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After securing admission to a German university, students have to apply for a student visa through the process described below.

Compile all necessary documents

You can find a list of all necessary documents on the website of the German Embassy in Ghana .  You are required to bring the original and 2 copies for each document to the visa interview, copies do not need to be certified. Afterwards, the originals will be returned to you. Furthermore, individuals that are yet to do their national service are well advised to bring a deferral note.

The applicant should ensure that all data is coherent throughout all documents. That includes names, date of birth, place of birth etc. If need be, conflicting names can be clarified with an affidavit.

In case degree certificates are missing at the time of the interview they can be substituted with a provisional transcript of records that shows that all modules have been completed.

Financial Requirements

There are three ways to meet the financial requirements necessary to obtain a student visa:

Scholarship:

  • As a student who is on a scholarship provided by a German public institution that covers both, study expenses and living expenses (minimum 853 Euros a month), you meet the financial requirement. Your scholarship award letter must clearly state your scholarship benefits and the mode of disbursement.

Formal Obligation Agreement:

  • A sponsor who is a legal resident of Germany may enter into a formal obligation agreement on your behalf. In doing so, the sponsor agrees to cover for any potential expenses arising from the student being in Germany.  If the sponsor in Germany has sufficient financial means they can sign the agreement. It is important that the document says that the financial situation of the sponsor that enters the agreement is stated as “nachgewiesen” (verified). For more information on this, please refer to the study visa requirements  on the German Embassy’s website.  This signed original agreement must be produced at the visa interview.

Blocked Account:

  • The applicant opens a blocked account to secure upkeep in Germany and obtain a visa. The total amount that is required to be paid into this account is 10.236 Euros. That money will then be made available to the students over the period of one year in margins of 853.00 Euros a month once in Germany.  The intention to open a blocked account must be made clear during the visa interview, the applicant is obliged to demonstrate how he/she intends to pay the money into the account. For that, the applicant has to provide sufficient proof of his/her financial means. This has to be done through bank statements that provide an overview over the account for the last three months. In general, all statements that provide insight into the finances can be added. Printouts from the internet or emails might not be accepted.  It is possible to enlist the help of one or multiple sponsors in order to provide the money necessary for the blocked account. These sponsors have to, again, provide proof of their financial means, their income and a sponsorship letter, stating their motivation for the sponsorship and outlining their financial situation. Any sponsor should be comfortably able to sponsor the prospective student.

The Visa Interview

Before you go for the visa interview it is in your best interest to visit the DAAD Ghana office to be briefed.

The appointment has to be made via the embassy’s online appointment tool. The processing time for the visa can be as long as eight weeks so appointments should be made well in advance. The current visa fee in Euros can be found on the embassy’s website. The fee can be paid cash in Ghana Cedis at the current exchange rate.

All documents indicated by the embassy and their respective copies must be taken to the interview. If the applicant is sponsored the sponsor must be present at the interview. The sponsor must produce proof of identity, sponsorship letter and bank statements, company registration if self-employed, income slips, or any official document to ascertain one’s financial standing, including copies.

During the interview the applicant has to demonstrate in-depth knowledge about the study course that is to be pursued. The applicant should also be familiar with the faculty and the university as well as individual modules of the study course. It is advisable to be able to make a direct connection from the previous studies to the aspired study course and outline a personal trajectory after the latter is completed. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate that he/she is acquainted with the sponsor if one is present.

The sponsor should also have an idea about the plans of the applicant and should be able to explain his/her personal relationship to the applicant. Family relations must be described exactly. Only siblings of the applicant’s parents or the spouses of the former should be introduced as uncles or aunts.

If told to pick up the visa, you are additionally asked to provide proof of an adequate travel health insurance valid for the duration of your entry visa (usually up to 6 months) as well your travel itinerary.

Appeal

In case the visa application is denied, the applicant can appeal within four weeks from the date indicated in the letter of denial. For this purpose an appeal letter (“Remonstration”) must be written in German.

The note of denial will include the reasons for the decision. In the appeal, the reasons have to be, if possible, refuted and any issues must be clarified. In doing so, the applicant might be able to reach a second consideration of the application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions about booking an appointment with the Visa section

What are the requirements to book a category A appointment?

The Embassy offers two appointment categories for students. Due to the very high demand all appointments for student visa applications Category B are fully booked for the next eight weeks.
Appointments in Category A are only applicable for highly qualified applicants, who fulfil one of the following requirements:

  • Master Students, who completed their Bachelor's Degree with First Class Honours
  •  PhD Students
  • (Scientific) Researchers
  • Scholarship Holders with a scholarship from a German or European institution (for example: DAAD, KAAD, Erasmus+)
  • students who successfully participated in the TestAS (score of 100 or higher)
  • students who successfully participated in an A1 German language exam (score of 80 or higher)

Why is there no appointment for category B and when will new appointments be available?

Since May 2019 the Embassy is offering two different student visa categories. That is related to the increasing amount of student visa applications. Because of this extreme high demand a waiting time of 8 weeks can be possible. We would advise you to book an appointment with the visa section as early as possible! If it is not possible to book an appointment in time and you can’t make it to university by start of the semester you can contact your university and ask for an extension of your deadline.
In general the German Embassy is offering new timeslots for in 8 weeks in demand every weekday from Monday to Thursday midnight (CET).

Can I already apply for my student visa when I am still waiting for my admission letter?

Yes, it is possible to book an appointment for the interview without the admission letter. However it is necessary to bring the original confirmation of admission to the visa interview.

