Generally speaking, everyone needs a visa to study in Germany. This does not apply to EU nationals or citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, however.
Visas are issued by the German embassies or consulates in your country, and you need to apply for your visa before entering Germany. The application process can be lengthy, but prospective students are usually given priority. We strongly advise students to apply for their visas as early as possible, and are committed to supporting your applications.
A list of the websites of the German Missions abroad, in alphabetical order of the different countries, can be found on the following website:
For further information on visa regulations and the application process, please visit: