ask your university to extend your enrollment deadline. If they can't, you can apply again in the next semester.
Question: I applied for a Language Course Visa a week ago in India. I have finished B2 and want to continue further until C2 in Berlin. I have registered with a language school for 5 months and paid the fees. I wish to become a German language teacher or trainer in India. My problem is I have a Bachelors degree in Engineering which I acquired in 2010 and have been idle for the rest of years after working for a year. Would this be a problem?
Answer: It's really great you have been able to learn the German Language up to B2. However, I am going to be honest with you in my reply. There are a lot of inconsistencies in your application which would make your chance of securing a visa low.
First and foremost, is it possible to continue up to C1 in your home country? If so, then the visa officer might wonder why you would want to invest your time and money to go to Berlin instead of taking your C1 class in an equally recognized language center such as the Goethe Institute in your home country.
Secondly, it takes a lot to be a German language instructor. I don't think learning the German language up to C1 can qualify you to be a language teacher. You really need to be skilled in the language and that is the reason most German language instructors are native speakers.
Thirdly, being idle for 5 years also doesn't help your case.
Since you already have a bachelor's degree in engineering, my best advice to you would be to apply for a master's program in engineering. Once, you are here you can improve your German language level if you want. The chance of securing a German language visa especially if you have the same resources in your home country is low. Your chances of securing a language visa are high if it is a prerequisite to study a degree program in Germany.
Question: My German visa sponsor has a sum of 39000 euros in his account. Do you think this is enough, or do they need more than that to be able to sponsor my study?
Answer: What matters is not the amount of money your sponsor has in his account but how good his general financial situation is. If your sponsor has 39000 euros in his account, but lets say his monthly income is around 500 euros per month, it doesn't present a good picture to the consular officers at the German Embassy.
It is therefore important for your sponsor to be in an all-around good financial condition. He should have both substantial savings in his account and a reliable source of income.
Question: I'm from Kenya. My sister applied for a visit visa in July 2016, and it was denied. She has already done some German courses, and now she wants to apply for a student visa for the summer semester (Entrance exam is in January). Do you think this is a good idea? When is the best time for her to apply for a student visa?
Answer: I don't think there is a perfect time to apply for a visa. As long as she satisfies all the requirements, there is a high chance she would be granted her visa. On the other hand, if she doesn't meet the requirements, her visa would be denied. Her visit visa being denied does not affect the outcome of her student visa.
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R.puspakanthan on August 24, 2020:
I did my BBA degree with second upper class division in spl in HRM at university of jaffna in sri lanka, It is a four-year degree taught in English medium, but i have weak results in English subject in O/L, but i have successfully completed my diploma in English at IDM university after my O/L,
also i have 3 years managerial level experience still im working in a junior executive level, i got the admission from university of applied science in Berlin, also i did my visa interview on 27-07-2020 but i have submitted my blocked account confirmation letter on 01-08-2020, my doubt is
what is the possibles to grant my visa or reject my visa in your point view
How many days will take to get call from embassy (calendar days or working days)
My course going to start on sep-01-2020, it will be a orientations program but syllabus will be start on 01-10-2020
So Will they reject my visa if university start the course?
nana osae on August 13, 2020:
please is it possible for some one to do another bachelor degree after been done with one.
Maame Afia on June 07, 2020:
My husband is on student visa in Germany. Can I be granted a student visa too to study in Germany?
Stephen Frimpong on June 05, 2020:
I have an interview scheduled on 13th July for student visa. I have enough to open the block account but my sponsor for the second year is not around. Can the sponsorship letter plus bank statement of my sponsor, without his physical presence be okay?
AMIR HOSSAIN on May 08, 2020:
I have completed masters in management from public university.after that I joint as a teacher into a secondery high school and as a lecturer into a college.In that time I was admitted national university for LL.B and successfully completed LL.B.Now I am doing LL.M from a private univesity.But now I want to complete MBA from german university with shcolarship.If I get chance I will do there Ph'd.Is it possible?please tell me.thank you......
sunday on March 09, 2020:
i applied for my student visa in china,and today makes it 8 weeks since i have done my interview. so i decided to send an email to the embassy again only to be told that told that they were unable to contact the university,that they are still waiting for university confirmation.i just want to ask if embassy do need university confirmation before issuing visa. thanks
Joyce on February 20, 2020:
I went for my interview on 12th February 2020.I haven’t created blocked account yet but the embassy called and told me to come for my passport...is it that my visa has been denied?
