Visa for Students

06.02.2024 - Article

Here you will find information on the documents to be submitted for a visa application to study in Germany.

General Information

The official website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

Foreign students who have been admitted by a German university (possibly with a preparatory language course) or have been accepted by a preparatory college can apply for a visa to study in Germany. It is advisable to apply for admission or acceptance by the university as early as possible.

We highly recommend to book an appointment (this can be done for a day in the future) as soon as you know you intend to move to Germany for your studies. Bad planning on your side does not cause an emergency on our side – no special appointments will be provided.

During your studies, you can earn a living by working part-time as a student (either 120 full days or 240 half days per year).

After completing your studies, you have the opportunity to look for a job.

Required Documents

To apply, you will need the following original documents plus one set of copies to present at your appointment at the Embassy. We highly recommend to use the information sheet as a checklist and bring it as a print out for your appointment.
Please pay attention that all Tanzanian documents issued by an authority of the state needs to be legalised.

Please sort the individual sets in the order listed below.
Information Sheet

In your application form (VIDEX) you enter all the information about your entry and your stay in Germany. You must complete this form and print it out once, sign and date it.

If you are a minor, your legal representatives must sign the application and declare their consent.

To the form

A recent biometric photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background)

Information on biometric photos can be found here

Your passport must be signed and valid for at least one year from the date your visa is issued.
Please note that the document must still have at least two blank pages (if the decision is positive, your visa will be affixed here later).

Do you not have Tanzanian citizenship?

If you are not a Tanzanian citizen, please provide us with your Tanzanian residence permit.

Proof of your residence in Tanzania can be, for example, a copy of your electricity bill, water bill or gas bill.or a rent contract.

For non- Tanzanian nationals: Tanzanian residence permit

Proof of admission to the study programme/study college in the original and two copies, with reference to the language of instruction

If sufficient language skills have not yet been confirmed in the university's letter of admission:

Proof of language proficiency in the language of instruction required for the degree programme or preparatory course (without preparatory language course usually at least B2 in the language of instruction). A submitted language certificate must have been issued by an ALTE-certified institution.

Please note – in some cases you even migth need to provide proof of language proficiency in another language (like English IELTS)

The applicant must have at least €934.00 per month at their disposal for their stay in Germany. When submitting the application, proof of financial resources for at least one year, i.e. at least €11,208.00 (e.g. via a blocked account or formal letter of obligation (‚Verpflichtungserklärung‘) must be provided.

Alternatively, a formal letter of obligation (‚Verpflichtungserklärung‘) from an inviter in Germany or a scholarship commitment (e.g. from DAAD, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) can be submitted.

Applicants without a letter of admission who apply for a visa in accordance with § 17 Para. 2 AufenthG must have at least €947.00 per month (€11,364 per year) at their disposal.

For financing via blocked account: Open the blocked account in good time BEFORE you apply for a visa. When applying for a visa, only the official opening confirmation stating the total amount paid in and the monthly amount available will be accepted. A confirmation without stating these amounts is not sufficient.

Persons with statutory health insurance cover are adequately insured from the first day of work. Please provide proof of your statutory insurance cover.
If you arrive before the statutory health insurance cover begins, you must take out appropriate supplementary insurance.
If a long or permanent stay is planned, some travel health insurance policies may exclude insurance cover in their terms and conditions. This restriction may also apply to an “incoming” insurance policy, so please ensure that your supplementary insurance policy provides adequate cover. Further information here

Admission to the preparatory language course or internship.

In certain cases, additional documents may be required. You will be notified of this directly via the international portal as part of the preliminary check of the online application.

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow six weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad).

Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.



Appointments are made via an online system. It is not possible to make an appointment by telephone. You can find all information here

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