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Study German in Germany

You can apply to study German in Germany. For this, you need to apply for a Long Term Visa National Visa. Take note that the procedure is different from that of a tourist visa. 

Application Process

  1. Enroll at an accredited German language school
  2. Prepare your proof of financial means
  3. Book your Appointment for a Long Term Visa. 
  4. Take out health insurance
  5. Have your biometric passport photos taken
  6. Prepare your documentation, make sure you have all the documents on this list.  Include a motivational letter. 
  7. Have your interview at the embassy
  8. Wait for approval
  9. Book your flight tickets.  You only book your flight tickets after the Visa is approved.

Tips

  • Always include a motivational letter as to why you want to study German in Germany. It could be for example in preparation for further studies at a University or Apprenticeship.
  • I can recommend the following company to take out medical and travel insurance. They cater for students and are accepted by the embassy – Klemmer
  • The language course must be for 5 days a week with a minimum of 4 hours per day. – Min 20 hours a week. The VHS is a good option.
  • Proof of financial means: a minimum of 920 EUR per month (as from 2021) for one year in advance. Therefore 11.040 EUR needs to be available with one of the following options:
    • A blocked account at a German bank showing the minimum amount of 11.040 EUR (withdrawal limit of 920 EUR per month)
    • A Formal Letter of Obligation, pursuant to sections 66-68 of the Residence Act valid for the duration of the applicant’s stay in Germany, which must be applied for at the relevant Alien’s Office by the resident/ host in Germany. Please note, sufficient funds (creditworthiness) must be proven by the 2sponsor and be confirmed on the Formal Letter of Obligation by the relevant Alien’s Office
    • Proof of sponsorship or bursary from a German institution (e.g. DAAD) or the South African government
    • Statement of income/financial circumstances of the parents as well as an assurance of their support. In these cases, the blocked account (see above) must be opened after arrival in Germany.
  • The visa application process takes between 4 and 6 weeks

Where to find information

You can find more information on the South African Embassy website.

We have a list of German tutors on our website  

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