Kastro Lee on February 11, 2020:
I applied for a german student visa on the 25th october 2019..it's almost 4 months and the embassy keeps saying it is awaiting feedback from the foreign Office since december....my application has spent almost 3months at the foreign office and the embassy is yet to get back to me...
Though my Bsc admission is tied to me doing a Language couree before starting the study program...
Now it's close to 4months and am yet to get any feedback..what do i do now???
Pavithra on December 19, 2019:
I got admitted in Technical University of Kaiserslautern . Unlike you said, I deposited funds only few days before the visa interview. Is there any chance of rejection based on this. I have not given my visa interview yet. Please suggest me a reason to cover up.
Nasir khan on December 11, 2019:
After fsc premadical I want to study mbbs in germany i know i will join studentkolleg in germany before mbbs studies but tell me the requiremnts to get admission in studentkolleg and when admission starts?
Singhkarm on October 22, 2019:
I applied 17th of june 2019 and I was like 130 days ago but i did not get any Results but when I mail the embassy then they said it is in process but my all friends got the visa with in 25 day's. However one of them Got Refused and that he got after 125 days. So please tell me what is the reason for this and is it rejected or not?
Adwoa on October 15, 2019:
how long will it take for you to be granted a visa if you have already submitted your blocked account confirmation which the embassy asked you to in Ghana
Huzaifa Naeem on October 09, 2019:
I want to apply to FHWS university for bachelor degree in robotics engineering for 2020 which is taught in english. I am doing 3 A level right now and my final result will be released on august of 2020, so i want to know if the german universities will provide conditional admission based on my predicted grades. Last thing i want to ask is that do i have to do foundation on my first year, is it compulsory?
Ahmed Tijani on September 12, 2019:
Please I received an email to submit a proof of a blocked account of 10326€ for my financial means to the embassy. So does that mean I will be granted the Visa
cooltony91 on September 07, 2019:
I had my i my interview on 28th of july and after waiting for 1 month and 2 days, I got a mail from the embassy in my home country asking me to provide the transcript of records for my undergraduate program. I have submitted it already but I would like to know what this means. Can I still be denied or granted visa?
Sagarika on September 03, 2019:
Hi, I have done my Bacholers and still working professional learning German for 5 months now . I am currently in B1 level and wanted to persue my German language in Germany. what are the chances of rejection of Visa. I am passionate to Learn the language and no other purpose
bunmi on August 31, 2019:
i have applied for visa since June and i haven't gotten a date yet for my interview pls i need help on this
Anita on August 30, 2019:
Please can i personally sponsor my masters programme in German?
Vivek on August 29, 2019:
I applied for Student VISA on 25th July. Till now I have not received any update.
One more thing, by mistake I did a typo error of email id of reference person from university in in my application. Will it cause rejection of my VISA? It has been one month now. Does it mean that my VISA is rejected?
Femi on August 27, 2019:
I will like to apply for a german student visa. My husband lives and works in Germany, although does not have a permanent residence in Germany. My main purpose is to study in Germany hence my application for a student visa. I have funded and well ready for my interview. I hope I won't be rejected because my husband and my mother live in Germany.
Chinyere paschal on August 18, 2019:
Please is it possible that the embassy can deny one a student visa if ones sponsor is ones brother or sister and not the father or mother.
Kokomo Jean on August 12, 2019:
Hello, I actually received an admission letter from a German University on July 5th and i immediately booked for a visa appointment the next day and i have been slated to go for a visa appointment on September 14th, 2019 and my classes in the university will begin on October 1st... So my worry is that, will my late appointment date affect my visa outcome?
Shirly samarakoon on August 07, 2019:
I applied for German student visa in Sri Lanka. After three weeks they called me and told that the submitted docs are complete but can’t process the visa because of the block account amount didn’t not deposited. And told me to do the transaction and give them the blocking confirmation. I handed over that docs in last month. For tomorrow it will be a one month after blocking submission. I didn’t get any response from the embassy. Travel date 1 week of October
SHINO on August 04, 2019:
basically, how many days it will take to get the german national visa?
