Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of studying

Service Description

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

The purpose of residence of the studies also includes study-preparatory measures. Study-preparatory measures are

  • the attendance of a study-preparatory language course, if an admission to study has already been granted and the admission is bound to the attendance of a study-preparatory course and
  • the attendance of a Studienkolleg or a comparable institution, if a place is certainly available.

The residence permit for the purpose of studies is a temporary residence title. It is issued for a minimum of one year and, as a rule, for a maximum of two years or for the duration of the studies if the studies last less than two years.

If the foreigner participates in a Union or multilateral program with mobility measures (e.g. ERASMUS+ program of the European Union) or if an agreement between two or more higher education institutions applies to the foreigner, the residence permit is issued for at least two years or for the duration of the studies if the studies last less than two years.

You are allowed to use your residence permit for the purpose of studying for employment of up to 120 days or 240 half days per year or part-time student work. You are not allowed to work during study preparation measures in the first year, except during the vacation period

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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