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 study 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.

In case of participation in a Union or multilateral program with mobility measures (for example 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 a minimum of two years or for the duration of the studies if the studies last less than two years.

If you are a non-EU citizen intending to take up studies in Germany, you must in principle first apply for a student visa before entering Germany.

The residence permit for study purposes also entitles the holder to work for 90 days or 180 half-days per year and for part-time student jobs.

Foreign graduates have the possibility to extend the residence permit granted to them during their studies for up to one year in order to look for a job corresponding to their qualifications.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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