Please take care of all necessary formalities before coming to Germany (visa, health insurance etc.), you may find an overview of necessary steps here.
Visa Formalities for studies in Germany
German embassies and consular representations will provide information on current entry and residence requirements for Germany.
Applicants for university studies from the following countries do not require a visa to enter Germany:
- European Union, EEA states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
- Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, USA
Applicants from all other countries need a study visa for Germany prior to arrival. A tourist visa does not entitle the holder to register as a student. Information on current entry regulations and the application forms are available from the Federal Foreign Ofﬁce. The first step is applying for a study visa in your country. Please mind the information of the German Embassy to your country and the following link: Visa-Navigator (diplo.de). The second step, after arrival, is the application for a residence permit.
The student visa is only valid for a maximum of 3 months. On arrival in Germany, students must apply for a study residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from the Foreign Registration Authority (Ausländerbehörde).
For information about this process please contact directly the Foreign Registration Authority in Halle.
Ausländerbehörde/Team Einreise und Aufenthalt
Am Stadion 5
06122 Halle (Saale)
Tel. +49 (0) 345 221 5305
Fax. +49 (0) 345 221 5312
Registration at the registration ofﬁce
Since Germany has compulsory registration by law, every student (regardless of citizenship) has to register at the Einwohnermeldeamt (Civil Service Center/ Population Administration).
For questions and information please contact the directly the Civil Service Center.
Bürgerservicestelle/ Fachbereich Einwohnerwesen
06108 Halle (Saale)