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For the latest visa information, please visit the German Federal Foreign Office website. The information below is provided as a guide only. 

Overview

If you plan to study at Lancaster University Leipzig in Germany and you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will need to apply for a student visa from the respective German mission in your country (or nearest location) before travelling. We will provide you with additional guidance on your application once you have received an Unconditional Offer from us. If you have any questions in the meantime, then do contact us at info@lancasterleipzig.com.

Please note that visa applications can take up to 90 days to process and so it is important to apply as early as possible.

Please also note that students from the following countries currently do not require a visa for entering Germany (last updated October 2019): Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, San Marino, South Korea and USA. They might, however, have to apply for a student residence permit upon arrival.

Non-EU students

You will need to provide a number of documents to support your visa application. Examples of what you will need to provide are below, however, we recommend checking the website of the relevant German mission in your country as requirements may vary.

 

Documents required are likely to include:

  • satisfactory health insurance (see below)
  • sufficient evidence of financial means (see below)
  • evidence of acceptance into your chosen university/degree (your Unconditional Offer Letter)
  • evidence of your academic and language qualifications

The German mission in your country may then forward the visa application for an opinion to the immigration authority in Leipzig. The German mission in your country, can then only issue the visa for entry once the relevant authority in Leipzig has given its approval. As application processing times can vary, particularly in busy periods, we recommend submitting your visa application as early as possible once we have confirmed that you are ready to do so.

German missions in your country

List of German missions (where you will submit your documentation) can be found here.

English evidence

You will not need to prove evidence of German language as part of your visa application. All teaching for your chosen course will be undertaken in English, therefore you will need to demonstrate evidence of English language (IELTS or equivalent) within your application.

Financial evidence

You will need to evidence that you are able to finance your study and living expenses for the duration of your studies with us in Germany.

This is usually done by paying a security deposit into a specific blocked bank account in Germany, or by depositing an annually renewable bank guarantee at a bank in Germany. Recognized scholarships/sponsorships can also be acceptable, however, these will require approval by the University.

You will be expected to demonstrate funds for one year (covering living costs).

From 1 January 2020, the annual requirement that must be paid into the blocked account when applying for a visa will increase to 10,236 EUR.

Most international students use a blocked account to fund their studies in Germany. The money you transfer to a blocked account cannot be accessed until you enter the country. You can open a German blocked account from your home country with the following providers: Fintiba, Coracle or Expatrio.

It takes minutes to have your Blocked Account open and ready for transfer.

 

Insurance

International applicants must have sufficient health insurance in order to study in Germany. This must cover the following services in Germany:

  • medical and dental treatment
  • supply of pharmaceuticals, wound dressings, therapeutic and aid products
  • hospital treatment
  • medical services for rehabilitation
  • services during pregnancy and birth

Please check the insurance requirements on the webpage of the nearest German Embassy. In most cases, you would need to have a travel insurance for your first entry to Germany and get a public student health insurance upon arrival. If you use Coracle for opening your blocked account, you may also book a public health insurance with them and receive a travel insurance for your visa application for free! 

 

If you are an EEA national, or from a country that has concluded a Social Security Agreement with Germany, you are exempt from the health insurance requirement upon production of proof of health insurance in their own country.

Visa issuance

Processing times will vary per country, but it can sometimes take up to 90 days. It's important that you apply as soon as possible.