As a general rule, all foreigners staying in Germany for more than 90 days wanting to work or study in Germany need a visa before entering the country.
Depending on the nationality issuing a student visa for studying in Germany can take up to 6 months. We highly recommend all of our candidates to book an appointment with the embassy in their countries as early as possible.
* EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.
The APS consists of a procedure to check the qualifications of Chinese applicants for admission into German higher education. The APS-Certificate is enforced since 2001 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Embassy in Beijing.
Obtaining the certificate is mandatory for all students who are interested in studying in Germany. Thus, before applying to a German university you have to hand in your academic certificates and documents to the APS-office in Beijing. This procedure may require some time. We would recommend you to book an appointment as soon as possible, if you have not done it yet.
You can read all about the APS on their official website and with the German embassy.
- What is the Residence Permit?
After moving into Germany. Students are required to register in the city they are living in, with their address, and apply to a residence permit (“Aufenthaltserlaubnis”) at the immigration authority. This document is the permit that allows non-EU or non-EEA nationals to live and study in Germany for the duration of the program.
With a valid residence permit from a Schengen area country, students have the opportunity of traveling, with a valid passport, to any other country in the Schengen area, for a period up to 90 days.
- Can the Residence Permit be extended after the program is finished?
According to German regulation, after finishing a graduate Degree in Germany, students have the option of extending their residence permit for up to 18 months. In order to search for a suitable employment that matches their German university degree.