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Blocked Account (Sperrkonto)


If you want to study in Germany (study, apply for a study, pre-study language course) you have to submit proof that your financial means are adequate for that purpose. One way of proving sufficient financial means is to open a blocked or limited-withdrawal account (Sperrkonto) in Germany. In most cases this way is preferable.

You have free choice of provider. Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Federal Foreign Office website.

Please note:

Citizens of Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the United States of America, who travel to Germany without visa, may open the account after entering Germany.

Other foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Germany have to open the blocked account in advance.

The German Embassy is not responsible for compiling the correct documents and cannot be held liable for any loss or damage nor the timely arrival of the documents in Germany.

When the opening of a blocked account, you enter into an agreement with the bank and that the German Embassy and the Federal Foreign Office have no influence on any decisions of the financial institution nor on your relationship with the same.

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