What documents do I need for my visa?
The documents you need for the study visa are almost the same everywhere; depending on the country, the documents may be slightly different or you may need additional papers. Therefore, visit the website of the German Embassy where you will apply for the visa to make sure you have all the information.
The typical documents are the following:
- Letter of admission from the SRH
- a valid passport with at least two free pages
- a recent passport photo (note if there are any special requirements for the photo, e.g. light background or similar)
- Proof of funding, preferably a blocked account, scholarship certificate or similar, and
- some further application documents, e.g. travel insurance or already a German health insurance
Welcome to Germany
Have you received your letter of admission? Then it's time to start planning your study abroad programme at the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences. An important milestone is your visa.
Submit your application as early as possible, because it can take several weeks or months until you get an appointment for the application, which varies greatly depending on the embassy. The processing time for your application can also take several months. The sooner you can take care of it, the better.
Who needs a visa?
Actually, everyone who wants to stay in Germany for longer than three months. However, there are a few exceptions, which you can find on the right-hand side.
If you are not sure whether you need a visa or not, check with the German Embassy in your home country or the country where you live.
Which visa do I need to apply for?
Please apply for a national visa for study purposes (D-Visa) if you would like to study at SRH Berlin for at least one semester (6 months). There is also a visa for study application or a visa for language acquisition; if you have been admitted to us, then apply for the visa for study purposes.
You cannot apply for a Schengen visa to enter Germany for the start of your studies; this is only possible for tourism purposes or short courses (summer school and similar). A Schengen visa will never be converted into a residence permit. If you have applied for a Schengen visa, you can enter the country, but you have to leave within 90 days and then you have to wait 90 days before you can apply for a new one. There are situations where this is a temporary solution, but you would still need to apply for a visa for study purposes.