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All international students who want to study in Germany must have a German student visa. With this student visa, you can stay in Germany for the length of your course. Obtaining a Germany study visa is not very expensive. However, you must overcome several administrative obstacles to get one. Therefore, here we will discuss all the details about the Germany student visa.


Why apply for a Germany Student Visa?

Below are some important reasons that might convince you to study in Germany. 


Types of Germany Student Visa

There are three types of visas for Germany for which international students can apply. Before applying for a Germany student visa, it is essential to know all three different types of student visas in detail. So, let’s explore them below.


Intakes in Germany

German intakes primarily occur twice a year, during the summer and winter. Winter intake is the primary application time for German universities. The majority of programs collect applications during this intake session.


Let's check the distinctions between Germany's summer and winter intake in detail:


Intake 1: Summer intake in Germany: This intake starts in the month of March and August, and its deadline falls between January and February.

Intake 2: Winter intake in Germany: This intake starts in October and February, and its application deadline falls between July and August.


You can check the deadline for higher study courses in Germany. 

Higher Study Options


Intake Months

Deadline to Apply


3 - 4 Years

Oct (Major) & Mar (Minor)

8-10 months before the intake month

Master (MS/MBA)

2 Years

Oct (Major) & Mar (Minor)

Benefits of Studying in Germany

Germany is considered one of the most preferred study-abroad destinations for international students. There are many reasons behind it! Let’s explore them below. 


Below are some more benefits of studying in Germany.

Higher Study Options


Part-time work duration allowed

Post-study work permit

Can departments work full-time?

Is schooling free for department children

PR option available for post-study and work


20 Hours per week

18 months temporary residence permit




Master (MS/MBA)

20 Hours per week

Top Universities in Germany

Here are some of the top universities in Germany for international students.

Germany Rank

QS Rank 2024




Technical University of Munich



Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München



Universität Heidelberg



Freie-Universität Berlin



RWTH Aachen University



KIT, Karlsruher-Institut für Technologie



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)



Albert-Ludwigs-Universtaet Freiburg



Universität Hamburg

Germany Universities and Programs

Below is a list of some of the best universities and courses offered in those universities in Germany.



Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg


EU Business School


Frankfurt School of Finance and Management


Free University of Berlin


Heidelberg University


Humboldt University

Bachelors, Masters

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Bachelors, Btech, Masters

Leipzig University


Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


RWTH Aachen University

Bachelors, Masters, MBA

Technical University of Berlin

Bachelors, Masters

University of Bayreuth


University of Berlin


University of Hamburg


University of Mannheim


University of Munich

Btech, Masters, MBA

University of Stuttgart


University of Tubingen


Popular courses to study in Germany for international students are as follows - 


Scholarships in Germany for Indian Students

In Germany, international students get various scholarship opportunities, which help them reduce the burden of tuition fees. Below are some of the best scholarships available for Indian students in Germany.

Scholarship Name 

Offered By 



DAAD Scholarship Programs

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

€934 for graduates and €1,200 for doctoral/Ph.D. students

September - October 


Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships

Heinrich Böll Foundation

Up to €934 per month 

March 1st and September 1st of each year.

DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship Program

By the Germany Government Body 

300 euros per month

start of the academic year

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarship

KAS Foundation

For Graduates:  €934 for two years

For PhD: €1,400 per month for three years

7th February 2024


Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarships

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Foundation

monthly stipend of €830 - €850

family allowance of €276 for students with children

30 April 

EMS Undergraduate Scholarship

European Management School

50% of tuition fees 

April 15

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Scholarship

HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Up to €1,000 to €1,800 

April 15

Humboldt Research Fellowship Scholarship

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

amount up to €2,670 for 6 to 24 months.

Every March, July and November

ULM University Scholarship

Land of Baden-Wuerttemberg (LGFG)

€1,200 per month.

29 February 

RWTH Aachen Scholarship

WTH International Academy

up to 25% in the tuition fee

1 March 

Eligibility to Study in Germany

Applicants seeking higher education in Germany must meet specific prerequisites to enrol in prestigious universities. Therefore, verify your eligibility for master's and bachelor's degree programs in Germany below.

Higher Study Options

Minimum Educational Requirement

Minimum Required Percentage


Backlogs Information

Other Standardised Tests

Pre- Bachelor

12 Years of Education (10+2)


Overall, 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band

1-2 backlogs (some private universities universities may accept more)



13 years of Education (12 years of schooling + 1 year of bachelor's)

73% for public universities and 65% for private universities

Overall, 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or B2 level proficiency 

The minimum SAT score required is 1350/1600

Master (MS/MBA)

3/4 Years of Graduate Degree

73% for public universities and 65% for private universities

Overall, 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or B2 level proficiency 

GRE 310/340 and GMAT 520/700 and work experience of 1-3 years may be required for Engineering and MBA programs, respectively

Germany Student Visa Requirements for Indians

Below are some essential documents required to apply for a Germany Study Visa. 


How to get a Student Visa for Germany?

Check the step-by-step procedure for applying for a student visa for Germany from India.


Step 1: Check whether you qualify for a student visa to Germany.

Step 2: Put together all necessary paperwork.

Step 3: Use the internet to apply for a German visa.

