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Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of studying

You can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of studying if you want to study in Germany and are admitted to a state-recognized university or a comparable educational institution in Germany. The course must be a full-time course of study.

The purpose of the study also includes preparatory measures for studies. Preparatory measures for studies are:

  • attendance of a preparatory language course if admission to the programme has already been granted and admission is linked to attending a preparatory course, and
  • attending a Studienkolleg or a comparable institution, if a place is safely available.

The residence permit for the purpose of studying is a temporary residence permit. It is granted for a minimum of one year and usually for a maximum of two years or for the duration of the study if the study lasts less than two years.

When participating in a Union or multilateral programme with mobility measures (e.B. ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union) or if the foreigner is subject to an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, the residence permit is issued for at least two years or for the duration of the study if the study lasts less than two years.

With your residence permit for the purpose of studying, you may work for up to 120 days or 240 half days a year or be a student part-time job. In the case of preparatory measures in the first year, you are not allowed to work, except during the holiday season

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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