Sadiq on July 26, 2019:
Actually I want to know the chances to get the PR, when i will be done with my Master's degree from Germany, what are the chance exactly if I applied for the PR after my post graduation from Germany,
Train on July 24, 2019:
Hi, i applied for German embassy -student visa-and till now there's no answer (nearly 7 months ) , I got only A11 in German language and during the interview the employee asked me a question in German i couldn't answer(to test my level), i had no Eilts or toefl... Do i still have a chance ?
Firdaws on July 24, 2019:
Hi Charles I was not able to go for my interview with my sponsor because he wasn’t around at the moment. But he gave me a letter of abscence. Can that affect my visa approval
Flodine on July 20, 2019:
I was called by the embassy after my visa submission to come along with my cv,transcript of my BSC and my passport. But I don’t know what does it mean?
Sofiags33 on July 19, 2019:
I had my visa appointment on May 21st. It’s been now more than 8 weeks and still have no news. I contacted the embassy and they told me first that they still had no news from the Immigration Office in Germany and that it was still in process. Now they told me the immigration office specifically asked for longer time to process and evaluate my application but that the person in Germany who signed the economical responsibility in my application, could call to the immigration office and see what’s going on. Does this delay and difficulties mean my visa will be rejected?
Couple of times people at the embassy said the office in Germany didn’t say there might be something weird with my application, and I also haven’t heard from the before asking for further information about myself. So I don’t know what to think. I would also need to leave in 1 month already...
kojo on June 06, 2019:
I am done with the visa interview for a student visa, waiting for a response. Does the visa section in my country takes the decision to approve my visa or the foreign office in the city of the University that does the approvals? who has the ultimate hands?
Salomey on May 23, 2019:
I submitted my student visa application on monday, today is thursday and am been called for collection. Does it mean it has been rejected?
Marya on May 06, 2019:
Hi.i want to apply for my student visa but I have a relative in germany who is ready to support me financially throughout my studies and accomodation...do I still need a blocked account?
khizar abbas on May 05, 2019:
I am a public sector employer and got admission for the master program in Germany, However, I don't have the employement letter as they are not granted in public sector organization. What should I do about that?
Sadat on March 17, 2019:
Thank you for the information.
I have already received my acceptance and university admission in one of Germany university, and purusing the process, however,i have something to ask, my brother lives in Germany, and he works legally and has an overal income of 3500€ per month,when i didn't have the money to pay for the German language immediately, he has sent me the overall amount of 9000€ so i could transfer it back to the institute and i did transfer it with the same bank account . Does the german embassy find out about if i give out the details of my brother?
The problem is here that i am intened to tell the truth while i am being interviewed by embassy, am i doing the right thing? If not please give me some advice!
Please be informed that i have collected the the rest amount of 8830€ for block account by my own,however i am only worried about the money which has been transfered by my brother and resent back to the Germany!
Saiyudh Mannan on February 18, 2019:
How long does it take for the german embassy to inform the student if their visa has been rejected. Does it take the normal time frame of 4-6 weeks or do they notify earlier than that ?
Tharun Kumar Reddy Guvvala on January 04, 2019:
Hiii sir. I am Tharun Kumar Reddy Guvvala from India. I have applied in English taught courses. I have 6.5 in IELTS, but I don't have German language certificate. I have attended German language course upto A2. I have some knowledge in German. Can I get Visa without German language certificate for english taught course?
Aravind on November 14, 2018:
I am planning to study in german related to accounting & finance sector, I read your motivation letter artcle its made me nervose. beacuse you have metioned i have to justify them " Studying abroad will help you be of benefit both to Germany and your home country. " . this is for related science , mathmetic and IT. buti dnt know how can i justify finance and accounting sector as same . what do you think sir? do i have chance to get visa. I have complted high school in accounting & finance, and my career also accounting and finance.
please advise me sir. since am taking big risk to study .
thank you !
Ola2018 on October 24, 2018:
I got an early admission in June to study in Germany but my student visa interview was scheduled for September 26 which I have done and it went well and along side with my document I submitted an extension letter stating octoober 31st as the enrollment deadline. 2 weeks ago I contacted the foreign office of my city since I didn't hear anything from the embassy and I was made to understand my visa has been approved that I should contact the consulate embassy in my country. I have sent torns of email to them and up till now I'm yet to get a reply from and my enrollment deadline is next week Wednesday.. What are my chances of meeting up 'cos I'm very worried
Vivek on October 15, 2018:
I don't have the atkt marksheets of my degree but i do have the orignal passing marksheets and transcript.. would it be a problem for me to get the visa approval?
