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Visa and Entry Regulations

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International students from a country outside the EU

Visa Requirements

Students planning to study in Germany need to provide evidence of a valid residence permit or visa for study purposes to register at the University of Siegen. Students holding a tourist or Schengen visa are not allowed to register and cannot apply for a residence permit for study purposes in Germany!

Students from countries that require a visa for Germany have to apply for a visa for studies. The visa application and all required documents have to be submitted at the German embassy or consulate at the home country as soon as possible.

The application requires a letter of admission or a confirmation of application issued by the University of Siegen as well as a proof of funding for the duration of study. Students seeking a degree at Siegen University usually need to submit a proof of funding for one year, exchange and short-term students usually need to submit a proof of funding for the duration of study in Germany.

The visa is often issued for three months. Within these three months, a residence permit must be applied for at the Foreigners' Registration Office responsible for the place of residence in Germany.

Visa Exemptions

Students from countries for which the European Community has abolished visa requirements are allowed to travel to the Federal Republic of Germany for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.

Within this 90-days period students have to apply for a residence permit at the foreigners’ registration office (Ausländerbehörde) responsible for their place of residence.

International students from a country within the EU

Mobility within the EU

EU-nationals do not require a visa to travel to Germany or study at a German university.

Directive 2016/801/EU

For exchange students from a non-EU state who are already registered at an institution of higher education in an EU member state (third-country nationals), visa regulations have changed in May 2018. Host universities can submit an application for exchange students from a non-EU state.

For third-country nationals the University of Siegen needs to send a notification and application documents to the National Contact Point at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Application Documents and Further Information

Students who hold a residence title under the Directive on conditions of entry and residence (Directive 2016/801/EU) in another EU member state may come to Germany and study here for up to 360 days without applying for a German residence permit.