Study in Germany

Visa Needed?

Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the nationality of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

Visa Country List

How to apply?

Citizens of Japan, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit after entering Germany without a visa.
Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a residence permit prior to entry at the German Embassy or the German Consulate.

You have to submit your application in person. Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländeramt) responsible for your intended place of residence in Germany. Student visa applications take about 25 days to be processed.After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority, the Embassy and the Conuslate General will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa. The Aliens' Authority requires all residence permit holders to register upon their first arrival. A final residence permit for the duration of your studies will be granted in Germany after arrival.

Required Documents


one Web-version application form ( application form for Schengen Visa )

and  two fully completed application forms( for long term visa ) and required declaration in duplicate

two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)
valid national passport and two copies
original of valid Japanese residence card, re-entry permit and one copy
letter of acceptance of a German university/language school/college and two copies

Proof of sufficient funds for the entire duration of the studies e.g. proof of scholarship, formal obligation letter (Verpflichtungserklärung) or blocked account in Germany. For further information,  Fintiba Deutsche Bank blocked account [pdf, 133.56k]

Visa fee (75 EUR, payable in Japanese yen according to the official exchange rate on the date of application)

Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

Study in Germany

Muster eines elektronischen Aufenthaltstitels (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) in Deutschland


Because of a German holiday the German Embassy Tokyo and the German Consulate General Osaka-Kobe are  closed on Tuesday October 31st 2017 .

Appointment required / German Embassy

With the new service, you are now requested to book a time slot to meet the visa officers at the Embassy.

Appointment system

For visa and passport applications at the Consulate General Osaka-Kobe starting 1st October 2015 an appointment is required.

The Visa Information System – VIS

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.