Joy Onyemba Obekpa on October 11, 2018:
Hi.. am an unmarried single mother from nigeria. I would like to apply for a visa for my 5 year old daughter on a student visa. But on the german embassy website they stated that i have to have sole custody of my daughter to be able to travel with her. Her father has never been in her life since her birth and has no intentions of starting now. Please any advice
Jonny on September 30, 2018:
Does anyone know if i leave my university for 1 semester before enrolling to another university would my visa get canceled or be insufficient?
Prapti on September 15, 2018:
I passed my intermediate level (+2) level with 72% in science with biology major . Will this create a problem in visa if i choose to study mechanical engineering in Germany?
Sanahendi on September 04, 2018:
I am an international student, from Jordan. I have applied for masters program to study in Germany. and I got the luck to get the admission on two programs. when I applied for the student visa, I applied based on the first admission I got, and the documents stuff which I have shared with the German embassy in order to get the student visa was depending on the first program which I admitted on. but newly I received the second admission and I feel my tendency is more on the second program. the question is I f I decide to go with the second program, and the visa documents - motivation letter, admission letter- were all depending on the first admission. do you think there will be problems and affecting the visa, or the embassy can take it as a point on my profile. further shall I share with the visa embassy office that I have changed my mind about the studying program and I am interested on the second program. any advice help. please noted that I did not yet get my visa its still under processing. help ?
Joshua on August 23, 2018:
I was told Education is not a reason to issue a visa had applied for a vacational training in a national visa and it’s my first time so the company offered school for language course before the vacational training and everything was started in the invitation letter even got the contract from the company and everything was covered for but I don’t understand why they had to say that education not a reason that a visa could be issued
Madhu NA on August 15, 2018:
Can i explain the reason for second master's in cover letter very elaborately to convince the authorities about my intention for second masters or is it possible that i don't show proof of my already acquired master's degree?
I am very scared as today only i saw a post on facebook having visa rejected of a student for the reason that he was going for second masters.
Maseihullah on August 12, 2018:
I Maseihullah from Kabul Afghanistan. i have applied for Master program in Germany and i got my language course admission and not received the MBA admission yet. and my interview is after 1 month. i may not receive the admission for my master program after interview as the universities there in Germany they delay and delay the admissions and we are contacting each other by mailing. so anyone can tell me that what should i do and will i rejected by interviewer or embassy or what will be the decision. thank you so much.
Srujan on August 09, 2018:
I have attended my visa interview on August 7th at Chennai, India.I got my Master's admission in Digital Engineering course at Bauhaus-University Weimar.My Ielts score is 5.5band.It is Mentioned in Daad &university website my university accepts either Bachelor's degree English Medium of Instruction or IELTS(min 6.0band Score).So I've submitted English medium of instruction.Visa interviewer also asked me to submit compulsorily IELTS score.I've submitted my IELTS memo too and I also given a printout from daad&university website about my university language requirements and they kept with them.I had written well my motivation letter in visa interview.i also submitted 1yr work exp certificate and 6months internship certificate.Is there any mistakes from my side?Can I get easily my Visa approval?
Btech:73.8%(mech engg 2017 passed out)
Priya k on July 29, 2018:
I am 35 Year old and having 12 years of working experience. Now, I am interested to do my MS in Germany, Will I be eligible to get student visa and admission from university?
Aditya Ravi Raj on July 29, 2018:
My Visa Appointment at the Bangalore Embassy for a student visa is scheduled for the 3rd of September and my intended date of departure is for the 4th of October. Is this time interval enough for visa processing? Is this by any means grounds for rejection? Additionally my University has given me an extension for enrollment.
S SRINATH on July 27, 2018:
I have been granted admission in Hochschule Offenburg in an English taught course. I have also paid my 1st semester fees, and confirmed my admission. My visa interview is on August 17, 2018 at the German Consulate in Chennai.
I did my IELTS on September 3, 2016 and secured 7.0 Bands. But, my concern is that the validity of IELTS certificate is 2 years and it expires by September 2, 2018. The date of the visa appointment is August 17, 2018 which is 16 days before the IELTS expiry date, which is fine but will this have any adverse effect on the visa process?
