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Check the visa requirements for study preparation.

For the visa application the following documents need to be handed in personally at the visa section of the German Embassy in Seoul.

  • 2 filled out and signed application forms
  • valid passport (the original will be returned to you after application) + 2 copies of the identification pages
  • two recent passport photographs, not older than 6 months( white background – 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • confirmation of an authorisation showing that the applicant is allowed to commence a course of study in Germany (i.e. school leaving certificate, certificate showing that the applicant has passed the university entrance examination)
  • Proof of funding, e.g.:

            - confirmation of scholarship (at least 720 € per month, this equals to an amount of 8640 € per year) or
            - blocked account or
            - formal obligation

  • evidence of prior study performances (if any)
  • confirmation that the applicant has already passed a German language course or at least intends to register for a German language course that comprises at least 18 hours of language training per week

In individual cases the submission of additional documents might be necessary.

Please note:

- Pursuing a gainful occupation is not allowed before the studies have commenced (hereby
comprised is e.g. the time needed for preparation language courses).

- In case spouses and/or children under the age of 16 wish to accompany or join the principal
visa holder the form ‚Reunion of families’ needs to be enclosed. For further Information, please check ‚Reunion of families’.

- The regular visa processing time will take approximately four weeks. In individual cases the
processing time might exceed this time frame. Therefore we recommend to hand in the application as early as possible.

- Usually a student visa is valid for three months. Therefore the applicant needs to apply for a residence permit which allows to commence studies in Germany at the responsible German aliens authority after having entered Germany. The application should be handed in before the visa has expired.

- The visa application fee is 75 Euros and is to be paid cash in KRW on application according
to the current exchange rate. If the visa is refused or the application withdrawn by the applicant, the visa fee will not be reimbursed.

- There is no legal title for the assignation of a visa, even if the documentation is complete. The decision whether a visa will be issued also depends on the consent of the local German aliens authority.

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