If you want to visit Germany for example for a Summer School there are a few things that you absolutely need to know about Visa!
Who needs a Visa?
Eu-nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany
Generally speaking, all non-eu foreigners require a visa for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180‑day period for nationals of some special countries.
You can find out whether you need a visa or not here!
Which visa do you need?
short stay – up to 90 days
visas for transit through the Schengen area or for short‑term stays in the Schengen area not exceeding 90 days in any 180‑day period
longer stay – more than 3 months
all foreigners require visas for stays of more than three months or stays leading to gainful employment
How much does it cost?
Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:
Children under six years
School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations
Researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
Foreign nationals receiving a scholarship from public funds during their stay in Germany, as well as their spouse or partner and minor children as long as they are covered by the funding
Members of the diplomatic missions, consular posts and international organisations in Germany, as well as their spouse and children up to and including the age of 25
Where Germany has undertaken to do so in bilateral or multilateral agreements
Where do I apply for a Visa?
The embassies and consulates general (foreign missions) of the Federal Republic of Germany are responsible for issuing visas.
The diplomatic mission or consular post in whose district you have your habitual residence or domicile is locally responsible for processing your visa application.
If you want to travel to Germany, you can apply for a visa at a German diplomatic mission or consular post in your home country.
How does the application procedure work?
Visa applications must be submitted in person at the German mission which is responsible for your place of residence. It is important to also bring all the necessary documents. Check out the website of the responsible German mission to find out about the visa procedure and the needed documents. Plan enough time in advance for this.
You can receive Visa application forms for free at your mission (in your local language). They can also be downloaded for free from the website of your responsible mission.
How long does the visa procedure take?
As a rule, the missions abroad need up to 14 working days to decide on an application for a Schengen visa. During peak travel periods, there may be waiting periods before the application can be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consular post. You can apply for the Schengen visa up to six months and usually no more than 15 days before the planned trip, but you can also make the appointment before that.
When applying for a visa that entitles you to a longer-term stay, you must expect a processing time of several months, depending on the purpose of your stay.