Julia Masri on July 24, 2018:
My name is julia, i have applied for intensive language courses at the goethe in freiburg, my passport is lebanese and i've lived in the united arab emirates my whole life, but i moved to romania for my medical studies and ive been there for 6 years, but i finished now and just waiting for my graduation ceremony, I applied to visa for language course to germany from bucharest, at the general consulate of germany, and i got rejected due to a fact that they said that i need to have a language course studied from before like a base ... and then i can apply again, and they also thought that im a medical student still, but im a medical graduate, and this decision was based also upon the IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN FREIBURG STV, but i dont believe this is a correct decision, to reject me based on not having basics, when im infact coming to goethe to start the correct way which is from basics, to get used to an environment and certain people.
So now i applied again on the date on 4th of july 2018, from the german consulate located in dubai as my parents reside here, i did an interview, all my papers were completed as i have payed for the full intensive 8 courses, starting from 04.10.2018-17.5.2019.
And at the interview she said that my application will probably get rejected again, as they prefer that you transfer to goethe while having already did a basic course before. But the area i live in in romania is 14 hours away from the goethe institute that is situated in romania.
I thought its better to start a language with a correct base, at the home country of the language, with the same professors and people, because its more important to practice the language and communicate during my everyday activities, then to study it in dubai which is an arabic speaking country.
also, my sister has a blue card in germany as she works there as a doctor now, and she started to study a1 from the begining in germany, but having aquired a schengen visa instead, could you please tell me what i could do to better my situation? thankyou
ahmed on July 23, 2018:
i will apply for a student visa next week and i would like to know if my cousins who are living in dussldorf where i will apply can help me in something to get my visa like can they give me some documents or can they go to imigration office there and do something
Harini on July 17, 2018:
I was late for my visa interview by an hour. Will my visa get rejected ?
Manoj on June 25, 2018:
I have one spelling mistake in admission letter will that affect my student visa result?
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on September 26, 2017:
I have answered all these questions in the link below.
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on May 01, 2017:
I understand that it can really be confusing and frustrating when you have your visa interview on the same day as your friend but your friend's visa ends up getting approved whilst you have no idea regarding the status of your visa. However, as you already mentioned, the German Embassy looks at each case differently. Two individuals with the same qualification might be admitted to the same study program in Germany. It doesn't automatically mean their visas will be processed within the same time frame or they would both automatically secure visas. The German Embassy considers a whole range of factors when making their final decision.
Honestly, I can't tell you why the German Embassy has still not made a decision regarding the status of your visa application. It may be due to a whole lot of factors. It might be that they want to verify certain details or information you provided. It can also be due to errors. Yeah, the immigration officers are human beings and sometimes they make mistakes. Worst case scenario, it might be that they have doubts regarding your eligibility to study in Germany.
I would advise you to remain calm and be open minded regarding the outcome of your visa. If you still haven't heard anything before your enrollment deadline of 7th May, you can call the embassy to enquire again about the status of your visa. If it's possible, you can ask your university to further extend your enrollment deadline. If they can't, you can apply again in the next semester. Good luck and all the best.
Kimmy on April 27, 2017:
Last month, March 21, 2017, I applied for a student visa with a colleague of mine. We did the the interview on the same day and passed the same documents. As per the university requirement, we were supposed to present before the university on or before the 13th of April. We provided the letter of admission issued by the University which clearly showed the deadline of our enrollment. April 13 was fast approaching so we informed the university about the status of our visa application and so they decided to extend the deadline until the 28th of April. We notified the embassy about the extension that the university has given us. Over a week ago, we called the university and asked assistance from them since the deadline is once again, getting closer. They immediately phoned the Immigration office in Germany and inquired about our status. Upon checking the system, they found my colleague’s name. However mine wasn’t. The immigration office in Germany gave a memo to the university that they will agree to their of speeding up the visa process for my colleague. Since there’s not much time left to process everything, the university gave another extension, this time, until the 7th of May. Days after, my colleague received a call from the embassy and got the approval. On the same day, I phoned the embassy and asked for an update regarding my visa status. They said that it is still being processed and that I will have to wait for their call to give out the results. The following day, I made an international call to the Immigration office in Germany and asked if my name is already in the system. When they typed in my personal information, they said none has been submitted yet to them.
I am starting to think that the chances of rejection is high. I really don’t know where I went wrong, I opened a german blocked bank account in Deutsche Bank and deposited an amount of 8,770 euros because that is one of the requirements of the German student visa. I also submitted the receipt of my rental payment of my apartment in Germany to the embassy. Admission letter from the University was also provided. Today is April 27, 2017 and still, no call from the embassy yet. Im starting to lose hope as my dreams and goals are slowly slipping through my fingers right before me.