Questions about setting up the blocked account and financing/ sponsorship

What is the blocked account about?

The applicant opens a blocked account to secure upkeep in Germany and obtain a visa. The total amount that is required to be paid into this account is 10.236 Euros. That money will then be made available to the students over the period of one year in margins of 853.00 Euros a month once in Germany. The intention to open a blocked account must be made clear during the visa interview, the applicant is obliged to demonstrate how he/she intends to pay the money into the account. For that, the applicant has to provide sufficient proof of his/her financial means. This has to be done through bank statements that provide an overview over the account for the last three months. In general, all statements that provide insight into the finances can be added. Printouts from the internet or emails might not be accepted. It is possible to enlist the help of one or multiple sponsors in order to provide the money necessary for the blocked account. These sponsors have to, again, provide proof of their financial means, their income and a sponsorship letter, stating their motivation for the sponsorship and outlining their financial situation. Any sponsor should be comfortably able to sponsor the prospective student.

Is there an alternative for a bocked account?

No, only a blocked bank account can be used to provide proof of sufficient financial means. The opening of a blocked bank account, however, is not necessary if the applicant receives a scholarship from a German or European institution (such as DAAD or Erasmus+) or can provide an official formal obligation from a German Aliens Authority.

What is the appropriate time to create the blocked account?

The Embassy will contact the applicant via email after reviewing the visa application and give the applicant a three week deadline to submit the blocked bank account application.

You are advised to first attend the visa interview and submit all required financial documents to be assessed by the German embassy. The embassy will notify you when to open the blocked account with the minimum balance (currently 10.236 Euros). The embassy will also give you directions on how to open the blocked account.

Do I need to open the blocked account and pay the required amount before attending the visa interview?

No. You are advised to first attend the visa interview and submit all required financial documents to be assessed by the German embassy. The embassy will notify you when to open the blocked account with the minimum balance (currently 10.236 Euros). The embassy will also give you directions on how to open the blocked account.

What if my sponsor is currently not in Ghana/ if my sponsor is staying in a foreign country, other than Ghana or Germany?

This is generally possible. If you plan to be sponsored by a person that does not reside in Ghana or Germany, it is advisable if the person possesses economic ties to Germany. Also, the proof of residence in the respective country of the aspiring sponsor should be brought to the visa interview along with all other required documents from the sponsor.

What does the sponsor have to do if he or she is based in Germany?

A sponsor who is a legal resident of Germany may enter into a formal obligation agreement on your behalf. In doing so, the sponsor agrees to cover for any potential expenses arising from the student being in Germany. If the sponsor in Germany has sufficient financial means they can sign the agreement. It is important that the document says that the financial situation of the sponsor that enters the agreement is stated as “nachgewiesen” (verified). This signed original agreement must be produced at the visa interview.

Do all sponsors have to be present at the visa interview?

In case of multiple sponsors, the main sponsor should accompany the applicant.

Does a sponsor need to be a blood relative?

A sponsor does not have to be a blood relative. Any person that has a reasonable interest in supporting the education of the applicant can do so e.g. friend, employer etc.

Is it possible that my sponsor guarantee for my financial support instead of creating a blocked account?

No, only a blocked bank account can be used to provide proof of sufficient financial means. The opening of a blocked bank account, however, is not necessary if the applicant receives a scholarship from a German or European institution (such as DAAD or Erasmus+) or can provide an official formal obligation from a German Aliens Authority.

What if my sponsor cannot provide all the 10.236 euros at once, but he shows proof that the money can be provided in 2 or 3 installments – is that possible?

The blocked bank account has to be opened with the necessary amount for a full year, if the applicant stays in Germany for one year or more.

What do I need if I want to self-finance my studies without a sponsor?

Applicant will have to provide proof of the availability of sufficient financial means, such as bank statements. If the study program lasts 3 or more semesters, self-financing students also need to be able to provide proof of sufficient finances for the coming year(s).

What happens if I have missed the deadline for creating the blocked account?

The applicant will be refused.

Questions on the increase in the cost of living as from 1st of September, 2019

From September 1, 2019, on all applicants for a student visa have to present proof that they can bear at least 853.00 Euros per month to cover their living expenses. The required credit balance on blocked bank accounts has been increased from previously 8.640 Euros to now 10.236 Euros for one year.

Does the increased amount of money affect those who have an appointment prior to September 1?

Applicants, who apply before September 1, 2019, only need to show the current amount of 720.00 Euros, but have to present a blocked bank account with the increased amount of 853.00 Euros per month to the competent aliens authority when applying for their residence permit after entering Germany.

What if I have already created the blocked account with the required 8.640 euros and now there is an increment?

If application is submitted before September 1, the old blocked account amount of 8640 euros has to be proven. Upon issuance of the visa, the applicant will have to sign a declaration, that he/she has been informed about the increase and that the competent Aliens Authority will only grant a residence permit in case the increased amount of 853 euros per month can be proven.

Download: Student Visa Requirement (pdf, 275.56 KB)

Download: Student Visa Application Form (National Visa form) (pdf, 485.18 KB)

Download: Motivation of Sponsorship (for a Student visa applicant) - A Guide (pdf, 271.21 KB)

Disclaimer

Please note that the information on these pages by the DAAD Information Centre Accra are based on best knowledge and practice.  The DAAD Information Center Accra, however, accepts no liability for the correctness of information. We advise you to answer all questions correctly and fill in all forms truthfully. There is however no guarantee that following the points above will make your visa application a success. For further requirements and procedures please refer to the pages of the German Embassy.