Requirements for Student Visas

Students with laptop

Students with laptop , © dpa / picture-alliance


If you wish to study at the university or learn German at a language school in Germany, you are required to obtain a residence permit.
There are two different types of visas for students: Student Visa and Language Course Visa.

There are two different types of visas for students:

1. Student Visa - for those who have applied for a course at a university and have received an acknowledgement of their application.

2. Language Course Visa - for those only wanting to take a language course in Germany. NB: A Language Course Visa cannot be converted into a Student Visa in Germany. So if you wish to take a course at a German university immediately after your language course, apply now for a Student Visa (these may cover both the language course and the university course). Otherwise you will have to return to Cambodia after the language course is finished and apply again.

In addition to the general requirements, the originals as well as 2 photocopies of the following documents (items 2-9) must be provided:


Two completed application forms and three recent passport photographs


Passport or travel document, valid for at least six months


Letter of admission from a German university, confirmation of language class registration

4Certificates of school examinations qualifying you to study at a university (or equivalent) in Germany,

confirmation letter of the competent German authorities (Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle)


Certificates of university examinations, Student Identification Card etc. (if applicable)


Certificates showing your level of ability in German or confirmation that you have registered for an intensive German language course in Germany (at least 20 hours a week). Please note that proof of German language proficiency is required if course language (even partly) is German


Financial proof for your entire period of studies in Germany such as your scholarship award, a recent bank book, a recent bank statement or fixed deposit statement, financial guarantee from parents, supported by appropriate proof or an officail sponsorship letter “Verpflichtungserklärung” (please reckon expenses of € 659,-- per month)


Employer's leave letter (if applicable)


Proof of health insurance


Motivation letter explaining the reasons for your studies/language course

All documents must be presented in English or German. Further documents may be requested in individual cases.

Processing Time: Student Visa shall generally be processed in 4 to 6 weeks.

Additional content

High-quality photos form the basis for the perfect reproduction of the image and are a precondition for the application of facial biometrics in ID documents/visas. Please find the photo requirement for visa application in the pdf file below:

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