I know each case varies but I want to hear your opinion... what do you think about my case?
Thank you so much!
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on April 04, 2017:
If that's what your letter states then I think you should be OK. Yeah, I also think you should show the bank statement just to be on the safe side. Keep us updated on how everything plays out. All the best.
hez on April 04, 2017:
Thankyou Charles for your detailed response. Basically, Jacobs total fee is 20k Euros and Room and board is 8k approx. I got scholarship and financial aid because of which my family contributions are now 7k euros per Annum. Jacobs gave me this letter which stated : " Students of the Jacobs University Bremen abandoned the foreigners authority on the establishment of a
blocked account and considers this condition as not necessary because the Jacobs University
is a campus university. All Bachelor students are on campus and are available under the Resident Address.With the payment of the contribution and the financing package are all costs for
accommodation, meals and tuition fees paid". This states that I've paid all the expenses and there is no such expenses that needs a blocked account. I hope this letter works. I am still showing my bank statements just to be on the safer side. Please tell me what you think about this.
Philemon on January 21, 2017:
Great initiative of yours. I'm from English Cameroon, and have a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications. After high school I took up biochemistry at university but decided the following year to enrol in an engineering program. The moment i was due for graduation I was at B1 level of German and since i had the chance decided to apply for the visa to study another course still at bachelors level. In meantime an error occured on my marks and I was denied the visa. I took the course all over, and have a cumulative G.P.A of 3.4/4 which I want to further in Germany. I also did the Zdaf at Goethe institut here and passed with an average mark of 80%. As to what concerns finances and other requirements i am elligible. So my worries are,
1. Does previous denial affect my my future chance of getting a visa since I now want to apply for masters degree in a field different from the one I applied for at my last interview but in line with what i studied?
I really need to know the areas and possible questions the visa officer may have for me on my second interview. Your reply is very crutial for me as it will serve as a guide for my preparation for the interview. Thank you in advance.
Bajrang Mahla on January 20, 2017:
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on January 20, 2017:
Your grades are good so there is a high chance you will secure admission, depending on how competitive the grades of other applicants are. I don't think work experience and other certifications really play a significant factor in who gets admission. Most German universities assess students strictly based on their grades.
Bajrang Mahla on January 20, 2017:
Thanks for help Charles, your help means a great deal to me. These are my grades in bachelor degree and secondary school certificate. I would be very grateful if u express ur opinion about my chances of getting admitted in University (for BEng in Logistics) and visa approval.
Bachelor GPA-2.30(already converted to German grade system)
Number of Subject ---- Grade
6 ---------------------- A-
4 ---------------------- C
School Leaving Certificate -1.5 GPA(German grade Sys.)
And would it help if I have some work experience and a certification in related field
Anurag on January 18, 2017:
Hey, thanks for information. But unfortunately today I got to know that my visa was recorded before 3 weeks, the embassy people didn't even tell me about it. I was rejected because of insufficient German language knowledge although I have my language course in Germany. I didn't provide them any certificate during the interview as I was still undergoing the course. I was planning to reapply, can you give any suggestions what should be done in order to get approved please?
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on January 13, 2017:
Congratulations Madhu!! Have a wonderful time in Germany. As you said, the Embassy understood that your intentions were genuine and that you were in good financial standing. Thanks for taking the time to let us know of your visa success.
Madhu on January 13, 2017:
This is just to inform you that my language visa application is approved and I just got my visa stamped a few days ago. Honestly, I was very disappointed after your reply, so it was a pleasant surprise when I received the approval mail. I guess, the Embassy understood that my intentions to go to Germany is completely true and I have the financial backing for my stay up there. Anyway, thank you very much Charles. Your blog has been very helpful to me.
Vahid on December 06, 2016:
First, I would like to thank you for all the useful information you have provided.
The Immigration Office of the city where you will be studying for a master's program emailed me that they have sent their agreement about my student visa's documents to the German embassy located in my country. However, the German embassy tells me I still need to wait for even several months. Do you happen to know why I have to wait despite the agreement of the Immigration Office.
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on October 26, 2016:
Congratulations Shazad! Hope you have a wonderful time in Germany.
