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General requirements

University entrance qualifications, language skills, visas – Take a look at the general requirements for studying in Germany

Admissions to German Universities

To study at a German university, you will have to meet the eligibility criteria and other requirements. The criteria for admission differs from course to course. First and foremost criteria is that your existing education should be recognized in Germany. 

Based on the recognition status, the scores you acquired in the final exams, etc. one can get admitted to the university directly or if the admission criteria are not met, one can get admission via indirect pathway wherein compensatory extra studies/activities are to be met. There are several pathways to get admission to a German higher education institution

Language proficiency

German Language

For degree programs being taught in German, knowledge of German language is a prerequisite for attending classes at the university. German language proficiency expected for starting university studies is C1 level (equivalent to IELTS band 7-8)

Englsh Language

Knowledge of German language is not mandatory if you intend on enrolling in a university program that is being taught in English. Evidence of knowledge of English can be provided as , e.g., valid TOEFL iBT® test result of at least 83 points (Internet-based) or paper-based test (PBT): 605; IELTS 6.0, etc
Alternatively you can prove your English language proficiency with a degree from a program that was conducted in English by submitting your transcript of records or your degree certificate as evidence, if the university accepts

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Proof of financial resources

For getting visa to study in Germany you will have to prove that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in Germany, regardless of your/your family’s financial background. 

There are several options for this including sponsorship from institution, or scholarship or financial backing of a sponsor from Germany. But the most effective is having a bank account deposit for the student with ~10,300 euros at their disposal for one year.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is another mandatory requirement if you are planning to study in Germany. It is essential to prove that you have a health insurance when you apply for visa, enrol for studies and when you are applying for a residence permit to continue your stay in Germany.

​When the students are not eligible for public health insurance, they are required to have incoming health insurance, example., students attending language courses or foundation course are required to have incoming health insurance which can cost about ~400 euros per annum.

While the students are attending university studies, they are eligible for public insurance which is comparatively less expensive, ~100-200 euros per annum


If you hold a non-European passport and usually requires a visa to travel to Germany or Europe in general, you will definitly need “an entry visa to Germany” to travel to Germany to start with the studies at institution formally. Depending on how long you planning to stay in Germany for your studies, nature of your studies and the admission documents you have, there are several sub-categories for student visas.

With the entry permit for studies in Germany, one is expected to apply for residence permit from the foreigners office by submitting the required documents such a proof of residence in Germany, admission letter, health insurance, and enrolment letter from the institution where you study

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