Whether you need a visa (entry permit) for Germany as a study applicant depends on your nationality and the duration of your stay. Detailed information can be obtained from the German embassy or consulate in your home country.
No visa is required for students from the following countries:
All other students coming from countries not listed above need a visa to enter Germany.
Please do NOT enter with a tourist visa, as this cannot be converted into a residence permit for studies.
There are several types of visas that are suitable for this purpose:
After your entry you have a maximum of 3 months to have your visa converted into a suitable residence permit.
Persons from these countries enjoy freedom of movement within the European Union. They do not need a visa, a residence permit or a work permit.
EU citizens and citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway must register with the registration office within three months of entering the country and provide information on the purpose of their stay. As a rule, the following documents are required for this purpose:
After registration, you will automatically receive a certificate of your right of residence from the Foreigners' Registration Office.
If you are already in possession of a residence permit-EU or a certificate of your right of residence and you move from the federal territory to Regensburg, you only need to register at the registration office.
Swiss citizens also enjoy freedom of movement within the European Union and must register with the Foreigners' Registration Office within three months of entering the country. They do not require a visa or a work permit, but can (not mandatory) apply for a residence permit. As a rule, the following documents are required for this purpose:
If you are already in possession of a residence permit and are moving from the
Federal territory to Regensburg, you only need to register at the Foreigners' Registration Office.