Shazad on October 26, 2016:
Also just got the visa approval today. So Alles gut!
Shazad on October 25, 2016:
Thanks so much Charles. Appreciate the help.
Jaylee on September 28, 2016:
I got admission at University of Siegen and applied for national visa at the German embassy in Turkey. My visa appointment was this gone Monday. When I met the visa officer I told her that the last day of my school's registration is on the 13th of October which is less than 3weeks. I came home and wrote the university requesting extension and they expressed that there's nothing they can do so I then forwarded the mail to the embassy requesting for a quicker process. I didn't get a reply but now I am worried if that will in anyways affect my application. Also, I did missed one of the questions about that courses I am expected to take. Reading your article for me feeling so afraid.
Lastly, I used my WAEC certificate as my prof of English exam.
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on September 15, 2016:
How did you try contacting the embassy?
Try sending them an email. You can also try calling their line.
James on September 08, 2016:
Hey Charles, it's James
I applied for a visa on the 12th of July, later on though I noticed I made a mistake by answering no for "do you intent to maintain your perminant residence outside the federal republic of Germany ?". I honestly misunderstood the question. I tried contacting the embassy but no one answers. And you might say that it should be mentioned in my motivation letter that I don't want to stay in Germany but ,and you might my believe it so check for yourself if you like , for the German embassy in Beirut it is not one of the requirements to write a motivation letter. Only a CV.
So what should I do ?
akash10491 on June 25, 2016:
freadstor on May 10, 2016:
I was trying to explain that if I give these reasons that my first masters program was not really engineering as thought it was, and it didn't suit me as it was more of physics than engineering.
While, I'm currently doing Data Science and CFA as an additional on my own thing, to cope with the second master work.(for which I'm working on now)
Yes, I do know that it's been tough going with these explanation and how they would take it. But as you have said a persuasive explanation might work in my favour, although I don't expect the success rate of it to be higher.
I haven't gotten any acceptance till now as I have only sent them recently. Let's see how the admissions goes before worrying about Visa.
Adding to what the Indians here said. Yes, the Indian admissions test is very tough, but it doesn't necessarily mean everyone gets through it, the number of seats in such good universities are less and the rest of the universities are mostly trash. The good university continue to be the same standards of school/entrance exam level, but trash universities in India are majority and are filled with students who have no hope of future.
In my advise, I would suggest any student from India to consider studying abroad, anywhere for example, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea etc(if not for US, UK, Canada and other generic places Indians mostly flock to ), if they have learnt German since childhood, well and good, they can even learn in German Universities in German.
freadstor on May 09, 2016:
I have dropped out from a master's program in Germany because I got poor grades and now that I'm wanting to go back. Is it possible that my explanations regarding my lack of background in that particular master program was at fault, is sufficient enough for visa acceptance?
Also right now I'm applying for Master in Finance and Data Science. I'm currently doing Data Science and CFA(Certified Financial Analyst) exam Level 1 on my own.
Will these explanation be enough for getting a visa? I'm highly doubtful about that, so I'm not relying on the Visa and will be seeking employment in Finance soon and will later try to go to Germany (or elsewhere, maybe US) for higher degree.
Mirza on April 16, 2016:
No doubt Indian system of Education is competitive but as per what i have found is that in Germany everybody has one area of expertise and not many subjects of different areas have to be crammed like in India. This focus of being dedicated and the application of knowledge using technology puts German standards apart from Indian system. That is what makes things intensive here.
Charles Nuamah (author) from Germany on April 16, 2016:
Dev. Good for you. First and foremost, there is no point comparing the toughness of any two educational systems, since toughness is relative. What one might find tough, another person might find easy. If you read my article carefully, I clearly said that German educational system is ONE OF THE TOUGHEST and NOT THE TOUGHEST. If you feel Indian's educational system is tougher, that's OK. You are entitled to your opinion. But the purpose of that statement was not compare the toughness of any two educational systems but rather to make students mentally prepared so they can succeed in their studies.
dev on April 16, 2016:
The German education system especially school system is nowhere near the competitiveness which Indian schools have. Entrance exam for Indian universities for medical and engineering are in fact one of the toughest examination in the world. And preparation for that is so intensive that it is at times even more than what one learns in first or second year. I am 2nd-year bachelor student in Berlin university and some of the things we learn now were already done in my school in india while preparing for IIT-JEE(entrance exam for engineering ).