Residents of EU nations do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.
Non-EU citizens can request a student visa at an official agency of the Federal Republic of Germany (embassy or consulate) in their country of residence after being accepted by the university for studies / by the Studienkolleg for the Aufnahmeprüfung (admission exam). Alongside other specified documents, you will require the original acceptance letter from Zulassung International (Akademischen Auslandsamt).
Please keep in mind that it could take several months to process your request.
Up-to-date information on traveling to and living in Germany can be found at the websites of the Foreign Office.
Information on current visa requirements can be found here: Foreign Office, visa regulations.
For general information about the city of Darmstadt
Expenses and financing your studies
It is important that you organize how you are going to fund your studies BEFORE you arrive in Germany, as proof of sufficient financial means is required upon application for a residence permit. (§ 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 AufenthG).
Scholarships: Generally universities do not offer scholarships. And: It’s not typical for an international student to receive full funding for their studies through scholarships in Germany. TIP: Before you come to Germany, check out the scholarship opportunities in your home country, and see if any of them can apply to your studies here.
Various financial aide options for students in Germany are outlined on the website of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
In order to ensure students’ financial subsistence during the course of their stay, the financial requirements for a residence permit are based on the current BAföG rates: currently 720 € per month or 8,640 € per year
The proof of financial means can be provided in the following ways:
- Certification from a German bank confirming an account balance of at least 8.640 € in a restricted-access account (“Sperrkonto”), from which no more than 1/12 of the balance may be withdrawn monthly.
- Deposit of an irrevocable bond above a minimum of 8.640 € at a German bank.
- Declaration of commitment from a person living in Germany according to § 68 AufenthG. This person must assume responsibility for the student’s subsistence during the entire course of their stay in Germany.
- Proof of receipt of a scholarship with a monetary total of at least 720 € per month.
Applicants may NOT state possible gainful employment alongside their studies as proof of financial means.
Approximate living costs
Here are the approximate living costs calculated for the average student studying in Darmstadt:
|Registration fees||220.00€ per semester|
|Residence Permit for Non-EU||100€ for one year, 110€ for more than one year|
300.00€ – 450.00€ per month|
(depending on the type of accommodation)
|Health insurance||90.00€ per month|
|Food & Beverages||250.00€ – 350.00€ per month|
|Phone & Internet||35.00€ – 50.00€ per month|
|GEZ*||17.50€ per month|
Estimated living expenses are about 700.00€ – 900.00€ per month.
*GEZ is a joint organization of Germany's public broadcasting institutions (radio and TV). Everyone who registers in Germany is required to pay these fees even if you are not a German citizen.