Citizens from the EU, the EEA and EFTA do not require language visas to study languages in Germany. Students from the following countries are only required to bring a valid passport or an ID card:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
However, certain limitations still apply to new EU member-states so we do advise you check the German Embassy or Consulate website for more information. On arrival in Germany you will need to register your new address either at the local city hall or with the police.
Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the USA
do not need to apply for language visas in order to enter Germany to study languages here.
Nationals of these countries can apply for a language course residence permit upon arrival in
Berlin directly at the Immigration Office ( Ausländerbehörde
You are required to show that you are signed up to a course with at least 18 hours of classes
per week*, that you can
financially support yourself for the duration of your course and that you have health insurance.
Once you have fully paid your course fees, we’ll send you an enrolment letter confirming your
at speakeasy to show the Immigration Authority Office.
*NB: some embassies require 20-hour courses. Contact the embassy in question directly to confirm the minimum requirement.
There are two types of language visas that you can apply for:
Please note, the above language visas are a requirement for all citizens of non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries excluding Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the USA (see above). Please apply at the German embassy or consulate in the country where you are legally residing and do so as early as possible - the process can take up to 3 months. One basic requirement for the Residency for Study Preparation or the Language Learning Visa is that you have to be signed up to a course that has no less than 18 teaching-units of German classes per week. Once you have registered for your course we can provide you with an enrolment letter - to take with you when you apply for your language visas. The enrolment letter will specify exactly how many hours of classes per week there are in your German course.
Here at speakeasy we are pleased to say that we have many visa students and most of their applications are successful! So let us help you with your application too! We will provide you with our useful tips for the all-important motivation letter, based on our years of experience. If language visas are refused, we refund 70% of the course fee provided we have your bank details and the original refusal letter.
Applications for language visas will require you to prove that you can financially support yourself for the duration of your course in Germany and that you are covered by health insurance. Please check with the German mission in your home country - for more details click here. We will help as far as possible with regards to language visas applications, however, as immigration rules and regulations often change, please note we cannot take responsibility for students’ own applications.
Don’t forget we can offer you help with the course payments for courses lasting at least 6 months. Please contact us for more info.
We wish you the best of luck applying for language visas and look forward to seeing you in Berlin very soon!