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Studying and education in Germany

School pupils

A separate residence title for the purpose of attending school can generally only be issued for a time-limited school student exchange or to attend an intensive language course that is also of a limited duration, provided the means of subsistence is ensured during the stay (section 16 subs. 5 of the Residence Act), further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 9 et seq.

Trainees

Third-country nationals can receive a residence permit for the purpose of completing vocational training courses (section 16 subs. 5a of the Residence Act) as well as to undertake in-company basic or further training, also known as dual education (section 17 subs. 1 of the Residence Act). The latter instance requires consent from the Federal Employment Agency, unless the position is one that does not require prior consent.

Possibilities for limited employment are available subject to certain requirements (section 16 subs. 5a and section 17 subs. 2 of the Residence Act), further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 10 et seq.

Applicants to study

Third-country nationals who wish to study in Germany but have not yet been admitted to a state or state-recognized university can receive a residence permit of up to nine months (section 16 subs. 1a of the Residence Act). This requires proof of qualification for admission, which can be obtained if necessary by taking an entrance examination.

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 12 et seq.

Students

A foreign university student can be issued a residence permit for the purpose of studying in Germany with a duration of at least one and at the most for two years (section 16 subs. 1 sentence 5 of the Residence Act). Studying must be the primary purpose of their stay; correspondence courses or part-time courses such as at nights or on weekends are insufficient.

Knowledge of the language of instruction is not required under certain conditions (section 16 subs. 1 sentence 4 of the Residence Act). Limited employment as well as study-related work are permitted (section 16 subs. 3 of the Residence Act).

Students to whom a residence title for the purpose of studying has been issued by another EU Member State can under certain conditions obtain a residence permit in order to study in Germany (section 16 subs. 6 of the Residence Act), further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 12 et seq.

Under certain conditions, graduates of German universities are entitled to a settlement permit after as little as two years (section 18b of the Residence Act).

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 34 et seq.

Date 17 June 2013