- Enrol at an accredited German language school
- Prepare your proof of financial means
- Book your Appointment for a Long Term Visa.
- Take out health insurance
- Have your biometric passport photos taken
- Prepare your documentation, and make sure you have all the documents on this list. Include a motivational letter.
- Have your interview at the embassy
- Wait for approval
- Book your flight tickets. You only book your flight tickets after the Visa is approved.
- 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 934UR per month (as of 2023) for one year in advance. Therefore 11.208 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 A blocked account is a bank account from which no money or only a limited amount of money can be withdrawn. Additional information can be found on the Federal Foreign Office website. Always choose a reliable bank to open your Sperrkonto. Additional info on the Study in Germany website.
- 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
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