Step 4: Await the status of the approval.

Step 5: Take a plane to Germany to begin your study abroad journey.


Germany Student Visa Fees

Indian students have to pay the same 90€ as all other applicants for a German student visa. Students are required to pay the visa fees in Indian Rupees (INR), the native currency. Therefore, you must constantly verify the most recent currency rate before visiting India's German consulate or embassy.


Apart from this, Demand Drafts are accepted as payment at all German embassies in India. All national banks in India accept demand drafts as long as they are no more than two months old. Notably, cash is also accepted at the German Embassy in New Delhi. The visa fees are non-refundable. So, in any case, if your visa gets rejected, then you won’t receive any amount back.

Type of expense

Student Visa Germany cost in Euros

Equivalent Cost in INR


200 euros (approximately)

18,000 INR (approximately)

Embassy fees

90 euros (approximately)

8127 INR (approximately)

Insurance charges

70 - 100 euros

6320 INR - 9030 INR (approximately)

Cost of Studying in Germany

Compared to other study-abroad destinations, Germany is quite an affordable place to study. The tuition fees are very low. In public universities, international students can study for free, but they have to pay regional taxes. Below is the approximate tuition fee for international students.

Higher Study Options

Average Tuition Fee per Year

Visa Fee

Living Expenses for 1 Year/Proof of funds for 1 year

Is opening a bank account in the country required to show proof of funds?


Public universities - 150 to 1500 EUR/Semester (6 months)

Private universities - 11,000 to 15,000 EUR per year (approx.)

75 Euros

11,208 Euros

The student needs to open a blocked account of 11,208 Euros to show proof of living expenses

Master (MS/MBA)

Germany Student Visa Processing Time

A Germany study visa may take up to six months to process. It depends upon the German embassy and the nation from which you are applying. You can check the visa status once you apply.


Post-Study Work Permits in Germany

After completing higher education studies in Germany, international students are applicable to get post-study work visa. The validity of this visa extends beyond the time you will be enrolled in classes. Following the 18-month job seeker visa, there will be a post-study work visa. Depending on the length of employment, your work visa may be extended if your company permits you to stay on.


As long as the anticipated pay is enough to cover their living expenses, students may still be granted a residence permit despite receiving a part-time job offer.


Let's say a student wishes to remain and settle permanently in Germany. If so, he/she might apply for an EU Blue Card or permanent residence card within two years after obtaining them.


No. of years

Bachelor’s degrees

18 months of post-study work permit allowed

Master’s degrees

18 months of post-study work permit allowed

All doctoral qualifications

18 months of post-study work permit allowed

How can Meridean help you?

You can get counselling at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants to support your dream. Our counsellors will assist you in choosing the top colleges and programs. To help you obtain high band scores and improve your chances of being accepted into Germany’s best colleges, they will assist you in obtaining a student visa and offer you English language instruction for the TOEFL and IELTS exams.



1: Can I get permanent residency in Germany after my studies?

After your academic success, you can apply for a German work visa. If you are hired, you will be granted a skilled worker residence visa in Germany. After working there for two years, you can apply for a PR in Germany.


2: Is ielts required for a Germany student visa?

Yes, demonstrating your fluency in English is one of the conditions for a study permit to Germany. A band score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any section on the IELTS is the minimal criterion for a Germany student visa. However, if you are applying for German-taught programs, you might not require an IELTS score.


3: Is getting a German student Visa difficult for international students?

Obtaining a study visa for Germany is simple. Any Indian national who wants to pursue coursework toward a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree can apply for a student visa. According to current figures, 95% of visa applications are granted.


4: Can I work part-time in Germany with a student visa?

International students are allowed to work in Germany while they study. Students can work 120 days of full-time employment and 240 days of part-time employment with their student visa. Students who work while they study can better manage their finances by controlling their spending.


5: How can I apply for a free German learning program?

To study for free in Germany, one must pay either no tuition at all or very little. Particularly at public universities, where tuition is waived, only regional taxes are to be paid. One of the entrance requirements that can help you achieve a scholarship for several universities is an average of 80% or fluency in German.


6: What is the minimum bank balance for a German visa?

Depending on each applicant's unique situation, a different amount of bank balance is needed for a German tourist visa from India. But generally speaking, for every day that you are in Germany, you need to have at least 7,200 INR (€80) in your bank account.


7: What are the types of Germany study visas?

Broadly, there are three types of student visas for Germany: the German Student Visa, the German Student Applicant Visa, and the German Language Course Visa.


8: Is it required to be able to communicate in German in order to study in Germany?

No, you do not need to speak German to study in Germany. Various postgraduate and graduate programs offered in English are available at several universities. Additionally, it will depend on the course you want to take.


9: What is the list of best universities in Germany as per QS Ranking?

Some of the best universities to study in germany for international students, as per QS world ranking, include the Technical University of Munich, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München, Universität Heidelberg, Freie-Universität Berlin, and RWTH Aachen University.


10: How can I apply for a free German learning program?

To study for free in Germany, one must pay either no tuition at all or very little. This is accurate, particularly at public universities, where tuition is waived. One of the entrance requirements for several colleges is an average of 80% and fluency in German. 

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