Information on application for a student visa

All Nepali nationals who wish to study in the Federal Republic of Germany require a visa prior to their departure.

An application may only be filed at the German Embassy Kathmandu under the provision that the applicant

- has a permanent residence in the area of jurisdiction of this Embassy.

Personal appearance at the German Embassy is mandatory for all applicants.

All applicants have to schedule an appointment for a personal interview at the German Embassy. These appointments have to be scheduled via internet:

Admission to the Visa Section of the German Embassy will only be granted at the time of the scheduled appointment. Being late will consequently result in scheduling a new appointment.

The visa application must be supported by all the necessary documents as only applications with complete documentation can be accepted.

In case the visa application and the supporting documents are in accordance with the requirements for a student visa your application will be forwarded to the competent Aliens' Office in Germany (Ausländerbehörde) for the mandatory approval.

It is important to apply in time as the visa process might take between eight and twelve weeks. Simultaneous applications for a Schengen visa and a student visa cannot be entertained.

Furthermore, the Embassy has to point out that visa for business, tourist or visiting purposes cannot be changed into residence permits after arrival in Germany.

Upon application for a student visa at the German Embassy the following documents have to be submitted:

- in original along with an attested translation into English or German

- two identical and arranged set of copies for each document

(copies have to be provided in DIN-A4 size only)

Required Documents:

  • Two visa application forms

    (please make sure that both forms are filled out and signed mentioning especially the address of your future residence in Germany (question 15) as well as your complete address which includes telephone No. and e-mail address in Nepal)

  • signed Declaration on True and Complete Information

  • three biometric passport pictures ( )

  • visa fee (equivalent of Euro 60,-- in NPR)

  • valid passport or travel document (with a validity of at least 12 months)

  • two copies of your passport data pages

  • Citizenship Certificate, original and two copies

  • proof of admission to the relevant university or institution or scholarship certificate, original and two copies

  • School Leaving Certificate and mark-sheets, original and two copies

  • Higher Secondary Education Board Certificate and mark-sheets, original and two copies

  • proof of previous studies in the relevant area (e.g. Bachelor Degree, transcripts) if applicable, original and two copies

  • self-written letter explaining your motivation and reasons for studying in Germany
  • If required by the university for the respective course:

    - proof of knowledge of the German language (“Zertifikat B 1”, or English language (TOEFL, IELTS), original and two copies.

    Only one of the following certificates can be recognised (levels are minimum requirements):

    1. "B 1 GER" of ALTE (Assoc. of Language Testers in Europe). In Nepal at the moment only certificates by the Goethe Centre Kathmandu in Thapathali, phone +977-1-4250871, E-Mail: wlink%27%com%27%np,gzk

          2. the “Advanced Level Certificate German” of the Campus of  International Languages of Tribhuvan University are recognised as proof of knowledge.

  • proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of your studies by one of the following documents:

- Confirmation of scholarship / stipend

- Formal sponsorship letter from a sponsor living in Germany

("Verpflichtungserklärung" according to Art. 68 German Residence Act)

- Blocked account ("Sperrkonto") in Germany in the name of the

applicant showing a minimum balance of Euro 8.100,-- and the remark

that the account holder can dispose of a monthly amount of Euro 659,-- (12 months # Euro 659,-- including handling fee for the bank)

For obtaining information with regard to the procedure of opening a blocked account in Germany please contact a bank in Germany or any international bank of your choice.

  • Flight reservation

  • Health insurance valid for Germany and covering at least the first three months of your stay in Germany, original and two copies (to be submitted only after the visa is approved)

However, as soon as you formally register and enroll with the German University/starting your studies - a regular travel health insurance loses its validity.

You are required to get a valid health insurance from a German insurance company. For any question in that regard you have to contact the competent department of the German University and / or the competent Aliens' Office (Ausländerbehörde).

The German Embassy reserves the right to ask for additional documents.

Please note:

In case of incomplete documents the application will not be taken and processed by the German Embassy. Consequently a new appointment has to be scheduled!

Additional information

Instead of referring to consultancies you can obtain all information about studying in Germany from the internet: