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Studying and Education in Germany

School students

A separate residence title for the purpose of attending school can generally only be issued for a time-limited school student exchange or for the participation in an intensive language course also limited in time, 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 seqq.

Trainees

Third-country nationals can receive a residence permit for the purpose of completing qualifying vocational training (section 16, subs. 5a of the Residence Act) as well as for the participation in professional training, a.k.a. dual education (section 17, subs. 1 of the Residence Act). The last 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 under certain requirements (section 16, subs. 5a and section17, subs. 2 of the Residence Act).

Further information: see brochure entitled "Studying and Working in Germany", pages 10 et seqq.

University applicants

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 seqq.

University 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 stay; correspondence courses or part-time courses such as on nights or 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 issued a residence title for the purpose of studying by another EU Member State can under certain conditions obtain a residence permit from Germany for the purpose of studying (section 16, subs. 6 of the Residence Act).

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

Under certain conditions, graduates of German universities may already apply for a settlement permit after two years (section 18b of the Residence Act).

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

Date 17 June 2013

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